Hauling heroes: The trucks that can pull the heaviest trailers

Whether it is towing a simple trailer for work, or shifting a giant RV camper with a fifth wheel, there is a pickup truck to suit every need.

We have taken a look at trucks from mid-size options, through to full-size and heavy duty offerings, to see which can pull the most weight.

For our comparison we have taken the ‘maximum trailer weight rating’ for each model to compare. With multiple engine, chassis, and drivetrain configurations available for most trucks we have noted the highest figure out of all possible permutations.

2019 Honda Ridgeline

Maximum trailer weight: 5,000 lb

Kicking things off in the mid-size category is the second-generation Honda Ridgeline. With its unibody construction, some have dismissed Honda’s only current pickup as a lifestyle choice, but the Ridgeline can still be a capable contender.

Honda only offers the Ridgeline with a 280 horsepower gasoline V-6 engine, in a crew cab configuration. To gain the maximum 5,000 lb towing capacity you will need to opt for the AWD model, with the FWD version limited to pulling just 3,500 lb.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Maximum trailer weight: 5,000 lb

Chevrolet likes to market the off-road biased Colorado ZR2 as a model in its own right, so we have included it here in our mid-size truck collection. Chevy has recently announced a 2021 ZR2, but towing data is currently only available for the existing 2020 model.

With the ZR2 it doesn’t matter if you pick the 3.6-liter gasoline V-6, or the 2.8-liter diesel engine, as both can trailer a maximum of 5,000 lb. Choosing between extended cab or crew cab also has no impact on the pulling power of the ZR2.

2019 Nissan Frontier

Maximum trailer weight: 6,640 lb

Nissan offers the Frontier for sale across the globe with different names, and the base components also underpin trucks made by Renault and Mercedes-Benz. Customers in North America do benefit from larger engine options than other markets.

To tow trailers of up to 6,640 lb, buyers will need to opt for the S, or SV, crew cab version of the Frontier, with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. This does still mean a 4.0-liter V-6 gasoline engine, producing 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. 

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Maximum trailer weight: 6,800 lb

The third-generation Tacoma has received a facelift for the 2020 model year, including the addition of new options such as a Panoramic View Monitor camera and LED headlights. Toyota is clearly keen to keep the Tacoma as the best-selling mid-size truck in the USA for another year.

With 2.7-liter four-cylinder versions able to tow trailers up to 3,800 lb, it is the 3.5-liter V-6 model that can pull the maximum of 6,800 lb. This is when fitted with the optional ‘Tow Prep Package’, and when specified in the rear-wheel drive Access Cab configuration. 

2020 Ford Ranger

Maximum trailer weight: 7,000 lb

Reintroduced to the North American market in 2018 after an absence of seven years, the latest Ford Ranger has proven to be a competitive mid-size truck. All versions are powered by Ford’s 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Ford offers the Ranger with all-wheel drive as standard, matched with a ten-speed automatic transmission. The only main option is picking between SuperCab or SuperCrew configurations, both of which can tow a maximum trailer weight of 7,000 lb.

2020 GMC Canyon

Maximum trailer weight: 7,700 lb

GMC has made only minimal changes to the Canyon for the 2020 model year. These are limited to a new Carbon Black Metallic paint option, plus a remote-operated tailgate lock. The engine choices of a 2.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder, 3.6-liter gasoline V-6, and a 2.8-liter turbodiesel remain.

It is the diesel engine which buyers will need to pick if they want to haul the most with the Canyon. The 189 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque allow it to tow up to 7,700 lb, with the option of all-wheel drive and three choices of cab and bed configurations.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

Maximum trailer weight: 7,700 lb

As you may expect, with the Chevrolet Colorado being the same vehicle underneath as the GMC Canyon, towing capabilities are the same. This means that versions fitted with the 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel can pull the same 7,700 lb.

Should you wish to stick with gasoline for either the Colorado or GMC Canyon, choosing models with the 3.6-liter V-6 offers the potential for towing trailers up to 7,000 lb.

2020 Nissan Titan

Maximum trailer weight: 9,370 lb

Moving up to full-size trucks, Nissan revealed a new 2020 version of the Titan last month. It has now confirmed towing specifications for the revised model, although the maximum trailer rating for it remains the lowest full-size option here.

2020 model year Titans come with a 400 horsepower 5.6-liter gasoline V-8, with the option of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. It is the rear-wheel drive version, in King Cab specification, that can currently tow the biggest trailer at 9,370 lb. Choosing the Crew Cab model results in only a minor reduction to 9,350 lb. 

2020 Toyota Tundra

Maximum trailer weight: 10,200 lb

Upgraded for 2020, the new Toyota Tundra packs a number of new features, including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across the range. All models are powered by Toyota’s 5.7-liter gasoline V-8 engine, producing 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque.

A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for all grades, with the choice of rear- or all-wheel drive models. A towing package is fitted to almost all versions, with the rear-wheel drive Double Cab responsible for the headline 10,200 lb figure.

