Autocar April 7, 2021

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1 min
aston’s grand plan has right ingredients

IT’S BEEN OVER a year since Lawrence Stroll led a consortium to take a significant stake in Aston Martin in an attempt to steady the ship after a disastrous stock market flotation. Stroll has since become chairman and Tobias Moers, the man behind AMG’s breakout as a car maker in its own right, appointed CEO. But details of the Aston Martin grand plan from these two serious operators – and turnaround specialists – have been sparse. Headlines have been dominated by a Formula 1 return and a deepening tie-up with Daimler, and resources have been focused on getting the DBX into production and setting up a new factory to build it. Now, Autocar can reveal what the product range of a Stroll-and-Moersled Aston Martin will look like (p4). Costly developments, such as…

7 min
valhalla hybrid to propel aston martin into ev era

Aston Martin will hit the ground running with its transition to electrification later this year when it unveils the production-ready Valhalla supercar, which will serve as a halo model for a new range of hybrid versions of the firm’s current models, as well as all-new fully electric cars. The Valhalla is due to enter production in 2023. Revealed in concept form at the 2019 Geneva motor show, it was set to be the first model to use Aston’s bespoke ‘TM01’ hybridised 3.0-litre V6, before the set-up was to be rolled out across the line-up. However, development of that powertrain has now been put on ice in light of Aston’s strengthened ties to 20% stakeholder Mercedes-Benz, which will supply components at a “reasonable cost” to the British brand. The mid-engined two-seater is now…

2 min
formula 1 entry is a measure of aston’s intent

Even after all the hype, there was still something a touch surreal about seeing Aston Martin’s British Racing Green Formula 1 machines in action at the Bahrain Grand Prix recently. Even though it has dabbled with sponsorship of the Red Bull team in recent years, when you think of Aston Martin in motorsport you tend to think of sports cars, not single-seaters. It also feels something of an odd fit given Aston’s struggles in recent years, and particularly in light of the ample publicity the firm is able to generate from its James Bond links and GT racing programme, probably at a fraction of the cost of running two cars in F1’s upper midfield. So why is Aston Martin in F1? Because it represents what Aston Martin wants to be: a British…

5 min
mercedes eqs is ready to go

The all-new EQS is hugely significant as Mercedes- Benz’s new flagship luxury saloon and the first model based on its Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) platform. The German manufacturer’s first three EQ electric models (the EQC SUV, EQV MPV and EQA crossover) use adapted versions of conventional platforms, making the EQS the first ground-up Mercedes EV. Holger Enzmann, who heads the EQS test programme, calls it “a new beginning” – and now we’ve had our first taste in a near-production prototype. The aluminium-intensive EVA platform is key to the distinctive shape of the EQS, with its smoothly surfaced body also made exclusively from the metal. The differences from combustion-engined Mercedes are clear, with an optional panel ‘grille’ featuring small three-pointed star motifs and a new bonnet giving it a distinctly new-world look. You can’t help…

1 min
design changes and frugal new diesel for mercedes cls

The Mercedes-Benz CLS has been given a mid-life makeover, gaining a raft of styling upgrades, a new mild-hybrid diesel powertrain and a limited-edition version of AMG’s range-topping 429bhp CLS 53 4Matic+. The four-door coupé received a number of updates to its driver assistance and infotainment systems last year, so this facelift focuses on design changes, including a revised grille and bumpers. Meanwhile, the interior now features a number of new trim options, with additional use of leather and a new steering wheel design. The new powertrain, badged the 300d, features a 248bhp 2.0-litre fourcylinder diesel engine assisted by a 20bhp 48V integrated starter-generator. It achieves official CO2 emissions of 144-153g/km with fuel economy of 48.7-51.3mpg. The hot CLS 53 has also been given a spruce-up, including a redesigned AMG grille and bumpers plus two…

1 min
genesis reveals electric gt

Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand that is gearing up for an imminent UK launch, has previewed a future electric “high-performance grand tourer” with the new X concept. The two-door GT is the fifth concept from the brand, which already operates in Korea and the US, since it was founded in 2015. No powertrain or performance details have been revealed. Instead, the focus is on how a future Genesis performance car will look. The front features a large grille, which, Genesis says, is to improve airflow and reduce resistance rather than for cooling. The concept also has cameras in place of door mirrors to further increase efficiency. The alloy wheels use a “turbine-type” five-spoke design, with lime green brake calipers hinting at the car’s performance intent. The rear bodywork is designed around what Genesis describes…