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Yesterday, 02 March 2016

VW emissions scandal: VW knew of defeat device in May 2014
Shock VW statement confirms that ex-VW CEO Martin Winterkorn was first informed of the US cheat software in May 2014, although the seriousness of it was not established for at least another year Volkswagen has admitted that then CEO Martin Winterkorn was first aware of the NOx emissions irregularities with its EA189 diesel engine in 2014 - but has denied that it misled shareholders by withholding the information until September 2015.The revelation came in an official statement by VW outlining the timeline of events, as part of its defence against legal action by shareholders who say the company illegally withheld information regarding the scandal.The chief purpose of VW’s carefully worded statement is to explain its defence of legal action, but it also offers a fascinating timeline of events that unfolded in the build-up to the scandal for the first time.VW traces the scandal back to 2005, when it decided to launch diesel engines in the US. It would do so with the EA189 engine. But US regulations were far stricter than Europe, the 31 mg/km of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions limit six times less than that allowed under EU5 law at the time. VW says that reducing the NOx emissions would impact on CO2 emissions.During development of the EA189 for the US, VW says that “a group of persons – whose identity is still being determined – at levels below the group's management board in the powertrain development division, decided to modify the engine management software”.This act, VW says, produced emissions values in bench testing that “differed substantially from those under real driving condition

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Why the Porsche 911 R is a back-to-basics future classic
Like the Porsche Cayman GT4 before it, the new 911 R is proof that the German sportscar manufacturer is heeding its customers wishes When the Porsche 911 GT3, traditionally regarded as the world’s finest driver’s car, came back for its most recent generation with electric steering and an automatic gearbox, the consensus was that the days of sports cars with true mechanical feel and interactions were behind us.Two cars since, from the same department at the same company, have proved otherwise: the Porsche Cayman GT4 and the new Porsche 911 R.You don’t need me to blabber on how great the GT4 is – and how good the 911 R probably will be – for the reasons why, but what is interesting is the theory behind it, and how the 911 R in particular came about.Read our Porsche 911 GT3 RS road test.I sat down with Porsche GT boss Andreas Preuninger at the Geneva motor show yesterday. He started on a philosophical point, stating that sports cars with normally aspirated engines and manual gearboxes will be “around forever”. Real mechanical tools, in other words.Indeed, he reckoned they could soon become commonplace in the market. “Look at the classic car market. Why do you think people are buying classics? It’s for character. It’s the true old-school motoring feeling people long for. Modern cars, as fast as they are, don’t really have character. They go fast, but you get out after driving them

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Volvo XC40 to spearhead a family of smaller cars to be sold globally
Swedish firm’s boss lays out future plans for '40 series' cars using compact modular architecture; plus hybrid three-cylinder motors in development Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson has given more details about the company’s plans to create a family of smaller models around its new compact modular architecture (CMA).“The 40 series will be at the heart of the brand,” Samuelsson said at the Geneva motor show, where he also confirmed that he was prioritising building the crossover XC40 first to meet market demand.The XC40 is expected to appear in 2018 and will be followed by V40 and S40 variants. Samuelsson also confirmed plans to sell these '40 series' models globally – previously small Volvos have been restricted to some markets – with this helping to boost the company’s volumes towards his target of building 800,000 cars a year. That’s a dramatic increase on the 500,000 cars that Volvo built last year.The new CMA platform is being engineered in Sweden and will underpin all of Volvo’s smaller models as well as those built in China by parent company Geely.Cars built on it will use both Volvo’s modular four-cylinder and three-cylinder engines, with Samuelsson also confirming that there will be 'Twin Engine' badged hybrids that will combine the three-cylinder motor with electrical assistance. He admits that, in Europe, he expects diesel sales to decline dramatically as new emissions standards come into force, and that he thinks smaller hybrids will replace them on a 1:1 basis.Samuelsson also reiterated that we can anticipate

