Renault’s Reimagined 5 Hatchback Is a Funky Retro EV

The iconic Renault 5 hatchback is getting rebooted as a sexy EV, informed by the iconic little Cinq of the past, but not necessarily beholden to it. In fact, you can say that about Renault in general, because this R5 Concept EV was revealed as part of a larger push to reinvent the French company for the 2020s and beyond that the company is calling Nouvelle Vague—New Wave. Renault as a services company, as a tech company, et cetera. Oh, and they’re still going to build cars—and if they’re anything like this R5 concept, that’s great news for those that can buy them.

The company is promising seven fully-electric vehicles—half its projected lineup—to be full EVs by 2025. The company already sells a range of EVs, from the tiny and bizarre Twizy to the Master Z.E. commercial van, but the best-known EV in the lineup is

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2020 Volkswagen Golf R priced from £39,270

Volkswagen’s Golf 8 performance range reached its completion early last month with the arrival of the new Golf R, the flagship all-wheel drive model that’ll join the GTI and GTI Clubsport next year. Priced from £39,270, the new VW Golf R features the same basic recipe of combining a potent four-cylinder turbocharged engine with VW’s all-wheel drive system, but the devil’s in the details of this latest model. 

First of all, the new Golf R is the most powerful production Golf ever, beating the previous Clubsport S’s 306bhp with a 315bhp output between 5500 and 6500rpm. Torque is also strong, with 310lb ft available at just 2000rpm, the Golf holding that peak output until 5800rpm. These figures are delivered by VW’s latest evo4 generation of the EA888 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is no bad thing as this unit has long been one of the strongest elements of all the

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2021 Lexus LC500 Inspiration Series Comes With Junk on Its Trunk

If you’re looking for a sign that society is slowly gearing up to get ready to head in the general direction of normal, then take a look at the latest limited-run Lexus LC500 Inspiration Series. Shame about that wing, though.

For the record, we like most of what Lexus has done to the fifth LC500 Inspiration Series model. The aesthetic is fantastic: Obsidian black with matching forged-alloy wheels and a carbon-fiber roof on the outside, complemented by a black interior with saddle-tan inserts and trim. If you like your cabins on the dusky side, they don’t get a whole lot better looking than this.

The Inspiration Series car also gets the LC500’s optional limited-slip differential, which we consider a must-have, as well as a Yamaha rear performance bar, which damps those nearly-imperceptible distortions at the rear of the car. The LC500 enjoys other new-for-2021

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Porsche partners with Siemens Energy in development of eFuels

Porsche has partnered with Siemens Energy in the development and production of sustainable eFuels, a non fossil fuel alternative to traditional petrol. While progress towards a wider adoption of electrification is taking centre stage in our transferral to a more sustainable future of mobility, sustainable fuels are also part of the answer to the energy crisis we currently face. 

The partnership between Porsche and Siemens Energy entails the construction of a new eFuel manufacturing facility, which will be tasked to produce renewable fuels for exclusive use by Porsche. Applications will include Porsche’s motorsport activities, its global Driver Experience centres and eventually sale to private owners.

An initial pilot program is projected to yield 130,000 litres in 2022, with the plant expected to quickly ramp up production to 55 million litres by 2024, and 550 million by 2026.

The production facility will be located in Chile, positioned there for its consistent

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This Company Turns the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Into a Posh Overlander

We at Automobile love big adventure rigs. After all, these vehicles subscribe to such a wonderful automotive recipe. Take something ostensibly ordinary (a 2021 Toyota Tacoma) and garnish it with something extraordinary (a miniaturized house). Cue the TruckHouse BCT: a made to order, carbon-fiber-clad, go anywhere, do anything home away from home.

The concept is simple, and in a time where flying to some exotic destination isn’t the easiest method of “getting away,” it makes a lot of sense. First, you need a truck. In this case, TruckHouse chose the most popular mid-size truck on the market as its starting point. The Toyota Tacoma, even in TRD Pro guise, isn’t our favorite truck to take off the beaten path, but it carries with it Toyota’s reputation for longevity. Plus, it is extremely well supported by the aftermarket as TruckHouse beautifully demonstrates here.

The whole thing is made

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