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Porsche Cayenne Coupe: new BMW X6 rival revealed - 24 Jul 2019 02:59

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<p>The optional roof is available as part of one of three lightweight sports packages, which also include unique exterior design detailing, 22in wheels, carbonfibre and Alcantara interior trims and, on the Turbo model, a sports exhaust.</p>
<p>The Cayenne <span>Coup&eacute;</span> will initially be sold with the choice of two petrol engines, although others, including a pair of petrol-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrains shared with the&nbsp;Panamera, are expected to be added to the line-up by the end of the year as part of Porsche’s electrification push.</p>
<p>The entry-level&nbsp;<span>Cayenne&nbsp;</span><span>Coup&eacute;</span> is powered by a turbocharged 2.9-litre petrol V6 producing 335bhp and 332lb ft of torque. In combination with a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox, it has a claimed 0-62mph time of 5.9sec and a top speed of 151mph. Official fuel economy is 30.4mpg and&nbsp;CO2 emissions are 212g/km.</p>
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<p>Further upmarket is the Turbo, which has&nbsp;a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol V8. With 542bhp and 568lb ft of torque going through the same automatic gearbox, it has a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.9sec and a top speed of <span>178mph</span>. Fuel economy is rated at 25.0mpg and&nbsp;CO2 emissions at 258g/km.</p>
<p>The 567bhp twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre petrol V8-powered BMW X6 M and 577bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol V8-powered Mercedes-AMG GLE&nbsp;63 S <span>Coup</span><span>&eacute;&nbsp;</span>both have a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.2sec and a limited top speed of 155mph.</p>
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<p>Porsche is yet to detail the changes it has made to the Cayenne's&nbsp;suspension for the Coup&eacute;. However, it has confirmed that&nbsp;all models will receive speed-sensitive power steering, 20in alloy&nbsp;wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the Sport Chrono package,&nbsp;Park Assist and a rear-view&nbsp;camera as standard.</p>
<p>Prices for the <span>Cayenne Coup&eacute;&nbsp;</span>start at &pound;62,129, rising&nbsp;to &pound;104,729 for the more comprehensively equipped Turbo model. Order books are&nbsp;open now ahead of first deliveries in May. </p>

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Tesla Model 3 scores five stars in latest Euro NCAP tes - 21 Jul 2019 02:19

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<p>Tesla's Model 3&nbsp;has been awarded five stars in&nbsp;the latest round of Euro NCAP safety tests, after&nbsp;achieving one of the highest scores ever recorded by the organisation.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The electric saloon's extensive driver assistance systems, including&nbsp;lane keeping, autonomous emergency braking and speed limit assist, helped it post the best Safety Assist score seen to date under the current set of test procedures.</p>
<p>The Model 3 also earned a perfect score in the frontal offset deformable barrier crash test, which has been synonomous with Euro NCAP testing since it was created in 1997. This was largely down to the cars's skateboard chassis layout, which creates a low centre of gravity, and the absence of a combustion engine, which could otherwise have the potential to&nbsp;intrude on the passenger compartment in the event of a collision.&nbsp;</p>
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<p>“The Tesla Model 3 achieved one of the highest Safety Assist scores we have seen to date,&quot; Matthew Avery, Director of Research at Thatcham Research, said of the results. &quot;Its Collision Avoidance Assist system is first class. Tesla has done a great job of playing the structural benefits of an electric vehicle to its advantage.&quot;</p>

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How To Pay Proper Tribute To The Importer Who Helped Br - 18 Jul 2019 02:09

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Rare Rides: A Very Rare De Tomaso Guarà Barchetta From - 15 Jul 2019 01:46

