Alex Grant

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.

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.