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Mysterious mid-engined Maserati prototype teased

Luke Wilkinson 2019-11-21 12:00 A new Maserati’s test mule has been undergoing development on the streets of Modena, testing the firm’s new all-electric powertrain Maserati has teased a heavily camouflaged, mid-engined prototype undergoing testing on the streets of Modena. The Italian manufacturer says the prototype vehicle is being used to develop its latest powertrain, which will feature in its forthcoming production vehicles from May 2020. The tets mule appears to be a modified version of the Alfa Romeo 4C, sporting a wider front and rear track, enormous engine intakes and oversized alloy wheels squeezed under a set of flared wheel arches. However, the prototype doesn’t preview the styling of any of Maserati’s future products and is being used purely as a testing bed for the new drivetrain. • Best sports cars on sale now Maserati hasn’t confirmed any details on the mule’s powertrain, but it’s expected to be testing a version of the firm’s new “Maserati Blue” hybrid-electric powe..

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Family car test drive secrets: The questions you need to ask

Auto Express 2019-11-27 12:00 Thinking about buying a new car for the family? Here’s what you need to know before settling on a purchase For the majority of consumers, a car will be their second most expensive purchase after buying a house, so getting it right is crucial – particularly if it’s going to be used by the entire family. Fortunately, most dealerships offer customers the chance to get behind the wheel and test drive a vehicle before buying. Here’s a guide to some of the questions worth asking yourself before, during and after a test drive. How long should I drive the car for? This can depend on the flexibility of your local dealership, so it’s always worth phoning ahead to find out what your options are. Most manufacturers will have search functions on their websites, allowing you to find the model you want and either request a test drive immediately or quickly source the address and phone number of nearby dealerships. For example, if you’re looking to try out a new Vauxhal..

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What does the future hold for last-mile delivery?

2019-11-21 11:28 Renault's new concept vehicles tackle the challenges associated with urban delivery driving The rise of e-commerce and growth in package deliveries has had a ripple effect on UK roads. One in every £5 spent with UK retailers is now online, and while that has had a knock-on effect by shrinking the high street, it has also increased the requirement for light commercial vehicles to deliver products to suit individuals – be it a convenient time or location. According to a Government Office for Science report on the future of mobility, the increasing number of light goods vehicles (LGVs) on UK roads is driving growth in the freight transport industry (between 2000 and 2015 there was a 48 per cent increase in the number of LGVs licenced). Furthermore, recent studies have shown that last-mile deliveries now make up as much as 30 per cent of traffic in cities. The last mile is the shortest and quickest part of the entire logistics journey, but it’s also the one with th..

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New 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray now available in the UK

The all-new, mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is on sale in the UK now via import, with prices starting from £81,700 for the coupe and £87,110 for the convertible. First deliveries are expected to arrive during the second half of 2021 – and, for the first time in the model’s 67-year history, the new Corvette will be offered to UK buyers in right-hand drive. From launch, the C8 Corvette will only be available in Chevrolet’s generously equipped Launch Edition trim-level. Standard equipment includes a head-up display, a 14-speaker Bose stereo system, a rear-view camera and a pair of heated and ventilated sports seats. • Best sports cars on sale now The Launch Edition C8 comes with several chassis upgrades over normal versions of the new mid-engined Corvette. Buyers get an adjustable suspension system with adaptive dampers, larger brakes from specialist Brembo, an electronic limited-slip differential, grippy Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres and a freer-flowing exhaust system. Buyers..

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BMW M boss confirms standalone M model

Steve Fowler 2019-11-21 07:00 A new super-advanced halo BMW M model could arrive by 2021, and it's likely to feature some form of electrification Speaking exclusively to Auto Express at the Los Angeles Motor Show, BMW M boss Markus Flasch said, “I can think of doing standalone M-cars – I like the idea and I think we’re going to do something in this direction.” BMW wowed show goers at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September when it showed the plug-in hybrid Vision M Next concept, but Flasch wouldn’t commit to the new standalone model following that car’s mid-engined layout. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be a mid-engined supercar, but definitely it has to stand out from the crowd.” • All the latest from the 2019 LA Motor Show Flasch wouldn’t rule out a different shape of halo car for the M division – when asked if it could be an SUV, he simply replied, “I don’t know… Well I do know, but I’m not saying yet!” Sources within BMW have suggested that the new car could be seen by 202..

