2019 Honda Insight, Chevy Bolt EV fast charging, and fuel economy commentary: Today’s Car News

2019 Honda Insight

We take a broader look at the 2019 Honda Insight. GM works to create an ultra-fast charging system for the Chevrolet Bolt EV. We explain how readers can make themselves heard about the EPA’s proposed freeze in fuel economy standards. And will electric cars displace hybrid vehicles? All of this and more on Green Car Reports.

The 2019 Honda Insight has put the Civic on notice. In fact, we say it’s not just a better hybrid, but a better compact car.

GM is working on a Continue reading “2019 Honda Insight, Chevy Bolt EV fast charging, and fuel economy commentary: Today’s Car News”

Rabbit Edition hops into 2019 Volkswagen GTI lineup

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen is digging back into its archives for a special-edition Golf GTI. The Rabbit Edition will join the GTI lineup for 2019.

The brand hasn’t released pricing or fuel economy estimates for the Golf GTI Rabbit Edition and note the vehicle pictured above is the 2018 Golf GTI. However, we do have some basic information on what to expect.

Outside, VW will mark the Rabbit Edition with 18-inch gloss-black aluminum-alloy wheels, a black spoiler, and black mirror Continue reading “Rabbit Edition hops into 2019 Volkswagen GTI lineup”

Apple patented haptic seats and sunroof

Apple patent for non-linear sunroof

Apple filed to patent more than 2,000 ideas last year, and we’ll likely never see many of them reach daylight. But, automobile patents are becoming more common from the technology giant. The most recent patents, both awarded in the last couple of weeks, involve a trick sunroof and haptic-feedback seating.

Filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and published by iDrop News last Thursday, the sunroof and seats slightly reimagine two Continue reading “Apple patented haptic seats and sunroof”

Motor Industry Code Of Practice Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

The Motor Ombudsman, the automotive dispute resolution provider, is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the launch of its Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair. The Code was introduced in 2008 in response to the need to improve standards within the service and repair sector, and to reduce the number of complaints from consumers. Today, it is one of the four Charterered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)-approved Codes to be offered by The Motor Ombudsman, which Continue reading “Motor Industry Code Of Practice Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary”

Mercedes to launch 10 all-electric models by 2022

Three Smarts and seven EQ models will lead Mercedes’ EQ electric charge

Mercedes will launch a total of 10 new all-electric models in the next four years, following on from the launch of the EQC, which is scheduled to arrive late next year.

Smart will account for three all-electric models with hard and soft top versions of its ForTwo, plus an all-electric ForFour, while Mercedes is expected to follow the EQC with a smaller EQA model will follow the EQC SUV.

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Lancia Delta Integrale reborn at the hands of Automobili Amos

Italian coachbuilder Automobili Amos has created the Delta Futurista, a £270k Lancia Delta Integrale

Eugenio Amos, founder of Italian coachbuilder Automobili Amos, has created what he claims is the ultimate tribute to the Lancia Delta, the Futurista. A complete reworking of the original 1980s hot hatch complete with extensive use of carbon fibre and engineering upgrades, the car will be available from €300,000 (£270,000).

We’ll start with the bodywork. First, the rear doors have been Continue reading “Lancia Delta Integrale reborn at the hands of Automobili Amos”

Hot Volkswagen T-Roc R spotted on the road again

Disguised version of the new Volkswagen T-Roc R spied testing ahead of a full unveiling

The Volkswagen T-Roc R, the hottest version of the firm’s compact SUV, has been spied again ahead of its official reveal.

After Brand CEO Herbert Diess confirmed to Auto Express in early 2017 that a high performance R version would eventually top the T-Roc range, our spy photographers have caught another glimpse of a prototype on German roads.

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New 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 spied with mid-engined layout

Next Chevrolet Corvette will break from front-engined tradition when it's revealed in 2019, but V8 power will still feature

The next generation Chevrolet Corvette has been spied testing – and the big news is that for the first time ever it’s going to be mid-engined.

To date, all seven generations of the iconic American sports car have positioned the engine ahead of the driver, but to keep this new model competitive against the most focused European rivals – not to mention the Ford Continue reading “New 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 spied with mid-engined layout”

2018 Nissan Juke updated with new colours and trim

Trim and equipment revisions introduced to Nissan's compact Juke crossover, plus a £310 price hike

Nissan has introduced minor updates and a new higher starting price to the Juke line-up. The changes aim to keep the popular compact crossover competitive before an all-new model takes its place in the near future.

The changes are subtle on the outside. At the front, the V-section of the grille has changed in shade from its previous light chrome to a smoked chrome, and the inside of the Continue reading “2018 Nissan Juke updated with new colours and trim”