Nissan Sport Sedan Concept to inspire new Golf rival

The shapely Nissan Sport Sedan concept, a preview for its new American-market Maxima saloon shown at the Detroit motor show, debuts a variety of design flourishes that will feature in future Nissans, says design boss Shiro Nakamura. “Nissan was originally very sporty,” he says, “but we lost some of this.…

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Porsche plans high-end BMW 5-series rival

Porsche is evaluating plans to launch a new sports saloon to sit below the Panamera in its range, according to company boss Matthias Muller. With the launch of the new Macan SUV and its expected annual sales of 50,000 units, Porsche is on course to reach its stated sales goal…

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Autocar magazine 15 January preview

Steve Sutcliffe’s six-page drive of the stunning Jaguar F-type R coupé heads up this week’s edition of Autocar magazine, which is on sale now. Sutcliffe hustles the Jaguar prototype around the Barcelona Grand Prix circuit, and draws on his depth of experience to deliver his verdict on just how good…

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Audi Sport Quattro could make production as performance GT

The Audi Sport Quattro concept has production potential as a performance GT to sit between the Audi TT and Audi R8 in the firm’s line-up, technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg has revealed at the Detroit motor show. The Sport Qauttro was seen as a high-performance 690bhp hybrid at the Frankfurt motor…

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Alfa Romeo 4C UK first drive review

What is it like? Good, all told. Loud, certainly. The claimed weight (empty, rather than an official European Directive EC figure) is only 895kg. Road-ready, the 4C will be more than that when we put it on our scales, but clearly few of those kilos are sound insulation. The noise…

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Plenty of questions ahead of the 2014 WRC season

Here’s what we know about this year’s World Rally Championship: Volkswagen’s Sebastien Ogier is probably going to defend his title by a comfortable margin. Here’s what we don’t know: just about everything else. The WRC, which kicks off in Monte Carlo early on Thursday January 16, has undergone the biggest…

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Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray first drive review

What is it like? The V8 fires to a lazy, offbeat idle which sends a gentle shimmy through the cabin at rest. Chevrolet uses terms like “fighter jet” when it describes the cockpit. Controls are arranged around the driver, but otherwise I’m not sure it’s a term I’d use. Perceived…

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