The Honda Insight (ZE1) was powered by a 1.0-litre petrol three-cylinder with the firm’s VTEC variable camshaft profile technology, but that wasn’t even the Insight’s party piece. Instead of a conventional flywheel, it used a 2.5in thick 10kw electric motor
2023 Genesis GV60 hasn’t properly hit the roads yet, but it’s already clear that it will be a formidable force. In a short time, this new manufacturer, owned by Hyundai, has come along to take on the big boys and, deservedly, is being taken seriously. The GV60 aims to take a slice out of the crossover SUV market, promising lightning-quick performance, farreaching range, fast charging speeds, and all the creature comforts you’d expect of a premium brand.
While most new marques take a while to establish themselves, Spanish brand Cupra has hit the ground running. It helps that the name isn’t completely unknown, as it’s been attached to the sportiest SEATs for years. During 2021, Cupra shifted 7,584 cars, the majority being the Formentor SUV, that is unique to the sporty arm, and not having a SEAT badged sister car.
Up until Covid-19 hit and then the shortage of semi-conductor chips began, Ford’s Fiesta was the best-selling new car in the UK and had been for many years. But with a limited number of chips to go round
As car makers strive for ever better efficiency, lower fuel economy figures and improved CO2 emissions, sometimes petrol cars that have been out for a while drop into the realms of EcoCar, with its CO2 emissions limit of 125g/km. One such car is the Skoda Scala 1.0 TSI, as tested here in sporty Monte Carlo trim and with the 109bhp 1.0-litre TSI engine.
Every manufacturer will tell you that the latest car it's launching is its most important ever. While that’s probably not entirely true in this case, there is a sense that the Megane E-Tech represents a new start for Renault and one that it absolutely has to get right.