2020 GMC Sierra 1500

Maximum trailer weight: 12,100 lb

Sharing a platform with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, you may expect the GMC Sierra to have the same towing capacities. Instead, the GMC version features slightly reduced maximum trailer weights compared to the Chevy.

Buy the 2020 Sierra in all-wheel drive Double Cab configuration, powered by the 6.2-liter gasoline V-8, and the maximum trailer weight is 9,300 lb. Specify the NHT trailering package, and this gets boosted to a potential 12,100 lb.

2020 Ram 1500

Maximum trailer weight: 12,750 lb

The Ram 1500 range has had a minor makeover for 2020, with the biggest changes taking place beneath the surface. Diesel fans can take note that the new EcoDiesel Ram 1500, which features 480 lb-ft of torque, can haul a maximum trailer weight of 12,560 lb.

However, for the biggest towing opportunities, Ram buyers need to look at the rear-wheel drive Quad Cab model in entry-level Tradesman trim. Fitted with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and 3.91 rear axle, this truck will pull a potential 12,750 lb.

2020 Ford F-150

Maximum trailer weight: 13,200 lb

It might be the best-selling vehicle in the United States, but the Ford F-150 just misses out on the top slot for the full-size trailering capacity to Chevrolet. However, if your loyalty to the Blue Oval is unshakeable, the 2020 F-150 is still more than capable.

The SuperCrew cab options present the greatest trailer capacity, when combined with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. That brings a maximum tow weight of 13,200 lb, with 4×4 models pegged at 13,000 lb. Traditionalists sticking with the 5.0-liter V-8 can expect a maximum of only 11,600 lb in comparison.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Maximum trailer weight: 13,400 lb

The winner of the full-size truck class is the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. It may only beat the F-150 by 200 lb, but when it comes to bragging rights that may be all that matters. Chevy offers an array of special trailering packages and features for the Silverado 1500, including an eight-camera surround view system.

To score the maximum 13,400 lb towing capability, buyers need to pick the 4×4 Silverado with the 6.2-liter gasoline V-8 engine. Specifically it needs to be in double cab RST trim, fitted with the Max Trailering Package, and wearing 20-inch alloy wheels.

2020 Nissan Titan XD

Maximum trailer weight: 11,000 lb

Moving into the heavy duty category of trucks, we find the new 2020 Nissan Titan XD as the starting point for pulling power. One of the notable changes for the 2020 Titan XD is that all trucks will come fitted with an integrated gooseneck hitch engineered into the frame.

Specifications for the 2020 Titan XD have only just been released, and currently only detail the 4×4 Crew Cab model with the standard 5.6-liter V-8 engine. Towing conventionally, this will pull 10,880 lb, whilst using the integrated gooseneck fitting takes this to the full 11,000 lb.

2020 Ram 2500 HD

Maximum trailer weight: 19,780 lb

Specifications for the 2020 Ram Heavy Duty range remain unchanged from the previous year, with a vast array of engine and body options available. The Class 2b version of the Ram has plenty of towing potential with either gasoline or diesel power.

Maximum trailering potential comes with the regular cab version of the Ram 2500, specified in rear-wheel drive configuration. Choosing the gasoline 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine sees a max trailer weight of 17,580 lb.

But, it is the Ram 2500 HD with the Cummins 6.7-liter six-cylinder engine that can pull up to 19,780 lb. Helped in part by the 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque from the big diesel engine.

2020 Ram 3500 HD

Maximum trailer weight: 35,100 lb

The biggest Ram model was, until this year, the outright leader in the Class 3 Medium Truck towing business. Once again, it is the Cummins diesel engine which allows for the biggest trailering capacity, but here in High Output configuration.

When fitted to a Regular Cab Ram 3500 HD, with dual-rear wheels, the 6.7-liter diesel and its 1,000 lb-ft of torque can pull an impressive 35,100 lb. By comparison, a 3500 HD with the 6.4-liter gasoline Hemi V-8 will only haul up to 18,210 lb.

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

Maximum trailer weight: 18,510 lb

All-new for 2020, the Heavy Duty range of GMC Sierra trucks have extra trailering potential and a host of new technologies. This includes the option of a ‘transparent trailer’ camera package, allowing drivers to see what is happening behind their rig.

As with most Heavy Duty trucks, diesel is where it is at for maximum pulling power. GM has mated the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V-8 engine to a ten-speed automatic transmission for 2020, making the most of its 890 lb-ft of torque.

Towing conventionally, the diesel 2500 HD will pull trailers up to 18,500 lb in Crew Cab configuration. Use a gooseneck or fifth wheel, it is the rear-wheel drive Regular Cab model that tow up to 18,510 lb.

2020 GMC Sierra 3500 HD

Maximum trailer weight: 35,500 lb

Just like the 2500 HD, the 3500 HD version of the GMC Sierra does its best towing work when fitted with the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine. Unlike the Ram 3500 HD, the biggest Sierra does not receive a boost in torque compared to the smaller version.

