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Toyota Camry vs Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport vs Skoda Superb

Family saloons used to be at the very heart of the automotive industry, but fashions change and now everyone wants an SUV instead.

The new Toyota Camry – a big family four-door car that’s also reintroducing the Japanese brand’s famous nameplate back into the UK after a 15-year break – is offering an alternative, though, and it’s no surprise this new Toyota is a hybrid.

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Diesel used to dominate this sector, but a rapid change in policy has seen a switch to petrol, so even since the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport was launched, diesel sales have died off. However, there’s no hybrid option with the British brand’s hatch, so to line up on price, it’s the 1.6 Turbo 200 model we’re testing. This offers similar power to the Camry as well. 

Similar money only buys a 1.5-litre TSI petrol version of the Skoda Superb with 148bhp, although the kit stacks up, which is key for these motors that’ll mostly be run by business users.

Alongside equipment and efficiency, running costs, ride comfort and refinement, technology and usability will be key components that the best in the business will have to combine here, so let’s see which model blends those attributes to greatest effect in our group test.

Toyota Camry

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Model: Toyota Camry 2.5 Hybrid Design

Price: 

£29,995Engine: 2.5-litre 4cyl plus electric motor, 215bhp0-60mph: 7.7 secondsTest economy: 37.9mpg/8.3mplCO2: 98g/km  Annual road tax: £130

There are just two Camry models to choose from: the top-spec Excel and this entry-level Design trim, which costs £29,995. Both versions have the same engine, so the choice will only really come down to how much equipment you need.

Design & engineering

Design spec may be the lower of the trims, but it offers plenty of kit. Basically, everything is standard, including adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, some solid safety tech, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth, sat-nav, heated leather seats, keyless operation and LED lights.

It’s short on connectivity, but then the Excel doesn’t improve on this, either. The top-spec car doesn’t really bring a higher-quality feel; while the materials are acceptable, they’re not as nice as those in the Skoda, and trail the Vauxhall’s, too.

The cabin design is functional and therefore fairly practical, but there’s very little in the way of sparkle or excitement. It’s all, well, a bit boring; you can see why people are moving to more stylish SUVs.

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At least there’s more interest when it comes to the powertrain because it’s a fairly familiar but still relatively technologically advanced installation.

It teams a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor to help boost performance, instead of its rivals’ turbos. Both forms of propulsion drive the front wheels through a CVT automatic box.

The engine produces 176bhp, while the electric motor tops this up to a total of 215bhp, so the Toyota is the most powerful car here. However, it’s also the heaviest, due to the old-school nickel-metal hydride battery; the Camry weighs in at 1,595kg, which is around 200kg heavier than the Skoda, for example.

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Still, the Toyota New Global Architecture platform can cope with the weight and uses MacPherson-strut front and double-wishbone rear suspension, which is quite a sophisticated layout.

Overall, the Japanese model is well equipped for the cash, offering loads of standard features, but it just doesn’t feel as upmarket and the quality isn’t on par with even its mainstream rivals here.

Driving

With every iteration of its hybrid powertrains, Toyota is improving performance, feel and refinement, and the Camry shows how good integration of engine, motor and chassis can make a hybrid aimed at fleet customers and business users an enticing prospect.

That’s because the torque fill from the electric motor means you don’t have to rev the Camry too hard,but this is only if you’re not bothered about getting anywhere quickly. Otherwise, you have to stretch the petrol engine more. Do so and, while refinement takes a dip, the performance is more acceptable. The Camry accelerated from 0-60mph in 7.7 seconds, which was only 0.2 seconds behind the lighter and similarly powerful Vauxhall.

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We couldn’t record in-gear figures due to the CVT, but there’s enough mid-speed performance here. Plus the gearbox has less of the typical surging feel CVTs used to be known for. You have a more direct connection with the powertrain than before, which is a positive, but like the steering, it never really excites when you’re behind the wheel. It’s acceptable but not as dynamic as the two cars it’s up against.

