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New Cars

  • Volvo lifts lid on new S90

    Volvo this week unveiled its new S90 and, by the looks of things, the Swedish carmaker sees a big future for itself in the US. Following a strong lift in US sales through 2015, Volvo says the decision to unveil the latest version of its premium sedan at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit was a very deliberate one. “We have always placed great significance on our presence in the US. That is why we decided to present our S90 to the public for the very first time at the Detroit show, and why we have begun...

  • 6 of the geekiest compact cars we can look forward to in 2016

    So, 2016 is here. The fireworks have fizzled out. The parties have died down. And countless New Year’s resolutions have already been broken. However, if your resolution involved buying a compact, technology-filled car, you’re in luck. This year, the choice is even broader, thanks to the impending arrival of a number of new players. So, we’ve created a list of six upcoming small vehicles (nothing bigger than a C-segment hatchback) scheduled to hit the new car scene at some stage in 2016. And there’s something for pretty much every brand of automotive geek. Yes, there’s everything from a performance coupe...

  • 4 reasons the Volvo S90 sedan is destined for success (and one reason it isn’t)

    The Volvo Cars brand is in the midst of what could just turn out to be quite the transformation. Indeed, with the launch of the widely acclaimed second-generation Volvo XC90 in late 2014, the Swedish automaker took its first public step towards the sort of success that seemed impossible during its final years under Ford ownership. And now, still boasting the considerable backing of the Chinese automotive giant that essentially rescued it, the Gothenburg-based manufacturer has taken the wraps off its next flagship sedan: the 2017 Volvo S90. This sleek premium saloon – which replaces the largely forgettable S80...

  • Mazda MX-5 vs Fiat 124 Spider: exactly how do these unlikely siblings differ?

    The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider draws its roadster inspiration from two distinct sources. The first, of course, is the most obvious. The revival of the nameplate takes us back to the original Pininfarina-designed Fiat 124 Sport Spider 2+2 convertible sports-car, which the Italian brand built from as early as 1966. Nearly 200 000 units were sold over a lengthy production run, making it a tremendously popular offering, particularly in the United States. Fitting, then, that the new model -- which doffs its cap at the original with a handful of smart styling cues -- was unveiled at the 2015...

  • Mazda sketches out the CX-9 it’ll release at the LA Motor Show

    Mazda has released a sketch of the CX-9 it intends to release at the LA Motor Show and it doesn't look bad for a mid-sized SUV. At this stage, Mazda hasn't released much in the way of detail around the CX-9, except to say that the three-row car is a high-end model of its new-generation lineup and that it will incorporating the latest technologies in its SKYACTIV platform. Looks-wise the car borrows heavily from the Koeru concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year.

  • 2016 Green Car of the Year Awards: here’s why the 5 finalists are special

    The Green Car of the Year Awards have been around for a decade now, showcasing environmental progress in the automotive industry by crowning an efficiency champion each year. Interestingly, the first three years of the Green Car Journal competition saw hybrids reigning supreme, before a couple of diesels from Volkswagen and Audi put a cat amongst the eco-friendly pigeons. Of course, thanks to the emissions-cheating scandal currently engulfing the Volkswagen Group, both of these so-called “clean diesel” models have since had their trophies rescinded. Ouch. Other interesting winners include the 2012 Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle and the 2015 BMW i3...

  • BMW introduces the world to new M2 Coupe

    BMW has unveiled the new M2 Coupe, and if the stats are anything to go by, it may well be the most exciting car in BMW's current line up. The M2 comes with a six-cylinder in-line engine, rear-wheel-drive, and a lightweight aluminium M Sport suspension. Styling-wise, the M2 is very clearly a BMW, but it's still one of the boldest designs to come out of the German marque for some time now. According to BMW, "the new M2 Coupe makes no secret of its extraordinary performance potential". That three litre six-cylinder engine reportedly works in sync with the M...

  • Toyota unveils new Prius specs ahead of Tokyo debut

    Back in September, Toyota gave us a glimpse of what the new Prius will look like. Now, the Japanese motoring giant has revealed that the car will, among other things, have a targeted fuel efficiency of 40km/l. That's pretty damn impressive, but as Toyota itself notes, environmental specs are no longer enough to get people to buy a new car. Which is why, it says, it rebuilt the Prius from the ground up, "broadening the car's appeal by overhauling its design, improving performance, and adding personal touches both inside and out". Given that we've already covered the exterior and...

  • Honda joins the Hydrogen party with production ready FCV

    After a fairly lengthy hiatus, it looks like Hydrogen fuel cells have received fresh impetus. In 2014, Toyota announced the Mirai, and now Honda has announced a production ready version of the fuel-cell concept it showed off in Detroit earlier this year. The production-car, imaginatively titled the FCV, apparently features a cruising range of more than 700 km. According to Honda, that big range doesn't come at the cost of the motoring experience, with the Japanese car maker claiming that "exhilarating driving is made possible by the high-output motors". That suggests that Honda may have tweaked the power unit from...

  • Here’s everything you need to know about the Tesla Model X

    It's been a long time coming, but on Tuesday Tesla finally lifted the lid on the Model X, its six (or seven) seater electric SUV. Given that the concept version of the Model X made its first appearance all the way back in 2012, it's a little surprising it's taken so long for the disruptive car-maker to unveil a production model. Then again, Tesla has a reputation for obsessing over small, but crucial details, so it's unlikely that the delays are anything to be overly concerned about. Still, Tesla's aim with the Model X was to build nothing less...

  • Cars and canines: 6 vehicles perfect for dog-lovers

    What has 42 teeth, sheds an abundance of carpet-clogging hair, and enjoys nothing more than a good dig in the garden? No, not your hairy, abnormally toothy archaeologist uncle. We’re talking about your pet pooch. And while you may not savour driving said uncle around – nobody wants to spend hours cleaning back-hair out of the crevices of the front passenger seat, after all – you no doubt look forward to time on the road with your beloved dog. If you don’t, perhaps you’re driving the wrong car. Yes, your set of wheels can make or break a trip with...

  • Here’s Bentley’s Bentayga SUV

    It's finally here. After months of specualtion and teaser imagaes, Bentley has officially unveiled its Bentayga SUV. The long-awaited vehicle was launched this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show and features a 6.0-litre W12 powertrain. Built in Britain, Bentley says the Bentayga is the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world. Its powertrain delivers 608 PS (600 bhp / 447kW) and 900 Nm (663 lb. ft) delivering a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) and a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h). Inside, there's plenty of wood, leather,...

  • The new Rolls Royce Dawn: a four-seater convertible for the ultra-rich [Gallery]

    Has it ever bothered you that your current luxury convertible only really allows you take a single passenger on your Sunday afternoon drives through the countryside? Well you can rest easy knowing that Rolls Royce has got your back. At the Frankfurt Motor Show, the luxury automaker today gave the world its first "in-the-flesh" look at the Dawn -- its brand new open-top. According to Rolls, the aim of the Dawn was to create a car which looks as good with its roof up as it does with with it down. For that reason, it says, it couldn't simply...

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