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The weekly magazine that brings all the news and reviews for all the UK's Cars

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why you can’t reject a car for fuel economy

I KNOW from our Driver Power surveys and my E-mail inbox that the most common gripe many of you have with your car is fuel consumption that bears no comparison with the claimed figures.This week, though, I was contacted by one owner who is so irate at the difference that he wants to reject his car. A seemingly cavalier idea, but I suspect many of you might wonder if this is actually feasible.The reader in question had meticulously logged his data over the years and was clearly a careful driver. In his Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo, he’d actually exceeded the claimed economy. But in a Toyota Avensis Tourer diesel (above), the best he’d ever managed was 66 per cent of the claimed 62.8mpg. Grounds to reject, in his opinion.Of…

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new evoque shapes up

John_McIlroy@dennis.co.uk@johnmcilroyTHE Range Rover Evoque is a car that defined a generation of small SUVs and a key part of a golden era in the history of Land Rover. Now the British firm is gearing up to deliver the second generation of the car, due at the start of 2019.Engineers and designers are working on an evolution of a model that has sold well over 600,000 examples since its launch in 2011. They’re aiming to offer better connectivity and more scope for personalisation, along with greater efficiency and a bit more practicality.What they’re not going to do is radically alter the styling, which has kept the existing car looking fresh and appealing throughout its six years. However, as previewed in our exclusive images, the distinctive front-end design will get new headlamps…

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aston unleashes its vanquish speedster

John_McIlroy@dennis.co.uk@johnmcilroyASTON Martin has unveiled the latest in its line of Zagato specials, the Vanquish Zagato Speedster, and confirmed that the new model will form part of a family of limited-edition vehicles which will also include a radical Shooting Brake version.The Vanquish Zagato family started with the Coupé, which was unveiled at the Villa d’Este show in Italy last year, and this was followed up by the convertible Volante version of that car at Pebble Beach. Now the British luxury sports car brand and the Italian coachbuilder are using the American classic car event to reveal the Speedster – and to tease a fourth variant, the Shooting Brake, which is due on sale in 2018.The Speedster gets cues already seen on the Coupé and Volante, with a different front grille and…

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seat plans dramatic cupra shake-up

John_McIlroy@dennis.co.uk@johnmcilroyOFFICIALSEAT is considering a new look for its Cupra performance arm – including the idea of a bespoke badge for the sub-brand – Auto Express can reveal.The Spanish manufacturer has been working on increasingly ambitious plans for Cupra ever since the arrival of current CEO Luca de Meo in autumn 2015. The firm’s head of R&D, Matthias Rabe, is also keen to make greater use of the SEAT Sport engineering team, which has recent experience in touring cars.At the moment, Cupra models are set apart from conventional SEATs by subtle branding featuring a chequered flag motif. But trademark applications made by SEAT at the end of May show a different approach, including a new logo sitting above the existing Cupra lettering. Perhaps more significantly, one of the applications (main image)…

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english roads in £8m rubbish bill

ENGLAND’S roadside litter hotspots have been revealed by Highways England, which claims littering motorists cost taxpayers on average £8million a year.The agency said it collects about 200,000 sacks of rubbish annually from the strategic road network, at a cost of £40 per sack. It pointed out that the cost of filling a pothole is also £40, and the money could be better spent if motorists stopped littering.The problem is so bad in some parts of the country that the agency has dubbed them ‘litter hotspots’, with over 7,000 bags of rubbish having been collected from these 25 individual sites since January, at an estimated cost of £280,000. These hotspots are often as small as a single slip road or junction on motorways such as the M1, M11 and M62.A Highways…

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dvla reveals its banned 67 plates

THE arrival of the new ‘67’ number plate next month presents a range of possibilities for offensive words to the creative motorist, so the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has vetoed a raft of combinations before they see the light of day.The DVLA has given Auto Express the full list of banned regs, and plates such as ‘DO67 GER’, ‘BA67 ARD’, ‘OR67 ASM’ and ‘DO67 SHT’ are standout examples.DVLA censors meet twice a year to decide which plates should be banned because of their explicit nature or potential to be politically, racially or religiously offensive. The list of banned numbers with the new ‘67’ combination is 10 pages long.A spokesman said: “There’s nothing scientific about it. It’s all done by taste, and if some slip through the net and…