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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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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…

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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 GoodwinDrivingElectric associate editor: Vicky ParrottDrivingElectric managing editor: Stephen ErrityDrivingElectric 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 ContributorsSteve Sutcliffe, Mike…

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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(Otis Clay)EQUIPMENTThree trim levels will be available on Kuga. Beyond basic Titanium, ST-Line has sporty feel, and Vignale puts focus on luxury• OFFICIALSTYLINGFord says softer look of new Kuga is in contrast to outgoing model’s angular, masculine design and provides a good balance between an appealing shape and a practical body“New Kuga is longer and wider than old car and has class-leading rear passenger space, Ford claims”Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk@Jonathan_burnTHIS 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…

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hybrids to join focus and fiesta line-ups

A 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain will be introduced to Ford’s Focus and Fiesta line-ups next year, the company has confirmed.The system will be made up of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine, as well as a belt-driven integrated starter/generator and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery.Ford claims fuel economy of 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 112g/km for the Fiesta, while the Focus (below) should return 60.1mpg and emit 106g/km of CO2.…

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puma name will return on upcoming fiesta suv

• SPIEDNew car will be rival for SEAT Arona and Nissan Juke (Automedia)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…

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audi plans to rejuvenate tt as electric sports car

TT TO THE FOUR As we reported in Issue 1,549, four-door TT has been mooted, but new technical chief wants a two-door● Boardroom battle to save iconic sports car● Various battery layouts being looked atJohn_McIlroy@dennis.co.uk@johnmcilroyTHE 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…