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

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Editor-in-chief: Steve Fowler Deputy editor: John McIlroy Executive editor: Stuart Milne News, reviews and tests News and reviews editor: Jonathan Burn Deputy news and reviews editor: James Brodie Chief reviewer: Sean Carson Senior reviewer: Sam Naylor Senior staff writer: Joe Holding Staff writers: Alex Ingram, Luke Wilkinson Consumer Consumer editor: Hugo Griffiths Consumer reporter: Tristan Shale-Hester Products editor: Kim Adams Production Managing editor: Stuart Morton Chief sub-editor: Andy Pringle Sub-editor: Paul Alton Digital Group website editor: Steve Walker Web producer: Pete Baiden Online reviews editor: Paul Adam 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 editor: Richard Ingram DrivingElectric associate editor: Vicky Parrott DrivingElectric managing editor: Stephen Errity DrivingElectric content editor: James Howe Design & Pictures Creative 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, Mike Rutherford, Andreas Conradt,…

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polestar: the first of many new brands coming soon

FIRSTLY, let me start with a word of thanks to you. At this time every year, we publish our official sales figures – just as the car industry does. The magazine ABCs let you know which titles are doing well, and which aren’t. This year was a particularly good one for Auto Express in what is, let’s face it, a challenging market. We proud to say that we’re still Britain’s biggest-selling weekly car magazine, and by a bigger margin than before. That’s down to you. We’re hugely grateful for your ongoing support and will continue to ensure we’re the best at what we do – for you. As always, please do keep the feedback coming. One thing we’re often getting comments on is the coverage we give to electric cars. With our…

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polestar 2 new electric exec has tesla in sights

THE Polestar 2 is the second product to come from Volvo’s luxurious new ‘electric performance’ brand, but it is comfortably the most relevant and important. “Nail the accelerator from a standstill and the Polestar 2 flies away from the mark” You see, with only 1,500 examples of the Polestar 1 being sold worldwide, and a list price just shy of £140,000, that car serves much more as a fanfare for the brand’s arrival, rather than being a serious proposition for your average motorist. There’s something else, too: the 1 is a plug-in hybrid, whereas the 2 – and every other Polestar to follow – is all-electric. So, not only is the 2 much more representative of what we can expect from Polestar in the future, it’s also the first big test of how…

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hybrid power for hi-tech new hyundai i20

Alex_Ingram@dennis.co.uk ● New i20 reveals sharp look ● More efficient and practical THIS is the new Hyundai i20, which is due to hit showrooms in September. The new supermini aims to steal a march on talented rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio by delivering superior safety kit, class-leading in-car entertainment and mild-hybrid powertrains. While the i20 uses a heavily updated version of the current model’s platform, from a design point of view it takes a radical departure from its predecessor. It’s the first Hyundai to use the company’s new design language, which means more sharply defined body surfacing and angular headlights (featuring full LEDs on top models), which blend into the edges of the wide grille. At the back, the new model gets a full-width strip connecting the tail-lights, and they sit…

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hot i20 n is on the cards

IT won’t be too long a wait before Hyundai’s N performance division, headed up by Albert Biermann (above), launches a hot i20 N. Biermann has expressed an interest in developing a small hot hatch ever since he joined the company. “Why would we limit ourselves to C-segment [with the i30 N]?” he told Auto Express. “There are tons of hot superminis out there and there’s a good market out there.” It’s understood that an N hot hatchback was set in the i20’s product plan from the very beginning, in order to streamline the development process. However, a hot SUV in the shape of the Kona N is expected to arrive first, followed by the i20 N towards the end of 2021.…

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arteon executive loads up on estate car style

ELSEWHERE at Volkswagen, we’ve been given our first unofficial look at the new Arteon Shooting Brake. Our spies caught this development mule winter testing. The styling of this Arteon Shooting Brake development vehicle is identical to the saloon up to the B-pillar, so it has the same long bonnet, wide radiator grille and enormous front doors. However, at the rear, there’s a new sloping roofline, a fresh tailgate, new quarterlight windows and a pair of updated tail-lights. Back in 2017, a VW executive hinted that the new Arteon estate could usher in a larger, more powerful six-cylinder engine. However, given VW’s recent push towards eco-friendly vehicles, it now looks more likely that the company will shift its focus, possibly offering the Shooting Brake with the same 215bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain as the…