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Gordon Murray Design to unveil autonomous urban “pod”

Luke Wilkinson 2020-02-10 17:01 MOTIV is a self-driving platform designed for personal mobility and short deliveries – and it could be on sale within the next two years Gordon Murray Design, Delta Motorsport and itMoves have joined forces and will unveil the MOTIV autonomous platform on 11 February at the MOVE mobility conference in London. The urban mobility solution can be adapted for use as either a single-seat passenger vehicle or a last-mile delivery vehicle – and, if it complies with current legislation, it could be on sale within the next two to five years. MOTIV measures just 2,537mm long, 1,310mm wide and 1,628mm tall – making it around 100mm shorter and 300mm narrower than a Smart ForTwo. It has been designed to comply with European passenger vehicle crash safety regulations – and Gordon Murray Design says it will offer alternative interior configurations for multiple passengers and for wheelchair users. • Best electric cars on sale now As it’s an autonomous vehicle, MOTI..

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Best four-seat sports cars to buy 2020

Matt Joy 2020-02-10 13:10 If you want a sports car but need the practicality of four seats, there are some great four-seat sports car options out there right now. The modern sports car has to be more capable and accomplished than ever before. Today’s buyers still want all the thrills of a high-performance machine, but few are willing to compromise on space, comfort and even efficiency, meaning anything less than a well-rounded package will find itself at the bottom of potential shopping lists. Fortunately, there are plenty of sports cars that can do it all, or most of it at least, four-seat models with cabin space for extra occupants, luggage or both. Where two-seater sports cars are available at a wide range of price points, the combination of performance, space for luggage and four seats tends to attract a higher price point. The cheapest car in our four-seater top ten is the Toyota GT86 at £27k, while the Aston Martin DB11 requires at least £147,000 even for the most humble V8 m..

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Best new cars for under £150 a month

2020-02-10 10:55 Looking for a cheap new car? Set your monthly budget to just £150 and you’ll still find some PCP bargains A budget of £150 can get you a great new car, and not just a diminutive city car, as included in our list of the best cars for under £150 per month is the venerable Dacia Duster. However, a large number of motorists looking for a new car for under £150 per month will only need a small car, and with the likes of the Toyota Aygo, Kia Picanto and Peugeot 108 all appearing on this list, they will not be disappointed. • Best new car deals 2020 The most affordable new car deals are usually PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) schemes. This means you pay a deposit followed by a set number of monthly instalments. Then, when your contract ends, you get the choice of either paying a final lump sum (and therefore taking ownership of the car), or simply handing the car back to the dealer. Scroll down below for our list of the best new cars for under £150 per month, but befo..

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Porsche Cayenne Coupe vs Range Rover Sport

Auto Express 2020-02-08 10:00 The Range Rover Sport has got a new engine in HSE trim, is it a match for the Porsche Cayenne Coupe? The new Porsche Cayenne Coupé has been designed to capitalise on growing interest from buyers of high-end, sporty SUVs who really want exclusive style from their new car. It’s very closely related to the standard Cayenne, but a sloping roofline at the rear end gives it a sportier look, while the model retains the high-up driving position that fans of SUVs love. Another model that really influenced the SUV style stakes was the Range Rover Sport. • Fastest SUVs in the world Of course we’ve tested this model before, but serial updates have kept it fresh, and it’s now available with a new engine that brings it close to the Cayenne for specification. The P400 we’re testing has a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol motor under the bonnet, which means it’s a rival for the entry-level version of the Cayenne Coupé, which has a 3.0-litre V6. We’ll find out which of..

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World Car Of the Year 2020 finalists announced

Tristan Shale-Hester 2020-02-07 17:00 The list of finalists for overall World Car of the Year and five other categories have been announced at the Delhi Auto Show This year’s finalists for the World Car of the Year Awards have been announced at the Delhi Auto Show in India. The Awards - which are judged by jurors from around the world, including Auto Express’ own Steve Fowler and Mike Rutherford - feature an overall World Car of the Year Award, for which 10 cars are shortlisted, as well as five other categories. • Best cars to buy in the UK right now Narrowed down from a list of 29 nominees, the 10 finalists for overall World Car of the Year are the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Soul EV, Kia Telluride, Range Rover Evoque, Mazda 3, Mazda CX-30, Mercedes CLA, Mercedes GLB, Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen T-Cross. As for the other five categories, the finalists for the World Urban Car Award are the Kia Soul EV, MINI Electric, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio and Volkswagen T-Cross. The BMW X5, BMW X7..

