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Auto Express 1581

The weekly magazine that brings all the news and reviews for all the UK's Cars

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Editor-in-chief: Steve Fowler Deputy editor: John McIlroy News, reviews and tests Reviews and features editor: Richard Ingram News editor: Jonathan Burn Chief reviewer: Sean Carson Senior reviewer: Sam Naylor Senior staff writer: James Brodie Staff writers: Alex Ingram, Luke Wilkinson Consumer Consumer editor: Hugo Griffiths Consumer reporter: Tristan Shale-Hester Products editor: Kim Adams Production Automotive managing editor: Stuart Milne Managing editor: Stuart Morton Chief sub-editor: Andy Pringle Sub-editor: Paul Alton Digital Group website editor: Steve Walker Editor-at-large and Head of motoring video: James Batchelor Web producer: Pete Baiden Online reviews editor: James Howe Content editors: Dean Gibson, Jake Weaver, Alastair Crooks Carbuyer deputy online editor: Ben Hodges Carbuyer sub-editor: William Morris Carbuyer content editors: Hannah Brookes, Ben Custard, Andrew Goodwin DrivingElectric associate editor: Vicky Parrott DrivingElectric managing editor: Stephen Errity DrivingElectric senior staff writer: Joe Holding Design & Pictures Group art director: Darren Wilson Deputy art editor: George Vedmore Designer: Victoria Coquet Picture editor: Dawn Grant Senior photographer: Pete Gibson Staff photographer: Otis Clay Special Contributors Steve Sutcliffe,…

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is it really that difficult to find a new name for a car?

THE Ford Puma is one of my favourite cars ever. Of course, I’m referring to the small coupé that was launched back in 1997 and will reserve judgement on the new one that’s just been revealed by Ford. The old Puma was a car that made every single journey an event. Thanks to its 1.7-litre engine – co-developed with Yamaha – cute looks and playful chassis it was just pure fun. It ticked a few sensible boxes, too. I took one down to Spa in Belgium for a weekend, I took one to the shops more often, and, of course, a colleague even had his picture taken with the car and its feline namesake. It’s a car full of memories (and I’ve still got one of the solid metal gear knobs; don’t…

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new ford puma bares its teeth

James_Batchelor@dennis.co.uk @JRRBatchelor ● Ford’s Juke rival sits between EcoSport and forthcoming new Kuga ● On sale in early 2020; prices expected to start just below £20,000 THE Puma badge hasn’t been seen on a Ford for 17 years, but the company has just brought back the name from the dead – not on a coupé but on an SUV. The new Puma is designed to plug the gap in Ford’s line-up between the EcoSport and the forthcoming new Kuga. It’ll rival the fast-approaching new versions of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008. The original Puma was a svelte coupé based on the Fiesta, and for the badge’s 2020s reboot, Ford has again pinched the best-selling supermini’s platform. But this time the firm has added a five-door SUV body that’s 46mm longer, 54mm higher, 71mm…

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new bmw coupé previews next i8

James_Brodie@dennis.co.uk @jimmybrods ● More power for hybrid coupé ● Longer battery range, too “Its supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine and electric front axle make total of 592bhp” THIS is the BMW Vision M NEXT, and it’s yet another concept from the brand previewing an upcoming electrified car. In this case, it shouldn’t take long to work out what this new concept hints at: it’s our first look at the model set to replace the i8 hybrid sports car early next decade. It will sit at the top of a new-look electrified range that’s launching with the iNEXT large SUV in 2021. Like the i8, the Vision M NEXT combines electric and small-displacement petrol power in a plug-in hybrid configuration. A supercharged four-cylinder engine is used alongside an electric front axle, giving a total power output of 592bhp.…

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bmw’s fantasy car future

i Vision Dynamics LOW-slung four-door coupé wowed at Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017. It previews the i4 – an ultra-long-range electric saloon capable of 435 miles on a single charge, which is due in showrooms in 2021. iX3 THE iX3 concept landed at the Beijing Show in 2018 and the production car – due later this year – will be built in China. It uses the same platform as the regular X3, and a 70kWh battery for a range of 249 miles. Vision iNEXT FULL-size all-electric SUV is coming in 2021, and was previewed by a concept at the Los Angeles Show last year. It shares its platform with the i4, and will shape up as a technological flagship for the brand. Vision NEXT 100 REVEALED in 2016 to celebrate BMW’s centenary, the Vision NEXT 100 is…

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vauxhall confirms more corsa engine options

THE all-new Vauxhall Corsa line-up, which will be headlined by the new pure-electric Corsa-e, has been bolstered with the arrival of new petrol and diesel editions. Vauxhall has confirmed that joining the Corsa-e in the range will be two petrol engines and one diesel unit. The range kicks off with an entry-level 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 75bhp and comes with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. This is the lightest version of the Corsa, weighing in at 980kg – that’s a 10 per cent weight reduction over the outgoing model. Sitting above it in the range is a three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbo that develops 99bhp and 250Nm of torque. This is the same PSA PureTech unit that’s found in Peugeot and Citroen models, and Vauxhall says it will be available with six-speed…

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