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Auto Express

Auto Express 1600

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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1 min.
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, David Kirby 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,…

3 min.
think of what psa/fca can do, not what they can’t

WE’VE kind of been here before (insert Renault where you see PSA), but the news that FCA (think Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Maserati, Abarth, Dodge and others) is joining forces with PSA (Peugeot, Citroen, Vauxhall/Opel, DS) fills me with huge excitement. Sadly that’s not the case everywhere, with Unite union boss and doom-monger-in-chief Des Quinn saying: “Merger talks combined with Brexit uncertainty is deeply unsettling for Vauxhall’s UK workforce, which is one of the most efficient in Europe. “The fact remains, merger or not, if PSA wants to use a great British brand like Vauxhall to sell cars and vans in the UK, then it has to make them here in the UK.” I totally agree that Vauxhall’s UK workforce is super-efficient, but Mr Quinn clearly doesn’t realise the majority of today’s…

6 min.
next range rover takes aim at bentley and rolls

Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk ● Mild-hybrid, plug-in and diesel options ● Pure EV could have bespoke styling LAND Rover is in the midst of the largest product overhaul in its history, which will involve the firm launching a fully electric Range Rover and an all-new crossover model for the very first time. The fifth-generation Range Rover, due in 2021, will be the most radical and technically advanced there has been in the SUV’s 50-year history. It will be a completely new model, based on Land Rover’s new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) that can accommodate mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric powertrains. Engineers have been testing prototypes around the firm’s HQ in Gaydon for a year. The development mules are a combination of new running gear and existing Range Rover bodyshells, which don’t give much away in terms of…

4 min.
revealed explosive scale of takata airbag scandal

Hugo_Griffiths@dennis.co.uk More than 1.7 million UK vehicles subject to airbag recall 4.5 per cent of all vehicles in the UK have the defective airbags Dealers selling unrepaired cars risk prosecution MORE than 1.7 million UK vehicles are still subject to an outstanding safety recall because of defective airbags that could deploy incorrectly, firing shards of metal at occupants’ necks and faces, Auto Express can exclusively reveal. The issue relates to vehicles fitted with airbags manufactured by Japanese firm Takata, which supplied the defective bags to around 20 manufacturers globally, who fitted them to as many as 60 million cars. Takata airbags were first recalled in 2008 by Honda, with several other firms following suit over the years. Auto Express uncovered data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in December 2018 that revealed 2.9 million…

1 min.
takata fatality: us case study

ARMANDO Ortega from Yuma, Arizona, died in June last year after the Takata airbag in his 2002 Honda Civic malfunctioned in an accident. Ortega was struck by metallic shrapnel from the airbag, dying three days later. Honda confirmed the Civic’s airbag deployed defectively, and that 12 recall letters had been sent to previous owners of the car, which Ortega purchased less than three months prior to the accident. An estimated 24 people have been killed worldwide by Takata airbags. “An estimated 24 people have been killed worldwide by defective Takata airbags.”…

1 min.
what’s wrong with takata airbags?

AIRBAGS inflate when an explosive charge fills them with gas. At the turn of the millennium, Takata started using the explosive ammonium nitrate, instead of tetrazole, in its airbags. Ammonium nitrate is far cheaper than tetrazole, but it is also more susceptible to heat and humidity. In hot and humid climates the ammonium nitrate tablets used in Takata airbags can break down over time and turn into powder, which makes the explosive process too powerful. This can cause the metal containers in which the explosives are stored to fracture when the airbag deploys, firing shrapnel at occupants. Takata filed for bankruptcy in 2017. The Takata problem Due to age and exposure to humidity, the propellant that inflates the airbag burns at too powerful a rate, causing the inflator’s casing to rupture, sending…