Imagine your CEO stands up in front of the world and bravely declares: "by 2020, we will reduce the average CO2 emissions of our range by 25 per cent." What do you do? If you work for most car companies, you’ll probably be forced to hunt through your existing range to find something into which you can shoehorn an electric motor and a stack of batteries. Kia's engineers, however, decided to do it differently. The result is the Niro.
This might surprise you, but Subaru have been making ‘boxer’ (or horizontally-opposed) engines for 50 years now. In that time, they’ve churned out more than 16 million of them, so it’s certainly fair to say they’ve got it down to a fine art. That process of continuous refinement applies equally to the cars that are powered by them, and none represents that ethos better than the Subaru Forester.
We Brits like a good pick-up. Although initially derided as the proverbial sow’s ear, attempts by ‘ute manufacturers to drag them towards some semblance of modern-day convenience (perhaps kick-started by Mitsubishi and their Animal tie-in) did actually go on to prove one thing: they are bloody useful things. We tested the new Series 5 Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian to see just how useful.
You need only spend a few brief moments talking to Tyrone Johnson, Vehicle Engineering Manager for the new Focus RS, to understand just how much effort has gone into creating this latest fast Ford. To say he’s a man who knows what he wants is putting it mildly, and he certainly wasn’t willing to compromise to get it. So has all this engineering effort translated into real world performance?
The stunning new Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) will go on sale in the UK on 4th March 2017, priced from £22,195. A limited-run Launch Edition model will also be available for £28,995.
Caterham has launched a new model – the Seven Sprint – that harks back to the car’s glory days of the mid-1960s.
The Mazda3 has been revised for the 2017 model year, with tweaked exterior styling, an updated cabin, greater refinement, and the introduction of Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control.
The new Volvo S90 saloon and V90 estate are now available with performance upgrade packages from in-house tuning specialists Polestar.
The eagerly-awaited (at least by us) new Kia Optima Sportswagon is set to go on sale in the UK from 15th September, with prices starting from £22,295.
The new Kia Optima PHEV plug-in hybrid is available to order now, with prices starting from £31,495 after a £2,500 Government grant.