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Mini's hybrid test car offers a glimpse into an electric future

Mini's hybrid test car offers a glimpse into an electric future

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Mini has released details of its new plug-in hybrid car and explained how it would work in real-life situations with its latest press release.The BMW-owned car company has said development of the new car is nearing completion, so it shouldn't be too long... >>

Mini Cooper S Works 210 first drive: Pocket rocket lite

Mini Cooper S Works 210 first drive: Pocket rocket lite

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Some may have feared for Mini when BMW rolled in and took this British icon and modernised it, but spend 10 minutes on any major road and you'll know that the public adoration for the Mini hasn't abated.With the John Cooper Works super-charged version... >>

Tesla confirms product announcement for October 17

Tesla confirms product announcement for October 17

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed via Twitter that there'll be a Tesla event being held on October 17. He said in the tweet that it's unexpected by most, which while may seem to relate to the actual product being revealed, we're taking it as though the... >>

Volvo V90 preview: Superior interior

Volvo V90 preview: Superior interior

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Volvo is on a roll. The Swedish company has come out of the shadows of the dowdy, safe image it once had and is managing to out-cool the established German brands with some very handsome new car designs which are awash with tech.Nothing we're going to... >>

Volkswagen ID Concept preview: Electric atonement?

Volkswagen ID Concept preview: Electric atonement?

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"What does the ID stand for?" "Isn't Diesel'?!" shouted one lark across the Volkswagen stand at the Paris Motor Show. Follow the auto industry and you'll know the score by now about the pickle VW is in related to diesel emissions fixing. Yes, Volkswagen... >>

Porsche Panamera (2017) preview: A tantalising tech-fest

Porsche Panamera (2017) preview: A tantalising tech-fest

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Say hello to Porsche's new Panamera, shown off in all its glory at the Paris Motor Show 2016. But let's cut to the chase: the last Panamera was always a bit of a difficult car to look at. As one of the people we talked to in Paris said: "it looked like... >>

Land Rover Discovery (2017) preview: Seven-seat family disco

Land Rover Discovery (2017) preview: Seven-seat family disco

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The British star of the Paris Motor Show 2016 was undoubtedly the new Land Rover Discovery. You'll be aware that there's already a Discovery Sport, but big brother Discovery promises to do more than it's sibling - it's more luxurious, more powerful, has... >>

Best of the Paris Motor Show 2016: BMW, Porsche, Citroen and more

Best of the Paris Motor Show 2016: BMW, Porsche, Citroen and more

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Every other year car makers, journalists and public descend on Paris for a few days in late September, to attend what is Europe's largest motor show, or Mondial de l'Automobile if you're feeling especially French.Alternating with the Frankfurt show in... >>

The Renault Zoe can now go 250 miles, further than any other electric car

The Renault Zoe can now go 250 miles, further than any other electric car

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Renault has unveiled a new battery for the Zoe electric car that will let it go 250 miles on a single charge, further than any other mainstream electric car and double the range of the original Zoe. The Tesla Model S by comparison can go 240 miles on... >>

Bose's first sound system for small cars will go in the Nissan Micra

Bose's first sound system for small cars will go in the Nissan Micra

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Bose has used the Paris Motor Show to announce the Personal Sound System, designed specifically for small cars and the first recipient will be the Nissan Micra. The system for the Micra comprises six speakers, the placement for which required Bose to... >>

Nissan built these self-driving chairs so you won't have to stand in line

Nissan built these self-driving chairs so you won't have to stand in line

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Nissan, the Japanese carmaker, is now making autonomous chairs. Most people are familiar with waiting in line. In the UK, you do it at the bank. In the US, you do it at the DMV or post office. Queues are a thing everywhere in the world, and almost everyone... >>

Audi TT RS review: A serious upgrade, with serious performance
4.5 stars

Audi TT RS review: A serious upgrade, with serious performance

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Of all the Renn Sport models that Audi makes, the TT RS perhaps makes the most sense. At its basic level, the Audi TT is a sports car lite. That dropping roof and low-slung stance point to a sporty little coupé or roadster, even when it's a front-wheel... >>

Ford Focus RS first drive: The B-road baller

Ford Focus RS first drive: The B-road baller

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When was the last time you truly felt alive? Today more than ever, it is perhaps the experiences we have - and the moments when we feel a sense of risk, jeopardy, fear, exhilaration or just sheer joy - that make us truly wide-eyed. Which brings us to... >>

