Thoughts and news about the automotive industry

New Audi A8 Automotive Autonomy
Audi, the German company that is a leader in the rush to driverless cars on our roads, is currently talking up its autonomous driving strategy for the future, which, it seems, starts now.
New Porsche Cayenne S
German auto-meisters Porsche has announced the third generation of the mighty Cayenne, the sports car among SUVs. As you can see from the images it is still recognisably a Cayenne, but somehow sleeker. MHH International have seen a pre-production version but despite some piteous grovelling were unable to get a drive. It is promised in the next couple of weeks so watch this space for an update. In the meantime, here’s the lowdown on the new car.
Porsche Carbon Fibre Wheels
If, when purchasing a new Porsche 911, the lucky buyer feels he simply has not spent sufficient money then Porsche have the answer: carbon braided wheels. From the beginning of 2018, the new carbon wheels will be available as an option for the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series in the dimensions of 9 J x 20 for the front axle and 11.5 J x 20 for the rear axle. In Germany, the price will be EUR 15,232 including VAT.
Ford Focus RS, Side view exterior
The word that immediately springs to mind is, Wow! The driver has to keep telling himself that this is, after all, a Ford Focus, the mainstay of the mainstream market. But this is no ordinary Ford. It is very special yet the car in the images, with its special sparkly paint and a number of must-have extras, costs just £36,545 here in the UK, available now.
Maserati Gran Tourismo Convertible
Italian superstar car maker Maserati have long delivered a range of beautifully designed cars that, historically, have combined good looks with flawed attributes of mechanical uncertainty. These car have an amazing style, immediately recognisable anywhere instantly recognisable by that famous snout.
BMW Apina front in the rain
Alpina is a performance car company based in Germany that takes BMW saloons and breathes upon them with dragon’s fire. It’s probably a bit more technical than that but the result is always the same: A BMW that that can take on all-comers.
Rolls Royce Phantom, front
Since 1925, a Rolls-Royce Phantom has been the premier choice of the world’s most influential luxury cars. Now, this July, we welcome the latest chapter in the story of Phantom. The new car (the word ‘car’ somehow just doesn’t seem enough) is a creation of great beauty and power.
New Lotus Evora GT430
Following the successful introduction of other recent models to global markets, legendary Norwich based sports car company Lotus has unveiled its most powerful road-going model ever – the Evora GT430 and it’s a beauty. A pure combination of elegance and power, Lotus has lavished attention on hand-crafted carbon-fibre components to endow this fully-homologated Evora with a level of precision engineering and design previously unseen.
The Aston Martin RapidE
Even legends must move with the times. Look at Tony Stark; he has to upgrade every couple of years. Now it’s Aston Martin’s turn as they move toward an electric future. One way or another and whether we agree with it or not, the internal combustion engine is on its way out the door. The Gaydon UK based company have announced that in less than two years, after being unveiled as a concept, Aston Martin has confirmed that the all-electric RapidE will enter production in 2019.
Nexcell oil system
Oil as we all know, sometimes to our cost, is the lifeblood of the internal combustion engine. Neglect this liquid black gold at your peril and rue the day of your first engine seizure. It is however expensive: it is pumped from the ground globally, refined and sold to us at a profit. When it is used we throw it away, sometimes irresponsibly. All that could change if Nexcel have their way.
Sports Car at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017
Every year at this time many thousands of car enthusiasts descend upon legendary Goodwood in West Sussex for the Festival Of Speed. This hardy annual never fails to disappoint the fans with an exciting concoction of exotic supercars, historic racing cars, the latest crop of regular road and concept cars and much more besides. Why, even former F1 supremo Bernie Eccleston showed up to, it has to be said, surprisingly popular acclaim.
Renault Alpine at speed
Perhaps this article should be entitled, ‘A Legend Reborn’, because essentially that is what it concerns. In 1955 the ‘Société des Automobiles Alpine’ launched the exquisite A106 sports car. Subsequently superceded by the original A110, the car became over the years, in various guises, a road and motor sport legend with victories that included the Alpine A442B which won Le Mans in 1978.
Audi R8 Spyder as speed
Sometimes, a car comes along that takes the breath away. Literally. Audi have taken the most powerful engine ever destined for series production to raise the tempo in what is already one of the most intoxicating driving machines offered by the brand – the open-air, high intensity R8 Spyder. This already awesome convertible is to adopt the gloriously vocal 610PS (602bhp) V10 from the R8 V10 plus Coupé.
Audi A8 Mild-Hybrid 48 Volt Drivetrain
In a few short weeks Audi will officially announce the new 2018 flagship A8 and have already confirmed that all versions will be hybrid, advancing electrification on a broad front. The still to be confirmed combustion engines will be equipped with mild hybrid technology. What this means for the customer, say Audi, is refined running and enhanced performance whilst adding greater efficiency.
