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Aston Martin DB11: Shaken and stirred

Aston Martin DB11: Shaken and stirred

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This is Aston Martin's all new DB11 — the car designed to replace the beautiful, if now venerable DB9. If you've spent any time looking at a DB9, you'll know what big shoes the DB11 has to fill in terms of looks.More of that in a minute, because first... >>

Bugatti Chiron: The 260mph supercar with a £1.9m (yes, million) asking price

Bugatti Chiron: The 260mph supercar with a £1.9m (yes, million) asking price

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Pity poor Bugatti. Once upon a time, it ruled the world. We're not talking just about the incredible "Type-" cars of the early 20th Century either. The Veyron, when it landed in the mid-noughties, featured a scarcely credible 1,000bhp produced by its... >>

Best of the Geneva Motor Show 2016: Bugatti, Ferrari, Renault and more

Best of the Geneva Motor Show 2016: Bugatti, Ferrari, Renault and more

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Every March, the auto industry gathers on neutral ground in Switzerland, coming together for one giant huzzah of an event, showing off its latest wares and new ideas to woo car buyers of tomorrow.Of all the international shows, Geneva tends to be the... >>

Porsche Macan Turbo review: The SUV superstar
4.5 stars

Porsche Macan Turbo review: The SUV superstar

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The Macan is the current "it" car of the SUV world. Since it appeared on our roads in 2014, demand has outstripped supply for Porsche's newest model. Even now, order new and you're likely looking at a nine month wait to get behind the wheel of your new... >>

BMW 3-Series (2016) first drive: Retaining the sports saloon crown?

BMW 3-Series (2016) first drive: Retaining the sports saloon crown?

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For 40 years BMW has ruled the roost in the junior executive car stakes. It's fended off the arrival of the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class and has remained, by and large, the gold standard in this class of car throughout its history.But now the 3-Series... >>

Vauxhall Astra (2016) first drive: The Brit underdog

Vauxhall Astra (2016) first drive: The Brit underdog

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"Yes, it's an Astra" proclaims Vauxhall's advertising campaign for its brand new family car, one of Britain's evergreen best sellers. The Astra is a firm favourite on these isles. It's built at Ellesmere Port, has a 30-year lineage and over 3-million... >>

Harman Voyager Dashboard: Is a detachable car stereo speaker the future?

Harman Voyager Dashboard: Is a detachable car stereo speaker the future?

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 Harman, the group that owns audio brands like JBL, Infinity, AKG and Mark Levinson, ­­has unveiled a new in-car audio solution here at CES. The Voyager Dashboard consists of a portable speaker unit, which pops into and out of the dashboard top, removing... >>

Hands-on: BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept explored

Hands-on: BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept explored

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BMW rolled out the i8 Spyder again here in CES. Again? Well, you’ll remember we drove the production i8 for the first time back in 2014 (it’s fair to say we loved it too). But in the run up to that car’s launch, BMW built several concept versions... >>

Chevrolet Bolt preview: An EV game changer, just not for the UK

Chevrolet Bolt preview: An EV game changer, just not for the UK

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Thirty thousand dollars. A lot of money? Not for an electric car, not one with a real-world 200-mile range anyway. But at CES, Mary Barra, CEO of GM, stood up on stage and introduced the worst kept secret of the show, that GM's Chevrolet division was... >>

Rinspeed Etos concept preview: BMW i8 gets added Swiss smarts

Rinspeed Etos concept preview: BMW i8 gets added Swiss smarts

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Leftfield Swiss car operation Rinspeed tends to rock up at the Geneva Auto Show each spring with a new concept car – showcasing the very latest technology from its partners, such as Harman, that produce connected car technologies and car audio equipment.So... >>

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch preview: Hello Volkswagen

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch preview: Hello Volkswagen

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The VW e-Golf Touch isn't exactly a new car as much as a new interface. There was a brief leak of this system back in early December, so it wasn't a surprise to see Volkswagen equip a Golf (just the electric version for now) with its 12.3-inch TFT cluster... >>

Volkswagen Budd-e: Clean, green, apology machine

Volkswagen Budd-e: Clean, green, apology machine

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On the eve of CES 2016, Volkswagen unveiled the Budd-e concept. The latest modern take on its Microbus, Budd-e follows Bulli (2011) and Concept Microbus (2001) as a teaser for the company bringing back its flower power van that's so enchanted people across... >>