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<p>[https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;https://wp.me/pHwPe-6ZRc noopener <img data-attachment-id="1667758" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg&lt;/p&gt;
" data-medium-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130-450x338.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg" class="aligncenter wp-image-1667758" src="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="413" srcset="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130-75x56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130-450x338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130-120x90.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" />]The Rare Rides series has broached the subject of De Tomaso a few times before. The luxurious target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;noopener Longchamp coupe was accompanied by the Qvale-branded target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;noopener Mangusta, and the tangentially related Chrysler target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;noopener TC.</p>
<p>But today’s De Tomaso takes the cake for rarity over any of those previous Rare Rides.&nbsp;It’s a Guar&agrave; Barchetta, from 1995.</p>
<p>[https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120.jpg <img data-attachment-id="1667766" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg&lt;/p&gt;
" data-medium-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120-450x338.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1667766" src="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120-75x56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120-450x338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120-120x90.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" />]Bowing at the 1993 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, the&nbsp;Guar&agrave; was intended to be a street legal take on the 1991 Maserati Barchetta Stradale. Said Stradale was a track car, but De Tomaso founder Alejandro De Tomaso didn’t have time to realize his dream of making a road-going version. Maserati was taken over by Fiat in the early Nineties and De Tomaso found himself devoid of control.</p>
<p>[https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122.jpg <img data-attachment-id="1667756" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg&lt;/p&gt;
" data-medium-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122-450x338.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1667756" src="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122-75x56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122-450x338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122-120x90.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" />]Maserati produced 17 total units of the Barchetta; 16 for racing and one for road use. It then dropped the project. However, De Tomaso was not prepared to give up on his vision. He hired the same man who designed the Barchetta to design the&nbsp;Guar&agrave; for De Tomaso.</p>
<p>[https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126.jpg <img data-attachment-id="1667762" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg&lt;/p&gt;
" data-medium-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126-450x338.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1667762" src="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126-75x56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126-450x338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126-120x90.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" />]The exterior shell was of composite construction, containing fiberglass, Kevlar, and other lightweight materials. Underneath was a chassis of aluminum. A pushrod F1-style front suspension pared with heim joints at the rear.</p>
<p>[https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124.jpg <img data-attachment-id="1667764" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg&lt;/p&gt;
" data-medium-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124-450x338.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1667764" src="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124-75x56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124-450x338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124-120x90.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" />]The new car was ready for sale in 1994, and De Tomaso (slowly) started production of a few Coupe examples. The earliest cars used a BMW-sourced 4.0-liter V8 producing 279 horsepower. Just one transmission was available: a six-speed Getrag unit.</p>
<p>[https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128.jpg <img data-attachment-id="1667760" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg&lt;/p&gt;
" data-medium-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128-450x338.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1667760" src="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128-75x56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128-450x338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128-120x90.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" />]BMW could not supply the&nbsp;Guar&agrave;’s engine forever, as it stopped building the M60 V8 after 1996. De Tomaso called up Ford, which sent over its 4.6-liter Mustang V8 in supercharged format. That engine upped the power to 316 horses.</p>
<p>The&nbsp;Guar&agrave; was suited to the performance-driven, hardcore customer, as handling was described as too twitchy for the average driver. There was no power steering or power brakes in sight. Though the interior had leather seating surfaces, there was no space for leather baggage, or indeed storage space of any kind. All of this made for a weight of just 2,646 pounds, and (with BMW engine) acceleration from zero to 60 in five seconds. Top speed was about 170 mph.</p>
<p>Additional inconvenience came with the introduction of the open-top Barchetta model seen here. Only an air deflector directs wind at the front; the driver and passenger must wear a helmet to enjoy their&nbsp;Guar&agrave;.</p>
<p>But all was not well at De Tomaso with regard to financial health. The&nbsp;Guar&agrave; would indeed be the last project introduced by the company’s founder. Money trouble slowed production, and Guar&agrave;s trickled out of Italy through 2006. One last order was taken in 2004, and the final&nbsp;Guar&agrave; delivery made to Switzerland in 2011. The De Tomaso brand was already bust by then.</p>
<p>Roughly 50&nbsp;Guar&agrave;s were built: two convertibles, 10 Barchetta models, and the remainder as coupes. Today’s bright blue BMW-powered Barchetta is available in Belgium and asks around $319,000.</p>
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Why Graz is greener: London to Austria in Jaguar's bigg - 11 Jul 2019 03:32

