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GOVERNMENT: Sales of new petrol and diesel cars to end from 2030

GOVERNMENT: Sales of new petrol and diesel cars to end from 2030

In pursuance of its ‘green industrial revolution’, the government recently announced plans to bring forward the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel-fuelled cars to 2030 – five years earlier than originally scheduled.

BMW: New iX EV coming in 2021 with 370-mile range

BMW: New iX EV coming in 2021 with 370-mile range

BMW has revealed the new all-electric BMW iX SUV. Originally called the ‘Vision iNEXT’ when a concept, the new model will use BMW’s latest eDrive electric powertrain, with a power output of around 500bhp and an estimated range of roughly 376 miles.

SKODA: New Octavia iV PHEV joins UK range

SKODA: New Octavia iV PHEV joins UK range

Full details of the new Skoda Octavia iV PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) have been revealed. It’s the most efficient Octavia ever offered and is capable of up to 43 miles of pure-electric running.

VOLKSWAGEN: Order books open for 2020 Golf GTD

VOLKSWAGEN: Order books open for 2020 Golf GTD

The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTD is now available to order for a starting price of £32,790. It’s the most powerful and efficient GTD yet and packs all the new Mk8 Golf’s latest technology.

AUDI: Q8 flagship SUV gains two new PHEV versions

AUDI: Q8 flagship SUV gains two new PHEV versions

As its onslaught of model-electrification continues, the Audi Q8 is the marque’s latest model to get plug-in hybrid power with two potent options for Audi’s flagship SUV.

McLAREN: All-new MV614 hybrid supercar in final testing

McLAREN: All-new MV614 hybrid supercar in final testing

The first all-new High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar – dubbed MV614 – has entered the final stages of its development and test programmes.

POLESTAR: Precept GT concept to enter production

POLESTAR: Precept GT concept to enter production

Polestar has finally confirmed it will put the four-door Precept GT concept revealed in February of this year into production.

VOLKSWAGEN: Order books open for Mk8 Golf GTI

VOLKSWAGEN: Order books open for Mk8 Golf GTI

The eighth-generation of VW’s iconic hot hatch is the most hi-tech version to date, so it’s not surprising that the price has crept up a bit compared to the last GTI.

Review: Volvo V90 Cross Country

Review: Volvo V90 Cross Country

You might be paying a premium for the V90 Cross Country over the regular Volvo V90, but having lived with one for a couple of weeks, it certainly makes a compelling case for itself.

JAGUAR: 2020 F-Pace gets updates and new PHEV powertrain

JAGUAR: 2020 F-Pace gets updates and new PHEV powertrain

Jaguar’s popular F-Pace SUV has undergone a midlife refresh for its 2020 model year. The changes over the previous iteration include subtle exterior styling tweaks, a fresh new interior design and updated technology.

Review: Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4

Review: Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4

The Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid (2WD) and Hybrid4 (AWD) are the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of the Grandland X, a mid-sized SUV introduced in 2017 as a replacement for the ageing Antara. Here, I take a closer look at the Hybrid4 driven at its UK media launch.

MERCEDES-BENZ: Eight-seat EQV available to order

MERCEDES-BENZ: Eight-seat EQV available to order

Based on the V-Class, the EQV all-electric MPV is Mercedes’ second electric model after the EQC SUV and is one of the first electric MPVs on sale in the UK.

What is engine remapping and is it worth it?

What is engine remapping and is it worth it?

There are many advantages to remapping your vehicle. We discuss what remapping actually is, how it affects your vehicle and what the potential upsides and downsides may be.

AC CARS - Limited Edition Cobra Series 1 Electric

AC CARS - Limited Edition Cobra Series 1 Electric

Rarely is a motoring icon reborn and updated at the same time, which makes the two new models in the 2020 AC Cobra range announced last week all the more interesting. Each new model runs a very different powertrain to the other. The first...

