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

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Dennis Publishing UK
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mclaren is already a great british success story

THE McLaren name is so evocative here in the UK, it comes as a surprise that it’s hardly known at all in other parts of the world – including the US.That’s not only down to F1’s invisibility in the States, but the fact that McLaren Automotive is still one of the world’s newest car companies, only formed in 2010.So it’s nothing short of miraculous to see how far it’s come in such a short time, producing incredible cars like the 600LT Spider (Page 28) and the 720S Spider (you’ll have to wait until next week for that).While some British car makers are struggling, McLaren is going from strength to strength. As others are shedding workers, McLaren is busy recruiting.Last year, the Woking-based firm recorded global sales of 4,806 cars –…

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new focus st hotter than ever

Racy touches in cabin include chunky steering wheel and Recaro sports seats. All models get six-speed manual gearbox as standardJohn_Mcllroy@dennis.co.uk@johnmcilroyTHIS is the new Ford Focus ST, which will get more power than ever as it prepares to go into battle with the Renault Mégane R.S., Honda Civic Type R and the next generation of VW Golf GTI.The Mk4 ST will pack up to 12 per cent more power and 17 per cent more torque than the previous iteration. Those gains are likely to be necessary as the car squares up to the 316bhp Civic (tested on Page 36) and, within the next 12 months, a hot Mk8 Golf that’s expected to have up to 300bhp.Ford is continuing to offer the ST with a choice of petrol or diesel power, and…

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ford suv family: mixed fortunes of current range

ECOSPORTAgeing small SUV was built for emerging markets and failed to excite UK buyers. Flawed design and breathless engines left it trailing tough competition right from launchFIESTA ACTIVEFord’s jacked-up supermini corrected many of the old EcoSport’s failings, but doesn’t fit the bill as a proper SUV. It’ll be joined by a full B-segment crossover in 2020FOCUS ACTIVEFord adds black body cladding and raised ride height to Focus this year, giving popular family car a dose of SUV style. Engine range mirrors that of standard modelKUGABlue oval’s mid-size SUV is about to be replaced, but it has sold well for Ford. Despite losing ground to more modern rivals, it remains good to drive and packed with equipmentEDGEFuture of the brand’s biggest SUV is in doubt; Mustang outsold Edge in Europe last…

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new kuga shaping up to spark revival at ford

Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk@Jonathan_burn• SPIED (Automedia)ON THE ROADCamouflaged new Kuga mule was spied being put through its paces near Ford HQ in Michigan. The model is badged as the Escape for the US market (Larson)THE wraps have just come off the hot Focus ST (Page 8), but later this year, a new car that’s arguably much more important to Ford’s future will enter showrooms: the third-generation Kuga.Due to arrive in dealers towards the end of 2019, the SUV is being tasked with not only stealing sales from the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan and Renault Kadjar (driven on Page 30), but also assisting with reversing the brand’s fortunes in Europe and helping boost its profits in the region.The Kuga is Ford’s strongest-performing SUV on the continent; the firm sold 153,800 examples in Europe…

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alpina turns up heat with ultimate 7 series

BMW tuner Alpina has turned its attention to the fresh 7 Series, introducing a fettled version of the maker’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. As before, power and torque stand at 600bhp and 800Nm respectively, but tweaks mean that the latter figure is reached 1,000rpm sooner, covering a plateau between 2,000rpm and 5,000rpm.When combined with BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system, this allows the B7 to cover 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds – 0.1 second quicker than before, and 0.1 second up on a V12 M760Li. The B7 will hit 205mph.The smaller engine brings other benefits, too: the newcomer weighs 145kg less than the M760Li which, by limousine standards, should make the B7 sharper to drive.Alpina has applied its usual styling tweaks to the outside of the 7 Series. The most notable modification comes in…

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citroen’s electric two-seater revives spirit of 2cv

• OFFICIALDIMENSIONSMeasuring only 2.5 metres long, new car fits into same quadricycle rules as Renault’s electric TwizyJohn_Mcllroy@dennis.co.uk@johnmcilroyTHIS is the Citroen AMI ONE, probably the slowest concept car to be revealed by a major manufacturer at the Geneva Motor Show, and certainly one of the smallest.It’s a pure-electric two-seater that can, in theory, be driven by young people aged 16 and above. That’s because it fits into quadricycle regulations – the same formula used by several small-scale French manufacturers, plus Renault with its Twizy.The AMI ONE – so called because it references classic Citroens of old, incorporates the word ‘friend’ and suggests it will be the smallest model the firm will ever make – is, in effect, a design concept created on the brief of a modern-day 2CV.Citroen’s interior design chief…