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Yesterday, 19 January 2017

The priciest and prettiest cars of Bonhams’ 2017 Scottsdale auction
Features 19 Jan, 2017 Bonhams’ auction at Scottsdale this year is full of delightful – and expensive – machines. Have a peak at some of our favourites...

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The priciest and prettiest cars of Bonhams’ 2017 Scottsdale auction - pictures

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Tesla avoids recall over fatal Autopilot crash
US regulator raises concerns about how partially-driverless cars are being marketed

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2017 Audi S5 Sportback review
The Audi S5 Sportback is more bruising GT than practical sports car, but it makes sense for those wanting a fast executive saloon in coupé get-up A five-door version of the Audi S5 Coupé, for exactly the same £47,000 price tag, and what’s not to like about that? Well, not a lot, it turns out.While the Audi S5 Sportback uses exactly the same 349bhp, turbocharged 3.0 V6, 8-spd Tiptronic and permanent quattro four-wheel drive setup as the coupé, it does have a 6cm longer wheelbase, so there is a bit more to it than 'just' the extra doors.That added length has allowed for a decent sized boot beneath the useful hatchback opening (rather than the booted opening of the S5 Coupé) and you also get a three-person rear bench rather than the Coupé’s strictly two-seater job. 

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Amazing classic cars of Cuba - pictures

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The World Rally Championship – what is it, and how does it work?
As we're celebrating the Sierra at the moment, here are PH's best - what are yours?

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Norfolk sports car manufacturer Zenos goes into administration 
As we're celebrating the Sierra at the moment, here are PH's best - what are yours?

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Eadon Green Black Cuillin set to rival Morgan
Eadon Green’s retro-styled Black Cuillin coupé will be revealed at the Geneva motor show in March The Eadon Green Black Cuillin will be revealed at the Geneva motor show in March, as a rival to Morgan. Read more about the cars heading to this year's Geneva show Eadon Green has only revealed a line-drawing preview image of the Black Cuillin coupé, which takes retro styling of a similar era to Morgan’s offerings. The image doesn't show enough to determine whether it's more like Morgan's traditional Plus models, or a modern iteration similar to the Aero cars.  The Black Cuillan, named after a mountain range on the Isle of Skye off the Scottish coast, will be revealed at the show, although Eadon Green promises more details in the weeks leading up to the show. The company, which plays on the name of the company’s managing director and founder, Felix Eaton, is based in Shoreditch, London, and was set up in late 2016. Eadon Green’s badge comprises a coat of arms with the word ‘integrity’ underneath, surrounded by a grey ring containing the company’s name and race flags, suggesting that despite the model’s retro styling, performance will be a focus. 

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New online shopping system launched by Peugeot
News 19 Jan, 2017 'Order Online by Peugeot' unveiled with ability to order your new car and have it delivered to your driveway from your living room

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2017 Porsche Panamera hybrid: best when driven slowly  
As we're celebrating the Sierra at the moment, here are PH's best - what are yours?

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Peugeot launches online buying service
Order Online lets you conduct the entire process of buying a new Peugeot model through the company's website Peugeot is the latest brand to allow buyers to buy their car online, following in the footsteps of car makers including Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover and Smart. Instead of browsing online and then visiting a showroom to complete the transaction, Peugeot buyers can now do the entire process online, including finance and trading in your part-exchange vehicle. Peugeot’s online system distinguishes itself from some other car makers by offering buyers the option to specify a car as they wish, rather than restricting buyers to purchase dealer stock vehicles only. “People who want to get their new car as quickly as possible can be less picky about its spec because the site tells you the difference in delivery times for cars with different engines or body styles,” explained Andrew Baird, head of digital at Peugeot UK. “And to take the strain out of part-exchanging your old car, Order Online will give you a guaranteed price for it. It’s all about making the whole process quicker and easier,” he added. “We’ve even added a system that enables the site to verify your identity online so you don’t have to upload documents.” Once a customer has placed their order, they will be contacted by a “concierge”, who will keep them up to date on the progress of their order until delivery. Although no special discounts have been applied to cars bought via Order Online, they are eligible for all current special offers and deposit contributions for PCP

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DS E-Tense supercar edges closer to production
Recent patent filings suggest the PSA Group is pushing its E-Tense supercar closer to production The DS E-Tense supercar has taken another step towards making production, patent files have revealed. DS has this week filed a trademark for the E-Tense name, further suggesting that the dramatic supercar concept of last year’s Geneva motor show could make production. The luxury arm of PSA Group – also parent company to Peugeot and Citroën – has been toying with the idea of its own supercar as a halo model since the car’s warm reception in Geneva, in addition to a new SUV. Unusually, however, a trademark for the SUV hasn’t yet been filed, despite the model being expected to make production before the supercar. We won’t be seeing the E-Tense in production form until after 2018 when the SUV is due to go on sale, and it could come as late as 2021, with all-wheel drive and a 402bhp electric powertrain. PSA boss Carlos Tavares has hinted more than once at the car’s potential for production, and PSA even took the E-Tense concept to the streets of Paris to gauge public reaction. The car is a far cry from the hatchbacks and SUVs that DS is using to increase its market share against German rivals; its hesitation to confirm the E-Tense is to

