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

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3 min.
it’s all change as hyundai and kia up their game again

IN over 25 years of writing about cars, I’ve enjoyed watching the rise of Korean sister brands Hyundai and Kia more than most. And having just spent a week in Korea on World Car Awards duties, I’ve seen how these already-major players plan to up their game even further. Part of the week has been spent driving brilliant new cars like the new Kia Soul EV (above and Page 26). But I’ve also been talking to the management team about changes in the company resulting from Euisun Chung’s ascension to top spot in place of his father, M.K. Chung. There are little things that have already changed, such as a more relaxed dress code. But Euisun Chung has brought about a new focus to a business that had already developed into one…

4 min.
revealed: new look for ford’s kuga

● All-new family SUV is wider and longer than previous generation ● On sale in December this year with three hybrid versions in range “New Kuga is longer and wider than old car and has class-leading rear passenger space, Ford claims” Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk @Jonathan_burn THIS is the all-new Ford Kuga. It’s the third generation of Ford’s biggest-selling SUV and the first model from the brand to be launched with a trio of hybrid powertrains, including a 235.4mpg plug-in hybrid unit that will top the range. The new SUV is the most thoroughly redesigned version of the car since it was launched back in 2008. It’s based on a completely new platform called C2 that has not only brought significant gains in practicality, but also allowed Ford to fit the latest family of hybrid powertrains. Now 89mm longer and…

1 min.
puma name will return on upcoming fiesta suv

FORD will revive the Puma name for the forthcoming SUV version of the Fiesta, it has been confirmed. Test vehicles spied in recent months show how Ford is hoping that a proper jacked-up small SUV – previewed in our exclusive image (below) – will give the company a better chance to compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke, SEAT Arona and Citroen C3 Aircross. Now it has been confirmed that Ford’s new model – which could be sold alongside the existing EcoSport SUV – will see the return of the Puma badge that was used on a popular small coupé from 1997 to 2002. The choice of name could be significant; even without a direct link to the coupé, naming the new car after a fast, agile cat could be a hint…

3 min.
audi plans to rejuvenate tt as electric sports car

● Boardroom battle to save iconic sports car ● Various battery layouts being looked at John_McIlroy@dennis.co.uk @johnmcilroy THE under-threat Audi TT may have a future after all, after it emerged that the company’s technical boss is trying to convince his fellow board members to develop a successor to the sports car with pure-electric power. The prospects for Audi’s iconic small sports car, which made its debut more than 20 years ago, have been increasingly in doubt thanks to modest overall sales and ever-tightening CO2 emissions legislation. Audi sources have suggested that one idea could be to develop a four-door ‘TT Sportback’ successor to the current Mk3 model (as we reported in Issue 1,549). However, speaking exclusively to Auto Express, Audi’s recently appointed board member for technical development, Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, said that he is “fighting” to keep…

1 min.
and top brass consult porsche on hot plug-ins

ELSEWHERE at Audi, the firm will rival BMW by offering its high-performance RS editions with electrification in the near future, Auto Express has learned. Audi’s board member for technical development, Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, told Auto Express: “We are in lots of discussions with our colleagues in Stuttgart, at Porsche, and we are already really sure that we will have plug-ins in all of these high-powered cars. It is difficult to have the social acceptance for these cars without plugin capability, and you have to tell every neighbour, ‘Hey, this car is emissions-free for the first 50 kilometres’.” Rothenpieler also suggested that this drive to be overt about the green credentials of plug-in RS models could even result in them having a different badge. “I’m sure that this will be a part of the…

1 min.
tesla model 3 tops european ev sales charts

THE Tesla Model 3 is now Europe’s best-selling EV, after the electric saloon outsold the Renault ZOE and Nissan Leaf during its first full month in dealers in February. First customers in Europe received their cars two years after initially putting down a deposit. However, the lengthy delay doesn’t appear to have deterred buyers, with data released by JATO claiming that 3,657 Model 3s had been sold in February. By comparison, Renault shifted 2,884 examples of the ZOE and Nissan registered 2,333 examples of the Leaf. As an additional bonus, the Model 3 also outsold its conventionally powered rivals, the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, both of which are cheaper. Typically, most new vehicle registrations come from fleets, but the Model 3 has bucked this trend because its volume has come from…