Spanish car sales soar 49% in WLTP stock clear-out

September 4, 2018 09:47 CET

Registrations in Spain jumped 49 percent in August to 107,692, according to industry association ANFAC, as automakers rushed to clear out vehicle stocks ahead of the introduction of the new WLTP testing regime on Sept. 1.

August had the same number of working days as the same month in 2017.

All sales channels had robust increases. Registrations by companies increased 86 percent to 43,730, sales to rental car companies jumped 82 percent to 6,505 and demand by Continue reading “Spanish car sales soar 49% in WLTP stock clear-out”

French sales leap 40% on new WLTP test

September 3, 2018 12:57 CET

PARIS — Registrations in France increased by 40 percent in August, with gains largely due to the effects of new emissions standards that took effect on Sept. 1.

After that date, automakers are allowed to sell only vehicles that have been certified under the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure, or WLTP, with few exceptions.

Analysts had predicted that many automakers would offer discounts and other incentives to sell any remaining non-WLTP Continue reading “French sales leap 40% on new WLTP test”

Why Amazon is buying 20,000 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans

September 5, 2018 19:33 CET

Daimler AG is emerging as a beneficiary of Amazon.com Inc.’s booming package-delivery needs, with the e-commerce giant ordering 20,000 of the German automaker’s Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans.

Mercedes, which just opened a new plant in North Charleston, S.C., started producing Amazon-branded vans for the online retailer’s Delivery Service Partner program, which enables small businesses to lease vans for deliveries through third-party fleet Continue reading “Why Amazon is buying 20,000 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans”

Continental sends scathing message to senior management: Shape up or else

September 5, 2018 16:30 CET

FRANKFURT — Continental has told senior managers that they face job cuts if they cannot get a grip on problems, which caused the company to issue a second profit warning this year, an internal message showed.

Last month, Continental cut its 2018 sales and margin guidance, citing lower revenue, higher costs for developing hybrid and electric car technologies and unspecified warranty claims.

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New Audi A6 Avant 2018 review

The new all-new Audi A6 Avant is ticks all the boxes for comfort and tech, but rivals offer more practicalityVerdict4If outright carrying capacity is your top priority there are rivals that offer more space. But if you’re willing to sacrifice a few litres of storage, the all-new Audi A6 Avant ticks all the necessary boxes. It’s supremely comfortable, laden with tech and has limo-like refinement, while the upcoming RS 6 should satisfy those wanting a Continue reading “New Audi A6 Avant 2018 review”

Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster – best sports cars

Mid-engined Porsche twins are driver's cars honed to perfection, whichever version you choose

The Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster serve up a lot of the appeal of the 911 coupe and convertible for a lower price. They can’t match the illustrious image of their famous brother, but are every bit as good to drive. Performance is amazing whether you go for the regular 296bhp 2.0-litre Cayman or Boxster or 345bhp 2.5-litre S models (although a recent move to four cylinder engines has upset Continue reading “Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster – best sports cars”

New Fiat 500X 2018 review

A facelift brings with it a raft of updates to the Fiat 500X crossover, including a 1.0-litre petrol engine and updated techVerdict3The Fiat 500X still occupies a blind spot in the crossover segment; it’s larger than many of its rivals, but no more practical. However, though little changes visually, it’s a better car than before thanks to a competent 1.0-litre engine and some welcome technology updates. If you’re looking for something a bit quirky, it’s worth considering.

It’s been Continue reading “New Fiat 500X 2018 review”

Mercedes-Benz EQC, Tesla Roadster “surprise,” and Toyota Prius recall: Today’s Car News

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

Mercedes-Benz reveals the EQC electric crossover SUV. Tesla’s “big surprise” for an auto show is yet another Roadster mockup. Toyota recalls the Prius for a fire risk. Mercedes-Benz retracts and updates the EQC’s electric range—revealed just hours earlier. And the results are in from one of our latest Twitter polls. All of this and more on Green Car Reports.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQC electric crossover SUV. It’s the first electric Mercedes-Benz and ushers in Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz EQC, Tesla Roadster “surprise,” and Toyota Prius recall: Today’s Car News”

Toyota recalls 2016-2018 Prius models for fire risk

2016 Toyota Prius, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015

Toyota is launching one of its largest recalls on one of its most popular models—the Prius hybrid.

Covering all Toyota Prius and Prius Plug-in models built between June 2015 and May 2018, the recall involves a wiring harness for the car’s hybrid power control unit, which can chafe and start a fire, the company told Reuters.

The problem surfaced in Japan, where one Prius began smoking, and led to the recall of more than 1 million Continue reading “Toyota recalls 2016-2018 Prius models for fire risk”

Should classic cars be converted to electric power? Twitter poll results

Jaguar E-Type Zero

Green Car Reports readers sometimes leave themselves open to having extreme viewpoints.

Such were the results of last week’s Twitter poll, when we asked: “Should classic cars be converted to electric power?”

We asked the question following what seemed like a rash of announcements of people doing exactly that, from established automakers to startups to garage hobbyists.

DON’T MISS: Royal couple’s electric Jaguar E-type Zero coupe will go into production

Most Continue reading “Should classic cars be converted to electric power? Twitter poll results”