Bright Spark

Who would want to be a traditional car dealer these days? I’m sure lots of people have made plenty of money in the trade over the years, but now the path to profit seems to be getting ever more difficult. There’s the major disruption of the Covid-19 crisis, of course, which has confined potential car-buyers […]

VOLVO XC90 RECHARGE T8 AWD INSCRIPTION

Second Test   Well, that’s just typical. Our XC90 touched down in Cardiff at the start of December; a safe, wool-lined oasis of calm, shielded from the unpredictability of life in 2020. Two weeks later, Wales had been locked down again. Within a month, England had followed suit. Restricted travel has curtailed opportunities to enjoy […]

Bright Spark

It’s a typical Tesla move that has really got everyone talking. Photos of the interior of the new updated versions of the Model S and Model X show a radically redesigned dashboard; at its centre, a different large central LCD screen mounted with a landscape orientation rather than in portrait mode. But the feature that […]

Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 AWD Inscription

First Test   Like a lot of high-mileage drivers, this year has unexpectedly made me a prime candidate for a plug-in hybrid. Most of my long journeys have been replaced by Zoom calls, so a range of 20 to 30 miles covers the majority of my daily use, which in turn balances out the dent […]

How green is your EV?

I don’t really feel too comfortable about disagreeing with a colleague at Diesel Car and Eco Car, but The Editor encourages diversity of thought amongst his contributors. So there’s no threat of me “losing the whip” if I beg to differ with Bright Spark David Wilkins regarding his recent thoughts about how clean EVs are, […]

Bright Spark

In November last year, BMW announced it was moving production of its mighty eight and twelve cylinder engines from Germany to its plant at Hams Hall near Birmingham. On the face of it, that looks like a big vote of confidence in the British motor industry against the background of the uncertainty generated by Brexit […]

Ford adds to charging network as it readies Mustang Mach-E for launch

The size of the charge network available to Ford electric vehicle drivers has increased more than threefold in readiness for first deliveries of the Mustang Mach-E performance SUV. Ford is expanding its long-standing business partnership with bp by adding pulse – the biggest public charging network in the UK – to the Ford Pass charging network.

Special edition celebrates ten year anniversary of the Nissan Leaf

Nissan introduces the Leaf10, a special edition of the popular all-electric car, to celebrate 10 years of sales as the world’s first mass-market EV. Available in UK dealerships from February, Leaf10 introduces a new body colour to the Nissan palette, complemented by pattern detailing on the exterior.

Volkswagen ID.4 hits UK dealerships from March

For the first time Volkswagen is offering a fully electric SUV – the ID.4. As the second model from the brand to be launched on the dedicated MEB platform, it will also offer four-wheel drive at a later date. Like the ID.3, the new model is being launched as a limited-run 1ST Edition with a range of pre-configured trim levels to follow later in the year. The ID.4 1ST Edition will cost £37,800 after the plug-in vehicle grant is applied, and is expected to arrive in dealerships during March.