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Alfa Romeo admits Giulia launch delayed by engineering issues
But Italian company's boss says delays are a matter of weeks, not months, and are a result of wanting to launch "the perfect car" The head of Alfa Romeo, Fabrizio Curci, has admitted that engineering issues have delayed the launch of the Giulia “by just a few weeks” - but denied reports in Automotive News that a six-month delay was instigated because the all-new car failed to pass European front, side and rear crash tests.Curci stressed: “Not one single screw is a carryover - this car is all new, and it is true that we wanted to launch this car with the right quality from the start, but that caused a delay of maybe some weeks, certainly not months.Read more about the Alfa Romeo Giulia.“There is no more to say than that. The car is ready, and it meets every requirement that has been set for it by the regulators and again internally by us.”At the Geneva motor show, Alfa revealed the standard versions of the Giulia, which will sit below the previously revealed high-performance V6-powered Quadrifoglio model. The standard models will be powered by a 197bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol or a choice of two 2.2-litre diesels, with 178bhp and 148bhp.All models will be rear-wheel drive as standard, but all-wheel drive will be availa

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Ex-VW chief was sent emissions emails
Martin Winterkorn received memo on cheating issue 16 months before it was made public

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Relax and let the robot drive you
I prefer a Google-like car driven by a computer to one driven by a human distracted by a phone

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Exclusive: New TVR models to be built in Wales
News 2 Mar, 2016 The new TVR production line will be based just miles from the new Aston Martin factory in Wales

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Geneva video analysis - hottest cars of the 2016 show
Matt Prior examines four of Geneva’s most exciting unveilings in our latest videos The 2016 Geneva motor show has brought us everything from hypercars with four-figure power outputs to an MPV that thinks it's a crossover.Below, Autocar’s head of video Matt Prior has whittled down the selection to look over four of the show’s hottest new arrivals.Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.Video analysis of the Bugatti ChironBugatti’s Veyron replacement makes use of a reworked quad-turbocharged W16 engine that produces 1479bhp. It can accelerate to 62mph in a neck-snapping 2.5sec, and onto a top speed of 261mph. If big numbers are your thing, the Bugatti Chiron can be yours for, gulp, £1.64 million. Read more about the Chiron here.Video analysis of the Lamborghini CentenarioNothing can make an Aventador

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Spyker Preliator makes Geneva Show debut

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Exclusive new 200mph Spyker Preliator debuts at Geneva
News 2 Mar, 2016 With 525bhp from its supercharged Audi V8, just 50 Spyker Preliators will be built in Coventry

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Renault Scenic is last chance for MPVs, says Renault
The SUV boom has caused MPV sales to dwindle, but the manufacturer sees the all-new Scenic as a great opportunity to reinvigorate the segment Renault chief designer Lauren's van den Acker says the new Renault Scenic is the last chance for the firm to make a sales success in the MPV sector.The new car, launched at the Geneva motor show, combines elements of SUV styling in an MPV format.Renault Scenic unveiled in Geneva“If we can't sell a beautiful, sexy car with 20-inch wheels as standard, then I don't know what will work," said van den Acker.“If any car has a chance in the MPV sector then this surely is it. It brings some life and joy to the sector. If we'd unveiled a standard minivan we'd be dead. Now we have a great opportunity.“We need to work harder than our opposition to stand out - and the Scenic demonstrates that."Read more Geneva motor show news

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Jeep’s premium push led by new and updated models
News 2 Mar, 2016 Jeep's UK boss tells of push up market with current and coming line-up

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Mitsubishi ASX and Mirage - pictures

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Mitsubishi ASX and Mirage uncovered at Geneva
News 2 Mar, 2016 Facelifted versions of the Mitsubishi ASX and Mitsubishi Mirage feature at the Geneva Motor Show

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£1.2m, 1,500bhp Koenigsegg Regera rocks Geneva
News 2 Mar, 2016 Production-spec Koenigsegg Regera hybrid blasts from zero to 250mph in a claimed 20 seconds!

