NP300 Navara Trek-1° special edition unveiled

Full marks to Nissan for giving its latest limited edition pick-up an interesting name. The Trek-1°, which is based on the range-topping NP300 Navara Tekna, alludes to the -1° longitude of the Navarre desert in Spain.

Chevy’s Cruze becomes the Holden Astra sedan

Holden has released the first images of its 2017 Astra sedan. This new four-door, which arrives at dealers in May, is essentially a Chevrolet Cruze with a restyled nose.

A high performance Yaris is coming

Current World Rally Championship regulations don't require manufacturers to build a certain number of identical cars in order to participate. That wasn't the case under the long-superseded Group B and Group A rules, which demanded the production of so-called homologation specials.

Top 10: UK car sales 2016 - winners and losers

Total new car registrations hit an all-time high of 2,692,786 in 2016. Compared to 2015, that figure represented a modest rise of 2.3%. Of course, some manufacturers comfortably beat the market average, but it was a year to forget for others.

The run-out Honda Civic Type R Black Edition

After just eighteen months, production of the current Civic Type R has come to an end. A total of 2,500 examples were allocated to the UK market and, to celebrate the model's departure, the final 100 have been built to Black Edition specification.

2017 NACTOY winners

2017's North American Car of the Year, Truck of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year have been announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Top 10: UK car sales 2016

Numerous ‘experts’ predicted that economic doom and gloom would surely follow when the UK voted to leave the European Union. Well, if new car registrations are a pertinent measure, then they’ve been wrong so far.

2017 Bentley Continental Supersports unveiled

Bentley has begun the new year by launching the most powerful car it has ever produced. The Continental Supersports, which revives a nameplate that last appeared in 2009, will be available in either coupé or convertible form.

Ram launches the 1500 Rebel Black edition

Well, it only took five days for the first black-themed special edition of 2017 to appear. Ram is the guilty party, but doubtless many more manufacturers will adopt this time-worn tactic before the year is out.

Ginetta confirms its LMP1 plans

2018 will see Ginetta participating in the FIA World Endurance Championship as an LMP1 chassis manufacturer. There won't be a works entry, though. Rather, Ginetta intends to supply three two-car privateer teams.

Top 10: New cars due in 2017

Plenty of new car launches are scheduled for this year. The ten listed below are worth getting most excited about, because they're all likely to have a significant impact on their respective market segments.

Infiniti reveals its QX50 Concept

Despite the Concept suffix, Infiniti's QX50 seems almost showroom-ready. However, it's officially just a “vision for a next-generation mid-size premium SUV.”

2017 Suzuki Swift first view

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Japan has been chosen as the launch market for the 2017 Suzuki Swift. Dealers there are going to begin accepting orders for this all-new hatchback from next week.

UK prices for the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo

Next spring – almost three years after it was first unveiled – the Marco Polo camper van will finally arrive at Mercedes-Benz dealers in the UK. Actually, some future owners might have welcomed such a protracted delay as a chance to save up, because this is a rather expensive product.

Toyota introduces the Aygo x-press and x-style

Next month will see the arrival of two new additions to Toyota's five-door Aygo range. Named x-press and x-style, the former has a vibrant look while the latter is more restrained.

2017 Citroën C3 WRC first view

2017's World Rally Championship will see the welcome return of a full-time Citroën works team to the series.

2017 Mini JCW Clubman sales begin in the UK

Mini's quirky five-seat Clubman is now available in high performance John Cooper Works guise.

1987 Nissan Patrol Paris-Dakar entrant restored

1987's Paris-Dakar Rally is probably best remembered for being the first time that a Peugeot 205 T16 won the event. However, a Nissan Patrol was also successful, finishing in ninth place overall and taking a victory in the diesel class.

2017 Toyota Yaris WRC unveiled

A colossal tailgate spoiler plus a conspicuous under-bumper diffuser mean the 2017 Yaris WRC looks most imposing from the rear. Clearly, Toyota Gazoo Racing has fully exploited the latest FIA World Rally Championship regulations, which permit much more design freedom than before.

Stunning Ferrari J50 unveiled

Just ten examples of the new Ferrari J50 are going to be built. Each will be tailored to its owner's requirements, and all are undoubtedly destined to become instantly collectable.

The Kangoo Z.E. gains more range for 2017

Renault has confirmed that its electric-powered Kangoo Z.E. van is getting a serious range boost.

2017 Ford Fiesta WRC revealed

Cumbria-based M-Sport has offered a first glimpse of the all-new Fiesta that will compete in the 2017 World Rally Championship.

2017 Shelby FP350S race car launched

Ford Performance has revealed its latest factory-prepared customer race car. The Shelby FP350S, which isn't street legal, will be eligible to compete in NASA, SCCA and Trans Am championships.

Subaru has updated the BRZ for 2017

Five years after it was first unveiled, Subaru has announced a mild refresh for the BRZ coupé.

Mercedes-AMG previews its GT4 race car

Customer race teams will soon have another car available to them that meets GT4 regulations. That's because Mercedes-AMG has just become the latest manufacturer to join the fray.

2017 BTCC team entries announced

Every car that competes in the MSA British Touring Car Championship requires a TOCA BTCC Licence (TBL). With a maximum of 32 TBLs available, they're naturally coveted by race teams.

Hyundai has unveiled its 2017 WRC car

Next year's FIA Word Rally Championship will see the introduction of new technical regulations. They're primarily intended to make the cars look more dramatic, but aerodynamics should also benefit.

Ford Transit Custom Black Edition launched

Van users who prefer their vehicles to have a customised look are going to like the new Transit Custom Black Edition.

2017 European Car of the Year nominees

Following a first round of voting, seven nominees for the 2017 European Car of the Year award have been named. They comprise a diverse group, but none are especially exciting or innovative.

BMW reveals its 19th Art Car

Thanks to a predominantly white colour scheme, the latest BMW Art Car appears more subdued than most of its predecessors.