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Autocar

September 18, 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
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 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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better for cars to be loved or hated than not noticed at all

THERE MAY HAVE been fewer launches at this year’s Frankfurt motor show, but those that did take place attracted no shortage of scrutiny. The Land Rover Defender was called everything from a glorious reinvention of an icon to an ungainly pastiche that can’t live up to the nameplate. The hugely significant Volkswagen ID 3 was criticised for being too safe and plain, the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupé (or, specifically, that grille) for being too bold. Elsewhere, the striking designs of the Cupra Tavascan and Hyundai 45 Concept EVs also provoked much comment. Design always has been subjective, of course, and in the social media age it’s never been easier for opinions to be aired. But it does feel as if many designers have been freed up to be bold. You may…

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lamborghini eyes all-electric power for 2+2 gt due in 2025

“The new GT will sit alongside the Huracán, Aventador and Urus” Lamborghini’s fourth model line, a 2+2 grand tourer inspired by the 2008 Estoque concept, is due to be given the green light to arrive by 2025 – and, in a shock development, could become the brand’s first fully electric car. The four-seater, which has been chosen after being evaluated against a possible third mid-engined supercar, will sit alongside the entry-level Huracán supercar, the range-topping Aventador and the Urus SUV. Early debates questioned whether the 2+2 would be front or mid-engined, but a far more radical approach is now under serious consideration, according to Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani. “If you look at the timing for a fourth model line, there is the potential that this will be the right time for a full-electric…

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three more pioneering lambos

Miura The first two-seat supercar to feature a rear/mid-engined drivetrain layout, the Bertone-designed Miura is among the most revered Italian cars ever made and regarded as the genesis of modern supercar development. Sesto Elemento Based on the Gallardo, the Sesto Elemento is a limited-run 562bhp track car composed largely of carbonfibre and weighing less than a tonne. Just 20 were made and they sold out before completion at nearly £2 million each. Terzo Millennio With a high-output electric motor on each wheel, this concept previewed Lamborghini’s future powertrains. Key features included self-healing bodywork, a kinetic energy recovery system and a structurally integral battery pack.…

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new xj ‘challenges the norm’

“The new XJ will be revealed before the end of 2020” Jaguar has begun the countdown to the launch of its next-generation all electric XJ flagship saloon with the release of the first preview image of the new car at the Frankfurt motor show. The image of the new XJ’s rear was shown during a video played at the firm’s press conference, where sibling brand Land Rover revealed the new Defender. It shows a classic saloon style rear end, with thin rear lights that feed into a light strip running the full width of the bootlid. The model also features both the Jaguar logo and the company’s name spelled out. The new XJ, based on Jaguar Land Rover’s new MLA architecture, will be revealed before the end of 2020 and go on sale soon…

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my show star

Volkswagen ID 3 JIM HOLDER In terms of capability and price, the ID 3 appears to be bang on the money of the very best, but in terms of sales ambition, it has the capability to be ground-breaking, pushing electric car ownership into the mainstream conscience in short order. Audi AI:Trail RACHEL BURGESS The prize for most outlandish car of the show goes to the Audi AI:Trail. Design boss Marc Lichte calls it a car with “no compromises” for a time when you only use a car for its intended purpose, in this case off-roading. Best gimmick? Detachable drone headlights. Land Rover Defender MARK TISSHAW Bravo, Land Rover for doing the car its own way. For me, the evolution 70 years on matches that of the Porsche 911: that’s what it would look like anyway. I liked it…

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