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New Jaguar XE Reims Edition arrives with unique paint and extra kit

Alex Ingram 2019-12-11 00:01 The limited-run Jaguar XE Reims Edition gets unique ‘French Racing Blue’ paint and extra kit beyond the R-Dynamic S model Jaguar has revealed the new XE Reims Edition. Only 200 will make it exclusively to the UK, and each are available to order now priced from £38,295. The limited run model gains a variety of cosmetic upgrades over the R-Dynamic S trim model on which it’s based. The most obvious is the ‘French Racing Blue’ paint; a shade previously used in the limited run XKR-S and XFR-S models. • Best executive cars on sale right now The paint is set off by a black contrasting finish for the grille and side window surrounds, roof, door mirrors and sill inserts. The 19-inch alloy wheels are also painted gloss black. Image 2 of 19 Image 2 of 19 Inside, the Reims Edition is trimmed in black leather upholstery with contrasting stitching. Rear privacy glass is standard as is the Cold Climate pack which includes a heated windscreen, heated steering whee..

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New Porsche Taycan 4S 2019 review

Image 1 of 23 Image 1 of 23 10 Dec, 2019 11:00pm Vicky Parrott The Porsche Taycan 4S is the new entry-level model in the brand’s all-electric range, but is less actually more? It’s rare to drive a car that feels truly revolutionary, but that is exactly what the Porsche Taycan is – a vehicle that shows how much fun a plug-in future can be. It’s even more refreshing to know that the new ‘entry-level’ Taycan is as remarkable as its Turbo stablemate. Probably more so, since it packs up to 523bhp and 640Nm or, if you step up from the standard 79.2kWh battery to the 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus we’re testing, 563bhp and 650Nm. • New Porsche Taycan Turbo S review That’s 0-62mph in four seconds, by the way, and it also means that the maximum range jumps from 252 to 287 miles. Even on 20-inch wheels in a British winter, Porsche’s range tool reckons that the 4S Plus will do about 220 miles between charges. Image 2 of 23 Image 2 of 23 Impressive, given that the 4S costs some £30,000 ..

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Is your council a clean-air hypocrite?

Hugo Griffiths 2019-12-10 23:30 An average of 91.6 per cent of council vehicles use diesel, with London still running 724 non-ULEZ-compliant diesel vehicles The vast majority of the 66,000 vehicles operated by UK councils run on diesel, Auto Express has discovered, with authorities admitting that no “viable electric alternative” to the fuel exists in “the vast majority” of cases. And, in areas where emission zones are operational or planned, council vehicles often breach the limits set or proposed. A total of 66,617 vehicles are operated by the 320 local authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that responded to our freedom of information requests, with 91.6 per cent running on diesel, and 62 council fleets consisting entirely of diesel vehicles. • Diesel ban? The future of diesel cars in the UK Local authority fleets comprise everything from bin lorries and gritters to community minibuses and park-maintenance pick-up trucks – vital machines that keep the UK mov..

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New Honda Civic Sport Line 2019 review

Image 1 of 31 Image 1 of 31 9 Dec, 2019 7:45pm Richard Ingram Honda's Civic hatch gets Type-R inspired styling upgrades in new Sport Line spec but do they help it keep pace with rivals? The fuss around family cars may have centred firmly on the all-new Volkswagen Golf of late, but that’s not say other manufacturers are resting on their laurels. Conscious of quite how capable Wolfsburg’s hottest hatchback may be, makers are rushing to make improvements to their fast-selling favourites. Honda is no exception – the brand quietly updated the Civic with a smattering of stylistic and ergonomic tweaks only last month. Not content, it has now added a racier Sport Line model to the range, designed to steal sales from popular rivals like the Ford Focus ST-Line and SEAT Leon FR. • Best hatchbacks to buy now Instead of acting as a standalone spec, Honda’s sporty styling tweaks are applied to the flagship Civic EX, and will later be added to the to cheaper SR cars, too. For £1,000, you c..

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Overfinch creates a 450bhp soft-top Land Rover Defender 90 for £240k

Alastair Crooks 2019-12-09 17:00 Overfinch Defender 90 is revived with new £239,990 soft top model featuring a 6.2-litre V8 Overfinch has transformed a Defender 90 into a bespoke, one-of-one soft top 4x4, specially commissioned with a host of expensive upgrades. Well known for its work modifying Land Rovers and Range Rovers, this latest effort from the London-based firm will be more likely to reside on the streets of London than in a muddy field. • New Land Rover Defender SVR to take on Mercedes-AMG G63 That’s not to say that this soft top Defender isn’t impressive or capable. A 450bhp 6.2-litre V8 sits under the bonnet and to keep the extra power in check the brakes have been uprated, too. A stainless-steel sports exhaust system also features, which should do much to amplify that General Motors-sourced engine. The green paint is matched with a green and tan leather interior and the Recaro sport seats should be able to keep occupants stable through quickly taken corners or unli..

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Limited run Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic Black launched

Luke Wilkinson 2019-12-10 00:01 Land Rover has unveiled a special edition Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic Black, which comes with a range of black trim and additional kit This is the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic Black. A limited run model that adds a range of black styling features and a host of additional standard equipment. Production will be limited to just 500 examples, with each carrying a price-tag pf £56,995. It’s based on the best-selling Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE. Upgrades over the standard model include 21-inch gloss black alloy wheels, privacy glass, a fixed panoramic glass roof, brown leather upholstery, a brown headlining and a choice of two metallic paint colours – Santorini Black or Elger Grey. • Best SUVs and 4x4s on sale now Buyers also get a heated leather steering wheel and Land Rover’s adaptive dynamics system as standard. The latter upgrade adds adjustable dampers and software which continuously monitors the road surface and driving style (both on- and off-road..

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New cat’s eye pollution filters can clean roadside air

Tristan Shale-Hester 2019-12-09 13:00 Partially submerged pods can extract dangerous pollutants at the roadside and feed out 99 per cent clean air A new cat’s eye-style filter has been invented which can clean up polluted roadside air at busy junctions. The partially submerged pods from UK-based firm Pollution Solution are capable of extracting particulate matter and other harmful pollutants - including NOx, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and ozone - from the roadside and filtering the air back out 99 per cent clean. In order for the pods to be installed, a small channel needs to be cut into the middle of the road, into which air ducts are laid and connected to the pod heads, which will then sit partially submerged in the road surface, looking similar to cat’s eyes. The system is then connected to an air station - roughly the same size as a phone box - which sits at the side of the road. The installation process at one junction can be completed in less than 24 hours. Thomas Delgad..

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New Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered 2019 review

Image 1 of 20 Image 1 of 20 9 Dec, 2019 12:45pm James Brodie The new 399bhp Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered has arrived, but is it a true fast estate rival for the Mercedes-AMG C 43 and Audi S4 Avant? When we ran a Volvo V60 in basic D3 Momentum flavour on our long- term fleet last year it was an immediate hit with all who used it. Consensus across the AE office was quickly established: Volvo has smashed it out of the park with the V60, and even the basic D3 Momentum flavour we ran for six months was a plush package. The V60 range is pretty expansive if you dip into the price list, though, and right at the top end sits this: the V60 T8 Twin Engine Polestar Engineered. It’s the fastest and most expensive version of this generation V60 to date, but it doesn’t shape up as a totally straightforward rival for the likes of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 Estate, Audi S4 Avant or the new BMW M340i Touring. • Best fast estate cars on sale That’s because this £57,000 V60 uses a plug-in hybrid powert..

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SUVs outselling electric cars 37 to 1 as climate group calls for action

Tristan Shale-Hester 2019-12-09 11:50 Sales of both vehicle types have grown, but 1.8 million SUVs were sold over the last four years compared with 47,000 EVs SUVs are outselling electric cars at a ratio of 37 to 1, according to a new study by an organisation arguing for “immediate action” to reduce sales of large cars. Although sales of both electric cars and SUVs have grown, just 47,000 of the former have been sold in the last four years, compared with 1.8 million of the latter. There are, of course, electric SUVs on sale - like the Kia e-Niro and Jaguar I-Pace - but these were grouped with the ‘electric cars’ for the purposes of this comparison. • Best electric cars on sale The share of the new car market accounted for by electric cars has risen from 0.6 per cent in 2018 to 1.5 per cent in the first 11 months of 2019, but this has done nothing to combat growing SUV registrations, which have grown 13.5 per cent in three years to account for 21.2 per cent of new car sales in 2018 ..

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New McLaren 620R unleashed with 610bhp

Jonathan Burn 2019-12-09 09:00 The McLaren 620R is a new track-focused Sport Series model based on firm's 570S GT4 racer, and it's limited to just 350 units This is the McLaren 620R, a new flagship model for the firm’s Sport Series range and in effect a road-legal version of the British company’s 570S GT4 racer. Only 350 units will be produced, each priced at £250,000, with first customers due to take delivery in February 2020. McLaren says the 620R delivers “pure motorsport experience in a road car”. It shares many of the racer’s design, engineering and aerodynamic elements to ensure it retains what McLaren calls “the DNA of a fully homologated track car”. • Best performance cars on sale One point of difference is the engine. Freed from racing regulations, McLaren has been able to boost power from the car’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8, courtesy of an ECU remap and tweaks to the turbochargers. As the car’s name suggests, total power rises to 620hp (or 610bhp) and 620Nm of t..

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