It has been an unforgettable yr within the motoring world, with a bunch of latest vehicles launched. However the automotive business is quick paced and, with 2018 simply across the nook, we’ve determined to have a look again in any respect the massive automobile information tales from 2017.
It’s superb simply how a lot can occur in 12 months and it looks like solely yesterday that 2017 arrived with a bang on the Detroit Motor Present. A stunning array of fashions then starred on the Geneva Motor Present in March, with the brand new Honda Civic Kind R, Alpine A110 and Volkswagen Arteon all making their debuts.
April’s Shanghai present was all about Electrical SUVs, whereas Might noticed the wraps come off the brand new Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen Up! GTI.
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In June we topped the Land Rover Discovery as our 2017 Auto Specific Automotive of the 12 months, whereas Kia, Hyundai and Citroen all launched small SUVs within the form of the Stonic, Kona and C3 Aircross respectively.
Audi confirmed off their autonomous tech within the new A8 in July, with Tesla launching the brand new Mannequin three in August. It was then the Frankfurt Motor Present, with Mercedes, Renault and Nissan stealing the headlines.
As winter approached, Mazda revealed a pair of intriguing ideas on the Tokyo Motor Present, whereas Aston Martin rounded off one of the vital profitable years in its historical past by unveiling the all-new Vantage.
There was a lot extra that occurred throughout 2017 although, so earlier than 2018 arrives, scroll down beneath to have a look again at al the largest automobile information tales of the yr.
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The largest automobile information of 2017
January 2017 automobile information
Daring new Audi Q8 leads the celebrities at Detroit Motor Present
The automobile world centered on America in January, because the Detroit Motor Present kicked off the automotive calendar. The Motor Metropolis not solely showcased the newest from the US large three of Ford, Common Motors and Chrysler, but additionally a raft of expertise from abroad makers.
Highlights included the Audi Q8 idea, previewing a brand new Vary Rover-rivalling SUV. This huge 4×4 will get a curvier look than the Q7, and can share a lot of its tech with its sister mannequin. Which means Q8 e-tron and speedy SQ8 fashions are seemingly, though the cabin will provide solely 5 seats.
Additionally on show was a brand new Volkswagen Microbus, the I.D. Buzz. This eight-seat MPV idea mixes the retro and the totally fashionable, as its Kind 2-inspired physique garments the identical working gear present in 2016’s I.D. hatch. Which means electrical drive and autonomous tech from the MEB platform, whereas a manufacturing model has been confirmed for 2022. Lastly, the factory-ready Kia Stinger GT was revealed.
This rear-wheel-drive four-door coupe marked a brand new period for the model, specializing in fashion and efficiency over practicality and low working prices. The slinky form hides an upmarket cabin, whereas essentially the most highly effective automobile encompasses a 365bhp V6.
Sharp look and new tech for contemporary Ibiza
Undoubtedly, 2017 was an enormous yr for superminis – and one of many first new arrivals within the sector was the newest SEAT Ibiza. The hatchback was unveiled for the primary time on the finish of January, with a pointy look and loads of new expertise.
The brand new mannequin makes use of the smallest model of the VW Group’s MQB platform – a big transfer, as a result of the Ibiza was revealed nicely forward of the platform-sharing Volkswagen Polo, which arrived later within the yr. The Ibiza Mk5 will get a spread of responsive but economical petrol and diesel engines, together with Volkswagen’s newest 148bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol, whereas tech consists of adaptive cruise management, a spread of connectivity on board and LED lights.
Crossland X SUV replaces Meriva
Vauxhall added a 3rd SUV to its line-up again in January, with the introduction of the Crossland X.
Designed as a alternative for the Meriva small MPV, the newcomer is comparable in dimension and value to the present Mokka X, though it truly shares its platform and working gear with the Peugeot 2008 in a three way partnership that preceded the information of PSA’s takeover of Vauxhall later within the yr.
Confusion over new VED charges
Previous April’s Automobile Excise Responsibility adjustments, with a £310 surcharge for vehicles retailing at over £40,000, in January we confirmed how the DVLA’s definition of record value differed from different interpretations.
The Finance (No. 2) Act says record value excludes choices; the DVLA disagrees. One reader paid extra tax than anticipated on his Land Rover that was due after April, as its choices pushed its value previous £40,000.