New e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback break cover

New e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback break cover

The all-electric e-tron S is the latest Audi to receive the ‘S’ treatment. It’s the first production electric car to feature three electric motors and pumps out a stonking 489hp.

JAGUAR: I-Pace gets faster charging and new tech

JAGUAR: I-Pace gets faster charging and new tech

The Jaguar I-Pace has received a mid-life refresh bringing faster charging and upgraded technology to keep it competitive against rivals like the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X.

Review: KIA Soul EV

Review: KIA Soul EV

The KIA Soul isn’t a new car. It’s been around since 2009, but during those intervening years, over 1.6 million have been sold – mostly in the USA where the car acquired its boxy, Tonka-toy design and styling.

CITROEN: All-new C4 and e-C4 EV revealed

CITROEN: All-new C4 and e-C4 EV revealed

The 2020 Citroen C4 and e-C4 EV has been revealed. Gone are the librarian looks of the previous C4 – last updated in 2015 – as the all-new model has an eye-catching coupé-cum-SUV design, which is bang on trend in the current market.

Volvo: Electric XC40 Recharge P8 now on sale

Volvo: Electric XC40 Recharge P8 now on sale

The Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 is Volvo’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) and will arrive in UK showrooms towards the end of this year. Initially only available in ‘R-Design’, more trim grades are expected to follow shortly after.

POLESTAR 2: Matching performance with safety

POLESTAR 2: Matching performance with safety

The Polestar 2 continues to spearhead the introduction and development of new technologies for the Volvo Car Group. It is the first fully-electric vehicle to feature new Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) technology and more.

LAND ROVER: Two new plug-in hybrids launched

LAND ROVER: Two new plug-in hybrids launched

Land Rover launches Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque PHEVs promising up to 201.8mpg and priced similarly to the rest of their respective ranges.

AUDI EVs: Charging capacity vs charging speed

AUDI EVs: Charging capacity vs charging speed

With its e-tron and e-tron Sportback models, Audi is making electric mobility a reality for long-distance driving – thanks in part to its unique charging curve.

COVID-19: Drivers given six-month emergency MOT extensions

COVID-19: Drivers given six-month emergency MOT extensions

Recently, the government suspended MOT tests across the UK for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, after motorists expressed concerns over the consequences of not having a pass certificate due to MOT testing centres shutting down.

CUPRA: 3D printing deployed for car development

CUPRA: 3D printing deployed for car development

At CUPRA – the performance arm of Spanish automaker SEAT – a team of innovative engineers is transforming the way vehicles are developed by printing car parts.

BMW: Sleek, near production-ready i4 revealed

BMW: Sleek, near production-ready i4 revealed

The BMW Concept i4 previews the forthcoming 2021 BMW i4 and boasts a 523hp electric powertrain and a range of 373 miles.

What is a Ghost Immobiliser?

What is a Ghost Immobiliser?

If you own a car you love and are keen on protecting it, then you might be interested in a ghost immobiliser. But what is a ghost immobiliser and how do they work?

AUDI reveals S version ‘drive concepts’ of its E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback

AUDI reveals S version ‘drive concepts’ of its E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback

Audi has revealed two ‘drive concept’ cars that could essentially be more powerful versions of its E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback in the form of sportier and more performance-oriented ‘S’ models.

Review: Skoda Kamiq


Review: Skoda Kamiq


Skoda is a major player in the SUV and crossover market, thanks to its ability to build family-friendly cars that are easy to drive, well-equipped, comfortable and highly practical. Few models demonstrate this process better than the Kamiq.

All-New 2020 Audi A3 Goes Quattro Testing in the Azores

All-New 2020 Audi A3 Goes Quattro Testing in the Azores

Camouflaged quattro versions of new Audi compact hatchback tackle a course also used for the Azores rally to demonstrate latest quattro technology.

Fiat 500 and Panda Mild-Hybrids Now Available

Fiat 500 and Panda Mild-Hybrids Now Available

UK pricing and specifications for the new Fiat 500 mild hybrid and Panda mild hybrid have been announced, arriving in UK showrooms mid-February and March, respectively.

