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yaris needs two sets of brakes in 5,000 miles

TREAT them right and brakes should last 50,000 miles before needing any possible replacement. But that wasn’t the case for Ian Chettleburgh, who got in touch with Auto Express after having his discs and pads replaced twice in a little over 5,000 miles since purchasing a new Toyota Yaris Hybrid in October last year. Ian, from Chigwell, Essex, told us: “After about 3,000 miles, I noticed that the driver’s side back brake disc was badly scored.” Ian took the Yaris to his dealer, Hills of Woodford Toyota, in east London, for an inspection. Technicians there initially said the discs could just have surface rust, but Ian then pointed out the deep grooves. Hills then forwarded the case to Toyota Customer Services. Staff there said the grooves came from the way he was…

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aston weighs up bold tesla rival

• Could arrive in early 2020s • V6 hybrid Vantage possible • EXCLUSIVE IMAGES @johnmcilroy ANDY PALMER Aston Martin CEO “We won’t offer plug-in hybrids. I’d rather spend my engineering dollar on the final goal: pure-electric vehicles” ASTON Martin could launch a lightweight, pure-electric sports car to rival Tesla’s forthcoming next-generation Roadster as part of a wider push towards electrification, Auto Express has learned. The British brand announced recently that it will sell 155 examples of the RapidE pure-electric car next year. And it has committed to having at least a mild-hybrid version of all its models by 2025. The company’s CEO Andy Palmer has now suggested to Auto Express that a revitalised Aston brand could consider taking on Elon Musk’s Tesla operation, which recently previewed a new Roadster that it claimed would be the fastest-accelerating vehicle in…

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new bmw x7 could get four-cylinder power

• OFFICIAL “X7 will be offered as a sister vehicle to the 7 Series in the upper echelons of the BMW line-up THE forthcoming BMW X7 could yet be offered with a four-cylinder engine, alongside straight-six and V8 petrol and diesel editions, Auto Express has learned. It will go on sale in the first half of 2019, giving BMW a rival for the Range Rover and a new flagship SUV in key regions like the US, Russia and China. The German brand recently issued the first official pictures (right) of the showroom model, taken on the production line for the car in the States. The seven-seater – which is said to have looks toned down from those of the controversial Concept X7 – will feature BMW’s latest generation of sixcylinder petrol and diesel motors,…

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style and substance

SEAT Ateca Ateca 1.0 TSI SE Years: 2016 to date Engine: 1.0-litre 3cyl, 113bhp Ins group: 9 Official econ/CO2: 54.3mpg/121g/km Why? Economical, practical and cheap to run, the Ateca is currently the yardstick in this sector. Prices from: £17,995 WITH the Ateca, SEAT has hit the ground running in the crossover sector. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo is the smallest of the three engines on test, but has the same 113bhp as those of its Japanese rivals, plus higher torque. Also, the SEAT is the most economical contender and cheapest to insure, although SE models lack sat-nav and a reversing camera. The Ateca didn’t feature in Driver Power 2017, but cars using the same VW Group MQB platform fared well; Skoda’s Superb topped our new car satisfaction table. Nissan Qashqai Qashqai Acenta 1.2 DIG-T Years: 2014 to date Engine: 1.2-litre 4cyl,…

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skoda karoq

Visit for the latest new cars and drives “Karoq looks like a shrunken Kodiaq, and in profile it’s strikingly similar to a SEAT Ateca” Performance 0-62mph/top speed 10.7 seconds/117mph Running costs 61.4mpg (official) £62 fill-up @LobAllan THE family SUV market is more crowded than ever, and few makers are prepared to take big risks in such an important, and growing, sector. According to Skoda, the unique looks of its old Yeti divided opinion, which ultimately harmed sales. As such, the Czech brand has taken a more pragmatic approach with the new Karoq. Skoda doesn’t want you to think of the Karoq as a direct replacement for the Yeti, mainly because the new car is a full 16cm longer. It’s now positioned as a fully fledged rival to the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and SEAT Ateca. That’s clear from the outside, where…

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martin saarinen

THE first week of a new year usually marks the point where we start to regret those resolutions made on 31 December. Promises of marathons are now reconsidered, and a ban on beer seems harsh. But there were some pledges made in 2017 that are likely to stick. From 1 April, for example, new diesel cars not meeting Euro 6 emissions standards under both laboratory and new, real-driving emissions (RDE) step 2 tests will move up a vehicle excise duty (VED) band for first-year fees. This is the second time that road tax has changed in 12 months, and the rules are expected to affect more than two million cars from 2018 to 2020. This year we will also see new Euro NCAP ratings introduced for autonomous systems on new cars. This was…