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2017 Jaguar XF Sportbrake estate teased ahead of summer launch

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Official teaser shot confirms imminent arrival of rakish Jaguar estate. Here’s all the details plus exclusive images and spy shots

Jaguar has given us our first look at the undisguised upcoming XF Sportbrake, releasing a top down teaser image of the new Jaguar estate to whet the appetite.

The XF Sportbrake is due to arrive later this year, offering improved practicality over the saloon thanks to its swollen luggage space. The top-down shot of the new Sportbrake also reveals the XF will be offered with a full-length fixed panoramic glass roof, which should go some way to making the cabin light and airy. The teaser picture gives little insight into the interior, but changes over the XF saloon should be minimal.
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New 2017 Volkswagen Polo GTI set for 2.0-litre power

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Next generation VW hot supermini to get turbocharged 2.0-litre lifted from previous Golf, developing 197bhp

An all-new Volkswagen Polo is scheduled to appear later this year, and naturally a fresh GTI badged hot hatch version will follow in its tracks.

While we’ve little solid information on the next Polo GTI, VW has confirmed what we’ll find under the bonnet. A 197bhp 2.0 TSI from the previous Golf GTI will feature in its next hot supermini, meaning it will be more powerful and noticeably faster than the one it will replace.
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Tech or trick: which of these car tech ideas are real?

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Gadgets in cars are getting crazier than ever, but can you sort reality from fantasy? Take our April Fool’s challenge

Cars capable of driving and parking themselves, cleaning robots and drones that hover over your car to keep a watchful eye as you navigate through traffic – the future has it all. Or does it? 

With car makers and tech companies coming up with innovative ideas about what the future of motoring will look like, it can be hard to tell the difference between what’s already been promised and something you might see on April Fools’ Day. 
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VW and Tata Motors plot partnership to bring Skoda to India in 2019

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Memorandum of understanding signed between VW and Tata will see Skoda leading project to make new cars for emerging markets

The Volkswagen Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tata Motors to form a “long-term” strategic partnership. The deal will see the two groups cooperate to develop and manufacture vehicle components in the near future, with new production cars for India and other emerging markets also targeted. Continue reading VW and Tata Motors plot partnership to bring Skoda to India in 2019

How to get a job as an Uber driver

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Uber has opened up the private hire industry to thousands of drivers. We signed up to see what’s involved… and if it pays

Whatever you think about Uber, you can’t say it’s short on ambition. Founded in 2006, the San Francisco-based technology company is now worth £45billion, operates from over 500 cities worldwide and paints itself as trendy, convenient and sleek. At the heart of its business is a smartphone app which has revolutionised the private hire industry and driven down fare pricing. It acts as a link between self-employed minicab drivers and their passengers. Continue reading How to get a job as an Uber driver

Hot Abarth 595 Pista races in for Geneva Motor Show

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Special edition Abarth 595 keeps 158bhp 1.4-litre engine, but gains trick brakes, suspension and a telemetry system

Fiat tuning division Abarth has revealed a hot new special edition Fiat 500 at the Geneva Motor Show, in the form of the Abarth 595 Pista.

The 595 Pista uses the standard 1.4-litre T-Jet four-cylinder engine with 158bhp and 230Nm of torque, enabling a top speed of 134mph and 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds.

While there are no changes on the engine front, the 595 Pista gains drilled and ventilated disc brakes, as well as a Koni built rear suspension setup using the firm’s FSD damping technology. A racier quad tailpipe exhaust pokes out from the rear diffuser, too. Continue reading Hot Abarth 595 Pista races in for Geneva Motor Show

Six points and £200 fine for mobile phone use while driving

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From today onwards driver caught using their mobile phones will face six points, a £200 fine and have no option of a remedial course

From today onwards (1 March), drivers caught using their phone behind the wheel will face new, tougher penalties. Under new laws announced by the Department for Transport, offenders will now risk a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence. Drivers who recently passed their driving test will also risk having their licence revoked. Continue reading Six points and £200 fine for mobile phone use while driving

Peugeot Instinct concept car, set to star at Geneva 2017, leaks..

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Pictures of the Peugeot Instinct concept appeared on the official Geneva Motor Show website but were quickly removed

Peugeot’s Geneva Motor Show concept car has been uncovered ahead of time in a leak that appears to have originated on the official Geneva Motor Show website.

The images of the concept car that the site named as the Peugeot Instinct were quickly taken down but not before they were copied and republished on the Worldscoop forum and other sites. Continue reading Peugeot Instinct concept car, set to star at Geneva 2017, leaks..

All-new 2018 Ford Fiesta ST unveiled with 197bhp

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Ford has revealed a new Fiesta ST hot hatch, based on the upcoming seventh generation version of the supermini. The new ST family member will be the firm’s headline act at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

The biggest news is the move to an-all new engine configuration. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo used in the current car is out, replaced by a lightweight, aluminium 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo. Continue reading All-new 2018 Ford Fiesta ST unveiled with 197bhp