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Jaguar extends Team Sky partnership

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Jaguar will provide ten team cars for Sky as well as a range of transport options to and from events. The duties will involve following the event in specially adapted Jaguars which will carry four spare bikes on their roofs in...

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Vauxhall Astra breaks 100g/km CO2 threshold

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With a fuel economy of 76.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km the newest Astra drivetrain will be the most efficient in its history, making it the first Astra to be VED exempt in the UK. It will replace the current 1.7-litre...

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Nissan Qashqai passes 1m units

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“The Nissan Qashqai has been a phenomenal success since its start of production just four and a half years ago,” said Kevin Fitzpatrick, Vice President for Manufacturing at Nissan UK. “Qashqai was a real crossover pioneer and producing one million in...

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Nissan attempts two records at Goodwood

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Nissan’s electric vehicle (EV) can reach speeds of up to 90mph in theory as the electric powertrain allows the model to drive as fast forward as it does backwards. Normal petrol cars can only achieve low speeds in reverse because of...

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Citroen prepares for DS4 launch

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As was the case with the DS3, the new DS4 is based loosely on its regular hatchback counterpart, the C4 but comes with a vastly superior equipment list and far more unique styling. It has already been widely praised for its...

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MINI unveils Coupe models

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The two-door, two-seat coupe will reach UK forecourts in October with a start price of £16,640 and four trim levels. At the top of the range is the John Cooper Works model - a name synonymous with performance and racing. In...

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Ford steps up MPV production in Spain

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The increase has been sanctioned at Ford’s Spanish plant in Valencia after the American manufacturer sold more than 100,000 versions of the MPVs in Europe, including over 8,000 sales in the UK alone. Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and...

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Saab opens 9-5 estate order books

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Deliveries of the car are expected in the autumn for UK customers alongside the current 9-5 saloon and will carry a similar wrap-around rear windscreen as well as a sportier stance, much lower than previous Saab estates. From launch five engines...

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Mazda CX-7 wins overall Towcar award

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Last year the same model claimed a Best in Class title when it saw off challenges from the likes of the Honda CR-V and the Suzuki Grand Vitara however this year it went a step further in grabbing an overall...

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Volkswagen sells 2m vehicles before June

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The German manufacturer sold 2.09 million vehicles between January and May which represents an increase of some 12.2 per cent on 2010. Similar improvements were also seen last month when VW sold 436,400 units compared to 376,100 vehicles in 2010. Volkswagen...

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Vauxhall launches 'summer savings' promotion

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The discounts are part of a ‘summer savings’ promotion from the GM-owned manufacturer which will run from the 17 June to the 18 July with accessories also eligible for the discount. Peter Hope, Vauxhall's Marketing Director, said: "Vauxhall Countdown is a...

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Ford reaps rewards of laser technology

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Ford has added another interesting technology to its production line-up after it revealed spending more than £60 million on laser technology. The lasers have been introduced to help keep wind noise at a minimum and it does so by measuring parts...

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First images of the new Vauxhall Astra Twintop

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The change in tact has been brought about to reduce the overall weight of the car which, as well as economic improvements, will also result in improved handling and drive, says Vauxhall. It was revealed that a fabric option would replace...

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Toyota adds solar power to its Derbyshire plant

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The plant in Derbyshire will receive around 17,000 large solar panels which will take up around 90,000m² of land and cost the Japanese manufacturer around £10 million. The solar system will save an estimated 2,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year...

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Ford tops UK monthly sales charts, again

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The blue oval brand has held a stranglehold on the top of the table every month this year and last month was no different with the Fiesta selling more than 8,000 units – bumping its yearly total to around 43,000. The...

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Audi unveils 560bhp R8 Spyder

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Under the bonnet is a potent 5.2-litre V10 FSI engine with 560bhp at its disposal which allows the Spyder to clear 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 197mph. It comes with a manual transmission and an electrohydraulic clutch...

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Fiat models hit top five in reliability survey

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The survey asks car-owners to rate their motors on a number of different aspects including reliability, comfort and running costs, making it a well-regarded set of results. Andrew Humberstone, managing director at Fiat Group Automobiles UK, said: “ positive results of...

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Mazda targets business users with new model

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Available from 1 June at a price of £18,300, the new model has been tailored for business users with a 127bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine which returns 138g/km and allows the Mazda6 to sit in the 20 per cent benefit-in-kind tax...

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Ford looks to add heart-rate monitors to Focus

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Using six sensors positioned in the backrest of the driver’s seat, the Focus will monitor heart rate and diagnose any change in heart conditions and in worst case scenarios, detect a heart attack. Ford has been a pioneer of safety technology...

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