Faraday Future FFZero1 Concept: A wheel in the mobility revolution

Faraday Future FFZero1 Concept: A wheel in the mobility revolution

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Say hello to Faraday Future - and the FFZero1 Concept to be precise. If you thought that Tesla, Apple and Google were set to make up the newest automotive guys in town, hold on to your hats and prepare for a new wave of Chinese-funded, American-based... >>

Skoda Superb review: At the business end
4.5 stars

Skoda Superb review: At the business end

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Let's face it, if you're going to give your car a name like Superb then you've either got a good sense of humour or have great faith in the product. But given that the Superb comes from a brand like Skoda, there's a reasonable possibility that both are... >>

Porsche Mission E: Electric Tesla-killer coming soon

Porsche Mission E: Electric Tesla-killer coming soon

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UPDATE: Porsche has announced that it has begun preparations to make the Concept E a reality, including a €700 million investment. There have been rumours in the auto industry for a while that Porsche was going to build a smaller, 4-seat saloon model... >>

Nissan IDS concept: The driverless car of the future

Nissan IDS concept: The driverless car of the future

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Far from some kind of bowel disease, or a Conservative Minister's initials, Nissan's IDS stands for Intelligent Driving System. The concept car shown at the Tokyo Motor Show won't make production but it does preview two things: first, it's a showcase... >>

Mazda RX-Vision: Stunning sports concept steals Tokyo show, reintroduces rotary engine

Mazda RX-Vision: Stunning sports concept steals Tokyo show, reintroduces rotary engine

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First out of the box, and stealing the show on the first morning of the Tokyo Motor Show, was Mazda with its RX-Vision concept.A long-body, firmly analogue 2-seat sports car, the RX-Vision picks up Mazda's "RX" lineage of sports cars with a rotary engine... >>

Renault Kadjar first drive: French-kissed Qashqai

Renault Kadjar first drive: French-kissed Qashqai

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Ka-jar. Say it phonetically and fast and the name of Renault's new crossover doesn't sound quite so weird. Ok, we might have lied about that. We sometimes wonder whether all the good product names have now been used up. So much so that companies – and... >>

Audi e-tron Quattro SUV concept: An electric Q6 in disguise

Audi e-tron Quattro SUV concept: An electric Q6 in disguise

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It's not just Porsche targeting Tesla (with its Mission E concept). As the Californian electric motoring brand turned up to the Frankfurt Auto Show without its new Tesla Model X SUV (because, hey, launching a car at a motor show is a bit, y'know, 80s),... >>

Lexus NX300h Luxury Nav review: Hitting the luxury SUV mark?
3.5 stars

Lexus NX300h Luxury Nav review: Hitting the luxury SUV mark?

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Welcome to the club Lexus, what took you so long? It'll remain a mystery why Lexus – a brand that was early to the large SUV club with the RX – has played the Johnny-come-lately roll in the hugely popular mid-sized SUV spec.The NX300h is here now... >>

Mazda MX-5 (2016) first drive: Analogue awesomeness in a digital world

Mazda MX-5 (2016) first drive: Analogue awesomeness in a digital world

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We live in a world where driverless cars will be a reality soon, where hoverboards and drones fulfil our childhood sci-fi fantasies, where we need never again get lost thanks to constant connectivity and Google Maps. That's all well and good, but welcome... >>

Mazda CX-3 first drive: A grades for this B-segment crossover?

Mazda CX-3 first drive: A grades for this B-segment crossover?

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What do the Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman and Renault Captur have in common? They're members of one of the fastest growing automotive segments – the so-called B-segment crossover.Now Mazda has joined the party with the new CX-3, so we went to northern... >>

Ford GT: The £200k, 200mph production supercar surprise (hands-on)

Ford GT: The £200k, 200mph production supercar surprise (hands-on)

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There were rumours of a new Ford GT coming, but no one quite predicted the unveil of this striking new production model on the first press day of the North American Auto Show in Detroit. This is the new production-ready Ford GT, which will go on sale... >>

Volkswagen Polo GTI first drive: Fun meets maturity

Volkswagen Polo GTI first drive: Fun meets maturity

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A hot hatchback exists to provide excitement, performance and effervescence to the driving experience that regular, lesser power models lack. But Volkswagen's hot hatches mix this with a more mature, softly spoken approach than some of its rivals.For... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTE first drive: Hotting up the hybrid

Volkswagen Golf GTE first drive: Hotting up the hybrid

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You've heard of the Golf GTi. Now say hello to the Golf GTE. That's E for electric, in case you were curious.To readers of a certain age, GTE in the context of a performance car might be associated with another brand. When Pocket-lint was still in baby... >>

