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Subaru Forester e-BOXER hybrid is tough, fun and extraordinary value for £36k

Category : Motors , Reviews , Subaru

MARKETING is so E-A-S-and-Y you could do it in your sleep.
All you have to do is Wiki the company you work for and pick out a load of anniversary dates.
The Subaru Forester e-BOXER is extraordinary value for money
Every day seems to be some sort of landmark in the car world.
Mazda has just turned 100 and coming up soon will be 50  years of Range Rover, 40  years of the Audi Quattro, 30  years of the Lotus Carlton and 25  years of the Merc Sprinter.
It’s also 25 years since Colin McRae won the 1995 World Rally Championship. Except for reasons I will never understand, Subaru won’t celebrate its crowning glory.
You what?
The hybrid is among the new breed of Subarus that are bloody fantastic
I know. Madness. It won’t trade on its USP. It won’t launch a car in blue with gold wheels any more. It won’t even mention the word “rally”.
Little wonder UK sales have slumped from 11,000 a year in the Nineties to just 3,000 last year.
McRae transformed Subaru from farmer’s favourite to rally royalty and PlayStation phenomenon . . . and now it is back to square one.
Which is a shame because the new breed of Subarus are bloody fantastic. They are tough, safe, fun, classless and extraordinary value.
The new Subaru is tough, safe, fun, classless and extraordinary value
How about this for a stat? Ninety-six per cent of all Subarus bought ten years ago are still on the road today. That’s impressive.
And when I say safe, I mean right up there with Volvo, according to Euro NCAP, the people who slaughter crash-test dummies to find out how a car behaves in a collision.
And when I say extraordinary value, you won’t find another SUV to match the credentials of a Forester for less than £36,000. You just won’t.
The Forester has permanent 4WD, a mild hybrid boxer engine and all the luxuries you’ll ever need, plus it can tow 1,870kg.
The new hybrid Subaru gets a thumbs up for the cabin too
It can also guide itself down a ski slope and weave through a forest up to its elbows in snow. As you can see, I’ve been busy testing a Forester in the Arctic Circle and it absolutely bossed it.
Thumbs up for the cabin, too. Yes, it’s a little old-fashioned compared to the Germans but it has superb 360-degree visibility thanks to all that glass, acres of interior space and heated rear seats for the mini you.
Plus there is a neat side-view camera to help avoid tree stumps and the kerb outside Sainsbury’s Local.
Now let’s talk about the e-BOXER hybrid.

Key facts: SUBARU FORESTER e-BOXER

Price: £35,995
Engine: 2-litre mild hybrid
Power: 150hp, 194Nm
0-62mph: 11.8 secs
Top speed: 117mph
Economy: 35mpg
CO2: 185g/km
Out: Now

The 12.3kWh battery adds 17hp when holding hands with the 2-litre flat four, as well as increasing fuel efficiency by up to ten per cent. Win-win.
It can do a mile or so on pure electric and recharges itself on the go. No messy cables to plug in and it works everything out on its own. The same system is being dropped in the XV and Impreza.
Other observations. The additional weight of the electric gubbins has lowered the centre of gravity a little and that — coupled with a much stronger body — improves handling. Plus there is much less body roll than you would expect from such a girl.
Add all that up and you have got a workhorse with all the mod cons and safety aids to make it a tasty proposition for families that want value and durability.
I’ll finish by drawing your attention to the dinky BRZ in World Rally blue.
I’m hooning about on the ice to celebrate two milestones. 1. My hero McRae, 25 years on. And 2. My 300th column in the world’s greatest newspaper.
Thank you for reading.

How to drive in the snow

CLEAR snow from car roof – or guess what happens the first time you brake?
SET off in second gear to avoid wheel spin, releasing the clutch slowly as you gently accelerate.
KEEP a safe distance from the car in front. It may take ten times longer to stop on snow and ice.
BRAKE gradually. If the wheels lock, the car will slide. If this happens you MUST come off the brakes – to recover traction – then brake again.
ALWAYS slow in a straight line before a bend. Then steer in a constant flowing movement, keeping a slow and regular speed.
IF you are struggling to climb a snowy hill, turn off the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system. But remember to switch it back on again.
INVEST in good tyres, like Michelin’s CrossClimate. They’re good for summer and winter.

