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Yesterday, 09 September 2014

Honda HR-V crossover reborn
Our exclusive studio shots preview Honda's compact crossver, which promises "great interior space", ahead of its Paris motor show reveal Honda's all-new HR-V compact crossover has been revealed and will make its public debut at the Paris motor show next month before going on sale early next year.The HR-V's debut in Paris comes eight years after the quirky original model went out of production. It has already been seen in Japan and other Asian markets as the Vezel. The new HR-V is based on a similar platform to the current Civic and upcoming all-new Jazz, which has its fuel tank sited under the front seats. The HR-V will also have a clever rear seat arrangement like the Civic and Jazz when it goes on sale.In the HR-V, the rear seats – including the seat squabs – can be folded forward and downwards to create a completely flat load bay that is much lower than with conventional folding seats. The HR-V’s boot space is also expected to be much larger than that offered by rivals such as the Nissa

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Never mind the theatrics, just show us the new car
Lavishly complicated car launches aren't for everyone, and AMG prefers to let its past and present models do the talking As you might expect from a company with engineering at its core, AMG does things in a rather straightforward manner.Naturally, the launch of the gleaming new Mercedes-AMG GT contained a sprinkling of star dust – Formula 1 championship leader Nico Rosberg made a guest appearance and some fireworks heralded the arrival of the car in question – but there was no disguising the fact that the launch venue was essentially a side road on AMG’s premises in the modest German town of Affalterbach. Earl’s Court this wasn’t.That’s not to denigrate the event – AMG would rather your focus was purely on the metal. And to reinforce that, it rolled out a collection of its greatest (and most ferocious) cars from the past – the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG racing car that started it all back in 1971, the barnstorming 300 CE 6.0 AMG known as ‘The Hammer’ and the cutting-edge all-electric SLS AMG Electric Drive.AMG likes to celebrate the employees at the heart of what it does. The company’s founders, Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Er

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The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane, BBC Two, review: 'impressive'
"Some people seem to think its OK to s--- in a bag and chuck it out the window."

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First drive: new Ford Focus
The world's best-selling car has had a big update, and there's a new 180bhp turbo. We drive it

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The smart car you can park with your iPhone
French auto parts maker Valeo has created a system in which a car can find a suitable space, then park itself

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What’s your favourite AMG model?
As the new AMG GT supercar lands, it's time to tell us your ultimate AMG

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Our first look at the Mercedes AMG GT
Watch out Porsche 911 and F-Type, there’s a new contender in town…

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Goodwood Revival 2014: photography book launched
A new book celebrating the Goodwood Revival is being launched at this year's event

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Amazing Ferrari Enzo prototype for sale
Meet the stretched 348, the car that paved the way for the V12-engined Enzo

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"Aston has a new CEO - and the choice of individual could not be better"
Opinion 9 Sep, 2014 Auto Express editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks ex-Nissan chief Andy Palmer is a perfect fit as Aston Martin's CEO

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BMW 2 Series Convertible first pics, UK prices and specs revealed
News 9 Sep, 2014 BMW has revealed the 2 Series Convertible - due on sale in February 2015 starting from £29,180

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BMW 2 Series Convertible first pics, UK prices and specs revealed - pictures
Pictures See all 21 pictures 9 Sep, 2014

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Renault and Bolloré bet on ‘green’ cars
The two groups will set up a joint venture for ‘green’ car-sharing services and will do a feasibility study for a new three-seater electric vehicle

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Ferrari and Porsche in demand at auction
Ferrari and Porsche cars fetched above-estimate prices at the Silverstone Auctions sale during the Salon Privé classic and supercar show

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Lexus RC F
The RC F is better on the road than it is on the track, but it still feels like a car that was designed for the last decade, not the next The Lexus RC F loosely replaces the old IS F, and essentially it's Japan's intriguing and undeniably striking looking alternative to a BMW M3/M4.Look beyond its arresting new nose and browse what's on offer objectively in the new £59,995 RC F, however, and you will immediately be struck by two thoughts. One, that it appears to represent an awful lot of car for the money. Two, that it is, despite what Lexus might claim, very much an old school kind of sports car.Thought number one is entirely positive, of course, and arrives courtesy of the fact that the RC F looks a million dollars – both in photos and in the metal – and appears to be bursting at the seams with potential.Lexus claims the car can hit 60mph in 4.5sec and has a top speed of almost 170mph, but that it is also one of the stiffest and most refined sports coupés the world has ever seen.The gradual realisation of thought number two, however, is rather less welcome today than it might have been 10 years ago.Back then, a brand new rear-wheel-drive coupé that's powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine with 471bhp would have seemed like a mouth watering proposition.Nowadays, such He-Man credentials no longer seem quite so relevant, and they certainly don't feel very cutting edge beside what's on offer from the faster, more economical, less polluting competition from Germany.And perhaps the most baffling statistic of all about the RC F is its kerb weight – because at 1840kg it is a full quarter tonne heavier than the BMW M4/M3 with which it is so obviously intended to compete.To be blunt, sendin