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review: Carting the kids around couldn't be more cool
4.5 stars

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review: Carting the kids around couldn't be more cool

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With SUVs flying off forecourts and onto driveways at a pace that doesn't match their often-sluggish performance, the MPV class is seen as the wallowing hinterland of modern cars.  It's where you end up when you've expanded your family beyond an estate... >>

Inside the McLaren Technology Centre

Inside the McLaren Technology Centre

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Nestled off an innocuous roundabout on the A320 lies the McLaren Technology Centre. A bespoke building which, with its sister the McLaren Production Centre, makes up the beating heart of the company most famed for its Formula 1 success. It's barely visible... >>

Apple Car: Here's why Apple wants to buy British automaker McLaren

Apple Car: Here's why Apple wants to buy British automaker McLaren

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Apple is reportedly considering another acquisition, but this one stands out from all the others because it involves McLaren. According to The Financial Times and The New York Times, Apple is attempting to buy British automaker McLaren - or at the very... >>

Elon Musk says Tesla will update Autopilot on 21 September

Elon Musk says Tesla will update Autopilot on 21 September

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Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous feature will get a major update Wednesday. In a tweet on Friday, Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, said the automaker planned to roll out the update on 21 September. Musk detailed the upcoming software changes Sunday in a blog... >>

Ford will offer a B&O Play in-car sound system in 2017

Ford will offer a B&O Play in-car sound system in 2017

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Ford will be upping its in-car audio game as of next year thanks to a collaboration with Harman and B&O Play. The car manufacturer has said there will be a global roll out of a new sound system, which will take on different forms in different cars. The... >>

TomTom Via 62 review: Gets you there, but not without a hiccup
3.5 stars

TomTom Via 62 review: Gets you there, but not without a hiccup

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Of all TomTom's satnav offerings, the Via appears to make the most sense. It offers Traffic, meaning it's a full head and shoulders above the entry-level Start model, but it's slimmer and much more affordable than the Go models.Available in two sizes:... >>

Bear Grylls confirms: New Land Rover Discovery has seats you can fold with a smartphone

Bear Grylls confirms: New Land Rover Discovery has seats you can fold with a smartphone

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Land Rover is going to be unveiling the new Discovery on 28 September, with a radical shift in design for its luxury SUV model. With the Discovery Sport recently unveiled, it looks as though the new Discovery adopts some of that softer and more sporty... >>

TomTom Go adds Wi-Fi, smartphone notifications and Siri, Google, Cortana voice controls

TomTom Go adds Wi-Fi, smartphone notifications and Siri, Google, Cortana voice controls

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TomTom's latest Go satnav device adds a range of connectivity options to make it a more rounded companion for your car, not just a device to get you from A to B.The TomTom Go includes all the features you expect from the Go family - like Traffic, speed... >>

TomTom Vio is a satnav for scooters, to help you get where the funk you're going

TomTom Vio is a satnav for scooters, to help you get where the funk you're going

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TomTom is launching a new satnav that's designed specifically for those commuting on scooters or motorbikes.A simpler alternative to TomTom's existing Rider line of bike navigation devices, the TomTom Vio opts for a funky round design, so it will match... >>

Gamification of driving: TomTom Curfer will deliver driving stats to improve your performance

Gamification of driving: TomTom Curfer will deliver driving stats to improve your performance

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There's a connection on your car that's talked about on car forums and in service centres, but not a lot else. It's called the OBD, on-board diagnostics, and TomTom has just made a fun accessory for it.The TomTom Curfer connects to the car's OBD port... >>

Elon Musk says Tesla will update Autopilot with 'major improvements'

Elon Musk says Tesla will update Autopilot with 'major improvements'

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Tesla's chief has taken to Twitter once again to announce news related to his electric car company. Elon Musk revealed that "major improvements" to Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous system are coming to cars via future over-the-air updates, called V8.0... >>

Kia Optima Sportswagon first drive: A big friendly giant that lacks a bit of personality

Kia Optima Sportswagon first drive: A big friendly giant that lacks a bit of personality

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The Kia Optima is the sort of car that you see starring in flashy US TV commercials, where enormous NBA superstars cram their frames into the cockpit and ramble on about its superb comfort and desirability, despite the fact they likely own a fleet of... >>