Alex Grant

Updated Honda HR-V launches without diesel

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Honda is claiming higher-quality materials and improved refinement from its refreshed HR-V SUV, but early versions won’t be available with a diesel engine.

First Drive: Jeep Renegade

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The junior Jeep is taking a step towards a diesel-free future, explains Alex Grant.

VW Group to recall plug-ins over poisonous materials

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The Volkswagen Group has notified Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) of a potential recall of its plug-in vehicles, having discovered poisonous cadmium in part of the charging system.

Honda launches EV smart charging trial

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Honda has begun trials of a system which will automatically charge electric vehicles based on drivers’ usage patterns and the real-time load on the electrical grid, while offering financial rewards for doing so.

Mazda rolls out Apple CarPlay upgrade

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Mazda is introducing Apple CarPlay connectivity as an upgrade for new and existing vehicles with the MZD Connect infotainment system.

LeasePlan launches CarNext used car service

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LeasePlan has launched its CarNext service in the UK – a digital platform enabling the leasing giant to sell, lease or offer subscription-based usership for ex-fleet cars to retail customers.

Stuttgart to introduce Euro 5 diesel ban next year

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The city of Stuttgart in Germany is being told to update its air quality plans to include a ban on Euro 5 diesels by September 2015, in compliance with a court order. 

First ever A-Class Sedan revealed

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Mercedes-Benz will launch its first ever A-Class Sedan in Europe later this year, said to offer class-leading rear headroom and CO2 emissions from 107g/km.

Weaker Pound boosts Irish import market

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Exports of British-registered used cars to Ireland have increased almost 50% since the EU Referendum, said to be due to the weaker Pound, according to new data.

Mazda CX-5 gets AdBlue system to cut NOx

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Mazda UK has updated the CX-5’s 2.2-litre diesel engines in line with the facelifted Mazda6, adding NOx-reducing Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to its best-seller for the first time.

Fears car sharing could become a criminal’s playground

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A number of security issues that can potentially allow criminals to take control of shared vehicles has been uncovered by Kaspersky Lab.

First Drive: Citroën C4 Cactus

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There are some pleasant surprises behind the quirky C4 Cactus’s restyle, explains Alex Grant.

Daimler developing multi-marque car sharing solution

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Daimler is launching technology that could underpin a multi-marque car sharing solution for fleets, powered by its Connect Business telematics system.

Volkswagen previews Polo-sized SUV

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Volkswagen is extending its SUV line-up with a Juke-sized model called the T-Cross, set to break cover in the autumn.

Petrol Minis to get particulate filters

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Mini is adding petrol particulate filters across its range, as part of upgrade measures for new models manufactured from July onwards.

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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Already a cornerstone of the range, the new A-Class feels a cut above its rivals, says Alex Grant.

BP charges up forecourt network with Chargemaster acquisition

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Chargemaster is to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of BP, as the fuel company looks to roll out a network of ultra-fast electric vehicle charging points at its forecourts across the UK.

Toyota to replace Avensis with hybrid Camry

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Toyota is reintroducing the Camry saloon to Western Europe as a hybrid-only range, indirectly replacing the Avensis and taking its presence in the D-segment upmarket.

Road Test: Ford Kuga ST-Line

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Can Ford’s sportiest SUV stop drivers migrating to the premium brands? Alex Grant finds out.

Road Test: Kia Stinger GT

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Kia’s 370hp flagship is a turning point beyond its modest sales expectations, says Alex Grant.

Mazda doubts near-future CO2 benefits from EVs

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Mazda sees electric vehicles offering less near-future potential for cutting CO2 emissions than improvements to combustion engines, owing to the way the energy is generated.

Masternaut restructure puts the focus on real-time data

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Telematics and fleet management company, Masternaut, is re-shaping its operations to focus on software rather than hardware, aimed at helping businesses and Governments better utilise fleets’ data.

Land Rover moves Discovery production to Slovakia

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Land Rover is moving production of the Discovery to its new factory in Slovakia, ending almost 30 years of production of the SUV in Solihull.

Kia Niro EV to offer 450km range

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Kia’s forthcoming electric Niro SUV will offer a range of up to 450km when it launches in the UK next year, according to details released at the Busan International Motor Show in Korea.

Second German city likely to introduce diesel ban

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Aachen could become the second German city to introduce a ban on diesel vehicles, following legal action brought by two environmental groups, the final hearing for which is on Friday.

BMW reveals new X5 SUV

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BMW’s fourth-generation X5 will launch globally from this summer as it ups the ante against rivals such as the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.

First Drive: Audi A7 Sportback 50 TDI quattro

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Audi’s sector-bridging coupé isn’t just a style statement, says Alex Grant.

Spotlight: Ford Focus

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The fourth-generation Focus is a technological showpiece, out to re-assert itself in a segment that’s still a core part of Europe’s fleet market. Alex Grant finds out how.

Mazda debuts new 1.8-litre diesel engine

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Mazda has debuted its new 1.8-litre diesel engine in the updated CX-3 compact SUV, which is now available to order in Japan ahead of its European launch later this year.

Volvo begins phasing out diesel engines

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Volvo will not fit a diesel engine to the new S60 saloon, with all subsequent launches also due to only be available with electric or progressively more hybridised petrol engines.