That new platform does mean it’s comfortable, though, riding bumps well and with a softer edge to the body control. It’s only towards the Camry’s limits that it starts to float and wallow, but the car’s character encourages a more easy-going, eco-focused style. Roll back the revs and it’s a relaxing way to get around.

Practicality

The Camry is the only saloon here – the other two cars have huge hatchbacks – so while the boot opening is a little more restrictive for loading bulkier items, it edges ahead of the Vauxhall with 524 litres of luggage space. It’s still some way behind the cavernous Skoda, however.

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You sit quite high, so visibility is good, but despite the car’s size, the front of the cabin feels like there’s lots of plastic and seems a little short on storage. The Superb offers the most space for oddments. All three have all-round parking sensors, but the Toyota is the only one with a rear-view camera as standard.

Ownership

Toyota is traditionally a strong performer in our Driver Power satisfaction survey, but it only finished 10th in our 2019 makers’ table. It was some way ahead of 29th-placed Vauxhall, yet Skoda took fifth place.

Camrys get a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, which is good for business users because it shows the brand’s confidence in its hybrid tech. It’s been perfecting this for years and the set-up is very reliable.

Euro NCAP hasn’t crash-tested the Toyota yet, but safety kit is good, with all models offering autonomous braking with pedestrian detection and collision warning, adaptive cruise, lane departure alert and auto high beam. You’ll have to go for Excel spec to get cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring. 

Running costs

Toyota reckons 80 per cent of users will be from the fleet market, so it’s fair to say company car tax is a big issue. With the hybrid system helping reduce CO2 emissions to 98g/km, the Camry has the lowest tax bill, at £2,743 for higher-rate earners, despite being the priciest car, thanks to a 23 per cent Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating.

The 153g/km Vauxhall is in the 34 per cent bracket, so you’ll pay a whopping £1,208 more per year in company car tax, while the Skoda’s cleaner 123g/km unit means a rating of 28 per cent and a tax bill of only £399 more than the Camry. But you obviously get less power with the Superb, too.

Testers' notes

“While there’s less capability for all-electric running than with a plug-in hybrid, there’s the performance, comfort and practicality of a big-engined car with the emissions and running costs of a much smaller model.”

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

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Model: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport 1.6 Turbo 200 auto SRi VX-Line Nav

Price: 

£29,635Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl turbo, 197bhp0-60mph: 7.5 secondsTest economy: 35.3mpg/7.8mplCO2: 153g/kmAnnual road tax: £140

The Insignia Grand Sport is our favourite big family car, but are the traits that make it a winner still present with this 1.6 Turbo petrol auto powertrain? In SRi VX-Line Nav spec it comes in at £29,635, just a little less than the Toyota.

Design & engineering

Under the skin is Vauxhall’s E2XX platform, which was designed for the Insignia. Features such as a longer wheelbase were key to boosting practicality, while as with many other cars in its range – such as the Astra and the upcoming Corsa – Vauxhall focused heavily on weight reduction here, too.

The Insignia is therefore up to 175kg lighter than its predecessor, which helps in every area, including agility, efficiency and comfort. As much as 60kg of that saving has come from the body, while lightweight components for the suspension and in other areas have helped to keep the mass down, too.

Vauxhall chose suspension technology that is conventional enough for this class, but differs from the Toyota’s set-up slightly, with MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link rear axle. Adaptive dampers are available on this model as well.

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SRi VX-Line Nav cars use a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, which has a similar capacity to the Skoda’s, but is more powerful, kicking out 197bhp and 300Nm of torque. It’s closer on paper to the Camry’s petrol-electric hybrid combination.

Unlike the Toyota, the British hatchback features a six-speed automatic transmission rather than a CVT, although it does still drive the front wheels.

It broadly matches the Camry Design for kit, too, pegging it in key areas with features such as sat-nav, climate control, front and rear parking sensors, some core safety kit, DAB radio and LED lights as standard.

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While it loses out on factors such as a reversing camera (a £275 option) and heated seats (part of a £510 pack on the Insignia), it does get much stronger connectivity as standard, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-included.

Quality is slightly stronger than with the Camry. The hard plastics in the Vauxhall’s cabin are more forgiving than the Toyota’s, while the softer areas of the interior also feel just a little more premium.

