Best electric cars: Top choices 2016

Ever-growing numbers of mainstream manufacturers are joining the electric-car race, with more motorists than ever choosing to ditch trips to the petrol station. The technology improves every year and many models on sale now offer decent ranges and performance figures and can be bought at affordable prices – due in part to the government's drive to get more motorists driving one. Switching to an electric car is getting easier and easier thanks to the expanding network of charging stations and the growing number of cars designed to go a reasonable distance on a single charge. Electric cars now come in various shapes and sizes. You can choose from small city cars that are well suited to battery power, large executive saloons and family hatchbacks powered by electric motors. Efforts are being made to make them more affordable. Buy a brand new electric car and the government will subsidise your purchase to the tune of £4,500.  Manufacturers like Renault, Nissan, Volkswagen, B...
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First Drive: 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 Sedan

The driver of the Nissan Sentra two lanes to your right obviously intends to weave into the scant opening ahead just to block your fast-lane view. But you have the perfect tool to prevent it. You’re in the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4MATIC, the hot-rod version of the new E-Class. It’s like a spatula for flipping Sentraburgers. You press down on the studded aluminum accelerator pedal, the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 wakens under its shroud, and all the subprime hotshot Sentra driver can do is some flipping of his own.

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This scenario is the ideal application for the E43. Yes, it’s up to brisk laps on track, a spirited romp over a mountain road, or a long-distance cruise. But after our drive in and around Hamburg, it strikes us as more of a super-commuter, a practical car, and an anonymous one despite the additional AMG body parts. Even the engine cover has a red aluminum insert and AMG lettering. In other words, no one will look twice, yet there’s enough power to command respect fro...
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Test Drive:2017 LincoIn

When Lincoln introduced the MKZ sedan in 2013 it was a sign that the brand was serious about reinventing itself. Since then it’s launched some impressive cars—the MKC and MKX crossovers and the new Continental, and recently unveiled the concept for the next generation Navigator. Brands nearly always release a “refresh” mid-way through a model’s typical five to seven year run to keep the car feeling current, but few have done so quite as dramatically as Lincoln has with the 2017 MKZ. “It Isn’t normal that we would do this level of exterior, interior and overall driving performance changes at mid-cycle,” says Scott Tobin, Director of Product Development. It’s “a real commitment to the brand,” he tells us. We walked through the car pre-launch with Tobin, David Wodehouse (Design Director), and Soo Kang (Interior Design Chief) and recently got behind the wheel to test it outside of NYC. We loved it, and here’s why. lincoln-1 First, the brand has made a commitment to cr...
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5 Things to Know About the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

You’re already drooling over the sleek curves and coupe-like lines of the new 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF (short for “retractable fastback”), but here are five things we learned at the unveiling that you really should know about the new hardtop Miata — even though some have no answers just yet.
1. Weight.
2017-Mazda-MX-5-Miata-RF-front-side-view-1 First things first: how much does that fancy new top weigh? While pinning Mazda down on a firm answer was impossible, and the data isn’t included in the official press materials, we spoke with Jeremy Barnes, director of public relations for Mazda USA, and found out the answer lies in the 175-200 pound range. ICNZDBlEBwAEFRZIChwREREeBgZZU0RDHVdBXVoJBw4= That’s a hefty penalty to pay on a weight-conscious sports roadster for a smidgen of convenience, especially considering the soft-top’s curb weight is listed at 2,332-2,381 lb. But for many, the RF will be a must-have addition, and not just for the enhanced looks the new top brings. Purists, however, are likely to argue that anyone willing to give up...
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2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Spider

The Ferrari LaFerrari made its first public appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, taking center stage in spite of massive competition from the McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Veneno. Not only the fastest road-legalsupercar to come out of Maranello, the LaFerrari is also the first Ferrari to carry a hybrid powertrain. Developed as a successor to the almighty Enzo and the F50, the LaFerrari is the first Ferrari not to be designed byPininfarina since 1973. Built in just 499 units and priced from $1.7 million, the LaFerrari became an instant hit with deep-pocketed enthusiasts, who rushed to pay the hefty sticker and help Ferrari close order books in a matter of months. Although both the standard supercar and the highly exclusive, track-only FXX K are already sold out, the LeFerrari saga is set to continue with a convertibleversion. Confirmed-the-Ferrari-LaFerrari-Spider-for-2017-¡150-units Rumors about a LaFerrari Spider have been flying around since 2014, when we rendered the model based on the coupe version. Come 2016 and Ferrari...
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