Electric-only Leaf to take on 16 000km Mongol rally

‘Fuelling points’ will be battery chargers Adventure crew to take on 16 000km drive Trans-Asia rally, hoping for 250km at a time LONDON, England – Electric vehicle advocate Plug-In Adventures has created a modified Nissan Leaf to be the first all-electric car to enter and, it’s hoped, complete the Mongol Rally. That means 16 000km from…

Ogier wins Monte on M-Sport debut

Spectator injured, dies later in hospital M-Sport came close to a 1-2 rally finish ‘Tough to be out first in the snow’ – Ogier MONTE CARLO, Monaco – Frenchman Sebastien Ogier won the Monte Carlo rally on Sunday after three days of racing in the first WRC event of the season. In what was his…

Citroen launches 2017 World Rally car

Testing time ahead for 2017 Citroën racing Maiden run to be Mont-Carlo Rally January 19 start for world’s oldest rally ‘The moment for which WRC fans have been desperately waiting is finally upon us: in a few days the 2017 World Rally championship will get under way on the stages of the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo. The…

Coming soon? The Stinger, Kia’s hot-shot fastback

Fastback sport sedan ‘redefines Kia brand’ Promise of GT concept car ‘fulfilled’ Stinger: Best-performing Kia in brand’s history DETROIT, Michigan – Five seats. Fastback styling. Defined as a sport sedan… that’s the Stinger (oh Kia, thank you for a name and not a letter and numbers xxx) with which the Korean carmaker is “looking to…

Bertie Beetle: Rallying on a string and a prayer

Aged Bug fourth string for VW in Wales Rally Geriatric challenger takes on hot-shot Polos… …one of which it passed on the ’15 Welsh Rally CARDIFF, Wales – VW Motorsport’s three pace-setting Polo WRC entries will be gunning for outright glory on the 2016 Wales Rally GB (Oct 27-30) but spare a thought for the…

Citroën punting New C3 for fourth WRC title

Another rally car, another title? New product offensive spools up ‘Ultra-sporty, brawny and chiselled’ PARIS, France – Citroën, already boasting three Driver’s World Rally championships, is  on its way to winning its third Manufacturer’s title in a row with the C-Elysée, a car which has encountered  sporting and commercial success in the brand’s major international…

Car for Everyman: Hyundai’s new i30

New i30 ‘DNA car for Hyundai Motor’ Perfect fit – sporty, practical, elegant Most active safety features of any Hyundai SEOUL, South Korea – The New Generation – no, another one – Hyundai i30 is, the automaker says, “the DNA car representing the core of the Hyundai brand in Europe”. And, The Corner hopes, for…

50 years of VW Motorsport goes on show

50 Years of Volkswagen Motorsport: Special exhibition at Berlin VW Group Forum Interactive exhibits from five decades WOLFSBURG, Germany – Showcasing a spectacular history: VW is staging a special, interactive exhibition looking back on its history of motor racing at DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum. The retrospective exhibition, which can be seen from September 5 to…

New diesel with Merc CLA facelift – the prices

Five models include AMG performance unit New diesel engine joins ranks Mid-life facelift, revised interior The sporty, expressive design of the now five-model Mercedes CLA range has been further honed  with a facelift involving new bumpers, a diamond radiator grille in black as standard and new light-alloy wheels and a new engine. The interior also benefits…

Bye-bye M5: Super model will say farewell

More power and torque for R2-million+ supercar Don’t get picky over the colours – only two Numbered units for only 200 buyers MUNICH, Germany – As the current version of BMW’s M5 magic muscle-car heads into run-out so the German automaker has created a limited edition to mark to occasion. Only 200 Competition Edition units…

Jacked Up! VW updates its mini minicar

Sharp new looks, more tech on way for VW city car Turbo one-litre TSI engine joins the Up! range In the UK, 32 models from which to choose LONDON, England – Volkswagen’s Up!, launched back in 2011 with a grand show the night before the first day of one of the world’s greatest auto shows,…

Meet Audi’s most-muscled Q7 4×4 SUV

RHD 326kW/900Nm Q7 flagship available in August Standard spex include S-specific cabin and shell All-wheel drive with sport differential, all-wheel steering Another pioneer has joined the right-hand Audi luxury sport utility range: the SQ7 TDI is the first ‘S’ version under the badge and is the first series production car to have electric turbo compressors…