A Mini JCW police car at RETTmobil 2018

With its 227 bhp (170 kW / 231 PS) 2.0 litre turbocharged engine and enhanced handling capabilities, the Mini John Cooper Works Hatch would make a formidable police pursuit vehicle. A lack of space for carrying equipment and transporting arrestees might present some operational difficulties, though.

2019 Corsa GSi powertrain confirmed

When Vauxhall and Opel first announced the new Corsa GSi, no mention was made of the car’s engine. Now that incongruous omission has been addressed.

Armada Mountain Patrol design finalised

Nissan has revealed the finished Armada Mountain Patrol, a one-off overlanding vehicle that was devised with assistance from the brand’s Facebook and Instagram fans.

Honda will retail the Civic saloon in the UK

Given the general apathy that UK car buyers have towards C-segment saloons, Honda’s decision to begin selling the four-door Civic here in August does seem strange. However, as hardly any other rival marques now offer such a vehicle, maybe there’s some pent-up demand to satisfy?

A road-going Golf GTI TCR is coming

Volkswagen has unveiled the Golf GTI TCR Concept at this year’s GTI Treffen, which is currently taking place in Wörthersee, Austria.

2019 BMW M5 Competition revealed

This year’s World Performance Car of the Year has just been improved. A new Competition version of BMW’s M5 promises better dynamics, extra pace and a higher price compared to the regular model.

M Performance Parts for the M2 Competition

BMW has introduced a range of M Performance Parts for the recently-launched 404 bhp (302 kW / 410 PS) M2 Competition.

Suburban RST Performance Package launched

‘Sporty’ and ‘full-size SUV’ are two terms that shouldn’t really go together. Chevrolet doesn’t agree though, hence the introduction of a Performance Package for the Suburban RST.

Mini 25th Anniversary Convertible unveiled

In 1993, Rover launched the first factory-built Mini cabriolet. A quarter of a century has now passed since that event, hence the arrival of a 25th Anniversary limited edition.

2018 Isuzu D-Max Yukon Luxe revealed

Most well-appointed pick-ups are offered solely in double cab guise, but some prospective customers would happily trade passenger accommodation for more cargo space. Isuzu’s latest D-Max variant is intended to satisfy their requirements.

Mazda MX-5 RF Sport Black launched

Mazda’s latest limited edition has a rather misleading name. Sure, the rear spoiler and door mirror caps are black, but the new MX-5 RF Sport Black is only available with Eternal Blue Mica paintwork.

Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Commercial unveiled

Mitsubishi has created a cargo-carrying variant of the recently-launched five-door Shogun Sport. Named Commercial, it’ll be available exclusively in the UK.

MG X-motion concept revealed in Beijing

Once renowned as a manufacturer of quintessentially English sports cars, MG now focusses on supplying Chinese-made budget SUVs. The past two decades have seen the brand undergo a huge transition that few would have accurately predicted.

Nissan launches the Navara Off-Roader AT32

Nissan has become the latest pick-up manufacturer to offer an officially-sanctioned Arctic Trucks conversion. The Off-Roader AT32, which will be available across Europe in Double Cab guise, promises much better all-terrain abilities than a regular Navara.

2018 Ford Ranger Wildtrak X revealed

An exclusive Performance Blue metallic paint colour identifies the new Ranger Wildtrak X. Contrast meanwhile is provided by a black finish for most of the exterior components including the grille, wheels, side steps and load-bed cover.

2018 Ford Fiesta Van first view

Ford is returning to the small car-derived van market. The all-new Fiesta Van, which has been unveiled at the Birmingham CV Show, arrives at dealers in the autumn.

2018 BMW M2 Competition vs. its rivals

Some staff at BMW obviously didn’t feel that the M2 was hardcore enough, because it has just been replaced by the M2 Competition.

Toyota Hilux AT35 arrives in the UK

Toyota dealers will soon begin retailing the extreme Hilux AT35. Fortunately the conversion by renowned Icelandic company Arctic Trucks is fully approved, so the pick-up’s five-year manufacturer warranty is unaffected.

Nissan is creating the Armada Mountain Patrol

Next month’s Overland Expo West event in Flagstaff, Arizona will see the public début of the one-off Armada Mountain Patrol.

A more powerful Volkswagen Amarok for 2018

As foretold by last year’s Aventura Exclusive concept, Volkswagen’s Amarok pick-up is now available with a higher-output 3.0 litre V6 turbocharged diesel engine.

2018 Honda PCX125 scooter revealed

A major update has given the Honda PCX125 restyled bodywork, a new tubular steel duplex cradle frame and lighter eight-spoke cast alloy wheels shod with slightly larger tyres.

Land Cruiser Utility Commercial launched

Toyota has added a two-seat, cargo-carrying model to the Land Cruiser range. Named Utility Commercial, it’s being offered in both short- and long-wheelbase guises.

2018 Subaru Outback specifications confirmed

While the updates might be hard to spot, the post-facelift Outback can be recognised by its redesigned front end. Inside, the changes are equally as subtle, but gloss black trim pieces, silver surrounds and enlarged touchscreens are the telltale signs.

The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo race taxi

Guests of Audi attending Formula E races in Europe can now experience passenger rides in the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo.

A Track Pack for the McLaren 570S Spider

With one in ten 570S Coupé customers currently ordering the Track Pack option, McLaren’s decision to begin offering it to 570S Spider buyers as well makes a lot of sense.

Lotus announces the Exige Cup 430 Type 25

Lotus has seemingly become addicted to producing special editions. The latest one is the Exige Cup 430 Type 25, which involves some cosmetic changes and a rather hefty price tag.

Top 10: UK car sales Q1 2018

474,069 new cars were registered during March 2018, a drop of 15.7% compared to the same month last year. Such an apparently dramatic reduction needs to be viewed in context, though.

Pure-electric MAN eTGE van launched

With a growing number of cities imposing access restrictions or levies on diesel vehicles, more urban delivery operators are going to need a zero-emissions alternative. The new MAN eTGE is intended to satisfy that demand.

A twin-turbo V8 engine for the Cadillac CT6

Since its launch in 2015, the Cadillac CT6 has only been offered with four- and six-cylinder engines. Now, though, the range is gaining an all-new V8 – a move that should appeal to the brand’s traditional customer base.

Qashqai can now be ordered with ProPILOT

For the first time, Nissan’s ProPILOT driver assistance system is available to buyers of the Qashqai crossover.