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Autocar September 25, 2019

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EDITORIAL Email Editor Mark Tisshaw Editorial director, Automotive Jim Holder Editor-in-chief Steve Cropley Managing editor Damien Smith 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 reporter Felix Page Used cars editor Mark Pearson Used cars reporter Max Adams Chief sub-editor Sami Shah 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 Head of video Mitch McCabe Junior videographer Oli Kosbab Video apprentice 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…

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cars are wide of the mark and that needs to stop now

ONE OF THE most common topics in the correspondence we get concerns how wide cars are getting, more examples of which you can read on this week’s letters page (page 64). Richard Bremner researched the topic for us (Autocar, 24 July). He revealed why cars are getting wider: more stringent safety requirements, people getting bigger and the need to house ever wider tyres to deal with ever greater performance, among other reasons. The science might be sound and reasonable, but so is the reality: cars are getting too wide for the roads they inhabit and their parking spaces. But are the tables about to turn? Mini has vowed its next-generation three-door hatchback will shrink thanks to some clever packaging, reversing a worrying trend for that brand in particular (page 10). And we’ve long been…

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mini to shrink hatch and launch ‘big’ new traveller

“Mini will continue to offer internal combustion engines alongside battery-electric versions” Mini is seeking to reduce the size of its core three-door hatchback model when it enters its fourth generation under BMW ownership. The fourth-gen BMW Mini range, due in 2022 or 2023, is also set to expand to include a new compact crossover model, as first revealed by Autocar in August. Speaking to Autocar at the recent Frankfurt motor show, Mini boss Bernd Körber said he’d like to see Mini “grow in some aspects” while he’d also “love to see the core Mini shrink again”. That latter point is currently the focus of the new car’s early development. There is an acknowledgement within the company that the core three-door hatchback has grown too large and its proportions lack the compact look of the…

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new macan ev to use taycan tech

Porsche’s SUV boss has confirmed more details of the next-generation, all-electric Macan, first revealed by Autocar in October 2018. The new model will feature an entirely different bodystyle from the existing Macan to reflect its status as a reinvented model for the brand. Speaking to Autocar at the recent Frankfurt motor show, Porsche’s director of SUVs, Julian Baumann, confirmed that the existing, internal-combustion-engined Macan will remain on sale alongside the new Macan during a transitional phase. The offering will broadly mirror that offered by the Taycan/Panamera duo. The electric Macan will arrive in 2021 and initially be a high-performance model in the mould of the Taycan, carrying the same Turbo badging to identify it as the top-of-the range version. The current Macan will be offered alongside it partly because “some customers are…

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mazda plots rx-8 successor

MAZDA HAS FILED a chassis design patent that suggests a successor to the RX-8 sports car is on the way. A ‘Vehicle Shock Absorption Structure’ patent drawing shows a spaceframe-style structure unlike any current Mazda’s. It also has double-wishbone front suspension, used primarily by sports cars, and a prominent crossmember that implies a front/mid-engine layout. Carbonfibre-reinforced plastic and aluminium also feature. It’s the latest in a long line of patent filings and reports that suggest Mazda is developing a “premium sports car” above the MX-5.…

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welsh plant to build ineos 4x4

Ineos Automotive, founded by billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffie to create an “uncompromising 4x4” in the mould of Land Rover’s outgoing Defender, has confirmed that its new vehicle family will carry the name Grenadier and will be built in an all-new plant in Bridgend, South Wales. The £600 million project will utilise body and chassis parts sourced from – and painted in – a second new Ineos car plant being commissioned in Estarreja, Portugal, close to many automotive suppliers. The Grenadier name, which was chosen from a web-based poll of 6000 fans and followers, invokes the name of the Knightsbridge pub where Ratcliffie, a lifelong Land Rover fan, first hatched his plan to build his own no-frills 4x4. The project has been live since early 2017. The company will unveil the completed vehicle…