With an increasing number of car buyers realising that diesel might not be suitable for them, Toyota’s decision to add the Active and Sport trim grades to its Yaris Hybrid range could be timely.
Times must be hard for those photographers who lurk outside car development centres, hoping to grab a blurry shot of the latest disguised prototype. Their role is increasingly being assumed by the manufacturers as part of tightly-controlled new-model teaser campaigns.
Next season should see the all-new Astra competing on circuits around the world, as Opel has already begun developing it for touring car racing. The competition version, which will be aimed primarily at customer teams, is going to comply with current TCR regulations.
Following the 488 GTB's arrival in February, Ferrari has launched the striking 488 Spider. Of course, its main differentiating feature is a retractable hard top that can be raised or lowered in fourteen seconds.
If the new Victory Empulse TT looks familiar, that's because it's essentially a slightly modified Brammo Empulse R. Victory might be better known for building cruisers and tourers, but this move into electric motorcycles is simply explained: parent company Polaris bought Brammo in January 2015.
When the current Colorado pick-up was first announced in November 2013, Chevrolet said a diesel option would be introduced across North America for the 2016 model year. Now, sure enough, it's here.
Electric bicycle manufacturer HNF is using an innovative drive unit swing arm on its latest model, the Heisenberg XF1. The component, which was originally developed and patented by BMW's 'i' division, brings some significant benefits.
Given that the current L200 is the most popular pick-up in the UK, the fifth-generation version is going to be immensely important for Mitsubishi's sales figures. This all-new model, which will be offered initially in double cab guise only, arrives at UK dealers in September.
Subaru has confirmed that the WRX STI NR4 Spec competition model is going to be offered in Australia. Homologated according to the FIA's NR4 regulations, only motorsport users will be able to buy it.
Yamaha's 'Faster Sons' philosophy involves creating modern motorcycles that have been strongly influenced by the brand's back catalogue. The latest bike to receive this retro treatment is the XSR700, which is based on the current MT-07 but pays homage to the classic XS650.
Since its European launch in 2014, the third-generation Nissan X-Trail has only been available with a 1.6 litre diesel engine. However, that situation is about to change with the arrival of a petrol alternative.
Continuation cars are the result of manufacturers deciding to restart production of a defunct (and usually very rare or desirable) model after a few decades. They can certainly polarise opinion.
Deciding how cars that compete in the World Rally Championship should look is a tricky business. To provide a dramatic sporting spectacle they need to appear purposeful, yet the manufacturers’ marketing people will still demand some visual similarities to their showroom models.