Автотехнический раздел

New Skoda Octavia e-Tec features brand's first mild-hybrid engine

Skoda has ushered in its first mild-hybrid powertrain with a new 1.0-litre e-Tec petrol option for the new   fourth-generation Octavia.

Priced from ?23,005 and vailable from 22 September on both SE First Edition and fleet-focused SE Technology trims, the electrified three-cylinder powerplant produces 108bhp, making it slightly less powerful... ( подробнее )

Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 11 September

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so they say. It’s also a good way of getting your hands on the unattainable classic of your dreams. Take, for example, this Chesil Speedster, which offers the style, performance and charm of the iconic Porsche 356 for a fraction of the cost.

Chesil has been producing near-faithful but not technically... ( подробнее )

The great cars that will become future classics

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It was once viewed as the preserve of the filthy rich and the obsessively geeky.

However, the classic car market has evolved into a diverse and accessible plain on which all enthusiasts can play, irrespective of mechanical know-how or budget.

There... ( подробнее )

Two key EVs to spearhead Renault’s reinvention plan

Renault is preparing for a wide-reaching overhaul and model blitz – and it’s pinning its revival hopes on two new electric SUVs and a renewed focus on C-segment models.

The French brand’s new partnership arrangement with Nissan, announced earlier this year, will lead to a more extensive sharing of platform, technology and production resources... ( подробнее )

Analysis: How Volvo's subscription model is channelling Netflix

The growth in online services has sparked a huge rise in subscription-based business, in areas as diverse as television (Netflix), music (Spotify) and even magazines (Readly). Now Volvo, along with other car firms, believes that this business model is set to change the way people access cars.

After running a number of trials, the Swedish... ( подробнее )

New Maserati MC20 supercar leads Italian brand's revival

Maserati has revealed the MC20 supercar, which will spearhead a bold multi-billion pound revival plan for the historic Italian marque that includes a return to its performance-focused and racing roots.

Initially being sold with a mid-mounted 621bhp V6, the new halo model will also offer electric power in the future. Convertible and motorsport... ( подробнее )

Simple ways to cut your motoring costs

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Perceived wisdom says that motoring is expensive, but it doesn't have to be if you're switched on.

Just ask Autocar's James Ruppert, who has driven bangers for years, saving a fortune in the process. If low running costs are key you don't buy... ( подробнее )

Sebastian Vettel to race for Aston Martin from 2021

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will race for the new Aston Martin team from next season, it has been confirmed.

The Silverstone-based   team   currently known as Racing Point (and previously Force India)   will take on works status in 2021   after its owner, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, bought the famous British... ( подробнее )

Autocar confidential: Bentley's sales snub, the standalone Citroen and more

In this week's round-up of automotive gossip,   we hear why Bentley isn't worried about annual sales growth, the uniqueness of Citroen's   ?-C4 electric hatchback,   and more.

Bentley's sales snub

Bentley is one of the few manufacturers not aiming for annual sales growth, according to boss Adrian Hallmark. “We’re not aiming for... ( подробнее )

BMW to launch nine new electric cars by 2025

BMW is dramatically ramping up its electric car offerings, with new i5 and i7 saloons set to headline an expanded line-up of nine models that will underpin an ambitious 10-year growth plan.

The German manufacturer will launch the new cars as part of its new ‘Power of Choice’ sustainability plan, under which it has committed to selling more... ( подробнее )