That does not stop it from towing a maximum of 35,500 lb when fitted with a gooseneck trailer linkage. This applies to the rear-wheel drive Regular Cab dually model only, with the all-wheel drive model limited to 31,760 lb.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

Maximum trailer weight: 18,510 lb

Unsurprisingly, the potential towing capacities of the Chevrolet Silverado HD range mirror that of the GMC Sierra HD trucks.

However, given that the Chevy models have a slightly lower list price, we have given them the more favorable ranking here. The Silverado 2500 HD range begins at $39,895, whilst the Sierra 2500 HD costs from $41,595.

The diesel-powered Chevy 2500 HD pulls the exact same maximum trailer weights as the GMC. Those interested in gasoline options, the Silverado 2500 HD can tow up to 14,500 lb with its 401 horsepower 6.6-liter V-8 engine.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD

Maximum trailer weight: 35,500 lb

The boost in the towing capabilities of the Silverado 3500 HD to 35,500 lb represented a 52% increase over the previous generation. Chevrolet has also made the Silverado HD range compatible with the iN Command Control System through the myChevrolet app. This allows owners to alter settings inside compatible RV trailers remotely.

As with the SIerra 3500 HD, it is the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel version of the Silverado which can tow the biggest trailers. Again, that full 35,500 lb capacity requires a gooseneck fitting.

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Maximum trailer weight: 22,800 lb

Ford has given the 2020 range of Super Duty trucks a substantial overhaul, with a focus on trailering capabilities. This includes the optional Pro Trailer Backup Assist system, which allows drivers to steer the trailer via the reversing camera and control knob alone.

For conventional towing, the gasoline 7.3-liter V-8 version of the F-250 can haul up to 20,000 lb in 4×4 configuration. Add a gooseneck fitting to the F-250, and it is the rear-wheel drive 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8 that will allow up to 22,800 lb trailers to be towed.

2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Maximum trailer weight: 35,750 lb

Move on up to the bigger Ford F-350 and even larger towing capacities become an option. Here things are dominated by the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8, with its 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque output.

Fitted with this engine, the Crew Cab F-350 dually with all-wheel drive can pull a maximum of 21,200 lb with a conventional trailer hitch. Add a gooseneck fitting to the equation, and this goes all the way to a whopping 35,400 lb in rear-wheel drive configuration.

2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty

Maximum trailer weight: 37,000 lb

Whilst the Ford F-350 may already outgun the General Motors and Ram 3500 HD rivals, the Blue Oval also has one last trick up its sleeve. The F-450 still falls into the Class 3 Medium Truck classification, making it fair game to be included here. Notably, the F-450 only comes with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine.

In conventional towing situations, the F-450 can tow trailers up to 24,200 in either rear- or all-wheel drive configurations. However, opt for the rear-wheel drive F-450 fitted with a gooseneck towing hitch, and you can tow an incredible 37,000 lb.

Mercedes-Benz owner to cut jobs

Mercedes becomes second German company to announce major job cuts

Mercedes-Benz owner to cut jobs

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has announced plans to reduce its number of employees by the end of 2022. 

The number of job cuts will total at least 10,000, with the company also pledging to reduce the amount of management roles by ten percent. 

Reducing headcount is just part of the changes planned by Daimler, which will also see efforts made to improve efficiency and reduce overall costs. 

Mercedes-Benz owner to cut jobs

Daimler admits that the automotive industry is currently in a period of the “biggest transformation” in history, with the effects of electrification and developments in ownership patterns. 

Covering the various brands of Mercedes-Benz and Daimler, the company currently employs almost 300,000 people around the world. Reducing employee numbers will see Daimler save €1.4 billion by the end of 2022, which is important given the company saw a reduction in profits during 2018.  

At present, Daimler has a commitment with trade unions to protect jobs in Germany until at least 2029. The company will therefore rely on natural staff turnover, part-time retirement, and voluntary redundancies to help reduce headcount. 

Mercedes-Benz owner to cut jobs

More than half of all Daimler employees are currently based in Germany, whilst 26,000 are employed by the company in the United States. 

Daimler is not the only German manufacturer looking to reduce staff numbers. Audi AG announced earlier this week that it will reduce its total number of employees by 9,500 by 2025. 

Audi has also agreed to guarantee German jobs until 2029, meaning it too will be reliant on natural turnover and early retirement options. At the same time, the company will also seek to create 2,000 new jobs in digital technology and electrification. 

These new jobs will be key to Audi’s future, as it plans to transform factories in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm into producers of electric vehicles. Some €300 million will be spent by Audi to ensure the company can meet increased demand for full-electric cars.

84 percent of drivers oppose city diesel bans

Drivers oppose diesel ban

More than 80 percent of motorists say they oppose plans to ban diesel cars in city centres.

The poll of 989 drivers by Motorpoint found a large majority are against excluding older diesel cars from urban areas.