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Subaru BRZ
FIRST, the good news: There’s a new Subaru BRZ in the pipeline. Which also means its twin – the Toyota GT86 – is being replaced. Excellent.
They’re light, low, rear-drive and wired for fun.
A new Subaru BRZ is in the pipeline
The Subaru BRZ is light, low, rear-drive and wired for fun
But here’s the not-so-good news: Subaru might axe BRZ from Europe because of emissions regulations.
Grrr.

Key facts: SUBARU BRZ

Price: £31,995
Engine: 2-litre petrol
Power: 200hp, 205Nm
0-62mph: 7.6 secs
Top speed: 140mph
Economy: 33mpg
CO2: 196g/km
Out: Now

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Driverless cars could be on British roads by the end of 2019 under new Government plans

DRIVERLESS cars could be on British roads by the end of the year under new plans announced by the Government.
The bold move will also scrap the requirements that the clever motors must have a human overseer on board too.
An autonomous self-driving vehicle tested in a pedestrianised zone in Milton Keynes on October 11, 2016AFP or licensors

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It means no human will be in control of the vehicles, even remotely. Ministers say the advanced trials — the first anywhere in Europe — will put the UK at the forefront of the technology.
But the announcement sparked safety fears, coming less than a year after a woman was killed by a driverless car in America.
The Department for Transport insists there will be a strict application process before companies are allowed to test the cars. An updated code of practice for the trials includes much tougher rules.
A DoT spokesman told The Times: “The new Code recognises the industry’s desire to conduct much more advanced trials.”

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Driverless cars ‘to cause chaos by allowing motorists to dodge parking fees’

Category : Motors , News , Tesla

DRIVERLESS cars may trigger traffic chaos as motorists dodge paying for parking, an academic has warned.
Rather than stump up for a space, owners are expected to let their empty vehicles slowly cruise around, clogging up city streets.
Alamy Driverless cars may trigger traffic chaos as motorists dodge paying for parking by letting their empty vehicles cruise around[/caption]
Prof Adam Millard-Ball likened it to drivers circling airport arrivals areas to avoid paying — but it would lead to “robot­fuelled gridlock”.
His study used game theory and a traffic simulation model to predict how San Francisco may be affected.
It found just 2,000 driverless cars could slow traffic to below 2mph.
Prof Millard-Ball, an environmental studies expert, told journal Transport Policy: “Autonomous vehicles can get around paying for parking by cruising.
Getty – Contributor The Tesla Roadster is expected to launch in 2020 and will be the world’s fastest electric car[/caption]

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“They have every incentive to create havoc.” It would cost them about 30p an hour compared to £26 a day in congestion charges and fees to park for the day in a major city.
And he said robot car owners should pay a congestion charge like in London, Stockholm and Singapore.
The professor said: “Self-driving cars need to pay for using city streets — otherwise chaos will ensue.”

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It’ll cost you up to £846 for a new headlight in these popular city cars – find out if your motor is one of them

CAR MAKERS can charge you a small fortune if you blow an LED bulb if the headlights come as one sealed unit.
Volkswagen is the worst culprit with the highest cost for its Polo GTI model – setting owners back £846 just for the part.
VW charges £846 for a sealed headlight unit on the Polo GTIVolkswagen
Other manufacturers that have set extortionate prices for their headlights include Seat.
The VW sister brand charges £827 for its Ibiza’s LED unit on the FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux models.
Honda is just as bad, with Jazz EX and Sport owners having to spend £714 per sealed headlight.
Fellow Japanese car maker Suzuki charges £684 for HID (High Intensity Discharge) units on the SZ5 trim of its Swift.
Honda Jazz EX and Sport models use £714 LED unitsHonda
Top trims of the Seat Ibiza include £827 sealed headlight unitsSEAT
The data was put together by consumer publisher WhatCar?, which looked into the cost of 13 popular small cars’ headlights.
Prices soar when replacing LED or HID headlights in comparison to halogen bulbs that cost as little as £4 on the Swift’s SZ3 and SZT models.
LED and HID bulbs are far brighter with a wider and whiter beam – they can also last up to a decade longer.
Even unsealed units are expensive to replace, with the Vauxhall Corsa Elite’s HIDs costing £317.

