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Autocar October 23, 2019

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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EDITORIAL Email autocar@haymarket.com 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 reporters Felix Page, Will Trinkwon 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…

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renault sport needs to strip it back to basics

FOR SO LONG, no one made better hot hatches than Renault Sport. Even now, any ‘greatest hot hatch of all time’ list would have multiple 1990s and 2000s RS models vying for the podium, if not outright honours. But that list would not contain any of Renault Sport’s current offerings. This week, we road test Renault’s response to it being knocked off the top spot: the Mégane RS Trophy-R (p34). This car is Renault Sport at its most extreme and hardcore, aiming to show the world it can still create a hot hatch that is considered the ultimate among its peers. Yet while brilliant in parts, it merely raises more questions for Renault Sport in other areas. The Trophy-R has a sublime chassis, but not an engine to match, and certainly not…

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lotus elan in frame as boxster rival in revival plan

“The Elan would be positioned above the Elise with more space and creature comforts” Lotus is considering reintroducing the Elan name on a new drop-top sports car, as well as other models in a back catalogue that includes the Elite, the Europa and the Esprit. The Elan name is said by sources at the Hethel-based firm to have a strong possibility of being revived in the next few years. Few of the details are known at this stage but insiders are said to be “very excited” by the proposed configuration of this car, which is expected to be positioned above the Elise as a two-seat convertible with more refinement, space and creature comforts to take on the Porsche Boxster. Despite this, the new car should stick to the classic Lotus traits of…

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a reborn elan makes so much sense for lotus

Hard to think of a good reason why Lotus wouldn’t bring back the Elan, what with the cachet of that great name and the ambition of the company’s new Geely-led management, which among other assets has access to an enticing collection of Volvo/Geely/Lynk&Co running gear. Lotus’s sibling companies have already conquered many of the problems that might have deterred others thinking of a lowish-volume roadster for global sale. As well as access to major components, Lotus already knows what kind of chassis to use. It has an enviable understanding of bonded riveted aluminium structures and has even put recent time into defeating the system’s biggest problem as demonstrated on the Elise: awkward ingress and egress. Bigger doors and lower sills are now pretty simple to provide. Lotus lovers – and the company’s…

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lotus engineering set to expand horizons as well

Lotus Engineering, the division that acts as an engineering consultant for third-party clients, is set to be expanded under new leadership. Boss Miguel Fragoso has begun reinvigorating the division, with a new commercial director appointed. Fragoso has kept a team “working on the areas instrumental in maintaining our capability”, such as advanced structures, dynamics, propulsion systems and electronic controls. During the cost-cutting drive under previous Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus Engineering’s contribution to the group’s turnover dwindled to as little as 15%. In the past, it has contributed almost half. However, Fragoso has credited Gales with bringing “the financial discipline that it didn’t have. That made it more attractive for an investor.” Recent projects have included an exploratory exercise in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover for the government’s Technology Strategy Board and…

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mazda talks up ‘bold’ new diesel

MAZDA WILL LAUNCH an innovative diesel engine next year as it seeks to broaden its approach to reducing emissions. The news comes despite a significant drop in demand for the fuel in cars, with some manufacturers, such as Volvo, saying they will not develop new diesel engines but instead favour electrification. “We will show you how clean and very efficient diesel engines can be,” said Mazda’s Europe R&D boss, Christian Schultze. In2020, we have a new approach to diesel engines… We will surprise you next year.” Although Schultze wouldn’t confirm it, this suggests Mazda will innovate technically in a similar way to its new Skyactiv-X compression ignition petrol engine, first seen on the 3. Schultze said Mazda will consider other powertrain options as and when they become viable. “If we come into an…