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If you love motoring then Auto Express is your ultimate weekly read. Nothing moves in the world of cars without Auto Express knowing about it. Every week, Auto Express features the highest quality car journalism and photography. We'll keep you in the know with the most exciting scoop stories, the very latest news, reviews and comparisons, ground-breaking features and tests of the most important car kit.

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2 min.
cutting the ev incentives will harm the environment

Visit autoexpress.co.uk for all the latest new cars news WHO’D want to be a politician? Not me, for sure. While I admire their decision to enter public service, they don’t do themselves any favours with decisions that at best seem ill-thought through and at worst appear just plain stupid. Without any warning, the Government announced last week that it was scrapping the plug-in car grant for cars over £35,000 and reducing it by £500 for cars under that figure. Of course, the plug-in grant cannot go on forever and this plan will extend it. But now? The car industry – with showrooms still shut – is in a fragile state. This is, remember, an industry that employs around 800,000 people – families rely on it. And this is a Government that wants us to drive…

6 min.
new peugeot 308 hatch bares its claws

James_Brodie@dennis.co.uk @jimmybrods Visit autoexpress.co.uk for your daily news updates • Hybrid tech for stylish French rival to VW Golf and Ford Focus • Goes on sale late this year, with prices from £23,000 (est) PEUGEOT has pulled the covers from its latest family hatchback, the third-generation 308. It’s the first car to feature Peugeot’s new logo, but the big news is that it’s also the first 308 available with electrified powertrains, including two plug-in hybrid models from launch. It uses the same platform as its predecessor, but the latest version of the EMP2 architecture – engineered by the PSA arm of the new Stellantis group – has seen heavy development since the 2013 launch of the second-generation 308, which was the first car to use this platform. The French firm has recently introduced an evolution of its…

1 min.
peugeot is on the up in the hands of brit list champ

A NEW corporate look for Peugeot coincides with a new boss, but one who’s a familiar face to Auto Express. Linda Jackson, who was crowned the most influential Briton in the global car industry in the 2017 edition of our Brit List, takes charge of the French brand as it enters a new era as part of Stellantis – formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA. Appointed head of Citroen in 2014, Coventry-born Jackson’s mission for that brand was to seek stabilisation and a return to profitability with a more customer-focused line-up as part of PSA’s “Back in the Race” plan. Her task at Peugeot could not be more different. Compared with Citroen’s value-for-money revival based on cars that were optimised for buyers on a budget, Peugeot will take…

3 min.
prologue hints at new beg ginning for aygo

John_McIlroy@dennis.co.uk @johnmcilroy “Its overall look is more funky and slightly more aggressive than the current Aygo’s” • Crossover styling for city car • Uses same platform as Yaris TOYOTA recently confirmed plans to stay in the city car class with a petrol-only successor to its current Aygo based on the same GA-B platform as the latest Yaris supermini. Now the Japanese brand has given us a preview of how the new model could look with this: the Aygo X prologue. The new concept shows how Toyota believes its A-segment model can become a crossover. The Aygo X prologue is a little longer and taller than the current Aygo, at 3,700mm and 1,500mm respectively, while its wheelbase stretches 90mm to 2,340mm, potentially freeing up extra room in the cabin. Its overall look is more funky and slightly more…

1 min.
toyota’s all-electric suv to get shanghai preview

WHILE there’s still a bit of future gazing to be done before the next-generation Aygo is seen in production-ready format, we should get a far more realistic interpretation of Toyota’s forthcoming all-electric mid-size SUV at April’s Shanghai Motor Show. The brand has confirmed that it will preview the upcoming model – the first car to use the brand’s new, highly modular e-TNGA all-electric platform, which will be the basis of a family of all-electric Toyotas. We’re expecting a close-to-production prototype to be unveiled, when the show opens to the media on 19 April. Lined up as a rival for the likes of the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Kia e-Niro, the as-yet-unnamed SUV could be the first in a series of BZ-badged electric cars from Toyota. It will be roughly the same size as the…

1 min.
premiere edition leads new qashqai range

NISSAN has named its price for the all-hybrid third-generation Qashqai line-up. The family SUV is launching in limited-run Premiere Edition trim, which is priced from £29,270. Power comes from Nissan’s 138bhp 1.3-litre DIG-T mild-hybrid petrol engine which has a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. Prices rise to £31,790 for the more powerful 155bhp 1.3 DIG-T unit with Nissan’s Xtronic automatic transmission. Premiere Edition is loaded with kit, including a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav and wireless Apple CarPlay, a 12.3-inch digital dash and a 10.8-inch head-up display. Wireless phone charging (claimed to be the fastest in the class), matrix LED lights and ProPilot with Navi Link semi-autonomous cruise control all feature. The latter is only available on the automatic model and uses data from the sat-nav for assisted driving. Given the popularity of…