Skoda’s army of blues and twos vehicles

We get behind the wheel of Skoda's fleet of blues and twos cars designed for the UK’s emergency services

Think of a manufacturer whose cars look good in a ‘Battenberg’ paint livery and decked out in retina-searing flashing lights, and Ford, Vauxhall, Land Rover, Volvo or BMW probably spring to mind. Whether it’s an Astra on the beat, an X5 on covert duties, a paramedic’s Focus Estate on a life-saving run or a Range Rover heading up a royal convoy, blue-light cars are a major Continue reading “Skoda’s army of blues and twos vehicles”

Kia Ceed GT-Line S: long-term test review

First report: Tech-packed Kia Ceed hatchback joins our fleet and makes a great early impressionVerdict4First impressions suggest that the Ceed is going to be a relaxing car to live with. It’s pricey, but there’s so much kit, which makes it feel more special than some rivals. We already love its styling, but we’re looking forward to exploring the seemingly competent chassis even further.

Mileage: 680
Economy: 38.7mpg 

It wasn’t too long ago when there seemed to be only two Continue reading “Kia Ceed GT-Line S: long-term test review”

Obama, buy that Volt!

President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Our current President, Donald Trump, has made it abundantly clear where he stands on electric cars.

It’s quite a contrast to our former President, Barack Obama, whose administration widely supported policy fostering more fuel-efficient vehicles, greener energy, and the path to more vehicles that plug in.

This weekend marks the last one for which buyers of the Chevrolet Volt can claim the full federal electric vehicle tax credit. Continue reading “Obama, buy that Volt!”

President Trump derides electric cars, suggests “one car per family” with Green New Deal

President Donald Trump (Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

President Trump hasn’t minced his words—or his policy—in declaring that he doesn’t think electric cars are a good idea.

At a Thursday night rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Trump took his electric-car criticism to a new (and somewhat hard-to-follow) level, jumping from jabs about the Green New Deal to a suggestion that the policy will limit the number of vehicles per household.

“No more aeroplanes, no Continue reading “President Trump derides electric cars, suggests “one car per family” with Green New Deal”

‘The UK government needs to create a new car company after Brexit’

If Brexit happens then the government should use it to create a UK-run car company, says Mike Rutherford

I’m glad it exists, because it creates so many jobs and consumer products which, in turn, offer freedom of movement to people across the world. But even I concede that when looking at the numbers, global car manufacturing is a bonkers business.

This industry is colossal, superbly organised, highly efficient and deeply impressive. But there’s also an unfathomably illogical side to Continue reading “‘The UK government needs to create a new car company after Brexit’”

Audi TTS vs Alpine A110 vs Porsche 718 Cayman

The iconic Audi TT has been facelifted to keep it competitive. We test the flagship TTS against the Alpine A110 and Porsche 718 Cayman

The revisions to Audi’s TT coupe are simple but effective. It’s been an icon for the brand since it arrived in 1998, and changed perceptions of the firm with its tech and driving dynamics.

The third-generation model was the most advanced yet, and with this mid-life update Audi has tweaked the TT in key areas. Part of that coincides with some changes to Continue reading “Audi TTS vs Alpine A110 vs Porsche 718 Cayman”

Chevrolet tax credits, Tesla delays, Nissan Leaf Plus range drive: The Week in Reverse

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus – Driven, March 2019

Which new electric car didn’t give us any range surprises in a recent test drive?

What new features have been enabled on some Teslas?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending March 29, 2019.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

After this weekend, electric cars from Chevy will no longer be eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit on plug-in vehicles. Neither Chevrolet nor its Continue reading “Chevrolet tax credits, Tesla delays, Nissan Leaf Plus range drive: The Week in Reverse”

Best rain repellent screen wash 2019

Which rain repellent screen wash should you put in your reservoir?

Screen wash is motoring essential, shifting bugs and keeping the washer nozzles flowing when the temperature drops. But a growing number of products are adding a rain repellent to help keep screens clear. 

Drivers tend to love or loathe rain repellents. Fans revel in the way water beads away without the need for wipers, while critics dislike the mist-like smear that follows the sweep of the blades. 

If you’re a fan, Continue reading “Best rain repellent screen wash 2019”

New Mercedes S 560 e L 2019 review

With 25 miles of pure electric range, is the new plug-in Mercedes S 560 e L the ultimate green limo?Verdict5The Mercedes S-Class is still the most convincing luxury car you can buy, and the S 560 e L will be the best version for many prospective buyers. Elsewhere, the S-Class retains its class-leading edge as an elegant and perfectly crafted limousine. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting behind the wheel, in the passenger seat, or in the rear, little else is quite as impressive for the Continue reading “New Mercedes S 560 e L 2019 review”

Chevy Bolt EV deals, Ram eTorque, in-wheel motors, wind and solar costs: Today’s Car News

2019 Chevrolet Volt

Ram’s new eTorque does more than most mild-hybrid start/stop systems. Chevrolet is making no big sales push at the end of the quarter, despite the expiration of full tax credits for its vehicles. In-wheel motors for EVs may be making their way to the mainstream. And renewable electricity may have passed a key cost threshold. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

Starting Monday, buyers of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and remaining Volt plug-in hybrids will earn only half Continue reading “Chevy Bolt EV deals, Ram eTorque, in-wheel motors, wind and solar costs: Today’s Car News”