Feds launch criminal probe into Musk’s tweets, report says

September 18, 2018 18:06 CET

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK — Tesla is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department over public statements made by the company and CEO Elon Musk, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The criminal probe is running alongside a previously reported civil inquiry by securities regulators.

Federal prosecutors opened a fraud investigation after Musk tweeted last month that he was contemplating taking Tesla private and had “funding secured” Continue reading “Feds launch criminal probe into Musk’s tweets, report says”

Winter tyre reviews 2018: results by category

Which winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all

We’re not sure what Bridgestone has done to its LM001 tyre for this EVO version, but it isn’t enough, particularly in the wet and on snow. Meanwhile, Falken made a solid debut in our tests, although it struggled in the wet conditions.

The next four tyres were very closely matched; Nokian’s WR D4 had the edge in the snow, but fared less well in the wet. Dunlop’s Winter Sport 5 was inconsistent, with some decent Continue reading “Winter tyre reviews 2018: results by category”

Best winter tyres 2018: tyre brands reviewed and UK prices compared

Before the temperature starts to tumble, we pick the best winter tyres available for your car

You don’t need to wait until the first snowflakes fall to decide that it’s a good idea to switch to winter tyres.

Even if there’s no snow, winter tyres perform better, particularly in the wet, than the UK default ‘summer’ tyre when temperatures drop below around seven degrees Centigrade. You can guarantee we will have conditions like that this winter, and the colder it gets, the bigger Continue reading “Best winter tyres 2018: tyre brands reviewed and UK prices compared”

Toyota Aygo vs Kia Picanto

The updated Toyota Aygo takes on the Kia Picanto in a five-door city car shootout

Fighting through traffic jams, width restrictors and complex junctions and avoiding selfish driver are all part of commuting in a big city. The recently updated Toyota Aygo and Kia Picanto are built specifically for the task of dealing with daily city drives.

• Best city cars to buy in 2018

City cars are truly built for the task, but they’re also great in many other ways. They’re cheap to buy and Continue reading “Toyota Aygo vs Kia Picanto”

New Mazda CX-3 2018 facelift review

The Mazda CX-3 is the latest model from the brand to be updated for 2018. We take it for a spin to see what's changed…Verdict3.5The Mazda CX-3 still caters to small crossover buyers after something well built and fun to drive. However, the old-school charm of the naturally aspirated engines won’t be to all tastes, and there are plenty of more spacious and practical rivals out there.

Mazda hasn’t been slacking this year. Though the brand’s most important model will arrive at the Continue reading “New Mazda CX-3 2018 facelift review”

VW plans 27 electric cars by 2022 on new platform

Volkswagen Group MEB modular electric car platform

Volkswagen is doubling down on its electric car strategy, it announced at a press event in Dresden, Germany on Monday.

The company announced plans to build 27 electric cars on its upcoming MEB affordable electric-car architecture by 2022 in an effort it calls “Electric for All.”

Those include cars already announced, such as the ID small hatchback at the end of 2019; the ID Crozz small crossover vehicle in 2020; and the electric Continue reading “VW plans 27 electric cars by 2022 on new platform”

What’s the most exciting electric car for 2019?

Tesla Model 3 bought [Photo by reader AH]

Tons of new electric SUVs are hitting the market for 2019. None, though, can apparently hold a candle to the entry-level Tesla Model 3, in our Twitter followers’ estimation.

That’s the result of our Twitter poll last week, which asked, “What’s the most exciting electric car for 2019?”

In response, fully 58 percent of our Twitter followers chose the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 over the two luxury crossover SUVs going on sale soonest, the Jaguar I-Pace Continue reading “What’s the most exciting electric car for 2019?”

Kia Niro Electric range rated at 301-miles in Europe

2019 Kia e-Niro (Niro EV)

When it introduced the Kia Niro EV in Korea in June, the company said it would go 236 miles on a charge. It has now been rated at far more than that in Europe.

Kia on Tuesday said that the car earned a rating of 301 miles on the new Worldwide Harmonized Light-Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

The news was first reported by the Express, in Britain.

READ THIS: Explainer: What is WLTP and why should you care?

The WLTP is Europe’s new emissions test Continue reading “Kia Niro Electric range rated at 301-miles in Europe”

Ferrari provides first details on Purosangue SUV

Slide from Ferrari Capital Markets Day presentation made Sept. 18, 2018

Ferrari’s new CEO Louis Camilleri on Tuesday provided a presentation for investors outlining the Italian firm’s plans for the coming years.

Key among them is the introduction of an SUV, a vehicle Camilleri referred to as the Purosangue, Italian for “thoroughbred,” though a different name might be used for production.

The SUV was actually devised under Camilleri’s predecessor, the late Sergio Marchionne. Continue reading “Ferrari provides first details on Purosangue SUV”

Ferrari Monza SP1, Mercedes-AMG A35, Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato: Today’s Car News

Ferrari Monza SP1

Ferrari this week revealed the first members of a new series known as Icona in the form of the 812 Superfast-based Monza SP1 and SP2. The Icona series will draw inspiration from the most evocative Ferraris of the 1950s and exhibit an elegance that’s been missing from the automaker’s cars of late.

Mercedes-AMG has revealed the first of its next-generation compact cars: the A35 hot hatch. It features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 302 horsepower and is almost as Continue reading “Ferrari Monza SP1, Mercedes-AMG A35, Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato: Today’s Car News”