Alex Grant

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon to launch late 2018

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Mercedes-Benz is to launch the first-ever A-Class saloon later this year, as part of plans to extend its popular small car line-up from five variants to eight.

Road Test: Škoda Karoq

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The Yeti’s larger successor has the market’s best crossovers in its sights, explains Alex Grant.

Lexus range to expand with ES compact hybrid saloon

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Lexus will launch a compact hybrid saloon car below the IS in its European range later this year, likely to preview some of the technology coming to the next CT compact hatch.

World’s first public EV recharging road goes live

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A 2km long stretch of public road that can charge electric commercial and passenger vehicles on the move has gone live in Sweden.

JLR blames “continuing headwinds” for further production cuts

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Jaguar Land Rover will announce cuts to agency staff levels and production volumes for the 2018/19 financial year on Monday, blaming “continuing headwinds impacting the car industry.”

Vauxhall to build PSA vans in Luton from mid-2019

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PSA Group is extending the capacity of the Vauxhall van plant in Luton by almost 50%, with a new Vivaro on its own platform due to be built there, alongside Peugeot and Citroën vans, …

Concerns for U.S. auto industry as EPA weakens emissions standards

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing strong criticism for weakening greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for light-duty vehicles to 2025, with concerns that it could affect the domestic industry, …

Power of Data Survey – Have your say on the future of fleet

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Fleet World and International Fleet World, in association with Shell Commercial Fleet, would like to invite you to take part in an exclusive reader survey that explores the latest fleet trends.

Diesel emissions policies open to loopholes, study warns

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Policymakers are being warned to take a wider look at the effects of vehicle emissions to avoid creating loopholes, a team of scientists has warned, following a study showing diesel engines with ‘defeat devices’ …

Mazda CX-3 updated for Euro 6d

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Mazda has updated the CX-3 compact SUV with new technology and engine upgrades to bring emissions in line with the latest Euro 6d requirements.

Volvo sister brand to build plug-in hybrid SUVs in Belgium

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Chinese-owned car company, Lynk & Co, is to build its first subscription-funded hybrid SUVs at the Belgian factory of sister brand Volvo Cars from 2019, with a focus on urban drivers.

Volkswagen reveals new Touareg SUV

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Volkswagen’s premium-class Touareg SUV will be replaced at the end of this year, with the new model including a plug-in hybrid for the first time.

DS cuts two models as it readies new range

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Production of the DS 4 and DS 5 will end by the end of this year, as DS Automobiles begins a transition period towards a new model range, the carmaker has confirmed.

Interview: Linda Jackson, CEO Citroën

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Citroën CEO, Linda Jackson, has plans to increase the brand’s sales 30% to 1.6 million units by 2020, through a combination of products and customer service. Alex Grant finds out more.

Road Test: Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

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The third part of the Ioniq family is plug-in hybrid technology done right, explains Alex Grant.

Toyota phasing out diesel cars by 2019

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Toyota will have no diesel passenger cars on sale in Europe by the end of this year, citing limited demand and widespread uptake of hybrid alternatives. 

Charging infrastructure not hampering EV take-up, report finds

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Slow uptake of electric vehicles across Europe has more to do with limited availability of vehicles than a lack of charging infrastructure, according to a new report published this week. The Platform for Electromobility, …

Hyundai Kona Electric revealed with 292-mile WLTP range

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Hyundai has revealed the electric version of the Kona compact SUV, confirming a range of almost 300 miles under the new WLTP cycle and rapid 100kW charging capability.

Advertising standards ruling to take toll on Irish used car market

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The ASA ruling on the value of ex-fleet cars could result in a large influx of stock into Ireland, with a potentially “disastrous” effect on residual values, Irish data site Cartell.ie has warned.

UK government loses third case over illegal air pollution

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The UK and Welsh governments will be required by law to draw up new plans to cure illegal levels of air pollution, following a third defeat in the High Court in London to environmental …

Volvo reveals new V60 estate

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Volvo Cars has unveiled the new V60 estate, which will renew its presence in the compact executive sector when it goes on sale later this year.

New Peugeot 508 targets the premium brands

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Peugeot hopes to attract fleets back to the D-segment with the new 508, re-designing it as a four-door coupe with a view to improving residual values and keeping running costs low.

Tougher action needed to curb rising oil demand, says BP

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Global oil demand and CO2 emissions will be higher in 2040 than in 2016, even with a total worldwide ban on all new combustion engine vehicles, according to the 2018 BP Energy Outlook report.

Seat reveals Tarraco seven-seat SUV

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Seat has released the first image of its seven-seater SUV, confirming it will be named ‘Tarraco’ when it launches later this year.

New BMW X4 revealed

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BMW has revealed the second-generation X4 coupe-SUV, replacing a model which has sold 200,000 units since it launched in 2014.

New A-Class previews small-car focus for Mercedes-Benz

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Mercedes-Benz is to extend its small car line-up to eight model lines, likely to include an A-Class saloon and an electric vehicle, as it focuses on broadening its appeal and finding a younger customer …

Road Test: Kia Stonic

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The Stonic gives Kia a conventional sub-Sportage crossover, at last, explains Alex Grant.

Road Test: Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Is Alfa’s first SUV a brand extension too far? Alex Grant doesn’t think so.

Ford to double EV investment

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Ford is more than doubling its investment in electric vehicles, reviving the Mach nameplate made famous by early Mustangs on a high-performance electric SUV due in 2020.

PSA appoints new Vauxhall and Opel MD

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Groupe PSA has appointed Stephen Norman as managing director of Vauxhall Motors and Opel Ireland, effective from 1 February.