The news comes as Bristol City Council looks to ban all privately-owned diesel vehicles. A 1.26 square mile area of the city centre will be diesel-free between 7am and 3pm from 2021. The move is part of the government’s plan to improve air quality in 24 large urban areas by 2025.

A wider Low-Emissions Zone (LEZ) will be in effect for commercial vehicles, with a charge payable by those who enter. Taxis and vans will be charged £9, while buses and HGVs will be expected to pay £100.

Drivers oppose diesel ban

“We applaud efforts by local authorities to create ‘Clean Air Zones’ in our towns and cities,” said Mark Carpenter, CEO of Motorpoint.

“But the message from motorists is that a blanket ban on privately-owned diesels, especially when two out of five vehicles on the road today are diesels, won’t work and local authorities need to go back to the drawing board in order to come up with a solution that doesn’t just penalise diesel drivers.”

The Bristol ban is more extreme than the existing London Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). The latter came into effect in April of this year and all vehicles are permitted, but petrol and diesel cars that pre-date various emissions standards are liable for a charge.

The ULEZ charge in combination with the existing Congestion Charge costs drivers of such cars £24 a day. The ULEZ applies 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Exotic and expensive: supercars on sale at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

One of the most prestigious car auctions happens this weekend at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. There are 17 cars on the lot list predicted to sell for at least a million dollars (£774,000). If you combine the high estimates of the two top billings, you’ll be paying more than £10 million after commissions are taken. So, let’s count them down: these are the seven-figure cars of RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi sale.

Zagato Raptor ConceptRM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

From the bottom, this is quite an obscure one. You may have heard of Zagato, but only as a company that restyles Aston Martins. In this case, it was a Lamborghini Diablo that went under the knife, producing the Raptor Concept for the 1996 Geneva Motor Show. It’s a one-off for a limited run that never came to be. Shame, as the Raptor was reportedly a special thing to drive, weighing 300kg less than a standard Diablo. This one-off could be yours for as little as £774,000, or $1,000,000, so RM says. Chump change, in this company anyway.

Porsche 918 SpyderRM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

Only at an Abu Dhabi F1 super sale could a member of the ‘holy trinity’ be the second cheapest car in a 17-car selection. A Nurburgring record-setter, or indeed a Park Lane zero-emission cruiser, the 918 Spyder boasts nearly 1,000hp from its hybrid powertrain. It’s a pretty thing, too, echoing its Carrera GT predecessor nicely. This one has covered less than 1,000 miles, and is estimated to fetch at least £774,000 ($1,000,000).

Lamborghini Concept SRM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

Back with the one-offs, this Lamborghini is the only functioning example of the Concept S of 2005. Shown as a prototype to tease the coming Spyder model, it’s a speedster of sorts, with not a lot of windscreen to speak of and no roof at all. Still equipped with the 520hp V10 of the Gallardo, this working model was made after the dummy prototype proved so popular. Originally mooted for a 100-car production run, the project was later cancelled. Yours for a low estimate of £1,000,000.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL GullwingRM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

If classics are more your cuppa, they don’t get much more prestigious than the Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing. This 1950s racing car for the road was a bona fide supercar of its era, featuring revolutionary fuel injection technology and a tubular steel frame chassis. This 1956 example has the NSL Sport Light engine with more than 230hp, plus sports suspension. This is a well looked-after example that has been in collections around the world throughout its life. It could be yours for £1,080,000.

McLaren Senna GTRRM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

Not much has been heard of the production-ready Senna GTR, but here is one for sale. This track-only monster with a wing that could put an F1 car to shame can produce more than 1,000kg of downforce at 155mph. As you might expect, this white car is effectively brand new, having not been driven at all. It could be yours for £1,160,000.

Ferrari F40RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

Of course, you could plump for the original track-focused hypercar. The Ferrari F40 will go down as one of the greats from Maranello, and that really is saying something. Its twin-turbo V8 officially produced around 480hp, but it’s widely believed the figures were conservative. This example is one of the best of the breed, being Ferrari Classiche certified with no catalytic converters. It’s also signed by one Sebastian Vettel. It spent most of its life in a Saudi lockup, but was exhumed and restored in 2015. This near-perfect car is estimated to fetch at least £1,160,000. 

Aston Martin One-77RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

Aston Martin’s forgotten hypercar is every bit as desirable and dramatic as the forthcoming Valkyrie. While a 7.3-litre 750hp V12 and carbon construction sound exotic enough, its front-mid-engine layout is decidedly more traditional Aston. It’s a thoroughbred beauty, designed to exaggerate and take to extremes everything we love about Aston Martins. This 2011 car is being auctioned for the Auction4Wildlife charity, to benefit African parks. Having covered just 550 miles, it’s begging to be driven. You could be the one to realise its 220mph potential, albeit only if you pay the expected £1,160,000.