Driving

In SRi Nav VX-Line spec the Vauxhall gets standard 20-inch alloy wheels, which look good but corrupt the usually compliant-feeling Insignia’s ride a little. However, this trim level also brings Vauxhall’s FlexRide adaptive dampers with this 197bhp 1.6 turbo engine. Select the softer Tour mode and it loosens the chassis up again to the point where the car rides rifts in the road with the compliance you’d want.

We’d generally always select this setting because body control is still good and you don’t sacrifice any precision in the steering, which is light and seems quicker than the Toyota’s. The Grand Sport feels much more agile due to its far lower kerbweight, too.

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That also helped its performance, with the Insignia 0.2 seconds quicker than the Toyota from 0-60mph, taking 7.5 seconds. It was also 0.1 seconds faster going from 30 to 70mph through the gears (or kickdown in the Camry), taking 6.7 seconds, so performance is even between the two cars.

Yet the Vauxhall is more refined when pushed harder. It’s as comfortable and quiet as the Toyota on a motorway, which allied to its adequate six-speed auto, means it’s a fine cruiser. That it balances performance and a hint of driving enjoyment with these traits makes it easy to live with every day and is a real strong point.

Practicality

Unlike the Camry, the Insignia Grand Sport is a hatchback rather than a saloon, so although it offers less boot space, at 490 litres, access is easier thanks to that big void. It should also be able to stow bulkier items, while the level of space should be enough for most owners.

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The cabin is cavernous in the back, and the sloping roofline doesn’t impact headroom. There’s lots of space, while legroom is great. It’s a bit tighter in the front, where the dashboard and centre console seem to impinge on space a little, but storage is fine and the ergonomics are a match for the Camry’s.

Ownership

Vauxhall finished way down the order in our Driver Power 2019 poll, taking 29th spot out of 30 makers. It’s not a great result, but at least safety should be better.

The Insignia received a full five-star Euro NCAP rating when it was crash-tested in 2017, and that’s thanks to this SRi VX-Line Nav model’s standard autonomous braking and lane-keep assist. You have to pay £650 extra for blind spot assist as part of the Driving Assistance Pack Four, but this also adds a rear-view camera and cross traffic alert.

Running costs

The Insignia lags behind on predicted residual values. Our experts estimate it’ll hold onto 36.1 per cent of its original price, compared with 39.7 per cent for the Skoda and a more impressive 45.3 per cent for the Toyota.

This means the three cars will be worth £10,704, £11,227 and £13,600 respectively after a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period. Yet as many people will buy as company cars, this might be less important. Fuel economy could therefore swing it.

The Vauxhall returned a respectable 35.3mpg given its performance, for an annual fuel bill of £1,978. The less powerful Skoda just trumped it with 35.9mpg and an annual cost of £1,945. But the hybrid Toyota offered 37.9mpg and a fuel bill of £1,842 per year. If you’re after economy, though, a diesel version of the other two models is likely to be much better again.

Testers’ notes

“This powertrain doesn’t make the most sense. For efficiency to match the Camry Hybrid, go for a diesel. You’ll pay more company car tax due to higher CO2, but there’s more choice and much better economy.”

Skoda Superb

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Model: Skoda Superb 1.5 TSI 150 DSG ACT SE L ExecutivePrice: £28,280Engine: 1.5-litre 4cyl turbo, 148bhp0-60mph: 9.1 secondsTest economy: 35.9mpg/7.9mplCO2: 123g/kmAnnual road tax: £140

The Superb is one of the best Skodas on sale and it’s a former Auto Express award winner. It’s not hard to see why, given the car’s blend of talents that we’ll go into, but competition is close in this class, so can the Superb 1.5 TSI 150 DSG in SE L Executive trim match the Camry and Insignia?

Design & engineering

At £28,280, the Skoda undercuts the Toyota by £1,715 and the Vauxhall by £1,355. There are some important distinctions to make, though. The first is that for this price you only get a 148bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine linked to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox; if you want a pokier petrol Superb, the next rung up the ladder is the 268bhp 2.0 TSI SportLine model, which is significantly more powerful and a lot pricier, at £35,130.

