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3 мин.
the retail revolution putting dealers in jeopardy

Visit autoexpress.co.uk for all the latest new cars news AS dealers threw open their doors to welcome a surprising number of eager customers back into showrooms, so the bosses of dealer groups and car companies accelerated their plans to offer end-to-end digital sales channels. That could see dealers becoming ‘try’ rather than ‘buy’ outlets, and customers – if they want – only interacting with retailers over the internet. A few dealer and car company bosses have admitted that they had been “caught napping” when it comes to their digital offerings during lockdown. Not so the Managing Director of Ford, Andy Barratt. However, when I caught up with him recently, he did reveal that Ford’s upcoming online sales channel – due to launch later this summer – could mean job losses in the retail…

8 мин.
driven new honda jazz hits uk roads

Visit autoexpress.co.uk for your daily news updates Behind the wheel of Honda’s hybrid-only supermini Plus, we spend time with SUV-inspired Crosstar variant John_McIlroy@dennis.co.uk @johnmcilroy FOR such a humble, inoffensive vehicle, the Honda Jazz certainly does a good job of splitting opinion. To its fans, it’s the supermini that is clever enough to behave as a small family car when required. For countless others, it’s a conservative small car designed for an older generation. In fact, the Jazz is designed to be both of these things. It’s just that in the UK in particular, it has struggled for almost 20 years to break out of this love-hate relationship – although Honda insists that sales numbers for the outgoing version stood up well in a market under pressure from small SUVs. Still, it’s time for another attempt to break…

2 мин.
crosstar takes jazz formula and adds an off-road twist, but at a cost

HONDA knows that small-car buyers are increasingly tempted by baby SUVs, and the firm is trying to cater for some of them with the Jazz Crosstar. It’s a jacked-up version with body cladding and roof rails to give it a pseudo-4x4 look – even though there’s not even the slightest pretence of off-roading ability. The Crosstar is only offered in rangetopping EX trim, and you’ll pay an additional £1,250 for it over a regular Jazz EX, making it £22,635. For that you get a beefed-up sound system with a subwoofer, water-repellent seat fabric – a sign of how Honda is pitching this model to those with an ‘active lifestyle’ – plus the option of a contrast paint finish on the roof (£950 extra). However you lose the heated steering wheel that…

3 мин.
lotus abandons petrol power for all-electric future

2021 Elise will be petrol But future cars will be full EVs Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk @Jonathan_burn LOTUS is undergoing the biggest shake-up in its 72-year history, and it will shift its focus to developing a fleet of fully electric sports cars, Auto Express can reveal. Lotus has been under the ownership of Chinese car giant Geely since 2017, and it has already demonstrated its intent with the launch of the electric Evija hypercar. However, that is a car that will cost in excess of £2.4million and only 130 examples will ever be built. Now bosses have hinted that next year’s replacement for the Elise could be the firm’s last to use a petrol engine. The company’s CEO, Phil Popham, has suggested that the next generation of Lotus sports cars will skip hybrid technology and follow the path set…

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all options are open for lotus ev line-up

ONCE Lotus has an established its fleet of electric sports cars, the company will look to broaden its product range with the addition of saloons, GT cars and possibly even SUVs. “We’re not focusing on SUVs at the moment,” Popham revealed to Auto Express, “but we are not discounting any segment: crossovers, sporting sedans, GTs. But what we have to do is say what makes it distinctly a Lotus.” Being part of the Geely group gives the firm access to a multitude of platforms, powertrains and technology. However, Popham was clear that any future Lotus had to stay true to the brand’s core values. “How can we illustrate what we are focused on, what we are famous for – aerodynamics, performance, light weight,” he said. “How can it be a Lotus in…

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vw teases new arteon shooting brake

VOLKSWAGEN has confirmed that as part of an update for the Arteon range, the firm will also launch a new Shooting Brake variant. Previewed in this new official design sketch, the sporty estate will also be made available as a flagship R model, identified by the small ‘R’ badges that can be seen on the nose and flanks. The hot model is expected to make use of the outgoing Golf R’s 2.0-litre fourcylinder turbo that will be tuned to deliver 326bhp. 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a DSG automatic gearbox will be standard. The teaser image also offers our first glimpse at the updated Arteon’s new design; a reshaped front bumper with new air intakes, tweaked LED headlamps and a revised radiator grille can clearly be seen. As well as the hot model, a…