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a missed opportunity for uk to take the lead on evs

ON the eve of the COP26 gathering in Glasgow, we can’t have been the only ones listening to Rishi Sunak’s Autumn Budget with rising disappointment. There’s a fundamental shift under way in personal transport, with drivers eager to embrace zero-emission technology and electric vehicles, yet the current taxes and incentives are firmly tilted in favour of the wealthy. How many people do you know who would love to join the EV revolution, but can’t afford to? Meanwhile, incentives in the form of plug-in grants support the production of high-end, high-priced EVs, reducing the cost by a few grand for owners who can already afford them. Similarly, high-salaried employees are enjoying huge tax perks on expensive EVs and tax-free electricity to run them, while most drivers are meant to celebrate another freeze on…

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mini plans a bold new future with great wall @JPBrods ● Next 3dr Hatch shares platform with new electric crossover ● Next Countryman could be joined by the Urbanaut THE future of MINI will be bolder than ever as the brand prepares to launch a new generation of vehicles from 2023. Most of these new cars will be fresh versions of old favourites, but the company is also planning a brave expansion outside its usual territory, and it will introduce two entirely new models in the near future. One of these new models will be a compact electric SUV, which will be built in China on a new platform being developed jointly by BMW and Chinese firm Great Wall. This new electric crossover will be built alongside the next 3dr Hatch and will share its technical underpinnings. The brand has teased this new…

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mercedes lifts the lid on reborn sl sports car @JPBrods ● Four-wheel drive fitted as standard on new 55 and 63 models ● Convertible expected in UK next year, priced from around £85k “Up to 62mph, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the fronts by up to 2.5 degrees, to aid turn-in and low-speed manoeuvrability” MERCEDES has set out to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks with a little help from AMG. The result is the new SL, which was developed by the German manufacturer’s performance wing. Fewer than one per cent of the vehicles Mercedes sold globally in 2020 were sports cars. But the brand and AMG have gone back to the drawing board with the SL, which it wants to position as a sportier offering more in keeping with the original 300 SL of 1954. AMG…

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new corvette has porsche 911 gt3 in its sights

CHEVROLET is going after track-focused, high-performance European sports cars with its new C8 Corvette Z06. The American brand has officially revealed its new Porsche 911 GT3 rival, which gets a thumping 670bhp 5.5-litre V8 engine that features a flat-plane crankshaft, similar to the tech in mid-engined models like the Ferrari F8 Tributo and McLaren 720S. There are also tweaks to the bodywork compared with the standard car, to improve high-speed performance. These can be seen (right) as part of the aero pack that includes a high-level rear wing and a tarmac-skipping front splitter, as well as more defined air vents in the bumper to aid cooling. Opt for the Z07 package and the car also comes on super-sticky Michelin Cup 2 R tyres. Carbon-fibre wheels that cut the unsprung mass by 18.5kg…

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toyota launches bz4x: its first full electric car ● Production bZ4X sits on new e-TNGA platform, here in 2022 ● Up to 280 miles of range and 150kW rapid charging AFTER decades of experience with hybrid cars, Toyota has finally branched out into fully electric vehicles, officially unveiling its 2022 bZ4X SUV, the Japanese brand’s first bespoke EV. As the first car in Toyota’s bZ all-electric sub-brand, the bZ4X’s styling closely follows the concept revealed earlier this year, while it’s the first Toyota based on a new dedicated e-TNGA EV platform. This houses a 71.4kWh battery for a claimed range of 280 miles. Water cooling (a first for Toyota) should help range and durability. Two powertrain options will be available, the first a front-wheel-drive set-up offering 201bhp and 265Nm of torque for a 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds. The new platform has…

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volkswagen id.5 coupé-suv comes with a 323-mile range @LT_Wilkinson FOLLOWING its ID.4 electric SUV, Volkswagen has revealed its new ID.5 coupé-SUV. It’s on sale early next year, and prices for the swoopier car are expected to start from around £47,000. The ID.5 is based on VW’s MEB platform, but compared with the ID.4 the smoother shape reduces drag, upping the claimed range to 323 miles. UK buyers will have a choice of three electric powertrains, all fed by a 77kWh battery. The entry-level 172bhp ID.5 Pro will go from 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds, while Pro Performance models have 201bhp for a 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds. The sportily styled GTX gains an extra motor on the front axle for a combined output of 295bhp and fourwheel drive. Its range drops to 304 miles, but it cuts the 0-62mph time to 6.3…