Extra sensible 5 Sequence Touring is go
We printed first photos of the second BMW 5 Sequence bodystyle – the Touring – in January. As with the saloon, the property focuses on consolation, dealing with and effectivity, whereas the addition of a 570-litre boot, up 10 litres on earlier than, boosts practicality.
Helpful touches such because the separate opening tailgate glass and remote-control folding seats solely serve to reinforce this household automobile’s credentials even additional.
Wraps are off new, hi-tech Picanto
The wraps got here off the brand new Picanto in January as Kia sought to knock the Hyundai i10 and Skoda Citigo off the highest of the category. With its ‘tiger nostril’ grille and hi-tech cabin that includes a seven-inch touchscreen, it reveals simply how far metropolis vehicles have come.
In addition to boasting smarter seems to be and extra expertise, the newest Picanto provides extra room for passengers than its predecessor. That’s because of a wheelbase that has been stretched by 15mm.
January 2017 in numbers
- • 90 days – Drink-drive shock: An Auto Specific investigation revealed ladies convicted of drink-driving obtain driving bans which might be 90 days shorter than their male counterparts.
- • 6,000 – Younger drivers banned: We reported how 6,000 drivers aged 17 to 25 misplaced their licences within the earlier 5 years after accruing six or extra factors.
- • £three.5 billion – Financial savings on potholes: How a lot native councils may save because of a brand new technique of highway restore that makes use of infrared warmth to patch up potholes.
February 2017 automobile information
EV charging infrastructure shock
The variety of plug-in vehicles offered within the UK rose from 2,254 in 2012 to 85,983 in 2016, however an Auto Specific research discovered the general public charging infrastructure is lagging behind.
In the identical interval, the community of cost factors grew from 2,883 to 11,736. The surge in EV gross sales meant there have been simply Zero.78 EVs to each charger in 2012, however 7.32 in 2016 – near the EU Fee’s most suitability ratio of 10 chargers per EV.
PSA in talks to take over Vauxhall
Hundreds of staff at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port and Luton vegetation have been left dealing with unsure futures after Common Motors confirmed it was in talks to promote the corporate and its sister model Opel to PSA.
Unions referred to as on the Authorities to problem reassurances over jobs. Nevertheless, specialists stated the Cheshire plant’s standing as one of the vital environment friendly automobile factories in Europe may assist safe its future.
Ferrari 812 Superfast let off the leash
Ferrari took us into February with a bang by revealing its quickest naturally aspirated manufacturing automobile ever, the 812 Superfast. This alternative for the F12 Berlinetta produces 789bhp from its 6.5-litre V12, and hits 211mph-plus.
As with the F12, the 812 powers the rear wheels by way of a dual-clutch field, however ditches hydraulic power-steering in favour of Ferrari’s new digital set-up. Lively flaps underneath the bodywork additionally take away the necessity for additional wings and spoilers, giving the 812 a clear look.
Vary Rover dusts off Velar identify
Forward of its grand reveal on the Geneva Motor Present, Auto Specific scooped the identify of Vary Rover’s new coupe-SUV. The Velar could be the fourth mannequin within the line-up, carrying a badge which harks again to the model’s historical past within the sixties.
Together with the identify, we additionally revealed that the Velar might be joined by a child Vary Rover Evoque, which might be a brand new entry level into the vary.
February 2017 in numbers
- • 35 per cent – Unqualified MoT testers: New assessments for MoT testers have been due in March, however an Auto Specific investigation discovered that simply 35 per cent had accomplished coaching, resulting in a possible scarcity of testers.
- • 1909 – UK’s oldest storage: Auto Specific visited Western Motor Works in Chislehurst, Higher London, which had first opened its doorways over a century in the past and is the oldest storage within the nation.
- • 10 million – Parking tickets: Variety of parking fines handed out annually. Native Authorities Ombudsman says councils don’t present sufficient pointers, resulting in pointless tickets.
March 2017 automobile information
Civic Kind R and Fiesta ST flip up the warmth
There was a wave of March insanity, as a pair of thrilling new sizzling hatchbacks made their debuts in fast succession.
First was the brand new Ford Fiesta ST, which had some very large boots to fill, due to the sheer brilliance of its predecessor. We had but to strive the brand new Fiesta at this level, so we couldn’t affirm that the bottom mannequin had the elements to make the ST a star – however what we did know was that the outgoing automobile’s 180bhp 1.6-litre turbo would get replaced by a 1.5 three-cylinder unit with 197bhp and 290Nm of torque.