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Nissan plans to revolutionise electric car charging
Japanese car maker suggests future cars could recharge themselves on the go and at home Nissan has showcased its vision for an electric future at this year’s Geneva motor show.Following a 12-month project in partnership with architect Foster and Partners, Nissan has announced that the fuel station of the future could simply be the car itself.The use of technology, such as solar panels, wireless EV chargers and autonomous driving technology, could not only charge a car, but also enable the car to charge the home.Cars could connect wirelessly to an underground electricity grid through specific points, with the power being generated from solar, wind and wave resources.The vehicles can be left to park themselves into bays to charge overnight and will autonomously swap with other cars when charged. The car would then connect to the owner’s house, providing electricity to power the home.The car maker is currently testing the vehicle-to-grid system across Europe, allowing cars to operate as individual ‘energy hubs’, which will be able to store, use or return clean energy to the grid.London-based Foster and Partners has revealed a number of forward-thinking transport proposals, including unique pathways that sit above railway lines, creating a safer transport route for cyclists.The Japanese manufacturer also recently announced it will use electric-vehicle technology to power its new Nissan office in France. The new building will have a 1 MWh energy storage system and will be powered by 64 Nissan

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Ssangyong SIV-2 concept unveiled at Geneva motor show
Ssangyong's Nissan Qashqai rival will go on sale in 2018, and will be offered with mild-hybrid, PHEV and EV powertrains The SsangYong SIV-2 concept car has been unveiled at the Geneva motor show and previews a new large SUV that will sit above the Tivoli crossover. It will come to market in two years time and is a development of the original SIV - which stands for Smart Interface Vehicle - concept revealed in Geneva in 2013.The Mahindra-owned Korean brand says the SIV-2 concept is “based on SsangYong’s theme of ‘Robust, Speciality, Premium", and “pursues the emotional interface between the driver and the car, and will evolve to become a key strategic model within the SsangYong range".The new model is expected to offer seating for five and be around the same size as Nissan's Qashqai. Bolstering its SUV range with a larger model than the current Tivoli would allow Ssangyong to capitalise on the growing appetite for SUVs in Europe and the UK.Inside the concept car, it previews a high-end and luxurious interior with Alcantara and Italian suede linings and a woodgrain floor, as well as bucket seats fitted with speakers and lighting graphics emitted from the door panels and side consoles that change in time to music.Powering the concept is a mild hybrid powertrain, which features a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine combined with a small electric motor, coupled to a lithium-ion battery. The 48V mild-hybrid set-up is claimed to offer “quiet and efficient driving, reduce

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Alfa Romeo product plans leave room for a new sports car
News 2 Mar, 2016 Alfa Romeo has a busy few years ahead with the Giulia roll-out and two new SUVs but the boss says a new sports car could also be squeezed in

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Zenvo unveils TS1 hypercar at Geneva motor show
New performance model gets a 5.9-litre lightweight twin-supercharged flat-plane V8 engine Zenvo has taken the covers off the TS1 at this year’s Geneva motor show.The Danish manufacturer has revised its ST1 model, in the form of the new TS1 (the grey car in the picture above).It’s not just a letter switcheroo, though, the Zenvo TS1 has a whole new engine along with aerodynamic upgrades.Powered by a new in-house developed 5.9-litre lightweight twin-supercharged flat-plane V8 engine, which replaces the previous 7.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged V8, the model has a top speed of 233mph. The new engine comes mated to either a seven-speed paddle shift gearbox with auto mode, or a seven-speed race-inspired unit with paddle shift and dog engagement.Other updates introduced on the TS1 include new lightweight carbonfibre inlet manifolds, a lower centre of gravity, some light cosmetic enhancements and a completely new interior.Exterior updates include a redesigned front splitter, rear wing and diffuser to optimise downforce. A new vertical wing to the intercooler inlet has been added and the rear bumper and exhaust system have been revised. Carbon-ceramic brakes are also fitted, with 395mm discs up front and 380mm discs to the rear.On the inside the model gets a contrasting colour separating the driver’s side, an updated dashboard and centre console, plus a range of leather, Alcantara, carbonfibre and aluminium customisation options.The KW suspension has also been updated, with a hydraulic-lift system.