Superbs use the MQB platform adopted by Skoda as part of the VW Group family. This is a modular set-up that’s been stretched to pretty much as long as it can go. While the body isn’t quite as long as the Vauxhall’s, its wheelbase is the largest of this trio.

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The cabin is also the most premium. The materials are the plushest, the layout the most logical and the tech the slickest-operating, so it beats the Camry and Insignia by a small but significant margin here.

SE L Executive trim also features plenty of kit, with front and rear parking sensors, autonomous braking, adaptive cruise and climate control included in that slightly lower purchase price. There are also heated seats, LED lights, keyless operation, nav and decent phone connectivity.

However, you do have to pay £355 for a reversing camera, which might be useful, given the Superb’s size. Aside from this, there’s little to complain about inside the SE L Executive model.

Driving

That’s not quite the same once you get under way. Straight away the powertrain comes in for questioning, because the DSG gearbox’s clutch take-up is strange, sometimes surging or lagging and then moving off aggressively. It’s not the smoothest way to make progress, while some of the shifts at lower revs when coming to a standstill are also a little clunky. These points affect the Superb’s low-speed driveability.

It also doesn’t feel as flexible as either rival, due to that lower power output. Less torque in a big car like this (250Nm compared with 300Nm in the Vauxhall) means you have to work that 1.5-litre TSI engine harder than you might like to.

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As a result, the transmission hangs on to gears a little longer than we’d like, which just takes the shine off the otherwise fairly decent refinement. This is helped by the ride comfort; it’s not quite as good as the Camry or the Insignia in its Tour mode, but the damping is smooth and the platform feels stable, allowing you to work the light, quick steering fairly aggressively and change direction fast if you need to. There’s also a decent degree of grip.

However, that power shortfall showed during our acceleration tests, where the Skoda lagged 1.4 and 1.6 seconds behind the Camry and Insignia respectively from 0-60mph. Despite an extra ratio in its box, it also wasn’t as quick in gear as the Vauxhall, while from 30 to 70mph, simulating acceleration over a wider range, the Toyota had the measure of it, too.

The Skoda’s chassis is accomplished but the powertrain is merely adequate, which is where it loses marks to the Vauxhall. Even the Camry, with its improved CVT transmission, performs better in some areas, and that’s still far from a perfect solution.

Practicality

The Superb claws back points for practicality, though. This is the Skoda’s domain, and thanks to the simply huge 625-litre boot it’s easily the most versatile car. Drop the seats and it retains its advantage, because there are 1,760 litres on offer. There are a maximum of 1,450 litres in the Insignia Grand Sport.

SE L Executive trim also offers a powered tailgate as standard, so it won’t be difficult to close that large hatchback. This isn’t by any means a necessity, but it’s still a nice feature to have.

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It shows the thoughtfulness with which the Superb has been designed; Skoda’s Simply Clever features – such as an ice scraper in the fuel filler door and a slot for your car park ticket – are surprising and delightful touches that come in useful.

But it’s the interior space that makes it. This is the roomiest car of the three – not by much over the Vauxhall (there’s a bit more head and legroom) and by the same again compared with the Toyota.

Ownership

Skoda finished closest to the top of our manufacturers’ table in Driver Power 2019, taking fifth place. It backs up this reputation for reliability with safety; the Superb comes with Skoda’s Front Assist autonomous braking system as standard. Blind spot warning is also included, while you can upgrade with a £495 pack that also adds lane-keep assist.

Seven airbags and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating mean it matches its rivals here for protection, so all three models will be solid family transport.

Running costs

Skoda’s £342 two-year servicing pack offers fairly good value, because the Vauxhall will cost £408 for two check-ups. Prices for the Camry haven’t been announced yet.

Given all three cars get a similar level of safety kit, insurance costs are fairly close as well, but it’ll be the Skoda that’s cheapest for our example driver to cover, at £463 per year. The Vauxhall will only cost £5 more, while the Toyota comes in at £644 for a year’s cover.

