Motoring by Press Association 17/01/2019, 12:45 pm Updated: 17/01/2019, 12:49 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? Two big buzzwords dominate the latest Toyota RAV4. The first is SUV – a segment the brand an early adopter of with the original RAV4 back in 1994, and one that, by its own admission, it’s now lagging behind in. The second is hybrid. So confident is Toyota in its hybrid powertrains that you won’t be able to specify the RAV4 with anything but in the UK. Can it really be blamed, with the anti-diesel rhetoric still at the forefront of buyers’ minds? However, there’s more than just a powertrain that makes up this new RAV4. It’s in fact been the recipient of a serious rebirth, aimed at making it a true alternative to the most popular petrol and diesel SUVs in driving dynamics, interior ambiance and cost of ownership. What’s new? There’s a whole new … [Read more...] about First drive: The Toyota RAV4 could be the hybrid SUV to buy
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THEY SAY IT’LL BE LIKE HORSES. That once the world truly jibes with the self-driving car, humans will be moved to hang up the keys. Maybe through gentle social shaming at first. Then increased insurance costs or government regulation. Human-guided automobiles will be limited to private land or dedicated parks, as with horses or dirt bikes or anything else fun and whiffing of danger. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below This feature originally appeared in the September, 2018 issue of R&T.It’s also been suggested that we won’t have much choice—that eventually, new cars will winnow to a few sensible blueprints. Mostly short-range electric runabouts, mid-size SUVs, and throwback exotics. Those blueprints now power three growing segments of the new-car market. So we built a crystal ball of sorts, to suss a glimpse of the future. We rented a private hillclimb, for our own version of that driving park. And I spent a full day there, bombing around and thinking … [Read more...] about How Will It Feel When Computers Finally Kick Us Off the Street?
Motoring by Press Association 06/09/2018, 12:18 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? Think PHEV and you’re likely to think of the Mitsubishi Outlander. After all, the Japanese firm’s SUV has long been the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in the UK – and continues to be so, having sold around 4,200 so far in 2018. Mitsubishi is refusing to rest on its laurels though, despite the SUV being in something of a one-car class, and has given the Outlander PHEV a little refresh for the 2019 model year to ensure success and sales continue to roll its way. Is it enough to breathe new life into the arguably ageing machine though, or would people be better off waiting for a new generation? What’s new? At first glance, you may be hard-pressed to notice any changes for the 2019 model year car but the revisions here are actually quite substantial. The headline-grabbing difference is under the … [Read more...] about UK Drive: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is ideal for those ready to make the move to a hybrid
Dean Shaw, Volvo Cars USA’s handsomely bespectacled VP of corporate comms, bellows the word to a ballroom full of sleepy-eyed car journalists—conceivably to both wake them up and emphasize what the morning’s lecture would focus on: “Electrification!” (Full Disclosure and Editor’s Note: In July 2017 (yes, 2017) I asked Deadspin video god Tim Burke if he wanted to handle a Volvo press drive for us in Denver, because he’s a not-so-secret car guy and was interested in buying a V90 wagon at some point. He then promptly never turned in a story, leading to some uncomfortable emails and phone calls between me and Volvo. Our relationship has since recovered somewhat. Now, at long last, on Burke’s last day before he takes a buyout, here is his much awaited story on the future of the Volvo lineup. It is all presumably current as of last year. Also, it should be noted Volvo flew Burke to Denver, fed him, gave him cocktails, and put him up in the … [Read more...] about What Kind Of Car Company Does Volvo Want To Be?
Motoring by Press Association 21/03/2018, 11:16 am Updated: 22/03/2018, 9:10 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? The words Range Rover conjure up images of opulent interiors, intimidating looks and go-anywhere ability. But scrape under the skin, and the engine choices have remained stubbornly powerful, polluting and thirsty. Enter the plug-in Range Rover hybrid, which gives city-dwellers an alternative to plain old internal combustion. It combines a four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor and battery, capable of travelling up to 31 miles on battery power alone – perfect for cross-city jaunts. This engine sits near the top of the existing model line-up – undercut by both V6 and V8 diesels plus the V6 petrol, but less expensive than the fire-breathing V8 petrol models. It can count the new Bentley Bentayga hybrid and Porsche Cayenne hybrid as rivals. What’s new? The biggest … [Read more...] about First Drive: Plug-in Range Rover makes a lot of sense in the city, but not so much out of it