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Apollo Arrow: 986bhp Gumpert rebrand debuts at Geneva 2016
News 2 Mar, 2016 Apollo has unveiled its new Arrow supercar, after changing its name from Gumpert under Chinese ownership

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Apollo Arrow - Pictures

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Dacia adds automatic gearbox to its diesel range
News 2 Mar, 2016 Dacia adds new 'Easy-R' automated transmission to its dCI 90 diesel models and new limited-edition spec

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Best cars of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
News 2 Mar, 2016 What were the cars that stood out for the Auto Express team in what was an action-packed Geneva Motor Show…

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2016 SsangYong Tivoli XLV unveiled at Geneva motor show
Longer and more spacious version of the Tivoli will reach the UK in May The Ssangyong Tivoli XLV - a longer, more spacious version of the standard Tivoli crossover - has been revealed at the Geneva motor show.Based on the XLV Air concept first revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September last year, the Tivoli XLV will go on sale across Europe in May.The production model keeps the same 2600mm wheelbase as the standard Tivoli, but is stretched by 235mm from the C-pillar back, providing more storage space and room inside. In total, carrying capacity has increased to 720 litres with its rear seats in place - well up from the 423 litres offered by the standard car.Powertrain options include the same 1.6-litre diesel and petrol engines already offered in the Tivoli, coupled to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, but the manufacturer says final UK engine options are “to be determined”. It’s available in both two and four-wheel drive forms.Ssangyong says the Tivoli XLV “provides the versatility needed to meet a wide range of individual lifestyles”, and anticipates that with the introduction of this new Tivoli variant more than 100,000 units of the crossover will be sold in 2016.UK specifications have yet to be confirmed, but we expect the Tivoli XLV to go on sale with almost identical trim levels and options as the regular Tivoli. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but as the regular Tivoli range starts at £12,950 we’d expect the XLV to cost from around £15,000.Read more Geneva motor show news

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Italdesign GTZero - Pictures

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Geneva motor show 2016: Our star cars
Autocar staffers pick their best cars from the Geneva motor show, including the Bugatti Chiron, Jaguar F-Type SVR, Pagani Huayra BC and more The Geneva motor show has given us a close look at many of the new cars that will be coming to the UK over the next year, as well as a glimpse into the future of brands like DS, Vauxhall and VW.With so many cars on display, we've selected the very best new metal. You can see more pictures of all these, and many other cars, in our Geneva show gallery.Geneva motor show 2016: our show starsJim Holder - Jaguar F-Type SVRGood enough to draw praise from VW  Group bigwigs - and they know a thing or two about building sportscar brands. This new halo Jaguar somehow manages to combine beauty and menace, and the spec sheet only makes the urge to drive it even greater.Mark Tisshaw - Ford Fiesta ST200An engineering masterpiece, one that sadly so few people will be able to experience because production will be limited to just a few hundred units. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, meet the star of the Geneva motor show: the Ford Fiesta ST2

