President Trump’s threatened 25 percent tariff on imported cars would not only dramatically impact automakers both foreign and domestic and cause car prices to increase, it would also spell disaster for PSA Peugeot-Citroën, which is already deep in the process of returning to the North American market. President of PSA North America Larry Dominique said just as much earlier today, following more details on the automaker’s plan to return to the U.S. Here’s the quote, via Bloomberg: “Tariffs are on our minds,” Dominique said Tuesday during a presentation to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit. “Tariffs impact how fast and at what price point we import vehicles into the U.S. I’m crossing my fingers.” Dominique, a former Nissan Motor Co. executive, said PSA has already started engineering its future models to meet U.S. safety and emissions rules. The company, which left the American market in 1991, hasn’t decided whether … [Read more...] about Trump’s Imported Car Tariff Could Ruin PSA Peugeot-Citroën’s Plans to Return to the U.S.
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THE cars most likely to fail their MOT under new regulations have been revealed. Tougher rules for roadworthiness checks come into force on Sunday, and with a bigger focus on emissions, these are the models that will be most affected. A recent investigation, conducted by Cazana, uncovered the motors most likely to fail their compulsory service based on their emissions levels. And it's bad news for owners of a Peugeot 208, with both the petrol and diesel versions of the hatchback voted most likely to fail under new MOT rules. But only models from 2012-2015 produced a high potential failure rate, with newer editions of the French motor likely to be cleared. Gathering data on all cars released from 2008, research found that the 2012-2015 Vauxhall Mokka would also have a high risk of failing, closely followed by the Chrysler Ypsilon. And despite being one of the smallest cars on the road, the Smart FourTwo Coupe is also likely to be hit hard by the rule changes, for all models … [Read more...] about The car models most likely to fail new MOT tests – but is your motor on the list?
Rolls-Royce will today unveil its first SUV which could be the most important vehicle for luxury car-maker since its acquisition by BMW 20 year ago. At noon the covers will come off the 4x4 – called the “Cullinan” – officially launching one of the most anticipated, and quite probably most expensive, cars ever. The name comes from the largest diamond ever discovered and Tortsen Müller-Ötvös, chief executive of Rolls-Royce, has previously described the new car as being of “such clarity of purpose, such flawless quality and preciousness, and such presence that it recalibrates the scale and possibility of true luxury – just like the Cullinan diamond”. The new car has the potential to kick up Rolls’s sales and profits several gears. Last year the Goodwood-based manufacturer sold 3,362 vehicles, down on the 4,011 achieved in 2016, and a drop attributed to the end of the old top of the range Phantom limousine and gap … [Read more...] about Rolls-Royce to reveal its most important car in a generation with first off-road model
The all-new “Batman” style Formula E car set to be raced for the 2018/19 will make its debut later this month according to FE’s CEO, Alejandro Agag. When it finally drops, the new car is promised to look “very different to any single-seater out there. It is futuristic and eye-catching.” I couldn’t wait for that, though, so I went out looking for a 2019 Formula E race car concept to get excited about- and the internet totally freakin’ delivered. Formula E Race Car Concept by Spark Racing Technology See what I mean? It’s amazing- and, while it’s hard to say how close this will actually be to the all-new Formula E spec racer, an incredible amount of work has gone into creating the 3D model. From the original model download page: This model is maximally optimized for use in 3d games and VR. So you can easily import this model in your project without the need to change anything. The model also uses smoothing groups, so you can … [Read more...] about While We Wait: Spark Racing Formula E Race Car Concept for 2019
In a world characterised by political uncertainties, the automotive industry provides one global constant – the onward march of China’s new car market.China overtook the US as the world’s biggest car market in 2010 and last year consolidated that position with 25.7 million cars sold – that’s eight million more than the US. Chinese car buyers are flocking to SUVs and city cars, especially local market electric vehicles; while, at the other end of the affordability scale, demand for luxury models rocketed.For China, however, last year was actually a modest one, with growth of just 2% compared with 2016, but the contrast with the US was stark. A total of 17.2 million units were sold in the US, 300,000 fewer than in 2016. This was the first time sales have tailed off there since the 2008 recession.The damage to the US market was wrought in the summer when SUV and pick-up sales dipped.All of the data featured below comes from automotive industry analyst JATO … [Read more...] about Global new car sales: the key trends and what they mean for the future