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Kia: 2035 petrol and diesel car ban doesn’t worry us

Steve Fowler 2020-02-07 16:30 Kia’s UK boss reveals his company can handle the proposed 2035 ban on new ICE cars and strict 2020 CO2 targets Kia UK boss Paul Philpott has told Auto Express that the proposed ban of new petrol- and diesel-engined cars, including hybrids and plug-in hybrid models, in 2035 shouldn’t be a problem for his brand. “2035 doesn’t particularly worry me,” he said, “Although anything earlier than 2035 would be really challenging.” Kia sold a record 97,323 cars in 2019 putting them eighth in the UK in terms of sales volumes, on the back of strong sales for its electrified Niro range. In spite of limited supply of the full EV model, hybrid and plug-in hybrid Niros accounted for roughly 10,000 of Kia’s total UK sales. • Future of electric car grant in doubt Such is Kia’s strength with electrified cars in the European market, Philpott is bullish about Kia avoiding punitive fines should the company’s average CO2 figure for cars sold in 2020 go above 95 g/km. “We sh..

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New Jaguar F-Type facelift 2020 review

Image 1 of 29 Image 1 of 29 10 Feb, 2020 9:30am Steve Sutcliffe Have the upgrades for the facelifted Jaguar F-Type been enough to give it the edge over the current sports car king, the Porsche 911? When the Jaguar F-Type first appeared back in 2013, it went close to the top of its class from the word go. It looked great, sounded lovely, went like stink and was well priced beside rivals from Porsche, Audi and Mercedes. And when the even sharper-looking and driving coupé model appeared a year or so later, things got better still. But the rate of progress in the car industry has been unprecedented over the last five or six years, to a point where the F-Type was starting to feel dated. Especially in the way it drove relative to its best rivals. • Best sports car to buy To be honest, it had started to feel like a bit of a dinosaur so Jaguar knew it had to do something to adjust that situation, and fast. Image 2 of 29 Image 2 of 29 Enter the car you see here, which the firm refers t..

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New Toyota Yaris 2020 review

Image 1 of 23 Image 1 of 23 10 Feb, 2020 7:00am John McIlroy Toyota's new Yaris is the most impressive small Toyota in a while but is that enough to topple the Fiesta and Polo? For many, the Toyota Yaris is a supermini that has been a bit too anonymous for its own good. Never as affordable as a Vauxhall Corsa or a Ford Fiesta, frequently behind on in-car tech compared with a VW Polo, and almost always dowdy-looking beside a Peugeot 208 or a Renault Clio. And yet the Yaris is the fifth best-selling supermini across Europe and an enormously important car for Toyota, because it accounts for almost one in four of the cars the company sells in the region. So the stakes are high for the new, fourth-generation Yaris - and Auto Express has had the first chance to drive the car on public roads. • Best superminis to buy now Despite previous sales of more than four million units, this could be the first Yaris that ends up on many supermini buyers’ shortlists because, of course, it’s a..

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New 2021 Volkswagen Transporter T7 caught on camera

Luke Wilkinson 2020-02-07 15:00 Volkswagen will launch an all-new version of the Transporter van this year, just 12 months after revealing the facelifted version of the T6 Our spy photographers have caught the next-generation Volkswagen Transporter van during winter testing, spied here in Caravelle guise. The seventh-generation model is expected to make its debut in 2021, sporting a fresh range of powertrains, updated styling and technology lifted from the all-new, Mk8 Golf. • Best medium panel vans on sale now The styling of the new Transporter will be an evolution of the previous-generation model but with touches taken from the brand’s latest passenger car range. It now has slightly more rounded corners and a wider glasshouse. The front end styling also mimics that of the new Golf, sharing a similar radiator grille, bumper shape and LED headlamp design, with winglets that extended into the front quarter panel. Most importantly though, the proportions of this Transporter mule ha..

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‘Manufacturers need to cut the cost of electric cars FAST’

Mike Rutherford 2020-02-08 13:00 Electric cars need a sharp drop in price quickly if they are to overtake ICE cars before the 2035 Government ban, says Mike Rutherford I’m more convinced than ever that the shift from 100 per cent petrol or diesel (ICE) cars to their pure-electric counterparts (EVs) ain’t going to happen in one short, sharp, revolutionary burst. The transition will be more drip, drip than tidal wave – not least because of major problems within the UK’s entrepreneurial, sometimes iffy, EV- charging industry. Then there’s the separate disaster of inadequate Government investment; if the state is willing to seriously consider blowing £100billion-plus on the HS2 rail project, how about a tenth of that on EV infrastructure? • New petrol, diesel and hybrid-powered cars to be banned by 2035 On top of all this sits another tricky issue: the understandable and justifiable caution on the part of consumers expected to spend their hard-earned cash on EVs that remain considera..

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