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<p>This swept us south-east through even grander alpine scenery into Graz where the wise choice seemed to be another Ibis, clearly close to Magna Steyr (on Walter P Chrysler Platz) because at breakfast the next day the place was half-filled with engineers talking about widgets in several different languages while tucking into their mega-breakfasts.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Plant Graz, as Jaguar likes to call it, is a few minutes out of town and spread out over a vast site, as you’d expect from a place that concurrently makes Mercs, BMWs and Jaguars and has half a century’s experience at keeping customers politely but firmly segregated. Premium and low-volume cars may be Graz’s stock in trade, but the businesslike aura of the site and its inmates makes it very clear from the first that there’s is no room, need or appetite here for frills. We were ushered into a spartan meeting room, our HQ for the day, that opened off a corridor that cleverly led to several more rooms just like it.&nbsp;</p>
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<p>The place brightened immeasurably when I was introduced to couple of genuine JLR bigwigs – Graham Wilkins, chief programme engineer of E-Pace and I-Pace, and Gregor McLachlan, manufacturing programme director – whose pride and commitment to this operation were as obvious as their faith in their Magna colleagues led today by launch manager Robert Huemer. A native of Graz, Huemer speaks better English than we do and is one of those of multi-experienced engineering blokes who companies depend on to smooth the inevitable glitches of start-ups.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Glitches were mostly in the past here, everyone insisted, at least in the manufacturing sphere. One hears separate tales that the supply of I-Pace batteries could be going, but that’s not an issue for the Magna team, who just mount them in the cars. At their end, this operation is percolating.&nbsp;</p>
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<p>Magna’s Jaguar partnership has grown from pre-concept meetings five years ago, and was regularised about four years ago when the deal to build cars was done. In the view of the in-house trio, it’s well and truly mature. Donning special boots and covering watches and belt-buckles (to avoid scratches on new cars), we visited a new-build, robotised plant called Hall 71 where the I-Pace’s body-in-white is assembled from panels pressed in 100% aluminium. The big jobs are done by 87 robots wielding 84 rivet guns, using 2600 rivets per shell and applying 177 metres of adhesive. Hall 71 can make about six bodies an hour, using a cycle time for each operation of 500 seconds. Quality is key, as everyone insists. Bodies are constantly measured for accuracy and one shell per shift is removed from the process for all-measuring. If the important tolerances ever exceed 0.2mm, people come running.&nbsp; </p>

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Porsche Panamera 2020 facelift to get mild-hybrid tech - 08 Jul 2019 03:12

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<p>Porsche will update the Panamera saloon and Sport Turismo estate for its 2020 model year, and the first prototypes of the new car&nbsp;are hitting German roads.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Expected to be revealed before the year is out, the Mercedes AMG GT 4-door rival will receive subtle revisions to the exterior look, including an altered tail-light design with an LED strip linking both units. The changes will bring it into line with newer Porsche models, such as the Cayenne and 992-generation 911.&nbsp;</p>
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<p>It won't be just a cosmetic upgrade, however, as Autocar understands Porsche is planning to introduce its first mild-hybrid powertrains for the Panamera. The S and 4S models will make use of the same 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, but like US market versions of the Audi S6 and S7 the two variants are likely to adopt a 48v electrical architecture.&nbsp;</p>
<p>This allow the fitment of a mild-hybrid system, using the usual integrated motor generator to harvest electrical power to&nbsp;provide an efficiency boost&nbsp;and allow the start-stop system to activate sooner. Perhaps more important&nbsp;to Porsche buyers, however, will be the expected inclusion of Audi's electric compressor system, filling in the gaps in torque delivery while the turbochargers spool up.</p>
<p>With the interior already as up to date as its siblings, expect more technology upgrades than design changes inside. We'll see more advanced infotainment and assist features, but nothing dramatic is predicted.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>Read more:</strong></p>
<p><strong>Porsche plots two-door Panamera coupe as BMW 8 Series rival&nbsp;</strong></p>
<p><b>Porsche Panamera review</b></p>
<p><strong>2019 Porsche Taycan: new official pics and details</strong></p>

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Chancellor prepares to raise fuel duty to fund the NHS - 05 Jul 2019 02:56

