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Autocar

Autocar

January 22, 2020

Autocar is the car nut’s weekly fix, delivering you a unique mix of the latest news, opinion, features, first drives of new cars and in-depth road tests – all complemented by the best photography in the business. No other magazine covers the subject you love with such enthusiasm, insight and quality every week of the year. Autocar stands for the highest quality in car journalism – and is rewarded with access to the best new cars and the biggest news stories before any of the opposition which we share with you, our readers, every week.

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Haymarket Media Group Ltd
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EDITORIAL Email autocar@haymarket.com Editor Mark Tisshaw Editorial director, Automotive Jim Holder Editor-in-chief Steve Cropley Managing editor Sami Shah Editor-at-large Matt Prior Deputy editor James Attwood Deputy editor – digital Rachel Burgess Deputy digital editor Tom Morgan Road test editor Matt Saunders Road testers Simon Davis, Richard Lane News editor Lawrence Allan Junior reporters Felix Page, Will Trinkwon Used cars editor Mark Pearson Used cars reporter Max Adams Chief sub-editor Kris Culmer Group art editor Stephen Hopkins Art editor Sarah Özgül Designer Rebecca Stevens Prepress manager Darren Jones Senior photographer Luc Lacey Photographer Olgun Kordal Junior photographer Max Edleston Senior videographer Oli Kosbab Videographer Tej Bhola SEO manager Jon Cook SEO executive Oliver Hayman Picture editor Ben Summerell-Youde EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS European editor Greg Kable Used car correspondent James Ruppert Senior contributing writer Andrew Frankel Senior contributing editor Richard Bremner Contributing editor Mike Duff Senior consulting editor Tom Evans Features apprentice Harry Roberts Special correspondents Mauro Calo, Jesse Crosse, James Disdale, John Evans, Colin Goodwin, Hilton Holloway, Julian Rendell,…

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why a tax incentive could be the boost the ev revolution needs

THE RISE OF electric vehicles hasn’t been as rapid as some had hoped, stalled by high prices, limited choice and off-putting practicality issues. And despite the growing number of EVs available (and with many more to come in 2020), last year they still made up only 1.6% of UK new car sales. Major change is afoot, with the imminent arrival of transformative benefit-in-kind tax changes (p16). From April, those choosing an EV as a company car will pay no tax at all. Such an appealing incentive will have a significant effect on EV uptake when you consider that company cars accounted for more than half of last year’s UK car sales. EVs won’t be suitable for every mile-munching exec, but the appeal of more money in the bank will no doubt encourage…

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merc to unleash 32 new models by end of 2022

“The new EQ electric models form part of an £8.6 billion development programme” Mercedes-Benz has finalised development plans for more than 30 new models – all scheduled to arrive by the end of 2022. The headliners in the wide-ranging new-model programme, confirmed to Autocar by high-ranking Mercedes officials, include replacements for the existing C-Class, S-Class and SL. Under the plans, the new SL will return to its roots by featuring a traditional fabric hood for the first time in more than two decades when it is unveiled in early 2021 as a reborn 2+2 sports car. A raft of new AMG performance models are also under development as part of Mercedes’ ongoing efforts to retain its global luxury car sales crown. The upcoming Mercedes-AMG newcomers include a rapid GT 4-Door Coupé flagship model with…

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mercedes and geely tie-up: what can we expect?

Mercedes-Benz and Chinese car maker Geely have carried out preliminary talks on how the two might co-operate on a series of projects, including future four-cylinder petrol engine and dual-clutch gearbox development, according to senior officials from the German firm. Geely – which has a 9.7% stake in Mercedes parent Daimler and owns brands such as Volvo and Lotus – cemented operational ties with Mercedes’ passenger car division in early 2019, when it agreed to purchase a 50% stake in Smart. Earlier this month, Mercedes and Geely confirmed they were co-operating on the development of a new Smart SUV. Due in 2022, it is claimed to be among a number of new Smart models set to be made in China by the middle of the decade. “The initial talks surrounding Smart have led to…

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up close with the facelifted 2020 e-cl ass

“It might not look like it, but it’s one of the most comprehensive facelifts we’ve ever undertaken,” says Michael Kelz, laying his hand on the bonnet of the lightly disguised E-Class. We’re stood in a lay-by not far from the pulsing neon heart of Las Vegas in the US, where the project leader for the facelifted E-Class is taking a break from final validation testing to run through the changes made ahead of its Geneva debut this March. The disguise hides subtle tweaks, including a wider grille, reprofiled bumpers and a reshaped bootlid – but also what Kelz describes as literally hundreds of detailed modifications. “We’ve gone through every individual component and asked ourselves if it can be improved,” he says. “The biggest individual change is the upgrade to the electrical system. It…

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new 718 gts duo get flat six

Porsche has brought back six-cylinder power to the standard 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster line-up in the form of new GTS 4.0 variants. Priced from £64,088 for the Cayman GTS 4.0 and £65,949 for the Boxster version, they’re available to order now, with first deliveries due in March. Replacing the outgoing 718 GTS models, which used a 361bhp 2.5-litre flat-four engine, the new GTS 4.0 has – as the name suggests – the 4.0-litre flat-six engine first introduced on the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder last year. Unlike those track-focused cars, the new GTS models “place particular emphasis on everyday driving pleasure”, Porsche says. For the GTS 4.0, the engine is detuned from the 414bhp of the GT4 and Spyder to 395bhp, which is produced at slightly lower revs than the peak…