Ten things I learned in Detroit

1. Everyone loves the new Mercedes-Benz C-class I’ve not heard a bad word said from even the most cynical of hacks about Merc’s new BMW 3-series fighter, and with good reason. It looks great on the outside, but inside it is truly special with a style and quality that would not…

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New Kia Sorento spotted – first pictures

These are the first pictures of the new Kia Sorento testing in Europe. These photos were taken in Scandanavia, where Kia is believed to be carrying out winter testing on the new model. Multiple prototypes were caught filling up at a local petrol station. While much remains unknown about the…

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McLaren 12C-based 458 Speciale rival planned

An enhanced version of the McLaren 12C is set to be launched this year. Autocar understands that the new car will sit above the 12C in McLaren’s line-up and will be sold as a stand-alone model. It is said to deliver on-road performance that will exceed that of the recently…

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Mini should have UK design studio

Mini brand boss and board member Peter Schwarzenbauer believes that having a UK design studio for the brand would be “a good idea. We have to emphasise the British thing a bit more.” Currently all Minis are designed in Munich, but speaking at the Detroit model show, Schwarzenbauer said that…

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Monte Carlo Rally day one: Unpredictability rules

The Monte Carlo Rally has a reputation for being the toughest event on the World Rally calendar and today’s opening six special stages confirmed that view. While many crews struggled with tyre choice, others took a calm approach and reaped the rewards. Among them was the British contingent, Citroen’s Kris…

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How important are the tyres on an F1 car

When it comes to Formula One cars, tyres can be one of the most important things when it comes to winning or losing. There are so many different types of tyres and these are changes many times throughout the race. The type of tyre to use depends a lot on…

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London triggers green cab design race

Three new low-pollution London black cabs were unveiled in the capital this morning as the mayor of London announced stringent environmental regulations for future licensed taxi designs. British-based engineering company Frazer-Nash showed the new Metrocab, Turkish-based Karsan revealed an engineering prototype and Chinese-owned London Taxi International announced it would build…

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Ron Dennis back at the helm of McLaren Group

Ron Dennis has been re-appointed as chief executive officer of the McLaren Group with immediate effect. He has been charged by the company’s shareholders to “improve its on-track and off-track performance”. Dennis assumes a role previously held by Martin Whitmarsh, who is also team principal of the Formula 1 outfit.…

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A strange halfway house for Formula One chiefs

Delta Topco Limited, the Jersey-registered parent company of the Formula One group, has announced that Bernie Ecclestone is stepping down from his role as a director of the company, but will continue to run the Formula One business on a day-to-day basis. The move came after Ecclestone was indicted on…

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