Testers’ notes

“The 1.5 TSI engine uses some clever technology the 2.0 TSI unit doesn’t feature, because it can shut down two of the four cylinders on the move under light loads to help boost fuel economy.”

Results

First place: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

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As with the Skoda, the Vauxhall is better with a diesel engine and in a lower trim, but the same ride and handling balance, plus mix of performance, practicality and affordability sees it just take the win here. Efficiency is okay, while the level of kit on offer is competitive, but the Grand Sport is at its best with either the less powerful 1.5 petrol or a diesel model that many drivers covering high mileages will benefit from.

Second place: Toyota Camry

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The Camry just pips the Superb because it offers very low company car tax costs, which many people buying in this class will prioritise. The new platform means the Toyota also rides well, while it’s refined, comes very well equipped and should be affordable to run. However, it’s incredibly dull and the technology on offer is poor. The Camry is back on merit, but a diesel Skoda Superb is still a better bet.

Third place: Skoda Superb

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This 1.5 TSI isn’t the sweet spot of the Superb range because the car makes much more sense as a diesel, where it offers stronger performance and economy for not much more cash. We’d go for a manual, too, because the DSG box isn’t the best. Yet there is absolutely no faulting the Skoda’s quality, technology, practicality or ability. We hope the upcoming facelift addresses the petrol’s powertrain problems.

Coming soon

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Model: Volkswagen Passat GTEDue: Late 2019Price: £34k (est)Engine: 1.4-litre 4cyl, 215bhp

A new, bigger 13kWh battery pack for the updated Passat GTE plug-in means an all-electric range of 35 miles, while power stays the same. Expect lower CO2 emissions than the Camry and great running costs.

FiguresVauxhall Insignia Grand Sport  1.6 Turbo 200 auto SRi VX-Line NavToyota Camry 2.5 Hybrid DesignSkoda Superb 1.5 TSI 150 DSG ACT SE L ExecutiveOn the road price/total as tested£29,635/£32,515£29,995/£29,995£28,280/£30,105Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000)£10,704/36.1%£13,600/45.3%£11,227/39.7%Depreciation£18,931£16,395£17,053Annual tax liability std/higher rate£1,975/£3,951£1,372/£2,743£1,571/£3,142Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)£1,978/£3,297£1,842/£3,071£1,945/£3,242Insurance group/quote/VED25/£468/£14031/£644/£13020/£463/£ 140Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service£159/£249/£159TBC£342 (2yrs)Length/wheelbase4,897/2,829mm4,885/2,825mm4,861/2,841mmHeight/width1,455/1,863mm1,445/1,840mm1,468/1,864mmEngine4cyl in-line/1,598cc4cyl + e-motor/2,487cc4cyl in-line/1,498ccPeak power/revs 197/4,700 bhp/rpm215/5,700 bhp/rpm148/5,000 bhp/rpmPeak torque/revs 300/1,700 Nm/rpm221/3,600 Nm/rpm^250/1,500 Nm/rpmTransmission 6-speed auto/fwdCVT auto/fwd7-speed DSG/fwdFuel tank capacity/spare wheel62 litres/repair kit50 litres/space saver66 litres/£150Boot capacity (seats up/down)490/1,450 litres524 litres/N/A625/1,760 litresKerbweight/payload/towing weight1,366/596/1,410kg1,595/505kg/N/A1,392/648/1,900kgTurning circle11.2 metres12.4 metres11.1 metresBasic warranty (miles)/recovery3yrs (60,000)/1yr5yrs (unlimited)/3yrs3yrs (60,000)/3yrsDriver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.29th/21st*10th/3rd*5th/8th*NCAP: Adult/child/ped./assist/stars93/85/78/69/5 (2017)TBC86/86/71/76/5 (2015)0-60/30-70mph7.5/6.7 secs7.7/6.8 secs9.1/8.5 secs30-50mph in 3rd/4th3.6/5.6 secs2.7 secs^^3.7/5.2 secs50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th/8th7.7/11.3 secs4.0 secs^^7.8/10.2/12.7 secsTop speed/rpm at 70mph 144mph/1,800rpm112mph/N/A134mph/1,900rpmBraking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 45.4/34.8/10.2m47.9/35.5/10.6m48.4/33.9/8.6mNoise outside/idle/30/70mph67/42/63/72dBN/A/N/A/62/71dB68/43/63/72dBAuto Express econ. (mpg/mpl)/range35.3/7.8/481 miles37.9/8.3/417 miles35.9/7.9/521 milesCombined WLTP (mpg)36.7-39.2mpg50.4-53.3mpg36.7-40.9mpgCombined WLTP (mpl)8.1-8.6mpl11.1-11.7mpl8.1-9.0mplActual/claimed CO2/tax bracket185/153g/km/34%172/98g/km/23%182/123g/km/28%Airbags/Isofix/park sensors/cameraSix/yes/F&R/£275Seven/yes/F&R/yesSeven/yes/F&R/£355Auto box/lane-keep/blind spot/AEBYes/yes/£650**/yesYes/yes/no/yesYes/£495**/yes/yesClim/cruise ctrl/leather/heated seatsYes/yes/no/£510**Yes/adaptive/yes/yesYes/adaptive/yes/yesMet paint/LEDs/keyless/pwr tailgate£605/£1,295/£300/nYes/yes/yes/no£595/no/yes/yesNav/digi dash/DAB/connect servicesYes/no/yes/yesYes/no/yes/yesYes/£450/yes/yesWireless charge/CarPlay/Android Auto£160/yes/yesNo/no/noNo/yes/yesRead More



