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Yesterday, 15 January 2015

Good news for Top Gear fans around the world!
Series 22 will debut simultaneously in more than 50 countries. And don't forget our series 22 preview show this Sunday, 9pm GMT...

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Facelifted BMW 1-series revealed - plus exclusive studio pictures
Revised 1-series is due to go on sale in the UK this spring and will be seen for the first time at the Geneva motor show The facelifted BMW 1-series has been revealed. It will go on sale in the UK this spring after it makes its public debut at the Geneva motor show in March.The latest 1-series gets revised front and rear styling, upgrades to its infotainment system and options list and, most important, a new range of three-cylinder diesel engines and revised four-cylinder units that promise more power but greater efficiency.The dieses are all from the same family of engines that has just appeared in the latest Mini. However, since they're being fitted to the rear-wheel-drive 1-series, they've been turned 90deg into a longitudinal layout. The entry-level model will be the 116d, which gets a 1.5-litre  three-cylinder unit producing 114bhp and emitting as little as 97g/km of CO2 with the standard six-speed manual gearbox, depending on tyre size.A new version of ZF's eight-speed automatic transmission will be offered across the range, and its revised hardware and software helps to improve efficiency further; the 116d auto emits 96g/km of CO2. There will also be a manual gearbox-only 116d Efficient Dynamics, which uses a switchable coolant pump and combustion chamber pressure control to lower its CO2 emissions to as little as 89g/km.There are also three 2.0-litre diesels, badged 118d (148bhp and 110g/k

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Pull over expensive cars after midnight, police told
Traffic cops in an exclusive part of London are stopping all high-value cars late at night following a spate of thefts

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First drive: Mercedes-Maybach S600
Yes, Maybach’s back in the shape of a £166,000, LWB S-Class. Jason Barlow reports

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Meet VW’s 318bhp Polo R WRC
It’s Vee-Dub’s WRC contender for 2015: more horsepower, and stronger Stuff

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Top Gear: new series to receive global launch
The BBC motoring show will simultaneously broadcast the new series later this month.

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Seven performance car bargains - in a few years' time
Fancy one of today's performance cars? Well, hold on a few years, and depreciation will save you a packet on these

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AA issues warning to classic car owners after MG 'folded like a penknife'
Following the death of teacher Nick Sennett, the AA says classic cars 'simply do not have the damage resistance of modern vehicles'

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Toyota Aygo x-wave gets convertible roof option
News 15 Jan, 2015 Toyota Aygo gets electric canvas soft-top option to match the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108

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US carmakers target luxury market
GM and Ford seek to mount stronger challenge to German marques led by BMW and Mercedes-Benz

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VW Golf GTE price and release date revealed
News 15 Jan, 2015 Volkswagen has announced UK prices and specs of its plug-in hybrid Golf GTE, and it's available to order now from £28,035

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Mercedes-Benz plans more power for facelifted A45 AMG
Mid-life revisions for Mercedes' A45 AMG performance hatchback could boost its total power output to 375bhp - enough to topple Audi's latest RS3 Mid-life revisions due to the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG later this year mean that Audi’s reign as the manufacturer of the world’s most powerful compact hatchback is likely to be brief.The new Audi RS3 was announced in December with 362bhp from its 2.5-litre, five-cylinder turbo motor, pipping the 355bhp of the current A45 AMG. However, AMG boss Tobias Moers told Autocar that when the refreshed A45 arrives this autumn, "it will be the most powerful again". What’s more, despite the already record-breaking specific output of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine in the A45 AMG, it is believed that AMG plans a significant power upgrade, to perhaps as much as 375bhp, rather than simply being happy to beat Audi’s figure. This should be enough to take at least 0.1sec off the 0-62mph time, bringing it down to 4.5sec, although top speed will remain limited to 155mph.Mercedes is also thought to be taking the opportunity of the A45 AMG refresh to offer greater visual differentiation between the full-house AMG model and lesser A-classes that can currently be specced to look very similar to the A45. A new and distinctive grille is among the items that will be used by the A45 and not made available to any cheaper A-class model.