October 22, 2014

  • from Autocar

    Only one way to find out: get seven very different cars, a wet track and a data logger. We reveal who reigns in the rain How entirely fitting it was that the day of this test was that day that always comes each autumn. You know the one. It’s Monday morning. You leave the house in darkness. It is pelting with rain. You know that you’ll not return before darkness. There is no question about it: you will need a decent coat, from this very day forward, until the return of spring.The only...

October 21, 2014

  • from Autocar

    BMW M2 coupé scooped, wet handling test, new Corsa takes on Fiesta and Polo, Bentley GT3-R driven, Porsche 918 Spyder road test, our long-term Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV goes off-road This week's issue of Autocar magazine, dated 22 October 2014, reveals the secrets of the forthcoming BMW M2 coupé. We've got the latest information on the Munich manufacturer's latest performance car, which is currently under development.As the autumnal weather takes a turn for the worst, we ask what car is best in...
  • from Autocar

    The Ford Fiesta is Britain’s best-selling car, the VW Polo the country’s classiest supermini. Can the new Vauxhall Corsa topple them? Want to know how important the new Corsa is to Vauxhall? It’s the company’s most profitable car. One in three Vauxhalls sold is a Corsa. Even last year, late in its model cycle, Vauxhall shifted 85,000 of them in the UK. Four per cent of all new cars sold here is a Corsa.And half the people who buy them are spending their own money. They’re not fleet buyers, they...
  • from Autocar

    Only one way to find out: get seven very different cars, a wet track and a data logger. We reveal who reigns in the rain How entirely fitting it was that the day of this test was that day that always comes each autumn. You know the one. It’s Monday morning. You leave the house in darkness. It is pelting with rain. You know that you’ll not return before darkness. There is no question about it: you will need a decent coat, from this very day forward, until the return of spring.The only...

October 15, 2014

  • from Auto123

    The Volkswagen Jetta is the German company's best-selling product here in Canada. Yes, we Canadians love the Jetta, which is basically a Golf with an added trunk. We're not alone, as Volkswagen has sold over 14 million Jettas worldwide since its introduction back in 1979. Even a mid-cycle refresh like the one we're getting for 2015 is worth getting excited about. However, as they say, “it's all in the details,” and that's exactly where one needs to look to discover what's new for...

October 14, 2014

  • The Ford F-150 isn't the only new truck for 2015 -- and it may not be the most important. General Motors is taking another whack at smaller trucks, a segment most automakers have abandoned.
  • from Autocar

    Britain’s best driver’s car; Fiat chief mulls Ferrari’s future; new Ford Mondeo driven; Volvo V60 Polestar road test; goodbye to our Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG This week’s issue of Autocar, dated 15 October, is devoted to our annual quest to find Britain’s best driver’s car.The premise is straightforward: the year’s best-handling cars scrap it out on road and track. We mulled over a long list of what we thought we should gather for what we informally know as Handling Day.Usually, we’d then cut that...
  • from Autocar

    All-new supermini raises its game by building on its predecessor’s strengths, with the end result being a classy supermini that’s decent to drive A heated windscreen. That’s what, in customer satisfaction surveys, current Vauxhall Corsa owners said they wanted. Not a revolution in looks, nor in dynamics, nor in cabin ambience, but a heated windscreen, please.So you’ll excuse the new Vauxhall Corsa for not reinventing itself. The new model is as all new as many cars get these days. Elements of...

October 13, 2014

  • from Autocar

    The new 707bhp Challenger is an insane beast – but we're glad it exists The Dodge Challenger is a legendary model for Chrysler. It’s the American company’s player in pony car game and the likes of Ford’s Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro have been its competition on and off for nearly 50 years.The original Challenger came to market in 1969; in 2008, Dodge introduced the present, third-generation version. The large, two-door coupé uses a cut version of Chrysler’s waning LX architecture, which...

October 9, 2014

  • from Autocar

    We talk to Vauxhall design chief Mark Adams, and Corsa boss Andreas Zipser, to find out how the firm hopes to re-take the top spot as the UK's best-selling car The new fourth-generation Vauxhall Corsa is effectively a Corsa 3.5. In many ways it’s closely related to the outgoing car, but also comes with all-new body panels, suspension, steering and interior architecture.The new model is priced from just £8995 as Vauxhall aims to usurp Ford in providing the UK's best-selling car.We find out...
  • from Auto123

    Interbrand today released its 15th annual Best Global Brands report. While Apple (No. 1) and Google (No. 2) dominate the rankings, automakers like Toyota (No. 8) and Mercedes-Benz (No. 10) managed to crack the top 10. When determining the top 100 most valuable brands each year, Interbrand examines three key aspects that contribute to a brand's value: The financial performance of the branded product and service; The role the brand plays in influencing customer choice; The...

October 8, 2014

  • from Auto123

    When you hear the word “Jeep,” what image comes to mind? Probably a go-anywhere Wrangler hitting the Rubicon Trail and conquering everything in its path. What you do not imagine is a derivative of the long-gone Dodge Caliber with a seven-slot grille touting fuel economy over capability. Unfortunately, that's exactly what makes up the Compass. It's Jeep's redheaded stepchild with Trail Rated badging. But, it's not as bad as you'd think...
  • from Autocar

    More rugged version of Fiat's Panda 4x4 offers impressive off-road ability, but the result is just too pricey A bit of a conundrum, really. The Fiat Panda Cross – which made its debut in Geneva earlier this year and which we’ve already driven in 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol form – sits at the very top of the Panda range in the UK.To set it apart from its pseudo-off-road siblings, the Panda Trekking and the Panda 4x4, Fiat has given the Panda Cross chunky body cladding, raised its ride height...

October 7, 2014

  • from Auto123

    John Hennessey and his team wanted to create a Ford Mustang to rival the new 650-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. They now have one with the 717-horsepower Mustang GT HPE 700! However, the tuning expert is not stopping there: a 375-horsepower, 4-cylinder EcoBoost  is also in the works. Under the hood of the Hennessey Mustang GT HPE 700 is the familiar 5.0L V8 equipped with a new exhaust system, fuel pump and injectors as well as a Roots...
  • from Autocar

    The long-awaited all-new Ford Mondeo is finally here, and it's a remarkably good car This is the all-new Ford Mondeo. The fleet favourite is new from the ground up, sharing most of its architecture and tech with the US-built Fusion saloon. However, the European Mondeo is arriving here a full three years after its American cousin went on sale, due to alterations to production plans.It also arrives after what we’re told is significant revisions to make it palatable for a European audience. This...
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