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These Are The Best Car Deals This 4th 2019-07-02 17:28:12If Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, the Fourth of July celebrates the sunny season just as it’s hitting its stride. Plus, June gloom

Volkswagen Gives the Microbus Electric Power 2019-07-02 15:31:32Volkswagen took a 1962 Type 2 11-window Microbus and gave it an electrifying makeover—literally. Called the Type 20 Concept, this Volkswagen Mic

What Truck Should I Buy? MotorTrend Editors Pick 2019-07-02 15:16:58Trucks are a way of life, and we at MotorTrend recognize this. That’s why we put them to the test, driving like truck owners would: towing heavy

2019 Ford Super Duty: Why I’d Buy It 2019-07-02 15:15:12“What truck should I buy?” It’s a question consumers ask themselves every day, but what would technical director Frank Markus d

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MotorTrend Off-Road Survival List: Here’s What You Should 2019-07-02 10:28:21Overlanders need to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Vehicle extraction gear is a must, but so is readying yourself for the possibility that you m

Our Favorite MotorTrend Covers From the Past 70 2019-07-02 04:00:37One of the greatest parts of the magazine industry is immersing yourself in the back catalog of old issues and seeing how the world has changes with t

Hot Wheels Legends Tour Takes Philly 2019-06-21 19:47:53We took a trip across the country to Philadelphia for the latest stop on this year’s Hot Wheels Legends Tour. For those unfamiliar, the Legends

1997 Toyota Supra Turbo Heads Fast and Furious 2019-06-21 16:34:12Thanks in part to the Fast and Furious franchise, demand for the fourth-generation A80 Toyota Supra has been strong for decades. But the launch o

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What sales crisis? Lamborghini sells more in H1 2019-07-03 13:29:00Lamborghini first half sales rose a staggering 96% year on year to a record 4,553 cars worldwide.

Ford chief criticises Romanian infrastructure (or lack thereof) 2019-07-03 13:01:00Romania's infrastructure shortcomings have again been highlighted by an automaker.

Geely's Volvo Cars claims record H1 sales 2019-07-03 12:15:00Geely owned Volvo Cars said first half 2019 sales of 340,826 cars was both a record for the period and up 7.3% year on year.

Continental develops 48-Volt EV powertrain 2019-07-03 09:03:00In the run-up to IAA 2019, Continental business unit Powertrain is presenting the latest innovation to come from its 48-volt drive solution: the 48-vo

Camcon delivers 'next-gen combustion dev system' 2019-07-03 09:02:00Brunel University in London is to begin researching future powertrain concepts using Camcon Automotive's new Single Cylinder Intelligent Valve Techno

Baidu releases Apollo5.0 2019-07-03 09:01:00Beijing-based Baidu released the latest version of Apollo, its open source full-stack software solution for driverless vehicles.

