The inaugural FIA Formula E Championship for electric-powered single-seaters has been confirmed by the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
Just about every car company indulges in merchandising. Generally it involves offering a range of scale models, as well as sticking a logo on innocuous items such as t-shirts, pens and caps.
With a UK price of £24,250 (which reduces to £19,250 after applying the government’s Plug-in Car Grant), it’s unlikely that the Volkswagen e-Up! is going to create a spike in demand for electric cars.
Manufacturer initiatives such as BMW’s M Performance range of aftermarket parts could explain why certain segments of the modified car industry are struggling right now. The latest model to be added to the programme is the just-launched 2 Series Coupé.
To mark the arrival of its Corvette Stingray convertible, Chevrolet has unveiled a distinctive Premiere Edition.
Volvo’s steady nurturing of Polestar as a performance sub-brand continues. The latest model to receive the treatment is the V60 estate, which is instantly recognisable by its larger front splitter, 20” alloy wheels, tailgate spoiler and rear diffuser.
Those people who were aghast when Porsche first entered the SUV segment with the Cayenne aren’t going to like the smaller Macan. However, the new arrival will probably fly out of showrooms, even if a planned production volume of 50,000 units per year could harm Porsche’s exclusivity.
BMW Motorsport has unveiled its M235i Racing. Aimed at privateer teams, the production-based racer is going to be eligible for series such as the VLN Endurance Championship as well as the annual 24 Hours race around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Honda has announced a few updates for its CB1100, including the introduction of an EX version. That news might come as a surprise to some, as the retro-styled naked bike was only launched in Europe earlier this year.
Some people might think Nürburgring lap times are becoming hackneyed as a performance benchmark, but the Nordschleife remains a harsh test of a car’s suspension, brakes and engine. That the GT-R Nismo (fitted with track options) can get around the circuit in 7:08.679 - a volume production car record according to Nissan - is strong testament to the new arrival’s abilities.
Yamaha first launched its SR series of single-cylinder motorcycles thirty-five years ago. They haven’t been available in Europe for a while, but that situation is about to change with the reintroduction of the SR400.