Fiat Punto gets Euro NCAP’s first ever zero-star rating

Crash-testing organisation has expressed disappointment at the supermini’s score and the three-star scores of several other cars. The Fiat Punto has received Euro NCAP’s first zero-star score, sparking concern at the crash-testing organisation, as have the three-star ratings of several other cars. In the latest batch of tests, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Dacia Duster, DS 3, Ford C-Max, Ford Grand C-Max, Kia Stonic, MG ZS, Toyota Aygo and Vauxhall Viva all achieved three-star ratings in their standard forms. The Aygo increases to four stars and the Stonic to five stars…

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New 2018 Mercedes CLS: prices, specs and pics

New Mk3 Mercedes CLS to start from £57,510, and will be available with two diesel engines and a single petrol option. Mercedes has announced pricing and specifications for its new CLS four-door coupe, which was formally unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month. The third-generation CLS is on sale now, priced from £57,510 ahead of summer 2018 deliveries. The Mercedes CLS is being launched with a choice of two diesel engines – the entry level 350 d is powered by a new 282bhp 2.9-litre six-cylinder engine, which manages…

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Tesla Model S Shooting Brake estate offered by Dutch coachbuilder

Dutch coachbuilder RemetzCar plans to assemble 20 electric shooting brakes based on the Tesla Model S and designed by Niels van Roij. A London-based Dutch car designer has led a team to create a shooting brake variant of the Tesla Model S all-electric saloon. The unofficial Tesla estate will be built by Dutch coachbuilder RemetzCar. No photos of the ultra-exclusive shooting brake have been seen yet but the firm has released sketches of the electric estate that show where standard Model S design features are carried over. The front and…

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New 2018 Volkswagen Jetta teased ahead of Detroit Motor Show reveal

Volkswagen’s venerable Jetta saloon to enter seventh-generation next year, but UK buyers likely won’t get it. Volkswagen’s new Jetta saloon has been officially teased ahead of its full reveal at the Detroit Motor Show in January. Our first glimpse of the seventh-generation Jetta comes not long after the current sixth-generation car was axed from the UK line-up. With the European saloon market feeling the squeeze thanks to the advance of SUVs and crossovers, VW has dropped its smallest saloon offering in Britain, leaving just the Passat and new Arteon. The…

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New 2021 baby MINI SUV shaping up

Second MINI SUV to join range, sitting below the Countryman, as Brit brand embraces electric future. MINI will take advantage of the continuing SUV boom by launching a smaller sister car to the Countryman, Auto Express can exclusively reveal. The new model – previewed in our exclusive images – won’t join the range until 2021 at the earliest, making use of the brand’s next generation of chassis technology – and that means electric power will be a given for the new small SUV. According to a source close to MINI,…

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