Aston Martin Rapide S
Matching the thrill of the searingly powerful 552bhp (560PS / 630Nm) V12 engine with the refinement of an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, the Aston Martin Rapide S offers a very special blend of performance, handling and versatility.
Jaguar I-Pace
In a world full of sport utility vehicles that all look exactly the same it is even more striking when a designer is let loose on the drawing board and told to come up with something special. That this ‘something special’ is also powered by electricity makes the concept even more exciting.
Future technology for prestige cars
We have the technology to speak to our cars these days, even if the conversation is usually a bit one-sided and ends up with shouting, “Call HOME! H-O-M-E!”, or similar. Now experts are predicting that, in the not so distant future, our car, like a beloved spouse, may also know how we feel – sometimes without us having to say a word.
Honda's Hydrogen Car
Alternative automotive power by whatever means has been the Holy Grail of car makers for years. Indeed, there is nothing new about electric cars, the issue has always been how to make them efficient and safe. In the past, it was just easier and cheaper to use the good old internal combustion engine.
Jaguar F Type 4 Cylinder
The mighty Jaguar F-Type coupé is one of the most beautiful sports cars on the road today and it drives as well as it looks. In its various current engine formats of 3.0L V6 and 5.0L V8 this car never fails to delight and excite.
Night driving technology
No matter where you are in the world, driving at night can be a worry for some. A new survey of motorists has recently conclusively revealed that worries over night blindness and the fear of hitting someone top the list of night-time driving fears. Fortunately, automotive technology continues to move forward and there is now a solution that goes beyond peering into the dark like Mr Magoo or wearing spectacles.
Volvo XC60 at speed
Back in 2008 after a few shaky years under the Ford banner, Volvo knew it had to create its own platform to make a success of their future cars. The solution the Swedish brand came up was with Scaleable Product Architecture. This made its debut with the XC90 SUV, followed by the S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country estates. The new and very impressive Volvo XC60 SUV, which is now available to order in the UK, follows with UK prices starting at £37,205 for the D4 AWD Momentum version.
Lithium Ion Batteries
No matter where in the world you are, it cannot have escaped your attention that the future of motoring could well electric.
Range Rover Velar
The luxury SUV was created in 1970 when Land Rover launched the original Range Rover. Almost half a century later that spirit of innovation continues with the introduction of the fourth member of the Range Rover family: The Velar.
Kia Stinger GT
The Geneva Motor Show revealed some new stunners from prestige car makers but many of the accolades were saved for a car from the more mainstream Kia brand. The new Kia Stinger was revealed in Europe following its premiere at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Infiniti Q60 Sports Coupé at speed
Featuring the new face of Infiniti, the Q60 is a premium sports coupé that combines a truly expressive design with exhilarating performance and driving dynamics. The muscular lines of this striking car underline the Q60’s considerable performance potential – reinforced at the top of the range by an advanced all-new 3.0L V6 twin-turbo engine.
The Volvo V90 estate
In the UK, the classic Volvo estate was once a stalwart of countryside antiques emporiums whilst doubling as transport for Labrador dogs. Times change and now Volvo has changed with them courtesy of the latest V90. Designed to take on the premium German brands, the big Volvo has a subtle yet distinctive Swedish aesthetic with an interior that is both tasteful and cosseting.
Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
Understanding what our driving future entails, for the first time ever Porsche has introduced a plug-in hybrid as the flagship of the model range.
Mercedes AMG E63 4MATIC
The Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+ (to give it its full title) is now available to order. Prices start at £78,935. Additionally, the E 63 S 4MATIC+ costs £88,295, while the E 63 S 4MATIC+ Edition 1 is available for £106,585. Order now and you can get yours around June.
Subaru Levorg
The Subaru brand has traditionally been popular among a dedicated core of buyers. Marketing is targeted towards specific niches centered on those who desire the company's signature drive-train, in particular the outdoors enthusiast and affordable sports car markets.
Audi A5 Sportback
Sporting a host of technological advancements that encapsulate the ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ slogan under its sharpened and toned skin, Audi introduce the A5 Sportback. This handsome car joins the equally attractive Coupé which has been available since late in 2016. The Sportback touches down this month and is available to order now.
Bentley Continental Supersport Front View
Look away now if you don’t want your automotive decisions for 2017 to be left in tatters. You see, Bentley have recently announced what they say will be their fastest and most powerful production model to date. Introducing the new Bentley Continental Supersports.
Look away now if you don’t want your automotive decisions for 2017 to be left in tatters. You see, Bentley have recently announced what they say will be their fastest and most powerful production model to date. Introducing the new Bentley Continental Supersports.