Author: PA Motoring

If we’ve written about the expanding crossover and SUV market once in the past few years, we’ve written about it a thousand times. Manufacturers are constantly finding new ways to join this ever-growing market. The latest is Hyundai, which has introduced the Bayon as the smallest SUV in its line-up. On the face of it, it appears to be directly competing with the firm’s own Kona model on size and space. The Bayon’s a bit more practical and a fraction cheaper though, so can it carve out its own niche in the market? Want to read more? Visit timesmotors.comIndependent journalism…

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Porsche has had its best ever start to a year, delivering 153,656 vehicles, a 31 per cent increase on last year. The firm said the growth in demand crossed all models in its range and all of its global sales regions. Although the percentage increase on last year is significant because those sales were impacted by pandemic-related shutdowns, the figures show increased demand across the line-up. For example, the electric Taycan shifted almost 20,000 units in six months, which is just shy of the number sold in the whole of 2020. Want to read more? Visit timesmotors.comIndependent journalism costs money.…

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Ford has claimed a new Guinness World Record as its Mustang Mach-E SUV achieved the lowest energy consumption in an electric car. The record was achieved on a run along the length of mainland Great Britain, from John O’Groats in Scotland to Land’s End in England. Independently verified data shows that the Mustang Mach-E travelled more than 6.5 miles per kilowatt hour (kWh) of energy used. With the car’s 88kWh battery capacity, that means it was capable of over 500 miles of range between charges. Want to read more? Visit timesmotors.comIndependent journalism costs money. Support Times of Malta for the…

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Kia has revealed an array of upgrades for its popular Ceed hatchback, including updated styling, improved interiors and new powertrains. The updates, which also apply to the Sportswagon estate and ProCeed shooting brake variants, are designed to breathe new life into the line-up. The front end has been given a completely new look and incorporates Kia’s new logo onto the nose. Each trim level has also been given slight changes to make them more distinct from each other. Want to read more? Visit timesmotors.comIndependent journalism costs money. Support Times of Malta for the price of a coffee.Support Us See original…

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A new Porsche-based off-road supercar has been launched, inspired by the German firm’s iconic Dakar rally racers of the past. It is being built by Marc Philip Gemballa (MPG), a company named after its founder, the 27-year-old son of the late Uwe Gemballa, who founded vehicle tuning company Gemballa, best-known for providing aftermarket parts for Porsches since the 1980s. The new model being launched by MPG – in no way associated with the original Gemballa company – is called Marsien and has been inspired by the iconic Porsche 959 rally car that won the Paris-Dakar rally in the 1980s. Want…

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Cupra is a company on a roll. Since it split apart from parent firm Seat, it has created the Formentor – its first ground-up model – and soon it’ll be bringing the Born to market as its first fully electric model. But it still likes to tinker with Seat’s model from time to time. There’s the Cupra Ateca, of course, and now this – the Cupra Leon. It’s based on Seat’s latest Leon model, but Cupra has ensured it includes a wide variety of changes for its own version. Let’s find out what it’s like.  As this is a Cupra…

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Cupra is a company on a roll. Since it split apart from parent firm Seat, it has created the Formentor – its first ground-up model – and soon it’ll be bringing the Born to market as its first fully electric model. But it still likes to tinker with Seat’s model from time to time. There’s the Cupra Ateca, of course, and now this – the Cupra Leon. It’s based on Seat’s latest Leon model, but Cupra has ensured it includes a wide variety of changes for its own version. Let’s find out what it’s like.  As this is a Cupra…

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A 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL formerly owned by U2 frontman Bono is set to be auctioned off this week with an estimate of €17.5k. The classic model incorporates a variety of modifications introduced by the singer, who bought the vehicle to celebrate the success of U2’s first album, Boy. It has an interior that has been entirely retrimmed in a cowhide pattern, with the eye-catching material used on all areas including the parcel shelf and door cards. However, one of the standout features is the Alpine sound system, which was fitted by Bono at a cost of €14k– around €80k…

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Aston Martin has lifted the covers off its striking new hybrid supercar – the Valhalla.  Built with a variety of learnings made through Aston Martin’s involvement in Formula One, the Valhalla incorporates several intricate and technologically advanced features which help to ensure that it delivers the best possible performance.  It’s powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 which is linked up to a 150kW hybrid system with a pair of electric motors – one mounted on each axle. Combined, the engine and electric system produce 937bhp. When driven in electric-only mode, the power from the batteries is directed to the front…

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The European Union has put forward a proposal that would effectively ban the sale of non-electric vehicles within 14 years. The European Commission, the executive branch of the EU, has proposed that car makers must cut their fleet CO2 by 55 per cent by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2035. Many countries around the world have announced plans to halt the sale of purely petrol and diesel models, but this emission target effectively achieves the same goal, as any manufacturer still selling vehicles that emit CO2 after 2035 would likely face heavy fines. In the United Kingdom, it will…

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