The best car shows and events to see this summer
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There are plenty of motoring meets, events and shows across the UK this summer – here's a taste If recent weather is anything to go by, we're in for a scorcher this summer. We can't think of a much better way to enjoy it than to get out in your favourite car and make some memories. Welcome to our guide to the best car-related events and places to see while the sun's shining, running from the end of May all the way through to October.  Mollie's drive-in diner WHERE Bristol and Oxfordshire WHEN 30 May to 22 August WHY Classic films and fun food at sensible prices Moll ..read more
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Self-driving isn't dead, but the autonomous car might be
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A commute like this will remain the stuff of dreams – for now, at least... Various car makers have recently pulled investment from autonomous cars, favouring buses and taxis instead In principle, I like the idea of an autonomous car. Not for when I get into a sports car or classic car or climb onto a motorbike and want to enjoy driving and riding, which, amazingly, even on today’s roads, are still two of my hobbies. But for when I’m very old and my neck is too stiff to look over my shoulder and there’s still no local bus service, imagine how handy a self-driving car could be for taking ..read more
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BMW Skytop previews Z8-inspired, V8-engined GT
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Striking luxury sports car could be in showrooms next year if it gets a positive reception The radical new BMW Concept Skytop, unveiled at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, previews styling and packaging ideas for a luxurious two-seat GT in the mould of the legendary Z8 – complete with a petrol V8 engine. The upmarket open-top, which features a removable Targa-style roof and an integral roll-over hoop, is described as a one-off design exercise but appears relatively close to being showroom-ready, and BMW suggests it could make production pending a positive reception. “The BMW Concept Sky ..read more
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AA is the first firm to deploy electric recovery vehicles in the UK
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The scheme’s largest - and flagship - vehicle is the Volvo FE Boniface Slidebed recovery truck Pilot EV trial will allow the UK recovery service to gauge their effectiveness in real-world scenarios The AA has become the first roadside assistance firm to use fully electric vehicles, launching a new fleet of electric vans and trucks to prepare for its transition to net-zero emissions and investigate the use of EVs in “real-life settings”.  Using a “test and scale” approach, the firm will deploy three ‘concept’ battery-electric assistance and recovery vehicles across the country in what it ..read more
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New VW Golf GTI Clubsport to be unveiled at Nürburgring 24 Hours
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The Clubsport will be the first UK-market VW to have an illuminated badge Volkswagen's flagship GTI gets new, meaner-looking face and technical upgrades The refreshed Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport will be unveiled at next week's Nürburgring 24 Hours race, sporting a new, meaner-looking face. Track-honed, and fitted with lowered sport-tuned suspension, the hot hatchback will also be the first UK-market VW to have an illuminated front badge – thanks to a recent local law change. The flagship of the VW Golf GTI range is powered by the new Golf’s reworked turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol ..read more
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New VW Golf GTI Clubsport to be the fastest FWD Golf ever
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The Clubsport will be the first UK-market VW to have an illuminated badge Volkswagen's flagship GTI will be revealed at the Nürburgring 24 Hours on 31 May The refreshed Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport will be the most powerful front-wheel-drive VW Golf ever made when it arrives later this year, according to the German brand. Sporting a new, meaner-looking face than its predecessor and fitted with lowered suspension, the track-honed hot hatchback will also be the first UK-market VW to have an illuminated front badge – thanks to a recent local law change. To be unveiled at the Nürburgr ..read more
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How Audi's small but mighty motors could change the EV game
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The new Audi Q6 is the first car based on the PPE platform Motors for the brand's new PPE architecture are 20% lighter, use 30% less space and reduce drag Most of the major manufacturers have already revealed technology road maps for the next decade that involve a steady move away from ICE to pure-electric drivetrains. Anyone who’s ever visited a modern engine plant will appreciate just what a huge task that must be and how no manufacturer would take the decision lightly. There’s more to it than simply the cost and a shift in strategy: there are cultural implications too. Skills built up in ..read more
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Electric car chargers out of action as thieves cut cables
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Many Instavolt chargers have had their cables stolen, with Gridserve also a victim Cables taken for precious metals across UK; Instavolt has suffered 174 thefts from 27 sites Drivers deterred from purchasing an electric car by range anxiety and high list prices can now add another item to their list of worries: public chargers having their cables stolen. Since November last year, Instavolt, the UK’s largest operator of rapid chargers, has had 174 cables stolen from 27 of its sites in Yorkshire and the Midlands. With each cable costing at least £1000, it’s an expensive problem – although the ..read more
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Editor's letter: Citroën says it's back – and I'm minded to agree
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C3 is made to a budget but it doesn't feel cheap – a key part of Citroën's forward-looking ethos CEO Thierry Koskas wants the French marque to "be a popular brand" again while keeping costs down Citroën is “back in recovery mode after many years of declining performance”, proclaimed CEO Thierry Koskas at the launch of the new Citroën C3. After 24 hours in the company of Koskas, his key executive team and their latest car, I’m minded to agree. Cars have got more expensive and overloaded with technology, and Citroën is fighting back by offering a level of equipment and performance that do ..read more
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To L3 or not to L3: car makers divided over next autonomy steps
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Only certain flagship BMW and Mercedes vehicles currently offer level-three hands-off, eyes-off autonomy – and their use is heavily restricted Car makers are sharply divided over whether to offer level-three (L3) autonomy as they weigh up the cost versus reward of allowing their cars to take control from the driver for limited periods amid a wider technology race. Right now, only BMW and Mercedes offer level-three hands-off, eyes-off autonomy in their flagship limos, and then only in Germany and select states in the US at traffic jam speeds. More, however, are scheduled to join their ranks ..read more
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