Though the Honda Civic Kind R isn’t a direct rival for the Fiesta, it has an analogous fame for delivering driving thrills, and Honda revealed the all-new model on the Geneva Motor Present. On prime of its revised chassis, the Civic Mk10 has a brand new physique with suitably wild wings and spoilers, whereas energy is from the outgoing mannequin’s 2.Zero-litre VTEC turbo, however with 316bhp. That meant the Kind R had a shorter improvement interval than the outdated automobile, and it hit showrooms quickly after the usual hatch.
Velar makes a splash with newest tech
Following our world unique in February revealing the automobile’s identify, Vary Rover took the wraps off the placing new Velar in March. The fourth product within the luxurious model’s mannequin line-up slots between the Evoque and the Vary Rover Sport.
Beneath the dramatic seems to be, a raft of latest expertise makes a debut look within the cabin. Twin touchscreens and TFT dials give the dashboard a cutting-edge look, whereas quite a lot of personalisation choices ensures the Velar provides the identical form of luxurious really feel as you’d discover in bigger fashions.
Energy comes from four-cylinder Ingenium and V6 engines in petrol and diesel varieties, and though the main focus is on luxurious, the automobile delivers the off-road capability you anticipate from a Land Rover.
Mitsubishi and DS proceed SUV blitz
Crossovers and SUVs are totally dominating the brand new automobile panorama in the intervening time, and two extra fashions joined the ranks on the Geneva Motor Present.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross slots into the Japanese producer’s vary beneath the Outlander, and encompasses a coupe-style physique and an all-new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a alternative of two or four-wheel-drive transmissions. Additionally on the stands in Switzerland, French luxurious model DS launched a brand new flagship within the form of the DS 7 Crossback.
This high-riding five-seater crossover goals to tackle upmarket rivals such because the Audi Q5 and Vary Rover Evoque, though the DS 7 Crossback is targeted squarely on providing the form of consolation and luxurious for which upmarket fashions similar to the unique DS grew to become well-known.
Alpine model makes a comeback
Renault’s sports activities automobile division Alpine lastly revealed the manufacturing model of its thrilling new coupe, the A110, on the Geneva Motor Present.
Energy comes from the identical 1.Eight-litre petrol turbo that’ll discover its manner into the following Renaultsport Megane, though with its midship structure, optimum chassis steadiness and a kerbweight of simply over a tonne, the two-seat A110 is a vastly totally different machine.
Arteon takes on A4 and XE execs
With household saloon gross sales in decline, VW launched the Arteon as an upmarket, Passat-based different to govt vehicles such because the Audi A4 and Jaguar XE.
Its placing seems to be actually justify the identify change from the earlier CC, plus the beneficiant equipment places it on par when it comes to luxuries. And with energy coming from the identical vary of environment friendly engines, firm automobile working prices are aggressive.
Smooth 720S is McLaren’s newest star
It hadn’t been 5 years because the debut of McLaren’s first manufacturing automobile, the MP4-12C, but the British agency launched an all-new mannequin at Geneva with the 720S.
The newcomer’s dramatic seems to be conceal loads of carbon fibre building and cutting-edge tech underneath the pores and skin, whereas McLaren claimed the 720S delivered the form of efficiency that had first been seen within the P1 hypercar.
Finances enhance for automotive tech
Chancellor Philip Hammond introduced the spring 2017 Finances, with large boosts for automotive tech because of a £270m ‘disruptive expertise’ fund.
An additional £16m was put aside for a brand new 5G cell community – very important for autonomous and related vehicles – whereas a contest was launched to assist native authorities deal with congestion. Hammond stated from subsequent yr there could be solely a single annual funds.
March 2016 in numbers
- • 37,000 – Logbook loans: Variety of ‘logbook loans’ – involving prospects borrowing and utilizing their autos as collateral – taken out in 2015. Authorities desires to finish apply.
- • 44 per cent – Rates of interest: Quantity of annual curiosity some insurers cost motorists taking out month-to-month cost insurance policies, as highlighted in an Auto Specific investigation.
- • £65,000 – Common annual wage: together with bonuses and advantages, that is what some staff in Korean automobile vegetation earn annually, as revealed in our international wage information
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