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New Toyota Corolla Trek 2020 review

Verdict If you’re expecting any sort of added off-road ability from the Corolla Trek, then you’ll be disappointed; the extra cladding and raised ride height are purely for show. Having a price tag in excess of £29,000 also makes it look like something of a costly option against its competitors, especially when the level of standard kit isn’t that generous either. Nevertheless, like the regular Touring Sports, this is an excellent all-round family car, while its brilliant hybrid powertrain also makes it a genuine alternative to a model with a diesel engine. This is the Toyota Corolla Trek, a mildly beefed-up, off-road-inspired version of Toyota’s Ford Focus Estate rival. The Japanese firm says it’s aimed at those with “outdoor lifestyles”, apparently because of its raised ride height and chunky wheelarch surrounds. This new car follows the tried-and-tested formula set out by the likes of the Skoda Octavia Scout and Audi A4 Allroad. But unlike those models, which feature four-wheel d..

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New all-electric Peugeot e-Traveller minibus revealed

Peugeot has unveiled a new, all-electric version of its eight-seat, van-based Traveller people carrier. It’ll be available to order in the UK from July and will offer fresh competition for the diesel-powered Ford Tourneo and Renault Trafic Passenger – while acting as a direct rival for the new all-electric Volkswagen Caravelle. The Peugeot e-Traveller is mechanically identical to the new e-Expert panel van, sharing the same platform and front mounted electric motor. The system has a maximum output of 134bhp and 260Nm of torque, which Peugeot says is enough for a 0–62mph time of 13.1 seconds and a top speed of 80mph. • Best eight-seater cars on sale now Like the e-Expert, the e-Traveller’s with three drive modes. Eco mode limits the motor’s output to 80bhp and 180Nm of torque to maximise the van’s range. Normal mode bumps these figures up to 107bhp and 210Nm respectively, which Peugeot says is suitable for everyday driving – while Power mode unlocks the motors maximum output. Peugeo..

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Car auctions: the complete guide to buying a car at auction

More than 12,000 vehicles are sold at motor auctions in the UK each week, industry figures suggest. It’s also reckoned a significant chunk of those – around 10 per cent – are snapped up by private buyers eager for an auction bargain. If you’re wondering whether vehicle auctions are right for you, but are worried that you’ll be stitched-up or hung out to dry by unscrupulous auction traders, this handy guide to the pros, cons and pitfalls of buying auction cars is for you. • The ultimate Used Car Guide There are auctions happening around the country every week with auction houses such as Manheim or BCA (British Car Auctions), specialist events like classic car auctions or even ex-police auctions to attend. There's a wide variety of auctions where bargains can be had at wholesale prices for buyers who know what they’re doing. Car auctions are not to be confused with online auctions like eBay, where you generally have quite a long time to make your play. At the busiest car auction..

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Naran automotive teases upcoming hypercar with 250mph top speed

Supercar start-up manufacturer Naran Automotive has teased what will become the company’s first ever road-going car. Called the Naran, it’s a limited edition, V8-engined hypercar, which will act as a rival for the Czinger 21C, Aston Martin Valkyrie and McLaren Speedtail. • Best hypercars on sale now The Naran is currently being pushed through the last stages of its development cycle, with company conducting its final handling and top speed tests at Imola and the Nurburgring. The finished hypercar is expected to go on sale in mid-August, with production being strictly limited to just 49 examples. It’ll be powered by a front-mid mounted twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 engine, with a claimed output of 1,034bhp and 1,036Nm of torque. Power will be sent to all four wheels – and Naran Automotive says its hypercar will have a 0–60mph time of 2.1 seconds, a 0–100mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of between 230–250mph. image image image Other than the unusual location of the engine, ..

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Car posters: classic car art from years gone by

The digitisation of our world has brought many benefits for car fans, and revolutionised how we consume our passion for all things automotive. However, although new media has flourished, more traditional forms have waned in influence. One prime example of that is the car poster. Once a trusted form of marketing for new cars or events, its importance has been superseded by more cutting-edge, interactive digital solutions. However, there is still a thriving market among collectors and fans for some of the classic posters from years gone by. Most expensive cars ever sold at auction One of the foremost experts in the country is Paul Veysey, a poster dealer from Tibberton in Gloucestershire, who turned to trading 20 years ago after a career in TV and radio broadcasting. Paul is a self-confessed petrolhead, who raced Triumph TRs in Australia, rallied here in the UK, and has owned “oodles of classics” over the years, including MGs and Citroen Tractions, IDs and DSs. His love affair with ..

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New 2022 Honda Civic Type R hot hatch set to stick with tradition

Honda is well under way with developing a replacement for the Civic Type R. And it should delight enthusiasts when it arrives in 2022 by shunning a hybrid powertrain. The current Type R only landed in showrooms three years ago, but Japanese manufacturers work on significantly shorter production cycles, typically between four to five years, as opposed to the eight years employed by European rivals, such as Renault, Peugeot and Volkswagen. Best hot hatchbacks 2020 Our spy photographers have caught the very first prototypes of the upcoming hot hatch on the road, which clearly show that the Type R will increase in size. The wheelbase is visibly longer than today’s model, while the front overhang is more pronounced, too. Although still heavily disguised, styling changes appear to be evolutionary; this mule shares the same fastback silhouette, enormous rear wing and broad front splitter as the outgoing model. At the rear, more horizontal tail-lamps make an appearance, while the offset ..

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UK bosses call for scrappage scheme to kick-start car market

British car industry bosses are calling on the government to provide support to car buyers to help kick-start the economy. Speaking to Auto Express, Ford of Britain boss Andy Barrett explained how there's a need for some sort of stimulus that covers both ends of the car industry and gets older, dirtier vehicles off the road. “Any degree of stimulus has to be fair to the industry - it’s got to be fair to all," he said. "You can’t just stimulate the low end - and when you think about our manufacturing base in the UK there’s quite a lot of high-end business that comes out of the west midlands - so you’ve got to have something that’s fair to all the industry. It can’t be pro-the high end and there’s got to be a degree of stimulus for the whole industry. “It’s got to renew the fleet - we want to get the older dirtier vehicles off the road - ideally, we like a scrappage element for the green credentials, but it doesn’t have to be scrappage - it could be scrappage or something similar..

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