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Suzuki Swift SZ5 has HID sealed headlight units that cost £684 to replaceSuzuki
Despite their reliability, if a driver crashed their car and damaged the headlights – costs will soar for them or their insurers.
Claire Evans, What Car? consumer editor, said: “The longevity of HID bulbs makes them a viable option on a new car.
“However, if you are buying a used car as a second household vehicle or as a first car for a son or daughter, you – and they – could be landed with a massive repair bill for a blown bulb that could even render the car a write-off due to it being uneconomical to repair.”


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Cars that were raised from their graves – including the time-defying DeLorean

Category : Kia , Lamborghini , Motors , News

TO MARK Halloween, Autocar has put together a compilation of cars that were once killed off, but brought back to life by either the same or different manufacturer.
Most of these classics have now been buried once and for all, but we’ve picked out a selection to re-visit beyond the grave.
The Lotus Elan was revived as the M100 in the 1990s and also re-badged as a KiaLotus
The Lotus Elan was technically pioneering with its lightweight chassis – the British manufacturer reinvented the model several times over itself, including the Series 2 spec seen above.
Having first launched in the 1960s, it was also revived as the M100 in the 1990s following General Motors takeover.
Kia was sold the rights to the Elan by LotusKia
Further to that, the Elan was later re-badged as a Kia after Lotus sold them the rights to the car.
The Korean manufacturer made little changes to the model, with probably the most notable new feature being different rear headlights.
The Morris Oxford Series III wasn’t a massive hit in the UKPhotographed by Simon GP Geoghegan, April 2007
Morris’s Oxford Series III wasn’t a hit in the UK, having been overshadowed by its successor the Farina in 1959 and, also released in the same year, the original Mini.
However, outside of the UK the car built the basis of motoring icon.
India’s taxi, the Hindustan Ambassador, only went out of production in 2014Hindustan
It was developed into the Hindustan Ambassador – famous for being used as taxis in India for decades.
The Ambassador only went out of production in 2014 – and remained largely unchanged from the original Series III.
US-specced DeLorean speedometers stopped at 85mph – but fear not, Marty, the car’s top speed was actually around 110mphNewspress
Only 8,583 DoLoreans were built in Northern Ireland before the company closed down.
In reality, the car was close to a mechanical shambles, but fictionally, the DeLorean is a time-travelling masterpiece.
US-based DMC plans to make 300 new models after a new law passes that allows motors over 25 years old to be replicated in small batches.
Only 53 Lamborghini Silhouette models were madeLamborghini
Lamborghini’s Silhouette was itself an evolution of the Urraco. Only 53 were ever made from 1976 to 1979, as well as two prototypes.
The final model to roll of the production line was also used to create a prototype of the supercar maker’s Jalpa.
You could say the Lamborghini Jalpa has a very familiar SilhouetteLamborghini
When the Mimram brothers took over Lamborghini in 1980, they built 420 Jalpa models – making it one of the best-selling models.
It was the last Lamborghini to feature a V8 engine since production ended in 1988.
The Lotus Seven was Wolverine’s choice of carLotus
This lightweight wonder was a game-changer when it launched in 1957. It was available in a range of models to cater for speed demons up and down the country until the mid-70s.
And a little-known fact for those motor enthusiasts who are looking to dress up this Halloween – the Lotus Seven was driven by Wolverine in the Marvel comics.
The super-lightweight Seven lives on thanks to CaterhamCaterham
We can rejoice knowing this open-air speedster is still on the market today under Caterham.
There’s still a huge range of options to choose from, as well as an exclusive Signature service for those who want an added touch of personalisation.


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