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

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safety-focused volvo is now the ‘thinking’ car brand

VOLVO has long been known as a brand focused on road safety. But 60 years after the company invented the three-point safety belt – and then opened up the patent to help every car occupant – the Swedes are embarking on an even more ambitious push as they strive towards their goal of zero fatalities in Volvo cars by 2020.It is hard to imagine how any other brand could have made the sort of announcements that Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson (above) spelt out at the company’s press conference last week. You can read more detail on the proposals on Page 16, but could you envisage Mercedes, Audi or BMW slapping a 112mph speed limit on every car they produce, for example? Or using geofencing technology to cut that maximum further…

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auto express

Editor-in-chief: Steve FowlerDeputy editor: John McIlroyNews, reviews and testsReviews and features editor: Richard IngramNews editor: Jonathan BurnChief reviewer: Sean CarsonSenior reviewer: Sam NaylorSenior staff writer: James BrodieStaff writers: Alex Ingram, Luke WilkinsonConsumerConsumer editor: Hugo GriffithsConsumer reporter: Tristan Shale-HesterProducts editor: Kim AdamsProductionAutomotive managing editor: Stuart MilneManaging editor: Stuart MortonChief sub-editor: Andy PringleSub-editor: Paul AltonDigitalGroup website editor: Steve WalkerEditor-at-large and Head of motoring video: James BatchelorWeb producer: Pete BaidenOnline reviews editor: James HoweContent editors: Dean Gibson, Jake Weaver, Adam SmithCarbuyer deputy online editor: Ben HodgesCarbuyer sub-editor: William MorrisCarbuyer content editors: Hannah Brookes, Ben Custard, Andrew GoodwinDriving Electric associate editor: Vicky ParrottDriving Electric managing editor: Stephen ErrityDriving Electric senior staff writer: Joe HoldingDesign &PicturesGroup art director: Darren WilsonDeputy art editor: George VedmoreDesigner: Victoria CoquetPicture editor: Dawn GrantSenior photographer: Pete GibsonStaff photographer: Otis ClaySpecial…

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on the road in new front-drive 1 series

• FIRST DRIVEDISGUISECabin is roomier, but we’ve yet to see exactly what it will look likeEXCLUSIVE IMAGE (Avarvarii)● Third generation of hatchback● Built on front-drive platformSean_Carson@dennis.co.uk@sean_carson_THE next 1 Series will be front-wheel drive and BMW says we should get over it. This isn’t the first car from the brand to adopt this layout; the 2 Series Active and Gran Tourer MPVs already use it. But they’re marginal cars when it comes to sales. The 1 Series is a big-selling mainstream model, so this all-new version marks a massive step in BMW’s history. Now Auto Express has joined engineers to get behind the wheel of some early prototypes.The new front-wheel-drive architecture – called FAAR – brings many benefits, not least when it comes to packaging, weight and therefore efficiency. Spec for…

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renault’s family ev set to take on leaf

● Hatchback expected in 2022 with looks inspired by Symbioz concept● City car due to join family model and ZOE in firm’s expanded EV rangeRichard_Ingram@dennis.co.uk@rsp_ingramRENAULT is gearing up to add two new electric vehicles to its range, sandwiching its ZOE EV between a smaller city car and a larger family-sized model to take on the Nissan Leaf. The EV expansion will help the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance sell two million cars per year by 2025.Renault has previously announced plans to launch eight new EVs by 2022; currently it has four in its line-up. Speaking exclusively to Auto Express, the firm’s global electric vehicle programme director, Eric Feunteun, said: “We will continue in the B-segment; that is our strongest segment and it is the heart of the European market. Then we clearly go…

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quiet firm claims to have captured a quarter of european ev market

LINE-UP Renault’s current electric range covers (from left) the Twizy, ZOE, Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E.NO manufacturer sells more electric vehicles in Europe than Renault. The French firm claims that almost 25 per cent of the EVs sold on the continent have a Renault badge on the nose.The size of this market share may be a surprise, given how little noise Renault makes about its EVs. Currently the market is dominated by the fanfare being made by the VW Group, despite none of its new generation of MEB EVs being on sale, while the constant hubbub around Tesla is one that is never likely to recede.In contrast, Renault’s current real-world EV line-up is rather left in the shade. Its Z.E. (zero-emissions) range comprises the ZOE and Twizy in its passenger…

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battery leasing looks set to stay

RENAULT launched the ZOE electric supermini with a battery leasing programme. Instead of buying the cells outright, customers could pay monthly to reduce their costs.It looks like this will form part of the firm’s future, too, as a Renault spokesman told us: “It’s still a great way to guarantee the worthiness of the batteries in our cars. It takes away the concern of battery life.“We’ve been happy so far, and it benefits customers,” he added.Whether the current cell rental system will form part of the buying process for the forthcoming Symbioz-inspired production car remains to be seen, however.But if the battery leasing set-up has been such a success, as the brand has suggested, it seems logical that the programme will be rolled out across Renault’s entire electric car and van…