Ferrari 275 GTSRM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

If spangly carbon fibre addenda and 200mph+ top speeds aren’t your four-wheeled fancy, fear not. There is something more to a traditional gentleman’s taste. One of the finest Ferraris from the coachbuilt era is the 275 GTS. The 189th of 200 built, it’s one of the rarest of the 275 variants. This car was originally delivered to Prince Abdallah of Moulay, the brother of the King of Morocco. Restored in the early 2000s, with a refinish of its original Verde Pino Metalizzato paint, it now comes with a healthy 57,788 miles on its original 3.3-litre V12 engine. It’s expected to go for £1,242,000 or more.

Koenigsegg Agera RRM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

Koenigsegg’s hypercar for the 2010s blew everyone away, with upwards of 1,100hp from its twin-turbo 5.0-litre V8 engine. YouTube is littered with videos of Agera Rs showing Bugatti Veyrons their back tyres. This Agera R is one of just 18 made, and has covered 4,400 miles. It’s in one of the more subtle specifications, too: silver over black is a classy combination. It’s expected to sell for a minimum of £1,551,000.

Ferrari 126 C2RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

If a Koenigsegg is a bit too tame, where do you go from there? A 1980s Ferrari Formula One car might do it. This 1982 Ferrari 126 C2 is ex-Mario Andretti, with the legendary driver scoring his final pole position, podium finish and World Championship points in F1. It’s also the taproot for the position of strength Ferrari has enjoyed in F1 ever since, taking the Constructors Championship in 1982. Ferrari hasn’t been lower than fourth in the standings to this day. Now you can own this piece of Ferrari F1 history and enjoy it. The car is prepared and ready to drive, and could be yours for £1,551,000 or so.

McLaren P1 GTRRM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

If you thought the ‘normal’ McLaren P1 couldn’t get much lairier, McLaren proved you wrong in 2015. The P1 GTR paid homage to the F1 GTR Le Mans-winner of the 1990s, as a track-only hybrid hypercar special. Lanzante, the company that prepared F1s for racing in-period, even offered a conversion to make it roadworthy. This was the first P1 GTR delivered to the United States, to one Bruce Canepa, retired American racing driver. It’s estimated to sell for a minimum of £1,700,000. 

McLaren-Mercedes SLR Stirling MossRM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

A very different flavour of McLaren to the P1 GTR, this is one of just 75 examples of the Mercedes-McLaren SLR Stirling Moss. Built as a run-out for the outgoing SLR in 2009, it also commemorated the 300 SLR that Sir Stirling drove to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia. This example has just over 320 miles on the clock and comes for sale from its first and only owner. It was also used for a Hermes PaketShop ad, filmed with double F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen in Barcelona. RM estimates it’ll fetch around £2,000,000, at least.

Maserati MC12RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

If the SLR commemorated a racer, the Maserati MC12 simply was a racer. At least, the road-going version that homologated the racer. The plan was to take the Ferrari Enzo racing, without taking it racing. The solution? Build a Maserati version. Just 50 road-going MC12s were made. This particular example was delivered new to Hong Kong, where it’s now leaving to go up for auction. It’s covered just 1,200 miles and will set you back a little over £2,000,000, by RM’s valuation.

Ferrari FXX KRM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

If we weren’t into the big time with £2,000,000 hypercars, we’re there now. The FXX K might not be a decorated racer, but it still commands a minimum auction valuation of £3,100,000. At least, this one does. It comes from single ownership, and has less than 200 miles on the clock. 

Pagani Zonda AetherRM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

Even the fastest Ferrari ever made doesn’t top this list. Then again, nor does this Zonda Aether – a one-off variant of Pagani’s original hypercar. It’s estimated to sell for nearly £3,500,000. With a 760hp 7.3-litre V12 that puts its power down through a manual transmission, it offers an analogue experience that few other supercars can. Having been inspected and worked over by Pagani UK, the penultimate Zonda ever built has just 870 miles on the clock. 

Ferrari F2002RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi F1 supercars

Many will have scoffed when we referred to the FXX K as the ‘fastest Ferrari ever made’, wondering whether we’d forgotten about cars like this. Behold, the Ferrari F2002 – steed to Michael Schumacher in the 2002 season, in which he raced the San Marino, Austrian and French Grand Prix. It helped him on the way to his fifth world championship. The F2002 is one of the most successful F1 designs of all time, coming at the peak of Ferrari’s late 90s and early 2000s powers. If the minimum £4,300,000 that RM estimates sounds a bit much, know that some of that cash will go to the ‘Keep Fighting’ charity, inspired by Michael Schumacher.

British drivers unprepared for winter breakdowns

Winter breakdowns RAC

A survey of 2,000 UK car owners reveals many are hopelessly unprepared for a winter breakdown. That’s despite 62 percent having broken down at some point.

The research by NFU Mutual, published by the RAC, found that drivers are more likely to carry an umbrella (50 percent) in their car, than basic safety equipment. They’re also far more likely to keep chewing gum and mints on board (30 percent) than a reflective triangle (26 percent), jump leads (23 percent) or a high-vis jacket (24 percent).

Just one in five drivers (21 percent) keep a blanket and warm clothes in their car. And sunglasses are more commonly kept (52 percent) than a breakdown service number (43 percent).

More than a third of drivers don’t have a spare tyre on board, while 50 percent don’t know how to change a tyre. Yet wheel changes are the most common cause of breakdowns.

Remember your winter FORCESWinter breakdowns RAC

The RAC has a one-stop acronym for fending off winter breakdowns: FORCES. It stands for Fuel, Oil, Rubber, Coolant, Electrics (especially lights) and Screenwash.

Make sure that all of the above are at the correct level (fluids), are in good condition (tyres, electrics), or are working correctly (electrics).

What you should carry in winterWinter breakdowns RAC

NFU Mutual has a list of winter driving essentials. It recommends you carry the below items, preferably in a waterproof bag:

  • Warm blankets, clothes and waterproofs
  • Long-lasting food and water
  • Red reflective warning triangles
  • High-visibility jackets
  • Jump leads
  • Torch
  • Sunglasses
  • A spare tyre and jack
  • Road atlas
  • Breakdown number on paper
  • In-car charger
  • First aid kit
  • Ice scraper/de-icing kit

Winter breakdowns RAC

“While brollies might be among the essentials for daily British life, don’t forget the safety fundamentals such as a torch, blanket and a spare tyre to prepare for a breakdown,” said Aleks Corr of NFU Mutual.

“Keeping basic safety equipment in your car could spell the difference between a minor inconvenience and a traumatically freezing and potentially hazardous family event.

“While technology can be a real lifeline, don’t completely rely on it. Poor signal or a low battery may mean it lets you down when you need it most. Always keep an in-car charger handy, but also equip yourself with analogue alternatives including a road atlas and your breakdown service number written on a piece of paper. Familiarise yourself with safety tips and what to do in an incident, such as how to park safely or how to find an SOS phone on the motorway.”

All new Jaguars and Land Rovers will get over-the-air updates

JLR over-the-air updates

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced every new car it sells will have Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) capability as standard. Drivers will be able to receive software patches and updates wherever they are, without having to return to a dealer.

This means the Touch Pro and Touch Pro Duo infotainment systems that feature in current JLR models will be able to remain up-to-date. The feature was highlighted on the new Land Rover Defender, but will now be available across all Jaguars and Land Rovers.

The idea of over-the-air software updates was popularised by Tesla. Now, the likes of JLR and Porsche are implementing similar tech.

JLR over-the-air updates

“We are passionate about creating and delivering the latest technology to our customers,” said Nick Rogers, director of product engineering at Jaguar Land Rover.

“Building on the connected capability of our new Defender, we have made our pioneering software-over-the-air capability for infotainment updates standard on all our new vehicles.”

Nearly-new cars get free updateJLR over-the-air updates

Most impressive, perhaps, is the fact that newer JLR cars are eligible for a free update. Half a million cars sold since 2016 should be able to receive the complimentary update at a dealer, then become SOTA-capable.

“Of course, we want our existing customers to benefit from the latest connected features as well,” Rogers followed.

“Which is why we are offering them a complimentary upgrade to enable this capability on their vehicles too, together with the latest updates for their infotainment systems.”

Future electric Minis will be built in China

1.5 million households could have electric cars with ease

BMW Group is teaming up with Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall for a new factory, plus the ongoing development of electric cars. The plant in China will produce future fully-electric models from Mini.

“Today we are taking the next step in our collaboration,” said Klaus Fröhlich, head of development at BMW.

“With the BMW Group as a pioneer in the field of electromobility and Great Wall as a major player and expert in industrialisation in the Chinese market, we are joining forces for development and production of the future electric Mini and new Great Wall models.”

Spotlight Automotive LimitedBMW Great Wall Spotlight Automotive electric Mini

The joint venture is called Spotlight Automotive Limited. The plant will be able to produce 160,000 cars a year, employ around 3,000 people and mean a joint investment of £550 million.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Mini’s Oxford home is being retired. In BMW’s words, ‘Mini Plant Oxford will remain the heart and home of Mini manufacturing, while the Spotlight Automotive joint venture will provide additional capacity and flexibility’.

“This joint venture will enable us to produce a larger number of Mini-brand fully electric vehicles at attractive conditions for the world market,” Dr. Nicolas Peter, head of finance at BMW.

“This is also an important strategic step for the Mini brand. The joint venture with Great Wall underlines the enormous importance of the Chinese market for us.”

One million BMW EVs on the road by 2021Mini Nurburgring no brakes

BMW Group will have five electric cars in its portfolio by the end of 2021, by which time it hopes to have sold one million EVs and hybrids. 

Joining the new Mini Electric are the existing BMW i3, plus the iX3, iNext and i4.

Why 2020 will be ‘make or break’ year for diesel

'make or break' for diesel in 2020

Diesel’s difficult journey over the last few years may be about to come to a head, with some claiming 2020 will be ‘make or break’ for the under-fire fuel.

There are a number of challenges facing diesel cars, including outright bans in certain urban areas.

However, the question of whether modern ‘clean’ diesels are being treated fairly remains. Will the ongoing PR war against it kill them off regardless?

'make or break' for diesel in 2020

“We seem to have arrived at a point in time where, in terms of public perception, any nuance surrounding the diesel debate has disappeared almost completely,” said Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck.

“Probably the best example of this is the blanket diesel ban that is going to be applied in Bristol city centre. Older petrol cars that probably have markedly worse emissions than the latest RDE2 diesels will be allowed in.

“It makes little sense and helps to create the impression that whatever technological advances are now made with diesel, its ongoing demonisation might be inevitable.”

Make or break'make or break' for diesel in 2020

RDE2 engine standards are, Golding claims, forcing diesel engines to reach emissions standards on an even footing with petrol engines, but with the CO2 benefits that diesel has always had. With this in mind, there is now the question of whether the ongoing assault on diesel is misguided.

“In a sense, the next 12 months could prove to be something of a make-or-break period for diesel. If its reputation doesn’t make something of a recovery with the new technology coming online, then it may never do so.”

Diesel demise could increase emissionsBristol diesel car ban 2021

Traditionally, diesel engines were promoted over petrol to reduce CO2 emissions, which are related to climate change. The modern issue with diesel is nitrogen oxide (NOx), which relates to air quality. There is worry that the recent exodus to petrol could exacerbate the CO2 issue, especially in combination with the rise in popularity of heavy SUVs.

“One of the reasons that we are in the current position is because legislators long concentrated on CO2 emissions to the detriment of other environmental measures. Obsessing over diesel risks taking a similarly narrow view with similar results,” continued Golding.

“Air quality is obviously a major concern and ensuring that sensible measures are taken that make sense and bring about real change is too important not to be taken seriously. That means taking a wider view on environmental matters.”

The best Black Friday Amazon motoring deals

Black Friday 2019 offers

The consumer phenomenon of Black Friday has become one of America’s most popular exports, as shoppers scramble to get the best deals. You really can save money on almost anything. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best motoring offers on Amazon this Black Friday. 

Limited-time savings

Black Friday 2019 offers

Of course, there is a time-limit on these offers. Amazon’s sale ends on Black Friday (29 November 2019) at 11:59pm, so get in quick to secure your savings. 

Car key Faraday pouch

Black Friday 2019 offers

And the award for 2019’s most topical Black Friday motoring accessory goes to… If you have a keyless-entry car and are worried about thieves hijacking your key’s signal and stealing the car, get yourself a signal-blocking Faraday pouch. This one has a neat carbon fibre design and comes with a 26 percent saving. Worth it for peace of mind. 

HSE first aid kit

Black Friday 2019 offers

A first aid kit is always a good thing to keep in your car, but it can be fairly expensive. This 10-person kit is currently available with a 41 percent saving.

Osram bulbs

Black Friday 2019 offers

Bulbs blown out in your car? Osram, one of the best-regarded suppliers to both manufacturers and the aftermarket, is having a sale. Depending on what you need, you could save between 11 and 56 percent. Be sure to buy the right bulbs for your car.

Sealey RoadStart emergency power pack

Black Friday 2019 offers

This is a seriously handy to have on board, especially if you’re worrying about a temperamental car battery this winter. The Sealey RoadStart emergency power pack comes with a saving of nearly 50 percent on its usual price of £108.

Sealey three-tonne trolley jack

Black Friday 2019 offers

Sticking with Sealey, we have this three-tonne trolley jack. If you home-service your car, a trolley jack is almost essential. With a 42 percent price-drop, you could save £53.

Pet carrier seat

Black Friday 2019 offers

If you want to bring your four-legged friends along,but are concerned about keeping your seats in good condition, look no further. You could make a massive 81 percent saving on this pet car seat, down from £99.

Car trim clip and remover set

Black Friday 2019 offers

Removing flimsy plastic clips and rubber bungs, as well as hard-to-shift trim pieces, can be a pain. This dedicated clip kit comes with a set of trim remover tools and more. You can save 15 percent for Black Friday.

Sealey fluid drain container

Black Friday 2019 offers

This one is claimed by Amazon to be a ‘#1 best-seller’, with a saving of 52 percent. If you’re servicing a car at home, a fluid catcher such as this Sealey drain container is vital.

Loetad tyre Inflator

Black Friday 2019 offers

Another handy bit of equipment is a tyre inflator. If a slow puncture gets the better of you, or your spare tyre is looking a little low, you can re-inflate it from the side of the road. This product has a 30 percent saving.

Car boot organiser

Black Friday 2019 offers

If the boot of your car looks like a hurricane has hit it, you might be in need of an organiser. It’s a sort of picnic box with various partitions to help you organise your clutter. This one has a massive 47 percent saving on Amazon until the end of Black Friday.

Motopower trickle charger

Black Friday 2019 offers

If your car or bike is off the road for the winter, you’ll need to keep an eye on the battery. Happily, Amazon’s Black Friday sale includes a trickle charger at a massive 42 percent saving. It will help your battery stay healthy while your vehicle slumbers.

Bluetooth FM transmitter

Black Friday 2019 offers

If you’re bored to death of the same six songs on repeat and want to get some of your own tunes or podcasts playing, this can be a lifesaver. Obviously, many modern cars have Bluetooth or Aux sockets, but a cigarette lighter-powered Bluetooth FM transmitter can do the business for older models. Save 45 percent for Black Friday.

Vent-mounted phone holder

Black Friday 2019 offers

For cars designed in an era before enormous smartphones, it’s to find somewhere to set yours down safely. That’s where these vent-mounted phone holders come in. Set your sat nav going, pop your phone in and off you go. A great trinket and a great saving, with a 40 percent Black Friday discount.

Microfibre cleaning cloths

Black Friday 2019 offers

Keeping your car clean can be expensive but Black Friday could help if you’re in need of microfibre cloths. This deal gets you 24 of them at 25 percent off. We can’t argue with that.

K&N air filters

Black Friday 2019 offers

If you fancy getting a bit more performance and induction noise this Black Friday, then you’re in luck. All K&N filters come with a 15 percent discount. The only downside? You’ll have to check compatibility. This one appears to be best-suited to Volkswagen Group cars. Enter your registration number to check if there’s a discounted filter for you.

Hot Wheels 20 pack

Black Friday 2019 offers

Enough of the sensible stuff. Let’s get on to the car-themed Christmas gifts. Whether for your young ones or yourself (we’re not here to judge) a 46 percent saving on a 20-pack of Hot Wheels cars is difficult to resist.

Ride-on Audi R8 Spyder

Black Friday 2019 offers

This ride-on R8 could help your kids become car enthusiasts. While it doesn’t come with the real car’s V10 engine, it does have a very supportive ‘bucket seat’. Yours in pink for 15 percent off.

Supercar driving experience

Black Friday 2019 offers

Finally we have this: 50 percent off a five-supercar drive experience. Fulfil your wildest exotic car dreams (for a day).

Ranked: the worst areas in the UK for potholed roads

Worst pothole in the UK

Pothole season has started, as overnight frosts begin to take their toll on UK roads. We won’t know until spring how badly the roads have fared for this year, but motorists are likely to be in for a rough ride. To help judge where to be most wary of potholes, MoneySuperMarket has released a league table for the past three years.

The data has come from a Freedom Of Information request, asking the number of potholes reported by residents in various counties. By far and away the worst area for pothole reports is Nottinghamshire, with the county council receiving 253,920 reports over three years.

That’s a comfortable 100,000 lead over second-placed Devon. Happily, Nottinghamshire is also high on the list for local authorities that spend out on repairs. It has shelled out more than £12 million over the last three years addressing the issue.

Most potholes reported or identified by local authority
1Nottinghamshire County Council253,920
2Devon County Council147,779
3Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council135,405
4Cambridgeshire County Council112,947
5East Riding of Yorkshire Council84,050
6Cornwall Council77,138
7Durham County Council67,230
8Herefordshire Council64,144
9Hertfordshire County Council54,416
10Newcastle upon Tyne City Council49,697

Worst pothole in the UK

Devon (147,779), Kirklees (135,405), Cambridgeshire (112,947) and East Riding of Yorkshire (84,050) finish off the top five.

Happily, Devon is also third in spending, shelling out £9 million to keep on top of potholes. While Kirklees is ninth for spending, shelling out £2.6 million, none of the others in the top five for pothole reports feature on the top 10 expenditure list.

Hertfordshire, which is nowhere to be found in the best or worst list for potholes, spends the most on repairing them – a healthy £14.1 million.

Highest pothole spend by local authority
1Hertfordshire County Council£14,115,615
2Nottinghamshire County Council£12,205,051
3Devon County Council£9,093,271
4Herefordshire Council£7,202,031
5Cornwall Council£5,159,579
6Leicester City Council£4,285,211
7Stoke-on-Trent City Council£3,225,084
8Angus Council£3,175,162
9Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council£2,693,912
10Barnsley Borough Council£2,626,853

Worst pothole in the UK

“As most drivers will know, potholes are a real menace and they increase in number during the winter period, as freezing temperatures can cause road surfaces to break. We’re expecting a particularly cold winter, so we may well see the number of potholes rise or worsen,” said a spokesperson for MoneySuperMarket.

“Driving over a pothole can cause serious damage to your car. Depending on the severity of the incident, it can lead to burst tyres, problems with suspension and even damage to your vehicle’s body work.

“Wherever you live or drive, it’s likely you’ll encounter a pothole at some point, so you should shop around to make sure you have the right car insurance deal for your needs. Shopping around can save up to £250.”