New Mercedes-Benz eVito: Specs, Techs and Pricing

New Mercedes-Benz eVito: Specs, Techs and Pricing

More details have been released on the highly-anticipated Mercedes-Benz eVito, which offers 112hp of power, 300Nm of torque, a 92-mile average range and a six-hour charging time.

Electric or Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Sold Every Seven Minutes

Electric or Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Sold Every Seven Minutes

The UK EV market grew by 21% in 2019 with more than 72,000 new plug-in cars registered in the UK – that’s one registered every seven minutes.

What's the best way to sell your car? - Part-exchange vs Private Sale

What's the best way to sell your car? - Part-exchange vs Private Sale

Just like buying, there are a number of different ways to sell your current car. Many of us opt for the simple route, which is to simply part-exchange / trade it in when buying or leasing our next car. Whilst this is very convenient, you can sometimes actually get as much as 10-15% more if you sold it privately instead.

Electric Vehicle Charging Guide

Electric Vehicle Charging Guide

For traditional petrol and diesel vehicle drivers, it’s usually a fairly simple choice to decide where to fill up your motor; generally it’s the nearest petrol station. But for electric vehicle drivers the choice is not so simple; largely due to the multitude of different charging options available.

Can Britain's Charging Infrastructure Support the Growth of Electric Vehicles?

Can Britain's Charging Infrastructure Support the Growth of Electric Vehicles?

The International Energy Agency is aiming to increase the share of electric vehicles globally to 30% by 2030 and many national governments working to create an enabling environment for the adoption of electric vehicles, it seems like the electric car revolution is here to stayhere to stay.

Review: Audi RS5 Sportback

Review: Audi RS5 Sportback

The Audi RS5 Sportback is a fast five-door hatchback that's an alternative to more traditional super-saloons like the BMW M3, Mercedes C63 and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde.

When is the best time to buy a car?

When is the best time to buy a car?

Often, the decision to buy our next car is one that is thrust upon us by unforeseen circumstances; a broken down banger or sudden vehicle theft, for example. Occasionally, however, we may be lucky enough to plan ahead and choose when we want to make that all-too-precious upgrade to our next car.

Preparing your vehicle for winter

Preparing your vehicle for winter

When summer has bowed out for another year and the leaves have started to fall, it’s time to think about preparing your car for the winter. The number of breakdowns soares in winter as most drivers are ill-prepared for the changing conditions. Even in the UK’s rather temperate climate, there are still some top tips you can follow to make sure you are ready for when winter finally comes.

Why you should always buy a vehicle tracking device

Why you should always buy a vehicle tracking device

Despite revolutions in car technology and security, vehicle theft is still on the rise. Installing a tracking device for your vehicle is one of the most reliable ways to keep it secure. With advances in modern technology too, it’s cheaper than it has ever been before.

What is an MOT, what is checked and when is it due?

What is an MOT, what is checked and when is it due?

Complete MOT test and certificate advice, plus info on getting an MOT history check, when its due and how your MOT affects car tax, insurance, buying & selling.

PCP vs HP vs Loan vs Cash vs Lease - What's the best way to buy a car?

PCP vs HP vs Loan vs Cash vs Lease - What's the best way to buy a car?

When choosing your next car there are so many factors to consider. And even once you’ve decided which car you want, you suddenly get presented with your next dilemma: how to finance it.

How to help prevent keyless car theft

How to help prevent keyless car theft

It would be an easy assumption to make that since cars have such advanced technology that it is now considerably safer - and harder to steal - than ever before. That assumption, however, is not necessarily true. In recent years there has been a huge influx in the number of vehicles being stolen via what is known as "keyless car theft".

Is it time to buy an electric vehicle?

Is it time to buy an electric vehicle?

It's been a long time coming but electric vehicles are finally here - but should you buy an EV or stick with petrol or diesel? DriverBuddy discusses the pros and cons.