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

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Editor-in-chief: Steve Fowler Deputy editor: John McIlroy News, reviews and tests Reviews and features editor: Richard Ingram News editor: Jonathan Burn Chief reviewer: Sean Carson Senior reviewer: Sam Naylor Senior staff writer: James Brodie Staff writers: Alex Ingram, Luke Wilkinson Consumer Consumer editor: Hugo Griffiths Consumer reporter: Tristan Shale-Hester Products editor: Kim Adams Production Automotive managing editor: Stuart Milne Managing editor: Stuart Morton Chief sub-editor: Andy Pringle Sub-editor: Paul Alton Digital Group website editor: Steve Walker Editor-at-large and Head of motoring video: James Batchelor Web producer: Pete Baiden Online reviews editor: James Howe Content editors: Dean Gibson, Jake Weaver Carbuyer deputy online editor: Ben Hodges Carbuyer sub-editor: William Morris Carbuyer content editors: Hannah Brookes, Ben Custard, Andrew Goodwin Driving Electric associate editor: Vicky Parrott Driving Electric managing editor: Stephen Errity Driving Electric senior staff writer: Joe Holding Design & Pictures Group art director: Darren Wilson Deputy art editor: George Vedmore Designer: Victoria Coquet Picture editor: Dawn Grant Senior photographer: Pete Gibson Staff photographer: Otis Clay Special Contributors Steve…

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all-electric lotus shows how brits will battle porsche

LOTUS has always had a special place in my heart – as it has for many car fans. A 1990 Lotus Elan SE once sat on my driveway – and still sits on my wall – and I’ve hankered after another Elan ever since (although prices seem to be rising fast). It’s fair to say that Lotus has built some of the finest-handling cars we’ve ever driven – and it still does. But it’s a brand that has never fulfilled its true promise and never had the investment that, I’ve always felt, could propel it to real and sustained superstar levels. So why am I so excited about Lotus now and how can you be convinced that this isn’t just another dose of dewy-eyed romanticism? One word: Geely. The Chinese giant now owns…

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wraps are off mercedes’ tough glb suv

Steve_Fowler@dennis.co.uk @stevefowler ● Concept revealed in Shanghai; production car on sale next year, from £30,000 ● Shares chassis technology and engines with GLA, and provides seven seats WITH a third of all Mercedes’ current sales SUVs – a total of 820,000 in 2018 – it’s difficult to resist the temptation to add another. So enter the GLB, which will make it eight SUVs in the brand’s line-up and sit, unsurprisingly, between the GLA and GLC. The seven-seat Concept GLB, revealed at this week’s Shanghai Motor Show, is a thinly disguised version of the production car that will go on sale early in 2020, with prices starting from around £30,000. It shares its chassis tech, engines and many interior parts with other models from Mercedes’ A and B-Class ranges, but in contrast to the more coupé-like GLA,…

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self-driving audi ev revives spirit of a2

James_Brodie@dennis.co.uk @jimmybrods ● AI:ME is third ‘vision’ concept ● Luxurious on-demand city car AUDI is using this week’s Shanghai Motor Show to showcase its vision of future urban transport, revealing a new compact city car concept called the AI:ME. The brand has not outlined what platform the AI:ME is based on, but the wheelbase is 2,770mm long – the same as the recently revealed Q4 e-tron, which is destined for showrooms in 2020. It all but confirms that the AI:ME is another car on the Volkswagen Group’s all-electric MEB platform, as does the drivetrain; it’s powered by an electric motor on the rear axle developing 168bhp. Squint a bit and it looks a little like the Volkswagen ID. or SEAT el-Born, but this concept car doesn’t directly preview an upcoming production model and is not part…

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meet the family: audi’s futuristic vision fleet

AICON Frankfurt 2017 First Audi vision concept pointed to a long-distance cruiser that’s capable of Level 5 autonomy. It forms the basis of a fleet of self-driving test vehicles, which is due in 2021. PB18 Pebble Beach 2018 All-electric hypercar concept wowed Monterey Car Week last year. It’s inspired by Audi’s former LMP1 racers and described as the perfect electric companion for a trip to the race track. AI:ME Shanghai 2019 New compact car unveiled in Shanghai this week is an unofficial spiritual successor to iconic A2. It’s pure-electric, on-demand and based on the VW Group’s MEB platform. UNKNOWN Frankfurt 2019 Audi has confirmed that a fourth vision car will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. Insiders have hinted that it could be an Allroad-badged SUV.…

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aston’s first all-electric car is out in the open

Luke_Wilkinson@dennis.co.uk @LT_Wilkinson ● Rapide E revealed in Shanghai ● 200-mile range being targeted THIS is the Aston Martin Rapide E, the first all-electric car from the British luxury marque and one of the stars of this week’s Shanghai Motor Show. As the name suggests, it’s a version of the firm’s existing petrol-powered saloon, fitted with a new battery-electric powertrain. The car is on sale now, although production is being limited to just 155 units. In place of the conventional Rapide’s 6.0-litre V12 drivetrain is a 65kWh battery pack, powering a pair of rear-mounted electric motors. These develop 602bhp and 950Nm of torque, producing a sub-four-second 0-62mph time, 50-70mph in just 1.5 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. The 800V architecture allows the Rapide E’s battery to be recharged at a rate of 310 miles of range…