Alex Grant

Audi A4 facelift brings new engines

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Audi’s heavily updated A4 line-up will offer richer connectivity and new ‘mild hybrid’ petrol and diesel engines, the carmaker has confirmed.

Innovation: Renault e-Tech hybrid technology

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Renault’s e-Tech hybrid technology debuts next year in the Clio. Alex Grant looks at how the technology is expected to command a diesel-like share of the market.

One in five Mondeos are hybrids, says Ford

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Ford recorded a ten-fold year-on-year increase in Mondeo Hybrid registrations during 2018, reaching 10,000 units across Europe, as rising costs and political pressure continued to erode the business case for diesel engines.

New Ford Kuga to include 29g/km plug-in hybrid

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Ford’s all-new Kuga SUV will include three ‘electrified’ drivetrains, including a plug-in hybrid with CO2 emissions from 29g/km, alongside petrol and diesel versions.

FCA developing plug-in services for fleets

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is developing a suite of services to support its forthcoming plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, while aiming to offer fleets total cost of ownership parity with petrol or diesel models.

Electrification could mean an end for diesel Clios, says Renault

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Renault is expecting to gradually phase out diesel engines from the new Clio, predicting demand for its new hybrid system could be as high as diesel was in some European markets.

Nissan readies electric SUV as EV demand grows

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Nissan is readying a range of ‘electrified’ SUVs, including a standalone battery-electric model, following strong demand for its second-generation Leaf.

NCAP-inspired database ranks vehicles on NOx emissions

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Fleets and policymakers can now access at-a-glance information about vehicles’ NOx emissions in urban use, aimed at helping cities with poor air quality to meet legal limits as quickly as possible.

Road Test: Opel Combo Life

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The answer to small families’ mobility woes isn’t always SUV-shaped, explains Alex Grant.

Road Test: Volvo V60

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Volvo’s compact executive wagon gives plenty for rivals to worry about, says Alex Grant.

Road Test: SsangYong Rexton

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SsangYong’s durable flagship puts the focus on roadgoing luxury, explains Alex Grant.

Road Test: Peugeot Rifter

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Part van, part MPV, part SUV, the Rifter is a multi-talented family-hauler, explains Alex Grant.

Road Test: Mazda6

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In a tough sector, the 6 offers something a little different to the norm, says Alex Grant.

Road test: Kia Sportage

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There are some notable new diesel options behind Kia’s refreshed best-seller, explains Alex Grant.

Road Test: Hyundai Nexo

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The Nexo SUV brings hydrogen fuel cells a step closer to mass market appeal, explains Alex Grant.

MG to target fleets with electric SUV

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MG has previewed an electric version of the ZS SUV in China, with the newcomer set to re-launch the brand in markets across Europe in the first half of 2019.

New Mitsubishi L200 ups comfort, durability and tech

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Mitsubishi has comprehensively upgraded the L200 one-tonne pickup, aimed at improving comfort and durability to cater for both business and private use.

First Drive: Skoda Fabia

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In a growing Skoda line-up, does the familiar Fabia still impress? Alex Grant finds out.

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz CLS

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The CLS is cutting-edge design that plays to some traditional brand strengths, says Alex Grant.

Addison Lee aims for autonomous taxis by 2021

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Addison Lee Group is aiming to have autonomous vehicles on its London fleet by 2021, following a collaborative agreement with software developer Oxbotica.

Senior changes at LeasePlan

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LeasePlan UK managing director, Matt Dyer, has taken up a new role leading the leasing company’s operation in the United States, effective from 1 January.

Tesla Model 3 due in Europe early 2019

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Tesla will start taking orders for the Model 3 in Europe before the end of this year, ahead of first deliveries due early in 2019, expecting sales of the compact executive electric car to …

Almost half of cars still not WLTP tested, says Jato

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Almost half of carmakers’ model ranges were not WLTP compliant at the start of October, according to Jato Dynamics, reflected by the Europe’s lowest September registrations in almost a decade.

Volvo invests in mobile rapid charging

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Volvo Cars has invested in charging point company FreeWire Technologies, which has developed a cheaper and less labour-intensive solution for installing rapid chargers for electric vehicles.

Volkswagen aims for 50% SUV sales share by 2025

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Volkswagen has stepped up its SUV ambitions, planning a line-up of 30 models by 2025 and expecting them to account for half of its global sales by that point – more than twice their …

Opel to drop slow-sellers as new models arrive

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Opel is discontinuing the Adam, Karl and Cascada next year, as it readies a streamlined range of new models in the market’s highest-volume segments.

MEPs vote for 20% car and van CO2 cut by 2025

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The European Parliament has voted in favour of a 20% targeted reduction in new car and van CO2 emissions between 2021 and 2025, with sub-50g/km vehicles to account for at least a fifth of …

Germany targets older diesels to curb air pollution

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Germany’s biggest carmakers are to incentivise drivers in the country’s most polluted cities to swap out of Euro 5 and older diesel cars, or fund upgrades to reduce emissions, following the federal government’s clean …

Renault confirms full hybrid Clio, Captur and Megane

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Renault will launch hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Clio, Captur and Megane starting from 2020, enabling customers to “go electric without changing their habits,” according to group chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Calls for better ULEV support, as EU votes on CO2 targets

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National governments and car manufacturers are being warned that they must better support Europe’s ultra-low emission vehicle market, ahead of the European Parliament vote on CO2 targets which takes place on Wednesday.