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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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great britons lead a good news week for the uk

OKAY, so I know it’s not absolutely definite, but surely the news coming out of PSA that it plans to build the next generation of Astra at its Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire – conditional on the final terms of a Brexit deal – is some timely good news for the UK car industry. What could possibly go wrong? Here’s hoping whoever ends up as our Prime Minister in the coming weeks manages to produce a workable plan that’s good for business – whatever that may be. The Vauxhall news came in the week we celebrate the best of British talent in the car industry with the Auto Express Brit List. This is the eighth year of our annual countdown that’s eagerly anticipated by those who work in the car world, and…

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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: Ben Custard, Andrew Goodwin DrivingElectric associate editor: Vicky Parrott DrivingElectric managing editor: Stephen Errity DrivingElectric senior staff writer: Joe Holding Design &Pictures Group artdirector: 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, Mike Rutherford, Andreas Conradt, Peter…

3 min.
captur shapes up for small-suv fight

Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk @Jonathan_burn ● Renault’s all-new small crossover follows Clio into showrooms ● Upcoming plug-in hybrid variant promises 28-mile electric range SINCE the Renault Captur was launched back in 2013, the compact-SUV class has exploded. According to Renault, the number of competitors it faces has increased from one to more than 20, so the French firm has completely redeveloped its Nissan Juke rival for this all-new second generation. The visual changes are easy to pick out; the Captur now sports LED headlamps – like those on the latest Clio – and they’re standard across the range, while the whole car is 110mm longer, 20mm wider and marginally taller than before. Those new proportions have helped the Captur morph into a proper crossover and one with a boot capacity of 536 litres; that’s 81 litres more than…

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future of hot clio r.s. is hanging in the balance

THE new Renault Clio is likely to get a faster variant within the next 18 months – but a full-blown Mk5 Renaultsport Clio remains the subject of internal review at the French manufacturer, Auto Express has learned. The fastest version of the fifth-generation supermini at its launch is a 129bhp 1.3-litre petrol (driven in Issue 1,581). A tuned version of this engine was recently released in Renault’s race and rally variants of the car (above) – and the Clio could easily get the Captur’s higher-output version of the motor, with 153bhp. This ‘warm’ Clio would rival the 138bhp Ford Fiesta ST-Line. But while Renaultsport is also said to be testing a 1.6-litre engine in the new car, senior Renault sources have told us that a Mk5 Clio R.S. is far from certain. “We…

4 min.
fun times ahead for honda’s ev city car

Vicky_Parrott@dennis.co.uk @VickyParrott ● Behind the wheel of Honda’s new upmarket pure-electric city car ● Can hi-tech, luxury cabin help to offset range of just 125 miles? LUXURY doesn’t have to mean large. But is the compact, retro-cute, pure-electric Honda e city car good enough to warrant a price expected to start at around £32,000, despite a claimed driving range of only 125 miles? On the evidence of our early, and brief, drive in a prototype, yes. Just about. From the horizon of screens that you sit behind – which are bookended by the rear three-quarter camera feeds that will be standard on the production car in place of wing mirrors – and the coarsely textured, dense-feeling textiles, it seems enough of a boutique product to justify a boutique price. The plastics of the drive-select buttons feel…

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wraps come off kia’s mid-range xceed crossover

Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk @Jonathan_burn ● SUV is first Kia with digital dials ● Pitched as cut-price Merc GLA KIA has bolstered its SUV line-up by adding a fifth model: the Xceed. It’s the fourth member of the Ceed family, and has a unique look and bespoke chassis tweaks, and will come with the option of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Prices start at £20,795. The new model is designed to sit between the firm’s Stonic and Sportage SUVs, and is described by Kia as a crossover utility vehicle. It’s pitched as a cut-price Mercedes GLA. The only body parts carried over from the Ceed hatchback are the front doors; every other panel has been redesigned to give the Xceed a unique look within the range. Its wheelbase is the same as the hatch’s, at 2,650mm, but the Xceed is 85mm…