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seat mii

Dawn_Grant@autovia.co.uk THE time has now come for me to say goodbye to my SEAT Mii electric, and it’s got me thinking. Despite my initial reservations over its relatively short range, living with the car required relatively few compromises over my time with it – even without a wallbox charger at my flat. This was evident as far back as October last year. Before the latest lockdown began (although rumours of it were swirling) my husband and I decided to grab a weekend break down on the Dorset coast with a stop off en route in the New Forest. By then I’d lived with the car for a little while, but I’d only tried it out on one longer motorway journey and wasn’t so confident of the range. However, the fully charged SEAT showed…

6 minutos
hyundai kona

Running costs 53.6mpg (on test) £47 fill-up/£170 or 26% tax Practicality Boot (seats up/down) 374/1,156 litres Performance 0-62mph/top speed 8.9 seconds/130mph MODELTESTED: Hyundai Kona Hybrid 1.6 GDi Premium PRICE: £26,755 ENGINE: 1.6-litre 4cyl, 141bhp AE WHILE the Vauxhall Mokka is the newcomer to the class, this is also the road-test debut of the Hyundai Kona since its mid-life facelift at the start of 2021. The updates introduced revised styling, improved infotainment and a mild-hybrid powertrain. We’re driving the full-hybrid version here, which costs from £26,530 in Premium trim. Design & engineering DESPITE its compact SUV positioning, the Kona’s platform is actually derived from the larger i30 hatchback. Electrification has always been offered to some degree through the range, but now all three powertrains covering the regular Kona line-up feature at least some level of electric assistance. Things kick off with a 1.0-litre turbocharged…

4 minutos
volkswagen golf 1.0 etsi

sean_carson@autovia.co.uk THIS could well be the most appealing version of the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf yet – and for a number of reasons. The first is the powertrain. We’ve tried the latest Golf in more powerful 1.5-litre eTSI mild-hybrid form before, but this latest 1.0 eTSI is new, offers less power at 108bhp, but is also more affordable, priced from £25,250 in base-spec Life trim that we’re testing here. It comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic DSG gearbox only, due to the 48-volt mild-hybrid tech. This allows the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine to go into ‘coast’ mode, where the revs drop to idle when you’re off the throttle to improve efficiency. The system’s party piece, though, is that it can also switch the combustion engine off altogether. Mild hybrids can’t run on electric power…

3 minutos
new boss reveals what’s on the horizon for aston martin

Steve_Fowler@autovia.co.uk @stevefowler • Facelifts and electrification • Supercars to get Merc power NEW Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers has laid bare his turnaround project for the company, dubbed Project Horizon. Aston only last week announced its first-quarter results, with trading “in line with expectations”, just as Auto Express met with Moers for the first time since his appointment in August 2020. His plan includes ditching an in-house-developed hybrid V6 in favour of Mercedes-AMG-sourced engines, radical facelifts for the Vantage, DB11 and DBS, electrification for the next generation of Aston Martins due from the middle of the decade, and an expansion of the DBX SUV range. Moers also confirmed that there would be no more lucrative continuation models like the DB5 Goldfinger, although specials like the V12 Speedster will continue, while he’ll make more use of the new…

2 minutos
gordon murray’s new supercar is taking shape

John_McIlroy@autovia.co.uk @johnmcilroy GORDON Murray has started work on the follow-up to his T.50 supercar – along with a revolutionary small SUV that will showcase his firm’s expansion into pure-electric powertrains and platforms. Referred to by Murray as ‘Project Two’, the new supercar will retain the T.50’s high-revving, normally aspirated V12 engine and its Xtrac gearbox. But as Murray revealed to Auto Express, the car will be more conventional than the three-seat, fan-assisted T.50. It should also be slightly cheaper, even though production will be limited to no more than 100 units. “The T.50’s powertrain feeds back into Project Two,” Murray told us. “But it is a brand-new platform. The T.50 was a unique monocoque because of the fan and the central driving position, and it’s very difficult to adapt that to a two-seater.” Project Two…

1 minutos
arrival and uber to develop car

ARRIVAL, the UK-based electric vehicle start-up, will launch a purpose-built electric car for the ride-hailing industry. The car will make its debut later this year, before entering production in late 2023. The project is a joint effort between Arrival and American firm Uber. It also ties in neatly with the latter company’s Clean Air Plan, which will see all of its London drivers switch to an EV by 2025. Uber has already raised £135million, which will be divided into grants for its drivers to buy new EVs. Arrival is also asking Uber drivers to join the design process for its new car, which the firm says will focus on “driver comfort, safety, and convenience, while ensuring passengers enjoy a premium experience,” although its final design has yet to be released.…