By Mike Torpey on 2021-09-06 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
MACH-E SETS NEW WORLD RECORDS
FORD'S newest all-electric car, the Mustang Mach-E, has become a triple Guinness World Records holder after adding two charging titles to the ultra-efficiency record already won this summer.
Guinness World Records confirmed 43 minutes 13 seconds as the shortest charge time on Britain's longest journey, wiping over 30 minutes from the previous attempt.
Fast charging the rear-wheel drive extended range Mustang Mach-E, which set the record, at 150kW adds around 73 miles of driving range every 10 minutes on charge.
The team only stopped at MFG's charging hub in Wigan for the single charge last month, meaning the fewest charge stop record will be permanently held by the Mustang Mach-E.
In July, the Mach-E's efficiency on the same route consumed the least energy by an electric vehicle by travelling 6.5 miles per kilowatt hour - equating to well over 500 miles of range, compared to an official 379-mile capability from a single charge.
VOLKSWAGEN TO EXPAND ID. FAMILY
VOLKSWAGEN is to launch an ID. Family model for the small car arena - fully two years earlier than originally planned.
It comes in the shape of the ID. LIFE concept presented at the International Motor Show IAA MOBILITY 2021 to give an impression of how a vehicle of this type would look.
Part of Volkswagen's ACCELERATE strategy aimed at speeding up the transformation to electric mobility, the car will cost around Â£17,000.
VW chief Ralf Brandstatter said: "The ID. LIFE is our vision of next-generation fully electric urban mobility the concept car provides a preview of an ID. model in the small car segment that we will be launching in 2025.
"In creating the ID. LIFE, we have consistently focused on the needs of younger customers. We believe that, even more so than today, the car of the future will be about lifestyle and personal expression.
"The customer of tomorrow won't simply want to get from A to B; they will be much more interested in the experiences that a car can offer. The ID. LIFE is our answer to this."
CORSA RETAINS PLACE AS UK TOP SELLER
THE Vauxhall Corsa is the UK's best-selling new car so far this year according to the latest sales and registration figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Some 27,381 Corsa models have been registered in the first eight months of 2021.
Vauxhall's all-electric Corsa-e was also the best-selling all-electric model in its segment in August, as the brand continues its electric vehicle expansion with the goal of offering an electrified variant across its entire model line-up by 2024.
The brand says it will offer only fully electric cars and vans in the UK by 2028.
The Corsa-e has been the best-selling new electric car in the small Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) sector so far this year and the success of the Corsa and Corsa-e has helped Vauxhall increase its share of the private car market in August by 0.4 per cent, growing from 4.1 per cent in August 2020 to 4.5 per cent in August this year.
Vauxhall managing director Paul Willcox said: "As a British brand, it's fantastic to see the Corsa remain the UK's best-selling new car.
"With electric sales continuing to grow at a rapid pace, we're proud to see the new Corsa-e also retain its spot at the top of the sales charts, bringing an affordable all-electric option to our customers."
E-TYPE ORIGINALS REUNITED FOR ANNIVERSARY
THE three original Jaguar E-Type launch cars which revolutionised the automotive industry in 1961, have been reunited for the first time at the home of their maker Sir William Lyons, in a celebration of the car's 60thanniversary.
Combining Sir William Lyon's ideal of svelte styling with Malcolm Sayer's aerodynamic design, the cats from Coventry embodied the glamour and innovation of the age.
The cars utilised a number of novel racing design principles, taken from Jaguar's D-Type racing car which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in three consecutive years.
With a claimed top speed of 150mph and starting list price of £2,097, which was around half the price of its more exotic rivals, the E-Type was a firm favourite among racing drivers and celebrities alike.
Now, six decades later, the famous 9600HP, 77RW - which were used for the Geneva Motor Show press drives, and chassis number 885005 - the original static car displayed on the motor show stand, have been reunited at Wappenbury Hall in Warwickshire, the long-time home of Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons.
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