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Autocar October 30, 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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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 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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this could be the car that makes or breaks nissan

A DECADE AGO, Nissan was one of the industry’s brightest stars. It almost single-handedly started the crossover boom with its Qashqai and quickly followed that success with the smaller Juke. It was also pioneering with electric cars, beating all-comers to market by several years with the Leaf. Even better, all three were being built in the UK, as Nissan established its Sunderland facility as the country’s biggest car factory. How quickly things change. Nissan’s global sales have slumped as rivals have replicated and often bettered its crossover formula. Sunderland is to lose its night shift, although jobs are not expected to be lost. And there has been no real leadership for almost a year, since powerful boss Carlos Ghosn was removed in a scandal that continues to engulf the company, with…

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sharpened, high-tech golf steps out of id 3’s shadow

“It will go on sale next year with new mild-hybrid engine options and a raft of digital technology” Volkswagen has revealed the eighth-generation Golf, claiming that its evolutionary exterior styling hides the biggest technical leap in the history of the model. The latest version of the long-running family car – which was first launched in 1974, with more than 35 million sold since – will go on sale next year in five-door form only with new mild-hybrid engine options and a raft of new digital technology. The new Golf was launched at VW’s Wolfsburg headquarters, with an initial reveal at this year’s Frankfurt motor show postponed so the firm could focus attention on its new ID 3 electric hatch. But while the ID 3 represents the next generation of Volkswagen, in the medium…

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it remains a car for today

The Volkswagen ID 3’s name points to its position as the heir to the Beetle and Golf as the firm’s most important car. Just one problem with that: the Golf is still here. In 1974, the Golf essentially replaced the Beetle on Wolfsburg’s main line, consigning the original people’s car to limited production. But VW will make and sell more Golfs than ID 3s – for the next few years at least. That will change at some point, raising questions about what happens to the Golf – surely VW won’t abandon the heritage of that nameplate? But, conversely, the ID 3’s arrival benefits the Golf today: it means this Mk8 doesn’t have to be a car for the future, or move VW into new sectors. It just has to be the ideal…

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hot touareg r plug-in confirmed

Volkswagen will expand its R performance line-up with a hot version of the Touareg SUV, powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain, in 2021. The new car, the first PHEV-powered R model, was confirmed by VW sales boss Jürgen Stackmann at the launch of the new Golf. He said the new machine represented the start of “an electric future for R”, adding: “For the next five years as we are launching some Rs, we will couple these with a very strong message for low emissions.” A plug-in hybrid is offered in China, producing 363bhp from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine mated to an electric motor. That model is expected to go on sale in Europe in the coming months. Currently, the fastest Touareg available in the UK is the 335bhp V6 petrol…

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jurgen stackmann, vw sales and marketing board member

The new car is a big technological leap. But how does it link to its predecessors? “The car has been around for 45 years and we have sold 35 million, but we say this is a 45-year-old car because it has never lost its inner genetic code. It has always been the car where our engineering team are trying to protect what people love about Golf and try to bring in as much as possible from the future, but always in the form where people understand what’s going on.” Is the new Golf your most advanced car? “It is as digital as the ID 3, as ambitious in its connectivity, as advanced in its assistance systems. But that had to be delivered in a way that Golf owners understand and can use intuitively. “The…