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<p><strong><span>Drivers might be paying &pound;8 more to fill up their cars than they did a year ago, but the cost looks likely to increase even more with a hike in fuel duty being suggested by the Government.&nbsp;</span></strong></p>
<p><span>Phillip Hammond has hinted that&nbsp;fuel duty might rise in the November Budget, with the Chancellor facing a struggle to fund the NHS amid Brexit upheaval.</span></p>
<p><strong>target=&quot;_blank &gt;&gt; Petrol reaches highest price in four years</strong></p>
<p><span>Duty on petrol and diesel has been frozen at a rate of 57.95p-per-litre for the past seven years, despite several proposed increases.</span></p>
<p><span>&quot;By April 2019 these freezes will have saved the average car driver &pound;850 compared to the pre-2010 escalator and the average van driver over &pound;2100,&quot; Hammond told MPs. However,&nbsp;it's estimated to have cost the Treasury&nbsp;&pound;46 billion since 2011 and the Government is looking for new funding opportunities to fund essential services.&nbsp;</span></p>
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<p>&quot;A further &pound;38 billion will be foregone over the budget forecast period as a result of these reviously announced freezes.&nbsp;For context this is about twice as much as we spend on all NHS nurses and doctors each year,&quot; added&nbsp;Hammond.</p>
<p><span>Lifting the fuel duty freeze would raise an extra &pound;800 million for the Treasury, some of which would fund the additional &pound;20 billion on the NHS by 2023, but concerns over the rising cost of living were brought up by&nbsp;Tory former minister Robert Halfon, a long-standing campaigner for fuel duty curbs.</span></p>
<p class="mol-para-with-font &lt;strong&gt;[https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/topten/top-10-cars-that-get-closest-to-matching-their-official-mpg/?image=0" target="_blank &gt;&gt; Top 10: Cars that get closest to matching their official MPG]&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p class=" mol-para-with-font="" <span="">Halfon brought up a Treasury study in 2014, which proposed freezing fuel duty benefits the economy to offset almost all the loss of tax to the economy and it said that GDP increased by &pound;4.5 to &pound;7.5 billion over the forthcoming years.</p>
<p>It currently costs &pound;71.50 to fill up an average 55-litre family car - like a Ford Focus - with petrol, and &pound;73.70 for a similarly-sized diesel car.</p>
<p><span>The pound also remains comparatively weak against the US dollar, which reduces the buying power of UK fuel retailers. With fuel costing them more to buy in, this invariably means higher prices are passed on to drivers at the pumps.</span></p>
<p><span><span>Aside from the fact that petrol and diesel in the UK are subject to some of the highest levels of taxation anywhere in Europe, fuels are also at their highest prices in four years.</span></span></p>
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<p><span>It's important to know which cars actually reach their claimed fuel economy, that's why we made&nbsp;Real MPG.</span></p>

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Lamborghini Huracán Levels Up, Now Makes a Staggering 6 - 02 Jul 2019 02:24

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<p><span class="dropcap T&lt;/span&gt;he [https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-lamborghini-huracan-performante-review-one-week/" target="_blank Performante]—and&nbsp;Lamborghini estimates a zero-to-62-mph time of 2.9 seconds from the naturally aspirated engine. The Evo’s top speed exceeds 201 mph, according to Lamborghini, as does the Performante’s.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Performance&nbsp;isn’t&nbsp;just about power, though,&nbsp;and the Evo&nbsp;gets more brains to complement its extra brawn. It’s the first Lamborghini to receive a Vehicle Dynamics Control system with predictive logic. This involves a central processing unit that anticipates the driver’s next move and acts on the car’s dynamic systems, including new rear-wheel steering, to increase responsiveness. A new traction-control&nbsp;program works with upgraded all-wheel drive and torque vectoring to be able to send&nbsp;torque&nbsp;to a single wheel when needed.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;img class=" wp-image-1315597="" size-full="" aligncenter"="" src="https://st.automobilemag.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/ten-shared/assets/images/_.gif" data-lazy="1" data-base="https://st.motortrend.com/uploads/sites/5/2019/01/Lamborghini-Huracan-Evo-rear-three-quarters.jpg" alt="" width="8819" height="4961"></span></p>
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<p>Among the many&nbsp;aesthetic changes made in the update&nbsp;are a new front bumper, a new 20-inch wheel design, and revised side air intakes. The model also receives a restyled underbody, contributing to downforce and aerodynamic efficiency that is said to be more than five times&nbsp;greater than that of the original Hurac&aacute;n.&nbsp;There’s also a revised&nbsp;exhaust system.</p>
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<p>Inside, a new 8.4-inch touchscreen is fitted to the center stack, and trim includes&nbsp;&nbsp;a mix of Alcantara and leather with special details to match the body. Deliveries&nbsp;begin around the globe this spring,&nbsp;with prices starting at $261,274 in the U.S. Check out the <strong>target=&quot;_blank official configurator here</strong>.</p>
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FTC orders D.C.-area dealership group to stop deceptive - 29 Jun 2019 02:18

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<span>FTC orders D.C.-area dealership group to stop deceptive recall scheme</span>
<p> A group of auto dealerships near Washington, D.C., and a California marketing firm settled claims they deceptively mailed more than 21,000 fake &quot;urgent recall&quot; notices to consumers, the FTC said. </p>

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How Mercedes Honors Its Visual Heritage in the Present— - 26 Jun 2019 02:11

