Alex Grant

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.

Interview: Edward Kulperger, Geotab

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With a growing global customer base, Canada-based telematics company, Geotab, reckons there’s untapped value for vehicle data that goes far beyond the traditional fleet-focused use case, as vice president of business development, Edward Kulperger, …

DS 7 Crossback PHEV targets sub-50g/km CO2

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DS Automobiles will add a 300hp plug-in hybrid to the flagship DS 7 Crossback SUV next year, offering CO2 emissions of under 50g/km on the WLTP test cycle.

Peugeot shows 49g/km 3008 and 508 PHEVs

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Peugeot is to launch high-performance plug-in hybrid versions of the 3008 SUV, and the new 508 and 508 SW this autumn, offering CO2 emissions of 49g/km and up to 30 miles of electric range.

Porsche drops diesel citing rising PHEV demand

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Porsche is not reintroducing diesel engines back into its range, claiming the fuel had a ‘secondary role’ and that it will instead focus on meeting demand for hybrid and electric products.

BMW and Daimler to form urban mobility joint venture

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The BMW Group and Daimler AG have formed a 50/50 joint venture to establish a standalone mobility services company, set to operate across Europe.

FCA Group to launch fleet telematics system

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching a telematics service for fleets next month, utilising the on-board data connection fitted to its latest models.

Mercedes-Benz electric SUV sets sights on I-Pace

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Mercedes-Benz is to launch a long-range, high-performance electric SUV next year, rivalling the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi E-Tron and Tesla Model X.

Audi starts production of electric SUV

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Audi has started production of the e-tron electric SUV at its factory in Brussels, ahead of the first deliveries due by the end of the year.

First Drive: Peugeot 508

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Peugeot goes premium with the 508 – and convincingly, too. By Alex Grant.

Toyota and Uber extend autonomous car partnership

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Toyota and Uber are to co-develop an autonomous ride-sharing service, scheduled to launch in 2021.

Toyota revives ‘Corolla’ name in Europe

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The replacement for the Toyota Auris will be named ‘Corolla’, bringing Europe in line with other global markets for the first time since 2006.

Opel previews 2019 Corsa

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Opel/Vauxhall has previewed some of the design cues of the 2019 Corsa, with a new electric coupe-SUV concept car.

Sixt reports record half-year results

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Sixt Group is reporting the best half-year in its history, driven by a seasonally stronger second quarter and demand for its rental and leasing solutions.

Cox Automotive launches mobility division

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Cox Automotive has launched a new business division in the United States, recognising the global growth of Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

MG to relaunch in Europe with electric SUV

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Chinese manufacturer SAIC is relaunching the MG brand in markets outside the UK next year, starting with an electric version of the ZS compact SUV.

First Drive: Hyundai Kona Electric

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Hyundai’s electric SUV marks a tipping point for EVs, but there’s a catch. By Alex Grant.