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BMW reveals 2-series convertible
New soft-top 2-series set to go on sale later this month for £29,180; line-up includes M235i performance version This is the new BMW 2-series convertible, a more “grown-up and prestigious car” than the 1-series convertible it replaces, according to the Munich company’s chiefs.Pictured here in our exclusive studio pictures ahead of its official unveiling at next month’s Paris motor show, the soft-topped convertible is the successor to the BMW 1-series convertible, which has sold more than 130,000 units around the world.The new convertible goes on sale in the UK later this month, with prices starting at £29,180 for the entry-level 220i Sport, rising to £37,710 for the performance-oriented M235i. First deliveries are expected in February 2015.The 2-series convertible has the same footprint as the fixed head 2-series, and is bigger in every dimension than 1-series – it is 72mm longer at 4432mm, 26mm wider at 1774mm and has a wheelbase that is 30mm longer at 2690mm. The front and rear tracks have been extended by 41mm and 43mm respectively.

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Geopolitics drives China’s policy on cars
Chairman of carmaker BYD believes Beijing’s policy on new energy vehicles is shaped by its concerns about the risks posed by territorial disputes

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Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluzione review - pictures
Pictures See all 16 pictures 9 Sep, 2014

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Female drink-driver: 'I moved my car the morning after a party. It ruined my life'
A new study has revealed that women make up 17 per cent of drink-driving convictions in the UK. Here, one female drink-driver shares the story of her arrest and reveals the unexpected consequences that still plague her today

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Vauxhall Viva: sub-£7k city car confirmed
News 10 Sep, 2014 As reported by Auto Express in May, it has been confirmed that the Vauxhall Viva name will return

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Atalanta car company reborn after 75 years
The car company that faded into existence during World War Two is finally revived

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Clear your decks for the arrival of AMG's new super-coupe
The Mercedes-AMG GT, the most significant new model to come from AMG in years, picks up the baton from the superb SLS The unveiling later tonight of the third supercar from AMG, the GT, presents the company with its clearest sight yet of an open goal. The original AMG machine, the troubled SLR project built by AMG’s uncomfortable then-bedfellow McLaren, was never seen as a front runner. The second car, the SLS, was much loved by some owners but its size and price were barriers for others. Now comes the GT, which keeps the SLS’s good bits but drops the price by about 30 per cent. It's managed to do that by a) not having the hard-to-engineer gullwing doors, and thanks to b) AMG, being a restless technology company, finding better, quicker, cheaper ways of producing the exotic structures needed.Better still – some will think – there’s ne

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Local Motors will 3D-print a car
Time to blow your mind: the first 3D-printed car is coming off the presses now

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Mini One UK first drive review
It may be the entry-level option in the new Mini range, but the latest One feels anything but cheap The least expensive way into ownership of BMW’s third-generation Mini three-door hatch.The Mini One gets a new three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, which replaces the old 1.6-litre naturally aspirated unit found in the previous-generation Mini hatch.The engine is essentially a reduced capacity version of the new 1.5-litre turbo triple found in the Cooper hatch, retaining features such as direct injection and stop-start.

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Peugeot’s groundbreaking Hybrid Air tech returns for Paris
News 9 Sep, 2014 New Peugeot 208 HYbrid Air concept set to debut at next month’s Paris Motor Show, as the French brand targets 141mpg by 2020

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This is a gold-plated Aston DB5
Who loves goooold? Aston does. Special DB5 to go under the hammer for charity

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End of the road for Suzuki Grand Vitara and Alto
News 9 Sep, 2014 Suzuki is set to cut the Suzuki Grand Vitara, Splash and Alto from its line-up, with new models on the way

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Volkswagen reveals limited-edition Amarok Dark Label
Just 300 examples of VW's special Amarok Dark Label pick-up are available, each priced from £31,350 Volkswagen has revealed a limited-edition Dark Label version of its Amarok pick-up truck.Just 300 examples will be available, each featuring a range of black styling additions. The four-wheel-drive Amarok comes with the range-topping 178bhp 2.0-litre BiTDI engine, and is offered with a choice of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic gearbox.Additions for the Dark Lable include extended wheel arches, housing black 18-inch alloy wheels, plus a new rough terrain guard mounted underneath the front bumper.Also included are dark tinted rear and side windows and darkened tail lights. The dark theme continues on the inside, with anthracite Alcantara upholstery and Dark Label branded floor mats.Prices for the Amarok Dark Label start at £31,350, or £26,125 without VAT – as the car would be if ordered as a business vehicle. It will be available to order later this month.John HamerGet the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below: