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Audi reveals A3 Cabriolet prices

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MR’s man Sean Carson is currently in Monaco driving the new Audi A3 Cabriolet and we await his verdict…

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UK electric car sales hit record high

While electric cars may not have taken off as quickly as the likes of Renault and Nissan had hoped, the latest figures from the government’s £5,000 electric car grant scheme show that sales have leapt 25% in the last quarter.

A total of 1,149 electric cars were registered in Q3, not only a 25% improvement over Q2, but the most successful quarter since the government scheme began back in January 2011, indicating that consumers are starting to understand the technology and its limitations rather better.

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This news comes as the Renault-Nissan alliance has been forced to admit it is not going to reach its self-imposed target of 1.5 million electric car sales by 2016. CEO Carlos Ghosn now believes that milestone isn’t likely until 2020 at the earliest.

Ghosn blames the lack of charging infrastructure for the slower than anticipated pace of electric car growth. However, increasing competition in the electric car marketplace is sure to spur an improvement in this area, even as it makes life more difficult for trail-blazing models such as the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe.

For while the superbly engineered Volkswagen XL1 will be out of reach for most people, the remarkable new BMW i3 is not that much more expensive than the Leaf, and seems destined to move the electric car game on substantially.

Then there’s the Tesla Model S, which is due to go on official UK sale in the new year. And although this will be priced far higher, as a decidedly premium product it can only be good news for the electric car’s image.

At the other end of the scale, value brands are also aiming to get in on the action; MSN Cars has already driven a prototype version of the all-electric Kia Soul, which is also heading for sale in the UK in 2014.

We won’t be seeing the back of petrol and diesel any time soon, but it’s clear that electric cars are here to stay. What would it take for you to consider buying one?

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Renault charges to Green Apple victory

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The nation’s greenest and most desirable cars enjoyed a VIP reception yesterday with one of them emerging as the expert’s choice of 2013.

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Pistonheads Sunday Service at Mercedes-Benz World

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Here at Motoring Research we’re all petrolheads – which is why, at the weekends, after a week of working with cars, we like to… go and play with cars.

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2014 Nissan Qashqai close to being driverless

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Nissan has revealed that the new 2014 Qashqai is just one step away from becoming a self-driving car.

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VW introduces fastest ever production Golf

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Good news! Volkswagen Golf drivers hankering after a 300hp superhatch can now fill their boots – from less than £30,000!

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Jaguar Land Rover reveals huge profits growth

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Jaguar Land Rover has reported half-year profits have broken the £1 billion barrier, with profit before tax of £1.083 billion marking a massive 42% year-on-year increase.

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MR welcomes Sir William Lyons winner to the team

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Motoring Research has further strengthened its client-focused team with the appointment of 2012 Guild of Motoring Writers’ Sir William Lyons Award Winner Andrew Brady as content assistant.

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Chris Evans reveals CarFest 2014 dates

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Want to indulge your passion for cars and have a great family weekend – with all money raised going to charity?

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Nissan could leave UK if Britain leaves EU

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Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn has warned that Nissan could leave the UK if the public vote ‘yes’ in the EU referendum promised by the Conservatives should they win the 2015 General Election.

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