South Korean market down in June 2019-07-03 08:07:00Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers fell by 5.2% to 124,963 units in June 2019 from 131,827 units in the same month of last year,

Suzuki UK launches business sales programme 2019-07-03 07:56:00Suzuki in the UK has announced a new strategy it hopes will increase its UK market fleet and corporate sales by more than a third over the next three

Fiat-Chrysler announces ZF transmission deal 2019-07-03 07:37:00Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has named ZF Friedrichshafen as its global transmission supplier for rear wheel drive and all wheel drive vehicles with fron

Hyundai Motor Group unveils 'CVVD' engine tech 2019-07-03 07:14:00Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) says it has developed the world's first 'Continuously Variable Valve Duration' (CVVD) technology to feature in future Hyu

Tesla hits Q2 records for production and deliveries 2019-07-03 06:58:00Tesla has reported Q2 output and delivery numbers that show record quarterly production of 87,048 vehicles and record quarterly deliveries of approxim

China extends tax incentives as NEV sales dip 2019-07-02 08:52:00The Chinese government announced this week that it will keep in place tax exemptions on new-energy vehicles (NEVs) until the end of 2020, according to

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Not all wax and ceramic coatings are created 2019-07-03 14:00:00With boatloads of waxes and ceramic coatings on the market, no one is at fault for feeling confused or indecisive about which to pick. Luckily, YouTub

Why the inline-6 is making a comeback 2019-07-03 13:00:00While engine downsizing is often a melancholy topic for enthusiasts, there's one bonus in a world of inline-4-cylinder engines: It's leading to the

1961 Lincoln Continental: 100 Cars That Matter 2019-07-03 11:45:00Ford’s Lincoln and Continental divisions battled recession and Cadillac in the 1950s, and by the dawn of the 1960s, frustrated executives in Dea

2020 Land Rover Defender, 2020 Aston Martin DBS, 2019-07-03 11:00:00New information on the redesigned Land Rover Defender due out later this year has surfaced. Chief among the new details is confirmation of a long-whee

Pagani's first car to make appearance at 2019 2019-07-03 10:00:00It was at the 1999 Geneva International Motor Show that a former Lamborghini employee by the name of Horacio Pagani presented the Zonda C12, providing

2020 Lexus LS gets the Inspiration Series treatment 2019-07-03 09:00:00The Lexus LS is definitely the quiet achiever among full-size luxury sedans, with the latest model managing a respectable 9,300 sales in the United St

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB45 spy shots 2019-07-03 08:00:00Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new GLB-Class compact crossover SUV in June, but the versions we're more interested in, those from Mercedes-AMG, are still

6th-gen Chevrolet Camaro's Z/28 canceled? 2019-07-03 07:00:00The last Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 overcame a very rocky road to get to production, but it ended up being one of the best performance machines to ever gra

Leaked info reveals plans for 8-seat Land Rover 2019-07-03 06:00:00Land Rover’s Defender will spawn a redesigned model later this year, which will be the first time since the iconic off-roader was launched more

2020 BMW M2 CS spy shots and video 2019-07-03 02:00:00BMW M is out testing a new version of the M2, believed to be a hardcore M2 CS due out later this year. The car may look like the recently launched M2

Brash former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca dead at 2019-07-03 00:11:00Cigar-chewing, straight-talking former chairman of Chrysler, Lee Iacocca, who became an icon in the 1980s died at his home in California, The Associat

Arc Vector electric motorcycle will tackle the Goodwood 2019-07-02 22:10:00Not only will the electric Volkswagen ID R be on hand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but so will an electric motorcycle from startup Arc. Arc will

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Limited edition Bentley Bentayga Huntsman gets tweed trim 2019-07-02 08:18:06 Luke Wilkinson 2019-07-02 13:18 Bentley has teamed up with the renowned Savile Row tailor, Huntsman, to produce a unique Bentayga

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