February can be a quiet time in the world of cars. January’s NAIAS show set the stage for the year in North America, while the Europe market is waiting for Geneva.Nevertheless, some manufacturers are taking advantage of the quiet times. Here’s all the news you might otherwise have missed this week.Super CupraSpanish manufacturer SEAT has officially unveiled its new Cupra brand. First mooted back in August 2017, Cupra will be a standalone manufacturer as of the end of this month.It will take on the job of making SEAT’s sportiest cars. That’s no simple job, as SEAT is one of three manufacturers — alongside Honda and Renault — perpetually battling for the title of fastest front-wheel drive car around the Nürburgring.Cupra models will ditch the SEAT badging as seen on the Leon Cupra 300 model above, in favor of a new Cupra badge. It will introduce its first models at the Geneva show in March.Nissan Takes The Top SpotThere’s a new biggest car … [Read more...] about This Week in Cars: Cupra Expands, Nissan Tops the Charts, and McLaren Wines
Time and again, luxury cars have faced heat from the Indian government, be it because of additional cess, GST, diesel ban or the cost of components going up. In yesterday's budget announcement, the same happened, again. As a result, prices of all CKD and CBU models (both cars and bikes) will go up. And then there is the fluctuation in the fuel pricing.When it comes to how it will affect of cars and bikes and which ones in particular, there are four major takeaways. Let's tackle them one by one. 1. Increase In Import Duties Of Automotive ComponentsNot all cars are fully made in India. Almost all the carmakers import some part or the other and all those imported parts attract an import duty of 7.5 per cent to 10 per cent, varying from part to part.The customs duty on such imported components pre-2018 Budget was 7.5 or 10 per cent. Now, those duties have been increased to 15 per cent. This means all components being imported will now cost more by 5-7.5 per cent. This move has been made … [Read more...] about Budget 2018: Luxury Cars And Bikes Become More Expensive
Automobile reports that Oliver Blume, the CEO of Porsche himself, half-confirmed a PHEV model of the firm's most important car at the L.A. Auto Show. Blume said, "We are looking at a plug-in hybrid 911. It will be launched as soon as there is a market for it, which analysts say will be around 2023." The comment dovetails nicely with a Bloomberg report a few months ago about the mysterious model, and could end four years of speculation—partly stoked by Porsche — as to whether and when it would produce a battery-assisted 911.The next-gen 911 gets revealed later this year. We probably won't know final specs on the plug-in model until 2022 or so, but the expected specs are a 3.0-liter flat-six, an e-motor with 94 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque, and a 10.8-kWh battery. A forum post that appears to be translated from German, and is likely the Automobile correspondent's report for a German publication, also predicts "a special e-transmission with eight gears, freewheel … [Read more...] about Next-gen Porsche 911 to get 485-hp hybrid PHEV model, eventually
The speculation, hype and excitement in the days leading up to the March 31 unveiling of the Tesla Model 3 felt more like the launch of an Apple product than any new-car event. Enthusiastic Tesla fans at the company’s stores around the world camped overnight and waited in long lines to be some of the very first to put a $1,000 deposit down on the new $35,000 electric sedan. The lines stretched blocks long and more than 100 people deep in some cities. To add to that buzz, at one store in Los Angeles, CEO Elon Musk even showed up to thank fans and slap them high-fives for their devotion to the brand. And they are anything if not devoted: The car isn’t expected to arrive before late 2017, and none of the folks in these lines had seen as much as a photo of the car yet. By the end of the day, Tesla had amassed more than 115,000 in-store and online orders.Judging by what we saw last night, those who put down money on a Model 3 won’t be disappointed. When Musk strolled on … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3: First ride and complete details
Now that right-hand-drive Ford Mustangs are on the market, is there any sense in buying the imported previous model?You can pick up a used, low-mileage, current-generation Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost from £26,000, or a 5.0 V8 GT manual from £29,000, with the benefit of driving on the correct side of the car. That said, the last-gen model is potentially much cheaper, infinitely tweakable and, well, just so darned charismatic. See Ford Mustang for sale on PistonHeads Prices begin way lower than £25,000. How about £9000 for a 2008-reg 4.0 V8 Fastback? It’s done 225,000 miles but has a new clutch, control arms and brakes. The work reads like a buyer’s guide of things to look for when buying an S197 (the codename for this fifth-generation Mustang of 2005-2014).Another thing to look for is proof that all taxes and duties have been paid. The seller of the above car bought it from a US serviceman. They’re allowed to import and register cars … [Read more...] about Used car buying guide: Ford Mustang