Thoughts and news about the automotive industry

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.
Porsche 718 Cayman
First there was the new 718 Boxster then, a few weeks later, the redeveloped mid-engine Porsche 718 Cayman was launched upon the world and instantly created a new benchmark for affordable sports cars.
Peugeot 5008 Front view
Over the last twenty years the Peugeot brand has gone from being a poor relation to one of the more popular members of the automotive family. Heir vehicles just get better and better and it certainly looks like the all-new Peugeot 5008 will break new ground as a large seven-seater SUV in this popular segment.
Over just a few short decades the Skoda name has been transformed from a butt of jokes to a tried and trusted brand. With a length of nearly five metres, five or seven seats and the largest boot within its class, the Skoda Kodiaq is the Czech manufacturer’s first large SUV.
The revised 2017 Lexus IS model range made a European debut at the Paris Motor Show earlier in 2016. Featuring revised styling, new exterior and interior colours, an improved driving experience and upgraded safety specification there is much to anticipate.
Volkswagen Amarok
Since 2010 the Volkswagen Amarok has been the pickup of choice, providing the pinnacle of driving comfort on any terrain. From its ladder-frame chassis up to the sophisticated interior it is easy to forget you are in a rugged workhorse. Now it has been comprehensively updated.
Alfa Stelvio
The winding Stelvio Pass in Northern Italy is legendary within the history of motoring and is on the bucket list of most enthusiastic drivers. All the more reason then that Alfa Romeo would name their first foray into the world of the SUV the Stelvio. As you would expect, it is beautiful.
Maserati Quattroporte
After three and a half years of unprecedented sales success in international markets, the Maserati Quattroporte has undergone a substantial restyling that accentuates its elegance without altering the legendary signature Maserati personality.
Volvo V90 Cross Country
Over the last decade Volvo have slowly been changing the image of the Swedish brand from the boxy, dependable vehicles of old into genuine contenders in the prestige market, with sleek styling, wonderful interiors and an emphasis on comfort and safety.
Audi Q5
If ever a company was determined to offer something for everyone then the first prize must go to Audi.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon is considered by many to be the best mainstream car from the German brand in years. As a fast motorway or auto route ride it is certainly hard to beat, but what about when the going gets tougher?
Jaguar F Pace
Why is the Jaguar F-Pace fast becoming a runaway success? Is it just about the looks, the badge, the vast array of options or the drive that enticing many back to the classic brand? Find out why this landmark vehicle for Jaguar is attracting a strong younger fan base.
New BMW 5 Series, MHH International takes a look at what makes this car so special
After the inevitable long wait the new and seventh generation BMW 5 Series has finally been launched. It will be available in February 2017. The new model’s looks are evolutionary rather than revolutionary yet it cuts a sporty, elegant and stylish figure.
Bentley Bentayga
We have been lucky enough to test drive the long awaited Bentley Bentayga. At the pinnacle of opulent SUV launches, does the Bentayga live up to the hype?

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