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Aston Martin DB11 video analysis: full tech details, prices and exclusive pics
Aston’s DB9 replacement sits on a new structure, packs a new 600bhp twin-turbo V12, covers 0-62mph in 3.9sec, hits 200mph and costs £154,900 The new Aston Martin DB11, unveiled at the Geneva motor show, is hailed by its maker as “the most powerful, efficient and dynamically gifted DB model” in the firm’s 103-year history.The first product from Aston’s ‘second century’ expansion plan, the DB11 features a new engine and body structure, fresh styling, improved packaging and motorsport-derived aerodynamic features. The front-engined, rear-wheel-drive grand tourer can be ordered now, priced from £154,900.VideoNEW V12 ENGINEPerhaps the stand-out feature in this most significant of new Astons is located under the one-piece clamshell bonnet. Designed and built in-house by a team led by chief powertrain engineer Brian Fitzsimons, the new twin-turbocharged 5204cc V12 is the most powerful unit yet fitted to a DB road car.Its 600bhp and 516lb ft outputs are sufficient to accelerate the DB11 from zero to 62mph in 3.9sec and on to a top speed of 200mph. It’s also the first series-production Aston Martin to use a twin-turbo unit. The DB11 doesn’t have a synthesised system to augment the engine noise.

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Radical unleashes its fastest road car yet at Geneva show
The British manufacturer has revealed the 700bhp RXC Turbo 500R ahead of a new Nürburgring lap record tilt in the summer Radical has unveiled the 700bhp RXC Turbo 500R, by far the most powerful car in its history, at the Geneva motor show.The car will be available in both road and race trim and in the summer will be used for an assault on the Nürburgring lap record for a road car, which has been held since 2009 by the Radical SR8, which lapped in 6min 48sec in the hands of Michael Vergers.The RXC Turbo 500R is based on the extant RXC Turbo but comes with new turbos, indirect and direct fuel injection to boost power to 600bhp in standard form, but with a further 100bhp available as an option.In addition to the extra power, the new RXC Turbo 500R comes with full carbonfibre bodywork, said to lower weight by around 60kg, giving a kerbweight of almost exactly one tonne.The car will be available first in a stripped-out, limited run of 21 cars to signify the 21 kilometres of a Nürburgring lap, but the mechanical enhancements will then be made available as part of the normal range. The RXC Turbo 500R is priced at £167,500 plus local taxes.Radical won’t be drawn on just how fast the new RXC Turbo 500R may go around the 'Ring and has not yet run any lap simulations.“But we do have all the data from the 2009 run,” said a spokesman, “and

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New Vauxhall Insignia SUV on the way
News 2 Mar, 2016 Ford Edge-rivalling Vauxhall Insignia-based SUV on sale in 2018 to replace the old Antara

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Stunning Italdesign GTZero EV hits Geneva
News 2 Mar, 2016 Italian firm Italdesign rebodies and re-engineers a Lamborghini Huracan for its Geneva 2016 show concept

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2016 Geneva Motor Show stars - pictures

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Kia Optima SW GT at Geneva 2016 - pictures

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Tesla aims to plug in young drivers
Elon Musk makes his pitch to the next generation with Model S for Kids

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Mercedes-AMG E43 performance model confirmed
News 2 Mar, 2016 AMG boss confirms new E43 performance saloon to sit below 600bhp range-topping Mercedes-AMG E63

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2016 Bugatti Chiron - new video of the Veyron's 260mph+ successor
Show-stopping new Bugatti Chiron packs 1479bhp, can reach 261mph and costs almost £2 million The new Bugatti Chiron, the successor to the original Veyron, has made its global debut at the Geneva motor show.It has a colossal 1479bhp, can reach 62mph in less than 2.5sec - despite weighing 1995kg - and has a maximum top speed of 261mph.Previewed by the Vision Gran Turismo concept car at last year’s Frankfurt motor show, the immensely powerful Chiron aims to occupy the position its highly celebrated predecessor held at the very top of the supercar ladder, one rung above the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder – all of which have now ceased production.Bugatti describes the second of its modern day models as the most powerful road car to ever reach series production. However, with volumes set to be limited to 500 and a price to match its extreme performance at an eye watering €2.4 million (about £1.9 million) it will remain out of reach for all but the seriously rich. Bugatti boss Wolfgang Dürheimer portrays the quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 powered Chiron as an all-new car that uses little from the Veyron.Video