The 2017 Honda Civic has been spotted testing in Cumbria by two Autocar readers.
TVR has signed a deal with the Welsh government to set up its new manufacturing plant in Wales.
Drive for the FCV comes from an electric motor which is capable of providing more than 134bhp, while power density has been increased by 60% over that of the FCX. The fuel stack size has also been reduced by 33%.
Has Honda been smart with the Amaze by concentrating all its efforts on the new interior? And has that made it a much more relevant car than it ever was? Read on...
The Hyundai i20 Active adds to the niche band of jacked-up, rugged-looking superminis. It might not have quite the same authenticity but it’s decent value compared to purpose-built small crossovers. It’s also spacious, fairly well-made and a competent drive.
Design: The new Skoda Rapid is based on the company’s new design philosophy. The front sports an edgier design with sharper headlights and a restyled grille. The fenders and the front bumpers have been redesigned for a modern appeal. The bumper at the rear has been smoothened out on the edges for a neat finish. The sides resemble the current generation but the car features new alloy wheels to complement the new look. The facelift model might also get electronically adjustable and foldable ORVMs.
Engine: The new Skoda Rapid will retain the existing engine options in India. The 1.6-litre petrol engine generates around 103bhp of power and 153Nm of torque and will be offered in a five-speed manual and an optional six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel, on the other hand, will continue to be offered with a 1.5-litre engine that generates 103bhp of power, and it will come mated to five-speed manual or a six-speed manual transmission option.
Interior: The Skoda Rapid always featured a decent interior design. This time around the facelift will get new seat fabrics, front seat armrest and dual tone interior combination. The new model will also get Climatronic-automatic AC with dust and pollen filter, and rear AC vents. The interiors will have a premium feel to it.
Features: The Skoda Rapid facelift might get new features like a new Mirror Link touchscreen infotainment system with a reverse camera option, cruise control and rain sensing wipers. In terms of safety, the new Rapid will offer standard airbags and ABS with EBD.
Another effortless Rolls-Royce
Build a good-looking SUV and customers will flock to your door, as Jaguar discovered in the form of 10,000 preorders for the F-Pace. Those early adopters are in for a treat when vehicles start arriving in May. Not only is it poised to break Jag sales records, the F-Pace may be the best all-around product in the brand’s recent history.
Based on the aluminum-intensive architecture beneath the XF and XE sedans, Jaguar penned its first SUV with two things working in its favor: a rear-drive platform to aid in sporty styling and driving dynamics; and an absence of historical precedent, freeing stylists to forge their own interpretation of what a Jag SUV should look like.
That platform results in a lightweight, aluminum-intensive unibody with complex multilink suspensions front and rear. Stylists then wrapped voluptuous sheetmetal -- again, much of it aluminum -- around the chassis with a corporate fascia/headlamp treatment and functional power-bulge hood, creased side lines and an unmistakably F-Type rear end, creating perhaps the sexiest SUV on the road today.
Three engines will be available across five F-Pace U.S. trim levels: Base, Premium, Prestige and R-Sport will have a choice of Ingenium 2-liter diesel I4 or 340-hp supercharged V6, while top-shelf F-Pace S will come with a 380-horse version of the gas V6. All engines are coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-biased AWD system. Entry price starts at $41,985, but Jaguar expects most customers to fall into one of the two midlevel trim categories with prices ranging from about $43K-$50K.
The F-Pace’s list of tech features is, as with most new vehicles, long enough to earn its own article, but the important point is this: Jag’s appalling infotainment interface of yore is dead and buried, replaced by a very responsive and reasonably intuitive touch display in one of two flavors: InControl Touch, the standard system, gets an 8-inch screen with typical smartphone/tablet controls like swipe and drag.
InControl Touch Pro is the techie’s delight with a 10.2-inch widescreen interface powered by a quad-core processor and 60 GB solid-state drive for tablet-like response. The car can be accessed by smartphone app for tasks like unlocking and remote starting, and a waterproof wearable “key” wristband lets you lock and unlock the F-Pace by touching it to the “J” in Jaguar on the rear fascia. It’s enough to make one wistful for a trio of SU carburetors and a balky electric overdrive.