Andrew Charman

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

Britain’s car plants ‘busiest in 12 years’

Car making in Britain is still soaring, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Audi’s fastest TT drop-top debuts in UK

Audi is unveiling the most powerful version of its TT model yet, simultaneously in London and China. The TT RS Roadster is debuting at Audi’s West London showroom at the same time as its Coupe sister is unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show. Revealing the car in London reflects the fact that more Audi TTs are bought in the UK than anywhere else – British buyers account for almost half of all European...

UK Government – ‘only VW cheated tests’

A UK Government investigation into the emissions levels of new cars has concluded that only Volkswagen used a ‘defeat’ device’ to falsify emissions tests.

Volvo launches bid for million electrics

Volvo announce plans to sell one million ‘electrified’ cars by 2025. The brand will achieve this by including at least two hybrid versions in every line.

Mitsubishi admits fuel test rigging in Japan

Mitsubishi has admitted supplying misleading information for fuel consumption tests, but insists that the data only affects models on sale in the Japan.

Five-star Prius pioneers new safety test

Industry safety specialist Euro NCAP has performed its first test of Autonomous Emergency Braking technology, on the Toyota Prius.

Audi A4 Avant review

The new Audi A4 Avant scores in practicality, out-spacing its BMW and Mercedes rivals in all important areas, and in the sheer pleasure of driving it.

Audi’s sports race loss is Porsche’s gain

Porsche has been declared the winner of the opening round of the World Endurance Championship after the Audi that finished first at Silverstone was excluded. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler had triumphed in a dramatic Sllverstone Six Hours race, regarded as a warm-up for the famed Le Mans 24hrs in June. But in post-race scrutineering the winning Au...

Audi stretches its longest car

Audi has built a one-off A8 saloon for a customer, extending its L model in length by a further metre. The A8 L extended measures up at some 6.36 metres long, with a wheelbase of 4.2 metres. It boasts six individual seats in three rows, Audi stating that occupants in each enjoy “exquisite comfort.” According to its creators the major challenge was to maintain the rigidity and safety of the extra-l...

Audi heads Porsche in sports car battle

Audi has taken first blood in the battle of the manufacturers in top level sports car racing, by securing pole position for the Silverstone Six Hours – the opening round of the 2016 World Endurance Championship. The success for the new Audi R18 hybrid LMP1 race car brings to an end a two-year lockout of the top grid spot in WEC races by rival Porsche, winner in 2015 of the blue riband world sports...

VW targets SUV growth with new Tiguan

Volkswagen intends to become a much bigger player in the SUV market in coming years and leading the first offensive is the all-new Tiguan.

Model blitz to push Peugeot Citroën growth

PSA Peugeot Citroën is unveiling a new name and a new strategy that will see the launch of 35 new models by 2021.

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