Audi A8 Hybrid Announced – Deliveries to Start in 2012

Audi’s luxo-barge, the A8, will be available from next year as a petrol/electric hybrid, giving fuel consumption figures of up to 44 mpg. The car is not in production yet and customers won’t get theirs until late in 2012 but it does represent a shift in the company’s thinking, as their flagship model will be … Read more Audi A8 Hybrid Announced – Deliveries to Start in 2012

New Bentley GTC is Faster, Bigger and Even Better Looking

Bentley’s second generation Continental GTC convertible will be sharper, faster, and more assertive than the earlier car, Bentley have announced. The GTC, due to be formally launched in September, builds on the highly successful GT coupé, taking many of its styling cues including the option of 21-inch alloy wheels, aluminium coachwork and an even more … Read more New Bentley GTC is Faster, Bigger and Even Better Looking

Ferrari 458 Spider Raises the Game – and Lowers its Roof

The 458 Spider, which launches in September 2011, is the world’s first mid-rear engined berlinetta with a fully-retractable hard-top. It is fitted with a patented aluminium folding roof allowing open air motoring when the sun shines – and the weatherproofing and security of a fixed-head coupé when it doesn’t. Taking just 14 seconds to be … Read more Ferrari 458 Spider Raises the Game – and Lowers its Roof

Porsche 911 – Now Faster, Lighter, and More Economical

Porsche will be showing their new lighter, faster and more economical 911 at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Evolution, not revolution, is the key with the new 911 retaining much of the older model’s silhouette. A longer wheelbase, wider front track and lower roofline – along with shorter overhangs front and rear – mean that … Read more Porsche 911 – Now Faster, Lighter, and More Economical

Maserati Fendi Release Limited Edition “Grigio Fiamma Fendi”

Maserati customers can now buy an even more exclusive version of the GranCabrio designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi , as part of the Made-in-Italy initiative. The Grigio Fiamma Fendi grey car is a result of the ongoing collaboration between the Italian fashion house and Maserati and will be produced in Modena using exclusive materials in … Read more Maserati Fendi Release Limited Edition “Grigio Fiamma Fendi”

New Mercedes SLK AMG to Feature a ‘Magic’ Roof

  The new Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG is not only the most powerful SLK of all time but is the world’s most economical petrol V8 engine too – and it comes with an optional ‘magic’ roof. The AMG badge normally stands for performance alone, but the new SLK is also kinder to the environment than … Read more New Mercedes SLK AMG to Feature a ‘Magic’ Roof

Volkswagen “up!” Commuter Car Will Replace the Lupo

Volkswagen has announced that their latest small car, called the up!, will be shown for the first time at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The up! will replace the Lupo model and is expected to become the company’s best selling car, with prices expected to start from around £8,500 (approximately $13,500 or €9,500). Apart from … Read more Volkswagen “up!” Commuter Car Will Replace the Lupo

Rolls-Royce ‘Year of the Dragon’ Phantom Inspired by the Forbidden City in Beijing

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced the release of its Year of the Dragon Collection in time for Chinese New Year celebrations, which start on the 23rd January 2012. Designed by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke team, the collection features a suite of unique detailing and design, including a hand-painted dragon on the side of each Phantom or … Read more Rolls-Royce ‘Year of the Dragon’ Phantom Inspired by the Forbidden City in Beijing

Morgan Working on Two All-Electric Sports Cars

The Morgan Motor Company is developing an advanced all-electric sports prototype in conjunction with a consortium of British technology companies. The Morgan +E programme will deliver two concept cars early in 2012, both of which will be based on the Morgan Aero Supersport’s aluminium chassis. The car’s usual engine, a BMW 4.8 litre petrol V8, … Read more Morgan Working on Two All-Electric Sports Cars

Mazda and Vauxhall Wary of All Electric Vehicle Market in the UK

Mazda have confirmed their reluctance to enter the all-electric vehicle market, preferring to concentrate on improving the efficiency of their petrol and diesel-engined cars using SKYACTIV technology, which they claim gives 15-20 per cent better fuel consumption. The first Mazda that has been designed from the ground up using SKYACTIV engineering is the all-new compact … Read more Mazda and Vauxhall Wary of All Electric Vehicle Market in the UK

Rolls-Royce Hiring for Bespoke Studio in Goodwood, UK

The Rolls-Royce success story continues with the news that the company is expanding its Bespoke operation thanks to growing customer demand for unique Rolls-Royce motor cars. Based at the Goodwood factory the Bespoke operation will be recruiting new staff including designers, engineers and project management staff, doubling the headcount by the end of 2011 to over … Read more Rolls-Royce Hiring for Bespoke Studio in Goodwood, UK

Bruichladdich Distillery Becomes Self-sufficient with Electric Car Powered on Pot Ale

The Bruichladdich whisky distillery, located on the remote Scottish island of Islay, has taken the final step in its bid to become self-sufficient with the purchase of a Nissan LEAF. The all-electric car will be charged using self-generated electricity, enabling the distillery to be self-sufficient following the decision by Mark Reynier, the business owner, to … Read more Bruichladdich Distillery Becomes Self-sufficient with Electric Car Powered on Pot Ale

Fiat 500 TwinAir Road Test – A “Zesty” Eco Car

Fiat’s tiny 500s have always been cool; poverty spec cars that revel in their minimalism with no hint of piousness. Functional, stripped-bare and a hoot to drive, the 21st century reincarnation has been welcomed by a generation for whom style and functionality are inseparable. The TwinAir engine that I’ve been driving this week is, according … Read more Fiat 500 TwinAir Road Test – A “Zesty” Eco Car

BMW Announce Details of Innovative New Electric i3 and i8 Models

BMW has released details of their two new i-models, the i3 and the i8, which they claim will transform the way that motorists and their cars interact. The BMW i3 Concept is an all-electric urban vehicle with LifeDrive architecture, giving a light, innovative and sustainable vehicle for city use. Its rear-mounted 125 kW/170 hp electric … Read more BMW Announce Details of Innovative New Electric i3 and i8 Models

“Drivers of Electric Cars Are Not Concerned By Range” – Study Shows

The largest real-world trial of electric car use in the UK has shown that drivers are impressed by the scale of the financial savings that are possible and are not concerned about ‘range-anxiety,’ with 80 per cent saying that they could use electric vehicles for most of their journeys. The findings come from two 6-month … Read more “Drivers of Electric Cars Are Not Concerned By Range” – Study Shows