New Nissan Leaf to be reinvented as a crossover

New Nissan Leaf to be reinvented as a crossover

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Nissan has confirmed that its Leaf electric hatchback will be replaced by an all-new crossover. The model is earmarked to lead the development of the firm’s Sunderland plant as an EV hub from the middle of this decade.The Japanese manufacturer announced earlier this year that it is investing around £1billion in the site in the North East, and that a new EV would be produced to take batteries that will be produced at a new factory being built next door.Our exclusive images show what Nissan’s new Leaf-replacing crossover could look like, with the new model set to feature many design elements from the production-ready Ariya electric SUV.A teaser image of the crossover was revealed at the time of its announcement, but it didn’t make it clear if the crossover –…
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New 2021 BMW X7 facelift spotted in production-ready bodywork

New 2021 BMW X7 facelift spotted in production-ready bodywork

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Our spy photographers have snapped the facelifted BMW X7 again, ahead of its expected launch later this year. The update arrives at a good time, too, as the German brand’s flagship seven-seat SUV now has to compete with the all-new fifth-generation Range Rover.BMW’s biggest changes will be cosmetic, as the company tries to keep the X7 looking fresh alongside its new competition. Up front, the firm has dropped the SUV’s headlamps lower down the SUV’s bumper, to mirror the design of the upcoming BMW X8 and 7 Series saloon. The new lights are complemented by a redesigned bumper, which ditches the current car’s tall side intakes for a smoother look. The enormous kidney grilles haven’t changed and, even though they’re heavily masked, the rear bumper and tailgate are pretty much identical…
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Chinese-made Ora Cat 01 electric car set for UK launch

Chinese-made Ora Cat 01 electric car set for UK launch

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Chinese car maker Great Wall has confirmed that its Ora Cat 01, a pure-electric hatchback from its new EV spin-off brand, will be available to order in the UK from December with a starting price of around £25,000. Deliveries are scheduled for the first half of 2022.The Ora Cat 01 made its European debut at the Munich Motor Show earlier this year and will rival the Volkswagen ID.3. At 4,235mm long and 1,825mm wide, both cars are about the same size, but Ora's aggressive pricing strategy means it undercuts its German opponent by almost £5,000.It’s based on Great Wall’s new dedicated electric-vehicle platform and powered by an electric motor mounted on the front axle, which develops 169bhp and 250Nm of torque, enough for a claimed 0-30mph time of 3.8 seconds, according to the…
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New 2021 Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost unveiled with 592bhp

New 2021 Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost unveiled with 592bhp

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Just in case the standard Ghost wasn’t exclusive enough, Rolls-Royce has launched a new Black Badge special edition. Like the Black Badge Cullinan, it gets extra power, black exterior trim and a reupholstered cabin finished in – you guessed it – black leather.Rolls-Royce hasn’t issued a fixed price for the Black Badge Ghost, but the firm tells us that prices will start from around £300,000, and that buyers can easily push that figure past £400,000 with a few optional extras.Exterior styling tweaks include a model-specific black paint finish and a unique set of 21-inch composite wheels, which are made from a blend of carbon fibre and aluminium and topped with the brand’s trademark self-righting centre caps.The Ghost’s radiator grille and Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet mascot are also finished in black chrome.…
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Audi e-tron 55 gets additional range via software update

Audi e-tron 55 gets additional range via software update

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Audi has released a software update for its first electric car, the e-tron SUV, which unlocks a slight increase in maximum range.The upgrade cannot be done over the air, however. It is available for e-tron owners now and is free of charge. but only by visiting an Audi service centre. Once installed, 2019 and 2020 build e-tron 55 quattro versions of the e-tron can travel a further 20km (12.5 miles) on a charge. As a result, the car can now do an official 441km (276 miles) on a charge according to WLTP homologation. The update applies only to 55 models with this size battery, and not the smaller battery e-tron 50 quattro. However, it is available for e-tron 55 Sportback cars too.The company has achieved the increased range through an increase…
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New 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL revealed as reboot of iconic sports car