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<p><span class="dropcap G&lt;/span&gt;orden Wagener has served as Mercedes-Benz’s head of design for the last decade, but his stint at the company dates back to 1997. This experience means Wagener is certainly steeped in Benz’s modern history, but he and his team must also attend to the broadest backstory in contemporary automotive production, one that dates to Karl Benz’s foundational role in developing the automobile in the late 19th century and includes the many innovations Mercedes pioneered over the intervening 130 years.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;“Well, definitely &lt;strong&gt;[https://www.automobilemag.com/news/mille-miglia-by-1955-mercedes-benz-300sl-gullwing-224237/" target="_blank AMG GT R Pro]&lt;/strong&gt;, is about to be revealed. “And even back in the 1930s there was some really nice stuff from us, the 540K Autobahnkurier [for example]. I don’t like anything from the ’70s. I hate it. But you must always ask the designer about his own work,” he laughs. “Because he’s always not so much into the work of other people.”&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;img class=" size-content-width="" wp-image-1308927="" aligncenter"="" src="https://st.automobilemag.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/ten-shared/assets/images/_.gif" data-lazy="1" data-base="https://st.automobilemag.com/uploads/sites/11/2018/11/Gorden-Wagener-.jpg?interpolation=lanczos-none&amp;fit=around%7C660:441" alt="" width="660" height="441"></span></p>
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<p>Wagener does admit that there are some clear identifying characteristics and heritage cues that <strong>target=&quot;_blank Mercedes-Benz</strong> vehicles must always include under his watch. “We are still inspired by the cars of the 1930s, with the streamlined, aero teardrop shape,” Wagener says. “We came from a wedge-shape generation, which was very forced, very ’90s, actually. I didn’t like that. I’m more into that anti-wedge, flowing design, which was, again, inspired by the ’30s. Also, the cleanness and the voluptuousness. When you look at classic cars, you see that voluptuousness.”</p>
<p>One of the hardest challenges is taking a long heritage and applying it to upcoming vehicles, which now of course increasingly means techno-heavy EVs and autonomous vehicles. “Some things are timeless and will never change. So the emotional part always stays the same, the sense of attraction. But, the intellectual part changes. It’s a thinking process. You say, ‘This is modern <em>because</em> …’ Or, ‘This is classic <em>because</em> …’ So, for me, it’s not so much about the vehicles. It’s about understanding the brand. And when we did the analysis of what this brand stands for, the simple answer was that it’s a luxury company. We always have been a luxury company,” Wagener says. “But it was a traditional luxury company. A company of the fathers. And we moved the design into a modern luxury company. Into the next generation. And so therefore you have to look at each and every decade to see what was this brand about. Not so much that you take features. You have to be inspired. You have to take the DNA. If you just take features from the past and just do it, then you’ll do retro design. Which is no new level. I hate retro design.”</p>
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<p>Another challenge when dealing with the sheer volume of history and influences is placing them in the proper perspective and understanding the contexts of their time and today. “When the Gullwing came out, it was a complete halo car, an UFO in its time,” Wagener says. “And when you look back, it’s a classic car, so it’s traditional luxury. But at that time, it was progressive luxury. So that means that the interpretation and the meaning of luxury actually changes over time. And what we do with the electric cars right now, with the EQ sub-brand, is the progressive luxury of the future, of 25 to 30 years from now. And when we get there, it will be normal again. And then when we are in the year 2050, and we sit together with a nice mixed drink, and look back on those cars, we will say, ‘Oh, yes. It was nice. It was traditional.’ ”</p>
<p>Given the technological upheaval in the industry, it seems now may be the moment for Mercedes to create fresh expressions of what it means to be a luxury brand. Fortunately for Wagener, Mercedes has divided itself into a quartet of different sub-brands, each with their own distinct identity that can be explored and experimented with. “The good thing is, we don’t have to do it with all of our cars. Our four-brand concept gives us an opportunity to target every customer, and target every competitor,” Wagener says. “With <strong>target=&quot;_blank Mercedes-AMG</strong>, performance-luxury, we target all of the sports-car brands, Ferrari, Porsche—you name it. Mercedes-Benz, modern luxury, we talked about that. <strong>target=&quot;_blank Mercedes-Maybach</strong>, we are already the most successful ultimate luxury company, and just with one car. We will expand that. And then with EQ, we have that progressive luxury, to try new things, come up with completely different cars you have never seen before. We need to wait a little bit, but that will be a big, big change. Very progressive. This gives us the opportunity to do everything.”</p>
<p>All of this—the layers, the sub-divisions—seems like it could lead to a somewhat haphazard approach. But Wagener doesn’t think so. “No, no. It’s a very logical strategy. It’s actually very simple. It’s like with design [as a whole],” he says. “The key is to make things simple. It’s easy to put a lot of information into it. The key is to reduce it.”</p>
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