Volkswagen e-Up! review: Up against it
3.5 stars

Volkswagen e-Up! review: Up against it

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Say it quickly: "ee-up". That Volkswagen feels happy to call its smallest electric car after the Yorkshire phrase for "hello" shows that Germans do truly have a sense of humour. We jest, of course – Yorkshiremen and women don't say "ee up", they say... >>

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe review: A very British love affair
5.0 stars

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe review: A very British love affair

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If you're lucky enough to be driving an expensive, powerful car then you'll know the response you get from the wonderful British public tends to vary. Driving a Porsche 911? Don't expect to be let out of a side road anytime soon. Range Rover Sport? Go... >>

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept: Old and new collide in explosive design

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept: Old and new collide in explosive design

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The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept was our favourite car of the Geneva show. We know what you're thinking: yet another super/luxury performance car? Well, Geneva was littered with the things – performance and big money dominated the show.Once you've... >>

McLaren 675LT: British beauty with added sting in the tail (hands-on)

McLaren 675LT: British beauty with added sting in the tail (hands-on)

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This is the McLaren 675LT – which stands for long tail. We don't normally make a point of covering cars that are facelift versions, or new variations in a series, but given how good-looking this McLaren is we had to make an exception.A quick recap here... >>

Ferrari 488 GTB: £200K turbo-charged supercar superstar (hands-on)

Ferrari 488 GTB: £200K turbo-charged supercar superstar (hands-on)

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This is the Ferrari 488 GTB, the company's mid-engine supercar, which replaces the 458 Italia. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show, the 488 features an evolutionary design but is revolutionary in other areas such as its engine.Most notably, this is one... >>

Smart ForTwo first drive: Three generations in, it's smarter than ever

Smart ForTwo first drive: Three generations in, it's smarter than ever

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When the original Smart launched in 1998, it felt like a momentous occasion in the car world. For perhaps the first time since the original Mini or Fiat 500, here was a car that was genuinely small, ingeniously packaged and seriously useful in a city.You... >>

Maserati Ghibli S review: Representing a centenary of specialness
4.5 stars

Maserati Ghibli S review: Representing a centenary of specialness

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Mas-er-ati. Say it slowly and one of the most beautiful and evocative names in the automotive world sounds even more special. What is it about Italian words? They're enough to make the average Brit go weak at the knees.Maserati has ambitious new plans... >>

Volkswagen Passat (2015) first drive: Shedding its dull image

Volkswagen Passat (2015) first drive: Shedding its dull image

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Ask any automotive enthusiast to name a dull car, and there's a fair chance they might name the Passat. But Volkswagen has sold 22 million of the things since 1973, so clearly the gear-heads are missing something.For 2015, there's a new Passat to tempt... >>

Detroit 2015 motorshow in pictures: Ford, Mercedes, Porsche and more show off their new cars and concepts

Detroit 2015 motorshow in pictures: Ford, Mercedes, Porsche and more show off their new cars and concepts

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The North American International Auto Show – known locally by its acronym of “NAIAS”  or to you and I as the Detroit motorshow – sweeps the entire car industry off to frozen Detroit each January.Increasingly Detroit feels like a sideshow to the... >>

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept: The Tiguan from the future (hands-on)

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept: The Tiguan from the future (hands-on)

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This is VW's latest crossover concept, the Cross Coupe GTE. Shown at the Detroit Auto Show as a proof of concept vision, it hints at the next generation of Volkswagen's crossovers and SUVs.The GTE label – which is the new moniker for high-performance,... >>

Audi Q7: Awesome tech meets awkward design (hands-on)

Audi Q7: Awesome tech meets awkward design (hands-on)

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The Audi Q7 was the most important new mainstream production car to be launched at the Detroit Auto Show, joining a growing throng of recently refreshed big SUVs. Given that BMW debuted a new X5 in 2014 (although it looks just like the old one), Volvo... >>

Citroen C4 Cactus review: A thorn in the side for the competition
4.5 stars

Citroen C4 Cactus review: A thorn in the side for the competition

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Every so often a car comes along that causes people to stop and stare. If you're brave enough to drive a new Citroen C4 Cactus, then there's a fair chance that people are going to stare at you. It's a car that looks different; quirky in a way that, arguably,... >>

