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Alex Grant

Road Test: Audi A7 S line Ultra

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Executive Price: £48,705 Fuel: 57.6mpg CO2: 128g/km There’s plenty of direct rivalry between even the niche models of the ‘Big Three’ German premium manufacturers, but the Audi A7 Sportback is a difficult car … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Polo GTI

2 years ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen Polo GTI Sector: Supermini Price: £18,900 (£19,530 5dr) Fuel: 47.1mpg CO2: 139g/km Almost 40 years ago, Volkswagen defined what has since become the formula for hot hatches with its first GTI model. A formula … Read More »

Fleet and petrol registrations outstrip UK market growth

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A total of 178,420 vehicles were registered in the UK during July, up 3.2% on last year, with the largest percentage increase among fleets, up 6.4% year on year. Fleet vehicles accounted for 52.9% … Read More »

First Drive: Volkswagen Sharan

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Large MPV Price: £26,300–£36,280 Fuel: 42.2–56.5mpg CO2: 130–156g/km Over a two-decade lifespan, Volkswagen has carved out some surprisingly broad global niches for the Sharan. The seven-seat MPV, beloved of expanding families and taxi … Read More »

Mobile management

2 years ago / 0 comments

Eco Maps Via an easy search function, Eco Maps intelligently creates itineraries which plot the most time and fuel-efficient way between destinations, presenting multiple options if they’re available. Price: £1.49 from iTunes Store Zap-Map … Read More »

Safety upgrades for Aygo and Yaris

2 years ago / 0 comments

The features form part of the Toyota Safety Sense package, introduced on the refreshed Avensis and Auris earlier this year, but previously unavailable on smaller models. Aygo owners can now add it for £375, … Read More »

Fleets warned about expensive repairs for two-tone alloy wheels

2 years ago / 0 comments

Contract hire company, Activa Contracts, part of the Arnold Clark Group, says the finish is being offered by at least a dozen different manufacturers, either as an option or as standard fitment. Polished or … Read More »

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: SUV Price: £49,280–£96,555 Fuel: 23.9–76.4mpg CO2: 78–278g/km While new niches seem to be de rigeur for the German premium brands at the moment, the GLE-Class isn’t really a newcomer. A new badge for … Read More »

Global warming a concern but carbon taxes are unpopular, survey shows

2 years ago / 0 comments

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and ICM Unlimited poll surveyed 2,009 people, finding 57% were concerned about global warming, with 14% claiming to be ‘very worried’ about it. Almost two thirds (64%) said they … Read More »

First Drive: Toyota Avensis

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: £17,765–£28,440 Fuel: 45.6–67.3mpg CO2: 108–143g/km Toyota reckons word of mouth plays a big part in maintaining and building the customer base for the Avensis, and they’re probably onto something. While … Read More »

Audi, BMW and Daimler to co-acquire Nokia mapping subsidiary

2 years ago / 0 comments

HERE offers a multitude of services based on historic and real-time traffic movement data, including last-mile navigation and the ability to predict delays based on the user’s normal routes and departure times. Jaguar is … Read More »

First Drive: Renault Kadjar

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: £17,995–£26,295 Fuel: 48.7–74.3mpg CO2: 99–130g/km Renault openly admits it’s better known for clever superminis and MPVs than it is for crossovers, but that’s a reputation it’s out to change. After the … Read More »

Electric car share scheme goes live in Northamptonshire hospital

2 years ago / 0 comments

Berrywood Hospital in Dunston, Campbell House in Northampton and St. Mary’s Hospital in Kettering have deployed two vehicles each, which will all be available for public use at evenings and weekends through the E-Car … Read More »

First Drive: BMW 1 Series

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £20,245-£31,730 Fuel: 35.3–83.1mpg CO2: 89–188g/km It’s a little under four years since BMW launched the second-generation 1 Series, which says a lot about how much that sector has moved on … Read More »

First Tesla Superchargers to UK motorway network

2 years ago / 0 comments

Two bays are now operating at South Mimms, near the M1/M25 junction north of London, with a further six bays per site at Oxford Services on the M40 and Hopwood Park, near the M5/M42 … Read More »

Cheshire East Council to see major savings after deploying EVs on fleet

2 years ago / 0 comments

Councillor Les Gilbert, Cabinet member for communities, has authorised officers to apply for a 75% grant to fund the new additions. With lower fuel and maintenance costs, the council says these will cut running … Read More »

First Drive: Ford S-Max

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Large MPV Price: £24,545–£32,945  Fuel: 31.7–56.5mpg CO2: 129–204g/km The outgoing Ford S-Max was one of those segment-busting vehicles which could so easily have not worked. Emerging from the MPV joint venture with the … Read More »

Double Vision

2 years ago / 0 comments

  What is it? Billed as an alternative to a fixed head-up display, MINI has developed a prototype augmented reality display built into a headset which looks a little like a pair of aviation … Read More »

Tesla Model S gains range, performance and £51k entry version

2 years ago / 0 comments

The latest additions to the electric luxury car's line-up begin with a single motor 70kWh version, priced at £50,800 after the Plug-in Car Grant. This is £4,200 less than the dual-motor 70D introduced in … Read More »

Renault adds long-range version to ZOE line-up

2 years ago / 0 comments

With the R240 motor, named after its range in kilometres, the ZOE offers a class-leading 149-mile range from a single charge, based on the New European Drive Cycle, thanks to improved electronic management, and … Read More »


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