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If you love motoring then Auto Express is your ultimate weekly read. Nothing moves in the world of cars without Auto Express knowing about it. Every week, Auto Express features the highest quality car journalism and photography. We'll keep you in the know with the most exciting scoop stories, the very latest news, reviews and comparisons, ground-breaking features and tests of the most important car kit.

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3 min.
challenging times will lead to fantastic innovation

BENTLEY is making headlines this week, after its announcement that it plans to go electrified-only by 2026, and pure electric-only by the end of the decade (page 10). That’s a bold target for a company with such traditional values, let alone one whose main models are still powered by V8 and W12 petrol engines. But Bentley boss Adrian Hallmark is not wrong in setting his sights high. Because this week’s magazine is packed with proof that when challenged, car company engineers can come up with fascinating innovations. Take Toyota’s GR Yaris, for example. You can read Steve Sutcliffe’s verdict on the car on page 24, but although our man has driven more hot hatchbacks in his time than he’d ever care to mention, even he is surprised (and yes, just a little…

6 min.
audi is ready to rewrite the ev rulebook

Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk @Jonathan_burn • Behind the wheel of Audi’s flagship electric model • 591bhp, 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and a 250-mile range AS landmark cars go, the new RS e-tron GT is quite a big one for Audi – perhaps its most important of the last 20 years. Not only is it Audi’s Tesla fighter, it’s also the first fully electric model to wear an RS badge and a car that will “shape the future of premium high performance” at the German company. Ahead of the car going on sale early next year, Auto Express joined Audi’s engineers for an early drive. Save for the sci-fi disguise, this is the very model that will arrive in showrooms in the spring. Having said that, if you really want your RS e-tron GT to look like the car…

5 min.
bentley reveals shock plans for ev future

Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk @Jonathan_burn • Huge transformation outlined • Fully electric range by 2030 BENTLEY is to undergo the biggest transformation in its history after the British company confirmed that it will become an electric-only car maker by 2030. The announcement was made as part of the brand’s Beyond100 strategy, which outlines how Bentley will aim to become a ‘global leader in sustainable luxury mobility’. The firm is the world’s biggest producer of 12-cylinder engines, but will phase them out entirely over the next six years. In the short term, Bentley’s full product range will move towards plug-in hybrid powertrains. The Bentayga is currently the only plug-in model in the line-up, but the company has confirmed that two further PHEVs – expected to be the Continental GT and Flying Spur – will launch next year. Bentley’s first fully electric…

5 min.
hybrid help and new tech for updated disco

Luke_Wilkinson@dennis.co.uk @LT_Wilkinson • Update for seven-seat SUV • New mild-hybrid engines LAND ROVER has pulled the wraps off a facelifted version of the Discovery. The update features a series of cosmetic and technological tweaks inside and out, along with a revised range of mild-hybrid petrol and diesel engines. Exterior updates are fairly restrained, stretching to a pair of new matrix LED headlights, a revised front bumper with a new body-coloured insert and redesigned air intakes, and a new set of LED tail-lights. A fresh range of alloy wheels is offered, in 20, 21 and 22-inch sizes. One thing Land Rover’s engineers have left untouched is the car’s controversial offset rear number plate, although a repositioning of the Discovery name badge and new black trim surrounding the plate help to disguise the much-criticised design feature. The updates inside…

3 min.
new camera technology goes on trial in crackdown on tailgaters

Hugo_Griffiths@dennis.co.uk @hugo_griffiths • Drivers targeted on main roads • 10,000 caught in a fortnight TAILGATERS are being targeted on motorways and A roads in a trial that is pioneering new camera technology. The cameras take pictures of tailgaters and record number plates, while software determines if drivers are genuinely tailgating, or if they are driving close to another vehicle due to a car in front braking suddenly, for example. Almost 10,000 tailgaters a fortnight have been detected by the trial, run by Highways England and police. Roads bosses want to cut tailgating, which is linked to about 130 fatal or serious collisions a year and something 90 per cent of drivers say they have experienced. Tailgaters detected by the trial will receive a letter telling them they have been caught, and warning them of the dangers…

3 min.
c-class is caught out in the open

Alex_Ingram@dennis.co.uk @AxleIngram THIS is our best look yet at the all-new Mercedes C-Class, which is undergoing final development ahead of an unveiling planned for the first quarter of next year. The compact executive’s exterior design will take an evolutionary step forward from the current model. The near-undisguised flanks show a car whose profile is similar to its predecessor’s – unsurprising given that the new model will ride on a reworked version of the existing car’s MRA platform. The wheelbase is expected to grow, though, to create more space for passengers inside. Through the disguise, it’s just possible to see the more subtle detail changes; the car’s head and tail-lights will become sharper, for example, while those at the back will also take a more horizontal shape – a nod to the latest S-Class limousine. It’s…