Renault Twingo review: Dynamique TCe 90 hits the streets
3.5 stars

Renault Twingo review: Dynamique TCe 90 hits the streets

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Going against the grain is unusual in the automotive world. Standardisation, lowering the risk factor of product failure and making things easy to mass produce is the name of the game. Which is why unusual or new types of car are so rare.When the Renault... >>

Peugeot 108 review: Putting the Active 1.0 Top! through its paces
3.5 stars

Peugeot 108 review: Putting the Active 1.0 Top! through its paces

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Back in 2005 the Peugeot 107 joined the city car sector just at the right time - offering the combination of cheeky looks, super-low insurance costs and the option of 5-doors - before most rivals had cottoned onto the fact this was what buyers wanted.... >>

Mercedes-Benz C-Class first drive: Striking a balance between sporty and refined

Mercedes-Benz C-Class first drive: Striking a balance between sporty and refined

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Comfort or sporting prowess? It's quandary that every car maker faces when launching a new car, and it seems particularly pertinent when considering the new Mercedes C-Class. It used to be said that stepping into a Mercedes-Benz should lower the driver's... >>

Mini 5-door first drive: Cartoon-style fun for the whole family

Mini 5-door first drive: Cartoon-style fun for the whole family

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Up until now, beyond the price differential, one key reason to overlook buying a Mini - beyond its cartoonish design - was the lack of rear doors. And with sales in this market splitting roughly 65/35 in favour of 5-door models, it's clear Mini thinks... >>

Lamborghini Asterion concept: The 910bhp hybrid beast that will (probably) never get made

Lamborghini Asterion concept: The 910bhp hybrid beast that will (probably) never get made

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Two weeks before the Paris Motor Show began, Lamborghini sent us a teaser silhouette of its new concept car. Underneath it was written: "How do you improve on perfection? Double it."For reasons that right now seem unclear, we - along with the rest of... >>

Audi TT Sportback concept: Less concept than the name suggests

Audi TT Sportback concept: Less concept than the name suggests

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The Audi TT Sportback perhaps qualifies as the major surprise of the Paris Motor Show as it was one of just a few uncertainties to be revealed. Although if you've been following Audi's strategy over recent shows, it should come as no surprise at all.The... >>

Jaguar XE: Exciting enough to challenge BMW? (hands-on)

Jaguar XE: Exciting enough to challenge BMW? (hands-on)

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After making an exuberant entrance in London a couple of weeks back (it was dangled from helicopters, motored up the Thames on a speedboat) we finally get to lay our hands on Jag's long-awaited XE at the Paris Motor Show.It is a rival aimed squarely at... >>

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT: No gulwing doors, can V8 powerhouse fill SLS's boots? (hands-on)

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT: No gulwing doors, can V8 powerhouse fill SLS's boots? (hands-on)

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The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT was originally shown at a private event in Stuttgart, but the first public chance to see the car is at the Paris Motor Show 2014. The GT is significant because it effectively replaces the gulwing-door SLS and becomes Mercedes-Benz's... >>

BMW M3 review (2014)
4.5 stars

BMW M3 review (2014)

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Create a legend and it creates a rod for its own back. The BMW M3 is one such legend and with every new version you'll hear the same complaints: "It's moved too far away from the original concept." "It's too heavy." "It's got the wrong number of cylinders."... >>

Volkswagen Polo (2014) first drive: The sensible small car gets an internal tech boost

Volkswagen Polo (2014) first drive: The sensible small car gets an internal tech boost

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Spare a thought for the Volkswagen Polo. While big brother Golf gets all the headlines and gold stars in the VW family pecking order, Polo sits there quietly, getting on with its job of being an entirely decent little car.In the world of supermini cars,... >>

BMW 220d review
4.0 stars

BMW 220d review

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BMW has gone to town on a host of new electric, performance and lifestyle models recently, including the i3, i8, X4, M4, M235i - the list has got so long we're almost struggling to keep up. The idea is that there's now a BMW for everyone. Yet what about... >>

Volkswagen Golf R first drive: The best fast Golf ever

Volkswagen Golf R first drive: The best fast Golf ever

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Just how much would you be happy to spend on a Golf? It's an interesting question posed by this, the new hottest (ever) Golf ­- the R - which starts at a few quid under 30-grand in the UK. It's the latest in a long line of uber-fast Golfs, designed to... >>

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid review
4.0 stars

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid review

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The main issue with buying an electric car - other than the cost of purchase - is range anxiety. The internal combustion age means we don't tend not to plan when it comes to cars. We just jump in and go.Despite the average person only driving 19 miles... >>