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

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3 min.
the car industry is mad, bad and wonderful to know

DO you ever get the feeling that the car industry might be, well, having a bit of a laugh? A week ago, these pages featured a new Ford Mustang that is an electric SUV, plus the latest Aston Martin – a crossover capable of wading through half a metre of water. And now, in this issue, we feature the scarcely believable Tesla Cybertruck and a prototype from Hyundai that shows how serious the Korean brand is about developing a mid-engined supercar to rival Lotus and Porsche. Yes, really. If we’d run these stories on our news pages even 18 months ago, you’d have accused us of making it all up. But here’s the thing: all of these vehicles are entirely credible – even the Tesla. Elon Musk unveiled his vision of a pick-up…

5 min.
we get behind wheel of most advanced golf ever

● Based on long-serving platform ● Future electrification is key FEW cars have demonstrated the process – and benefits – of evolution more than the Volkswagen Golf. Over 45 years, this stalwart of the family hatchback market has been honed and improved to the point where you almost feel sorry for the engineers tasked with making the next one even better. But now it’s time to judge the latest efforts in that area, because the eighth generation of VW Golf is here, and we’ve had our first spell behind the wheel. First, a basic guide to how this Golf has evolved. Like the Mk7 and ‘Mk7.5’ before it, this car is based on the VW Group’s ubiquitous MQB platform. As a result, VW has left some substantial components relatively unchanged, and the dimensions…

2 min.
10 key facts about the new golf

1 REAR SPACE With only millimetres of difference between the Mk7.5 Golf’s chassis and body and those of the Mk8, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that cabin space remains basically the same. This is no bad thing, though; the Golf’s trademark roofline means decent amounts of headroom for grown-ups. 2 PRACTICALITY VW has placed the lithium-ion battery used in the mild-hybrid Golfs under the front passenger seat, so boot space is unaffected by the electrification. As a result, the capacity stands at 380 litres with the rear seats in place and 1,237 litres with them folded down. That’s decent, but trumped by Skoda’s latest Octavia. 3 INTERIOR The biggest area of change in this Mk8 edition. Huge shift away from physical switches makes for a tidier, classy-looking fascia. But it’ll take owners some time…

4 min.
vision t is first glimpse of new hyundai tucson

James_Brodie@dennis.co.uk ● Vision T unveiled at LA Show previews Hyundai’s new design ● Company says it will strongly influence a new car we see in 2020 HYUNDAI used the Los Angeles Motor Show to preview a next-generation C-segment SUV that will arrive in 2021 with plug-in power and an appearance that’s “muscle car in SUV form,” according to one of the brand’s chief designers. Called the Vision T concept, it is, in essence, an early glimpse at the next-generation Tucson (which has already been spied testing on public roads), although Hyundai has yet to confirm as such. The concept has been envisioned with plug-in power, but no details have been released. Instead, it’s all about showcasing the design direction Hyundai will take next. SangYup Lee, head of Hyundai’s Global Design Centre, walked Auto Express through the…

2 min.
q & a

Hyundai R&D boss Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s head of research and development, talks to Auto Express about the future of the N brand’s halo car and how RM19 will affect other models. Q This car is pure concept, but how will it inform a production model? A “At this point, it’s not really clear whether we will bring it to a customer or not. Will it just look like this or will we make a new upper body on it? It’s all not there yet. But the concept would be pretty much clear – mid-engined, rear-drive.” Q What about power? Could electrification play a role? A “Oh yes. We’ve made a whole new chassis, but the chassis was also developed so that we can incorporate more power sources. And we are also thinking at some point…

1 min.
rm19 prototype points way to hyundai supercar

Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk ● 390bhp from 2.0-litre turbo engine ● Precursor to halo model for N division ALONGSIDE the Vision T concept (see Page 12) at the Los Angeles Motor Show, Hyundai also unveiled the RM19 prototype. It signals the Korean firm’s intentions to launch a performance car that will act as a halo model within Hyundai’s N division. The name, RM19, refers to the prototype’s ‘Racing Midship’ configuration, which is something that Hyundai claims will give the vehicle “supercar-level handling balance”. The RM project has been in the works at Hyundai since 2012 and has resulted in three separate concept cars. The difference with the RM19 is that this is a running prototype. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine taken from Hyundai’s TCR racer, as well as that car’s six-speed sequential gearbox and rear-wheel-drive…