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Former Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn faces enquiry over dieselgate claims
Winterkorn claims he had no direct involvement in the decision-making process behind the emissions cheating software Former Volkswagen chairman Martin Winterkorn has denied early knowledge of the dieselgate emissions manipulation scandal in a parliamentary enquiry into his role in the dieselgate scandal. The scandal has so far cost the German car maker over 18 billion euros in fines and recall costs, as well as seen five former executives charged by the US’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Speaking before a parliament committee consisting of members from all of Germany’s major political parties, Winterkorn made a long-awaited statement on Volkswagen’s decision to manipulate emission tests of various diesel models. In an opening declaration, Winterkorn took accountability for the scandal, saying, “As CEO, I bear responsibility for what has happened.” However, the 69-year-old German denied any direct involvement in the decision-making processes that led to Volkswagen employing specially developed software used to detect when diesel models were running on test rigs and programmed to subsequently alter their engine performance to reduce both CO2 and NOx emissions well below that of real world driving levels. "Everyone who knows me knows my love for detail, the perfect workmanship, we have invested countless hours in the search for the best solution,” said Winterkorn, who referred to his decision to resign as CEO

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'Clean air' stickers introduced in Paris, UK motorists without one face £117 fine
News 19 Jan, 2017 New rules enforced to cut pollution in French capital require all motorists to display a 'Crit'Air' windscreen sticker or face a fine

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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets new engine and S-Class touchpad
New headlights and mild changes to the bumpers will be joined by improved infotainment; a new 2.0-litre diesel is also due The facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been spotted testing in saloon and estate form ahead of the model range's expected launch in 2017. The latest sighting offers a first glimpse of the updated model's interior, showing that it'll get a new touchpad - which looks similar to the one featured on the 2017 S-Class - as well as a new steering wheel with more controls on it. There's also a redesigned instrument panel, and the covers on the dash-top suggest there are also changes there. Outside, new LED headlights, similar to those found on the new E-Class, can be seen. A new bumper design also features some updated air intakes and a more swooping design around the grille. There are chrome highlights along the side skirts and rear bumper, but aside from those tweaks the cosmetic changes appear to be minimal. The E-Class's new 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine will likely replace the incumbent 2.1-litre diesel offered with the current model, but the present car's turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit will remain. The updated C-Class saloon and estate sibling will f

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Nissan and Toyota back UK despite EU single market announcement
The Nissan Qashqai will continue being built at the firm's Sunderland plant Nissan and Toyota are committed to continued car production in the UK despite Theresa May’s announcement that Britain will leave the EU single market Two of the UK’s largest car manufacturers say they will carry on building cars here despite the clear statement by Theresa May that Britain will leave the European Union (EU) single market. The Prime Minister outlined her plan on Tuesday and since then Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan, has said the Japanese firm will continue to build its Qashqai and X-Trail SUVs at its Sunderland plant. Toyota has also stated it intends to carry on producing cars and engines at its factories in Burnaston, Derbyshire and Deeside in North Wales. Talking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada told Bloomberg Television: ‘We can survive this. We don’t tend to close or move factories when things like this happen and it will be the same in the UK." Nissan and Toyota, along with Honda, were attracted to the UK because of its EU membership and access to the single market that guarantees exports to other member states without tariffs. Theresa May’s

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New Mercedes EQA to lead brand's small car boom - pictures

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UK Toyota factories face Brexit threat as car industry awaits Article 50
News 19 Jan, 2017 Toyota chairman admits UK factories need to think "how to survive" following Theresa May's Brexit plans

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Paris to introduce anti-pollution sticker scheme
UK drivers could face pollution fines in Paris if they fail to display an anti-pollution sticker in their car's windscreen British drivers heading into Paris could be fined for not displaying an anti-pollution sticker as the French capital launches a new scheme to improve air quality. British drivers heading to Paris on or after 1 April will have to order a sticker online and put it in their car’s windscreen. Any car caught without a relevant sticker will face a €68 (£59) fine. Called “Crit’Air", the stickers are separated into six categories ranging from zero emissions vehicles to diesel-powered cars, vans and trucks. A spokesman for the AA said: ‘All British drivers heading to Paris will have to make sure they have the Crit’Air sticker arranged before heading over the Channel. There are no exceptions, so it’s another item to add to your pre-travel checks.’ Any car registered before 1997 is now banned from central Paris between 8am and 8pm on weekdays, which is a softening of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s original position. After opposition from classic car owners, this restricted access has been agreed. The same applies to scooters and motorcycles made before 2000 and trucks and buses built prior to 2001. This means the whole of Paris inside the Périphérique ring road is now a Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) similar to that within the M25 for London. A spokesman for the Mayor of London’s office said: ‘Air pollution in large cities is a serious health issue and must be dealt with in a variety of ways. LEZs are an effective way of managing this, though there are no plans to introduce a Parisian-style sticker scheme in London.’ For any

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Sébastien Ogier sets fastest time in WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo shakedown
As we're celebrating the Sierra at the moment, here are PH's best - what are yours?

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0-62mph times: it’s time to add another decimal place
The acceleration space race happening right now means we need to adapt – and fast Not long ago, the Tesla Model S P100D was announced as one of the fastest-accelerating production cars on the planet, taking 2.5sec to reach 62mph. Five minutes or so passed, and Faraday Future announced that the FF 91 – not yet a production car, but it will be soon, the firm said – undercut the Tesla by 11 hundredths of a second at 2.39sec. Tesla has now responded, albeit indirectly, by claiming that in a certain spec, the P100D could actually accelerate to 62mph in 2.34sec. On the surface, it’s petty, but this masks a more serious point; that the de facto single decimal-place system for measuring 0-62mph times is now out of date. Things, literally, are moving so fast that they’re ageing our measurement system. Many run-of-the-mill supercars now reach 62mph in three seconds or less, and so the difference between 2.9sec and 2.95sec could be the difference between vanquishing rivals’ times, or succumbing to them. Formula 1 uses three decimal places – and has done for many years. As road cars continually close the performance gap between themselves and the racers we idolise, our system of measurement looks increasingly archaic.