What Car? news round-up

  • New car sales plunge by 36.8%
  • Honda Civic first drive
  • Reliability supertest 2008
With the huge 36.8% fall in new car sales in November, car buyers can expect even bigger discounts. Find out more here with our car sales down, discounts up report.

The slump in sales could be good news for buyers, but it also means the end of the road for Honda's Formula One team: Honda pulls out of Formula One

It has also been a bad week for environmentally friendly vehicles, with the announcement that sales of electric cars have plummeted. Find out the full details here. Electric car sales cut by half

The news that sales of electric cars had halved came in the same week that the Government's climate change tsar, Adair Turner, said they would be central to plans to radically cut CO2 emissions. Electric cars central to Government climate change goals

There is a glimmer of hope for car makers, though - a new survey suggests people are more likely to buy a new car now than they were six months ago.
Some good news for car manufacturers

First drives

Honda Civic
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Honda says over half of those who buy a Civic do so because of the car’s looks, so it’s no surprise that the small hatch’s mid-life makeover barely touches the surface. Find out what else is new with our first drive report here.
First drive: Honda Civic Type S 1.4 SE

Volvo XC60
Volvo hit the bullseye with its first ‘proper' 4x4 – the XC90 – and its aim is just as true with its second, the XC60.
First drive: Volvo XC60

Fiat Panda Cross
What has made the Panda so Cross? It's hardcore styling, that's what. Yes we did use the words Panda and hardcore in the same sentence. Find out why here:
First drive: Fiat Panda Cross

Video drive

Toyota iQ driven
The Toyota iQ will be the smallest four-seater available when it goes on sale in January - but can this dinky car justify its £9495 starting price? Find out with What Car? TV
What Car? TV: Toyota iQ driven

New cars

Revealed: Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolets
Hottest VW Scirocco Studie R unveiled
Full details: VW Golf Plus
Production Honda Insight pictured

Special feature

Reliability supertest 2008
A car's reliability can make your motoring life bright and happy, or it can become dark and foreboding. However, it's not easy to sort the dream cars from the wickedly unreliable ones.
Read the reliability supertest here

News latest

Toyota has revealed prices for the new Avensis, which will arrive in UK showrooms on January 1.
New Toyota Avensis prices announced

You’ll like: It’s cheap to buy and run - you won’t: It’s slow, and it’s bumpy.
Driven: Audi A6 2.0 TDI e

On the 50th anniversary of Britain's first motorway, a new report has slammed Government plans to manage traffic growth on the current network.
Cold shoulder for hard shoulder plan

A new child seat that can hold up to four children in cars as small as superminis is now available.
New child seat can hold four children

The Jaguar XJ range has been updated to include a cleaner diesel engine and more standard kit at no extra cost.
Jaguar XJ gets cleaner diesel

Maserati has launched a new package of options to allow owners to personalise their cars.
Turn your Maserati into a racer

When you've just won your 16th Formula One constructors' championship you're entitled to treat yourself – and Ferrari did just that at the Bologna Motor Show.
Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M in detail

Northamptonshire County Council is considering axing mobile speed cameras.
Northants may drop speed cameras

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