New 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL revealed as reboot of iconic sports car

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Mercedes has set out to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks with a little added help from AMG. And this is the result: the new Mercedes-AMG SL, which arrives having been developed in Affalterbach by the brand’s performance wing, “combining the sports cars and driving dynamics of AMG with the comfort and luxurious appeal of Mercedes,” according to AMG boss Philipp Schiemer. Fewer than one per cent of the cars sold by Mercedes around the world were sports cars in 2020, representing 17,800 of total sales of more than two million. Perhaps, then, it’s a surprise to see that the SL has been given a new lease of life when its smaller SLC sibling has been axed. But Mercedes and AMG have gone back to the drawing…
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Next Mercedes-AMG GT to be fixed roof only and more track-biased

Next Mercedes-AMG GT to be fixed roof only and more track-biased

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Mercedes will use the new MSA spaceframe platform underpinning the new AMG developed SL in the next Mercedes-AMG GT, which may have to be repositioned as a more hardcore offering, according to AMG high-ups. Speaking to Auto Express, AMG boss Philip Schiemer and chief technology officer Jochen Hermann outlined the subtle differences between buyers of the new SL, which has been rebooted as a sportier car for its seventh generation, and those of the AMG GT, plus what this may mean for the next version of the brand’s performance flagship.“With the GT which is now coming to the end of its lifecycle, we have some new ideas,” said Schiemer. “Our GT drivers are people who love to go with their vehicle on the race track. We see this every weekend and we…
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New Toyota bZ4x revealed as brand’s first bespoke electric car

New Toyota bZ4x revealed as brand’s first bespoke electric car

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After decades of experience with hybrid cars, Toyota has finally branched out into fully electric vehicles. Called the Toyota bZ4x, the SUV is the Japanese brand’s first bespoke electric car.As the first car in Toyota’s bZ all-electric sub-brand, the bZ4x follows the concept revealed earlier this year relatively closely when it comes to styling, while underneath the body it’s also the first Toyota to sit on the brand’s new dedicated e-TNGA battery-electric vehicle platform.This new architecture houses a 71.4kWh battery in its floor that Toyota says gives a range of 280 miles on the WLTP test cycle. The brand also claims that the battery will hold 90 per cent of its range for the first decade of its life, helped by water cooling of the cells (a first for Toyota)…
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New 2022 Range Rover arrives with plug-in hybrid power and seven seats

New 2022 Range Rover arrives with plug-in hybrid power and seven seats

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In more than 50 years there have only been four generations of Range Rover, so this all-new, fifth-generation car for 2022 is a significant step for Land Rover. Not least because the British brand’s iconic luxury SUV will be available as a plug-in hybrid and with seven seats for the first time.The new Range Rover is on sale now, priced from £94,400, and is the first model on the British brand’s new MLA-Flex platform, which allows for pure combustion-engined powertrains, plug-in hybrid tech, and fully electric propulsion – and on that front, a Range Rover EV has been confirmed for 2024.New 2022 Range Rover: engines, power and performanceHowever, the big news here is that the 2022 Range Rover will launch with two plug-in hybrid options. The first, badged P440e, combines…
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Autumn Budget 2021: fuel duty frozen

Autumn Budget 2021: fuel duty frozen

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer has delivered his 2021 Autumn Budget, with fuel duty remaining frozen at 57.95p per litre.Speaking in the House of Commons, Rishi Sunak said: “With fuel prices at their highest level in eight years, I’m not prepared to add to the squeeze on families and small businesses, so I can confirm from today the planned rise in fuel duty will be cancelled.”Fuel duty has been frozen since 2011 and has been due for an increase in the past two Budgets. In March 2021, Sunak also spoke of a planned increase, but said he had scrapped it in order to “keep the cost of living low”.The Autumn Budget comes just days after petrol prices hit a record high of 142.94p per litre, prompting Sunak to once again…
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