New Subaru Forester e-Boxer 2020 review

The new Subaru Forester e-Boxer boasts mild-hybrid tech, but has it boosted the SUV’s appeal?Verdict3The Subaru Forester isn’t a car that you buy with your head, because there are plenty of rivals which offer a broader range of ability and – more importantly – better fuel economy. However, if you’re after a practical, no-nonsense SUV that isn’t fazed by rough terrain, the Forester e-Boxer makes a convincing choice. Just be prepared to pay for it.

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New Volkswagen T-Roc R 2020 review

The 296bhp VW T-Roc R uses its Golf R underpinnings to full effect, but is it worth £38k?Verdict3.5If you want a fast, practical, comfortable Volkswagen then the Golf R – soon to be departing with the Mk8 version of the evergreen hatchback’s arrival – still probably represents the best buy. If you want a little extra practicality, the Estate beats out the new T-Roc R too, and for less money. However, this is a style-driven choice and one delivered with little compromise, driving much the Continue reading “New Volkswagen T-Roc R 2020 review”

New baby Tesla previewed in official design sketch

Tesla has released a design sketch of a new compact EV, along with plans for a new China-based design studio and R&D centre

Tesla has revealed plans to build a new design studio/research and development centre in China. This design sketch was released as part of the announcement, previewing how the company’s first compact vehicle would look. Should it reach production, the vehicle would sit under the Model 3 in Tesla’s line-up, acting as a rival to the Volkswagen ID.3.

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Wireless electric car charging trial for taxis launched

Nottingham project will see cab ranks and taxis fitted with wireless charging pads as part of a six-month trial

Taxi drivers in Nottingham are set to benefit from wireless charging, after the Department for Transport announced a £3.4 million trial of wireless pads at taxis ranks.

The scheme will see Nottingham City Council purchase 10 LEVC and Nissan electric taxis, which will be retrofitted with charging pads and given to taxi drivers to run over six months. If successful the scheme Continue reading “Wireless electric car charging trial for taxis launched”

Wireless electric car charging: is EV charging without cables the future?

Government trial of wireless electric car charging gets underway but what is it?

Electric cars, taxis and buses charging their batteries wirelessly in public came a step closer recently when a trial of wireless charging technology for taxis was announced in Nottingham. The move came following the announcement of Government plans to invest £40 million into dedicated to wireless charging research in the UK.

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New Ford S-MAX and Galaxy mild-hybrids set for 2020 release

New Ford S-MAX and Galaxy mild-hybrids announced as part of Ford's plans to release 14 new electrified models by 2020

New mild-hybrid versions of the Ford S-MAX and Galaxy have been announced as part of Ford’s plan to roll out 14 new electrified vehicles by the end of this year. The two MPVs will use the same powertrain from the forthcoming Kuga Hybrid, which is due to reach UK showrooms later this year. Both cars will use a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, an electric motor Continue reading “New Ford S-MAX and Galaxy mild-hybrids set for 2020 release”

2020 Land Rover Discovery spied with hybrid power in pipeline

Electrified Land Rover Discovery spied for the first time, with mild-hybrid power prioritised for end-of-year refresh

A mid-life refresh for the third-generation Land Rover Discovery is imminent and a development mule for the more versatile Range Rover sibling has been spotted on roads for the first time, near Land Rover’s Coventry headquarters.

On sale in the UK for almost three years now the current car is very much right in the middle of its lifecycle, but this may not be a full Continue reading “2020 Land Rover Discovery spied with hybrid power in pipeline”

Ford to release 14 new electrified models by 2020

New Ford S-MAX and Galaxy mild-hybrids announced as part of Ford's plans to release 14 new electrified models by 2020

New mild-hybrid versions of the Ford S-MAX and Galaxy have been announced as part of Ford’s plan to roll out 14 new electrified vehicles by the end of this year. The two MPVs will use the same powertrain from the forthcoming Kuga Hybrid, which is due to reach UK showrooms later this year. Both cars will use a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, an electric motor Continue reading “Ford to release 14 new electrified models by 2020”

UK’s favourite car colours: Grey retains 2018 top spot

Almost one in four new cars sold in 2019 was grey, with the colour topping the sales charts for the second year in a row

Grey was the UK’s favourite new car colour for the second year running in 2019, having taken the top spot for the first time in 2018.

The number of grey cars registered in the UK grew 5.3 per cent year-on-year in 2019 to 521,273 – meaning 22.6 per cent of all new cars registered last year were finished in the colour.

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New Alpine A110 S 2020 review

We drive the new Alpine A110 S in the UK to see if the sharper version of our favourite coupe is even betterVerdict4.5The Alpine A110 S is a more serious and focused sports car. That doesn’t necessarily make it better than the standard model, but it does give it a character of its own. However, asking a £9,000 premium means you’ll have to really appreciate its extra focus to want one.

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