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

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independence is admirable, but it’s holding jlr back

SENIOR car industry figures were in London last week for the annual two-day Financial Times Future of the Car Summit. It’s a chance for leading CEOs to get their company message across – or, in the case of Jaguar Land Rover boss Dr Ralf Speth (above), an opportunity to deny rumours that his company could soon be bought by French giant PSA, which already owns Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Opel/Vauxhall. But when it came to the crunch question on whether he was aware that talks had taken place between PSA and JLR’s current owner Tata, Speth’s response was limp at best. “There are rumours,” he acknowledged, “but I cannot really confirm any of these discussions.” There is an increasing belief that JLR might well benefit from a switch of owner. Acquisition by…

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auto express

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, Alastair Crooks Carbuyer deputy online editor: Ben Hodges Carbuyer sub-editor: William Morris Carbuyer content editors: Hannah Brookes, Ben Custard, Andrew Goodwin DrivingElectric associate editor: Vicky Parrott DrivingElectric managing editor: Stephen Errity DrivingElectric 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 Sutcliffe,…

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new disco sport joins electrified party

Alex_Ingram@dennis.co.uk @AxleIngram ● Popular SUV is bigger inside despite being same size as old model ● Discovery Sport gets new platform and tech from latest Evoque FIVE years after the launch of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the firm’s biggest-selling model has been updated. This is no mild, mid-life facelift, however; the exterior design might look similar to the outgoing car’s, but this revamped version is heavily reworked under the skin, with an overhauled platform, new interior tech, and a range of mild-hybrid and plug-in drivetrains. Like the new Range Rover Evoque, it sits on Land Rover’s fresh Premium Transverse Architecture – a thorough redevelopment of its predecessor’s platform. This allows for a structure that’s 13 per cent stiffer than in the previous car and means 21-inch wheels can be fitted for the first time…

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early verdict on lighter, sharper new vauxhall corsa

Sean_Carson@dennis.co.uk @sean_carson_ ● New car due on sale next year ● Far lighter than current model THE launch of a new Corsa is about as big as it gets for Vauxhall. Britain loves superminis and the Corsa is a perennial best-seller, even though the current model can trace its roots all the way back to 2006. That means it’s way past time for an all-new Corsa, a project that was kick-started around two years ago when Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) bought Vauxhall and European sister Opel from General Motors. The all-new car is due next year and to get an idea of what we can expect, we’ve driven two prototypes. This sixth-generation Corsa (we knew the original as the Nova, but it was called Corsa in Europe) is based on PSA’s small-car architecture, known as the Common Modular…

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vw’s id. suv set to break cover at frankfurt

John_McIlroy@dennis.co.uk @johnmcilroy ● Electric crossover is likely to share stand with brand’s ID.3 hatchback VOLKSWAGEN will showcase the next car in its ID. line-up with a pure-electric family SUV at September’s Frankfurt show. The German brand started pre-orders earlier this month for the first editions of the initial model in the EV range, the ID.3 hatchback. VW’s sales and marketing boss Jürgen Stackmann (right) revealed that the production version of that car would make its debut in Frankfurt – but he also suggested that the second ID. vehicle, which is likely to be called ID.4 or ID.5, would at least be previewed at the event. “The next car you will see as an indication in Frankfurt,” Stackmann explained. “At that show you will see ID.3 and we’ll also give you an idea of what’s coming…

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volkswagen gives the inside story on mk8 golf’s hi-tech ‘digital’ cabin

THIS is our first official glimpse inside the all-new Volkswagen Golf Mk8. An official sketch of the fresh ‘digital’ cabin was released by the firm last week, but it was quickly followed by a set of revealing spy shots, showing the interior in all its glory. VW has confirmed a reveal of the Mk8 Golf will take place in October at its Wolfsburg headquarters. And the teaser and spy pictures give a revealing glimpse inside the radically transformed cabin. The dashboard design sees the Mk7’s large, button-heavy centre console replaced by a new thin, flat, horizontal deck, housing a pair of central air vents, few buttons and a new infotainment screen angled towards the driver. The dash appears to float above, rather than link up with the transmission tunnel, opening up more space,…