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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
car-sharing companies need to work hard to convince

CAR-sharing is nothing new – we’ve long been able to rent cars. But with ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Sharing) a car industry buzz phrase, it’s become a sector that’s gripped by start-up fever. Plenty of new companies are claiming to be the next big thing, some already backed by big names, while car makers are looking hard to see if it’s an opportunity or a threat. So when I was on holiday in the US recently and needed a car for a few days, I thought I’d look around at the options. One new one, Turo, looked great. Put simply, it’s like Airbnb for cars; owners advertise their cars for hire, they’re rated, the renters are rated and it’s all managed through Turo’s digital platform. Great. So why didn’t I use it?…

5 min
latest juke takes fight to suv rivals

James_Brodie@dennis.co.uk @jimmybrods ● All-new compact crossover boasts more space and boosted quality ● Brit designed and built model arrives in November, from £17,395 “Juke remains rakish, with exaggerated wheelarches, a rising window line, strong shoulders and a squat rear” THE compact crossover sector has grown significantly in recent years, with more than 20 supermini-sized SUVs on sale in Britain today. But one of the first of the breed has just been totally renewed. Say hello to the second-generation Nissan Juke. The newcomer replaces a model that’s been on sale for nearly nine years, and in that time the market for SUVs of this size hasn’t only increased in choice, it’s grown in quality, too. Perhaps that’s why the Juke has been in development a little longer than the usual window car makers give themselves. Designed in Britain…

1 min
first drive reveals a composed crossover

NISSAN’S engineers have spent plenty of time in Europe developing the new Juke, with the aim of creating a crossover that’s even more composed than before. After a short drive around the twisting, undulating Alpine handling circuit at Millbrook Proving Ground in a pre-production prototype, we can confirm that it is. Body control has improved hugely, while the steering is better, too; it’s far more direct and naturally weighted. Perhaps the ride could be a little softer, though. Based on our brief taster, it’s at the firmer end of the scale for cars such as this, but perhaps that’s the trade-off for bestowing the Juke – admittedly a sporty crossover – with proportionally sporty handling. The new engine is a known quantity, and although it’s the only choice, it’s a well judged…

4 min
all-new i10 gets hi-tech overhaul

Alex_Ingram@dennis.co.uk @AxleIngram ●City car gets major tech and safety kit boost for third generation ●Engines get efficiency tweaks; prices expected to start at £11k “Hyundai boasts that the i10 will offer one of the most comprehensive safety packages in the class” HYUNDAI has given the city car market a welcome lift with the launch of its all-new i10. Revealed at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the Mk3 model is due to go on sale early next year. The market for entry-level city runabouts has shrunk rapidly in recent months, with the Ford Ka+, Renault Twingo and Suzuki Celerio all being axed from UK showrooms. But Hyundai shows no sign of leaving the segment any time soon, as it reveals what it’s calling the most hi-tech city car ever. The VW up! rival is completely new from top…

3 min
cupra goes electric with new tavascan concept

Alex_Ingram@dennis.co.uk @AxleIngram ● SUV coupé will be halo model ● Exclusive look at newcomer THIS is the Cupra Tavascan, an SUV coupé concept from the Spanish performance brand and a vehicle that is already earmarked for production. The SEAT offshoot’s second unique model, which follows the Formentor, was revealed at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and it hints very strongly at a future all-electric halo offering. Indeed, Auto Express has learned that the project already has a model code and that it has been prioritised at the expense of the mooted Cupra Ibiza and Cupra Arona, both of which have now been canned. Auto Express had an exclusive sneak peek at the Tavascan with Alejandro Mesonero, head of design for the SEAT and Cupra brands. “The car is a simple design,” he said, “but it has…

1 min
alex andorff

ALEX Andorff joined SEAT as board member for technical development in the spring. In his first interview, he talks about the challenges of developing the VW Group’s small electric vehicles. Q YOUR team at SEAT is leading development of the VW Group’s new ‘MEB entry’ platform for smaller cars. Has the process actually started? A “YES, we have a team working on it now. What we already know is that just a little improvement of the main MEB platform on costs and so on will not be sufficient for what we need for a small electric car.” Q THE new ID.3 and your own el-Born take advantage of the all-electric platform to offer more cabin space. Is this principle part of the ‘MEB entry’ project, too? A “IF you set up a totally new…