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New Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S arrives to take on BMW X5 M

Luke Wilkinson 2019-11-20 19:00 The new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S sports a twin-turbocharged mild-hybrid V8 engine, which develops 603bhp and 850Nm of torque This is the new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63. It’s a performance version of the standard SUV which has been designed to rival the BMW X5 M Competition and Range Rover Sport SVR. When it goes on sale in the UK next year, it will only be available in Mercedes’s most potent S specification. Like all of Mercedes-AMG’s top-tier models, the GLE 63 S is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, which develops 603bhp and 850Nm of torque in GLE. The engine sends its power to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic gearbox, and offers a 0–62mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 174mph. • New Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe ride review The GLE 63’s combustion engine is supported by Mercedes’s EQ Boost belt-driven starter/generator and 48-volt mild-hybrid architecture for the first time, which is capable of delivering an extra 22bhp and 2..

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New Volkswagen e-up! 2020 review

Image 1 of 12 Image 1 of 12 20 Nov, 2019 5:30pm James Brodie The new e-up! will be the cheapest all-electric car from Volkswagen, but is it any good? Far from being on its way out, the little Volkswagen up! has been given an important task as it charges towards its ninth year on sale. Next year Volkswagen will begin to roll out its family of ID. badged all-electric cars, all built using a purpose made electric platform and designed to become genuine alternatives to conventionally powered models like the evergreen Golf. However, the entry-point and cheapest way into VW’s new-look electric line-up will be this: the latest incarnation of the battery powered e-up! • Best electric cars to buy now It doesn’t receive a new identity under the ID. umbrella as it’s not based on the group’s MEB platform. Instead, this is a facelift that showcases just how fast battery technology is developing. It’s still based on a modified combustion engine platform, but within the same space as the prev..

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New Hyundai RM19 review

Image 1 of 30 Image 1 of 30 20 Nov, 2019 5:45pm Steve Sutcliffe The 390bhp Hyundai RM19 is a test bed for tech that will appear on future Hyundais. We try it out on the Nurburgring Let’s get one thing clear straight away: the Hyundai RM19 you see here is not a prototype of a production car that will appear in a year or so’s time. Instead it is, according to the Hyundai engineers who have built it, just a rolling test bed for various systems and technologies that will appear on various Hyundais in years to come. So that’s the PR side of things out of the way. Because what I can also tell you is that the RM19 is very much the Mk1 prototype of a Hyundai that will enter production in Mk2 form costing a lot less than £100k, possibly as soon as 2021. • Hyundai reveals Racing Midship prototype RM stands for “Racing Midship” which means it has a mid-engined chassis. Much like a Porsche 718 Cayman. It’s currently powered by a 390bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine mated to a six-speed seque..

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New Hyundai RM19 Racing Midship prototype uncovered at LA

Jonathan Burn 2019-11-21 07:35 Hyundai reveals intention for performance-based halo model with RM19, and we've already exclusively driven it Hyundai has signalled its intentions to launch a performance-based, halo model with the reveal of the RM19 concept. Shown for the first time at the LA Motor Show, the running mid-engined prototype packs 390bhp and previews the future direction for Hyundai's N brand. The name, RM19, refers to the prototype’s ‘Racing Midship’ configuration, something which Hyundai claims will give the vehicle “supercar-level handling balance.” The RM project has been in the works at Hyundai since 2012 and resulted in three different concept cars. The difference with the RM19 is that it’s a running prototype and Auto Express has had an exclusive first drive. • New Hyundai RM19 review The prototype is driven by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo taken from Hyundai’s TCR racer and also carries over that car’s six-speed sequential gearbox and rear-wheel-drive..

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New Hyundai Racing Midship prototype uncovered at LA

Jonathan Burn 2019-11-20 17:45 Hyundai reveals intention for performance-based halo model with RM19, and we've already exclusively driven it Hyundai has signalled its intentions to launch a performance-based, halo model with the reveal of the RM19 concept. Shown for the first time at the LA Motor Show, the running mid-engined prototype packs 390bhp and previews the future direction for Hyundai's N brand. The name, RM19, refers to the prototype’s ‘Racing Midship’ configuration, something which Hyundai claims to give the vehicle “supercar-level handling balance.” The RM project has been in the works at Hyundai since 2012 and resulted in three different concept cars. The difference with the RM19 is that it’s a running prototype and Auto Express has had an exclusive first drive. • New Hyundai RM19 review The prototype is driven by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo taken from Hyundai’s TCR racer and also carries over that car’s six-speed sequential gearbox and rear-wheel-drive s..

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