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Autocar January 09, 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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ford needs new thinking or it might have to pull out of europe

THERE WERE WHISPERS among analysts and the business papers throughout last year floating the prospect of Ford following great rival General Motors out of the European car market completely.However incredible that might seem, we can see why: Ford has made a dozen pre-tax losses in Europe in the past 20 years and it recently admitted that while it made money on vans, it lost cash on each car sold. No wonder investment bank Morgan Stanley predicted that, at this rate, Ford would be Europe’s least profitable car maker by 2021.We will soon hear of Ford’s huge global restructuring plan, which will include much focus on getting things right in Europe to help address this.While cuts, restructuring and axing unprofitable models are one thing, a different way of thinking must also…

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jlr pins 2019 revival hopes on reborn defender

“The unveiling of the Defender is one of several blockbuster events JLR has in store”This year’s unveiling of the next-generation Land Rover Defender will crown the most crucial 12 months in Jaguar Land Rover’s history.The Defender’s reveal is scheduled for the autumn. A whole family of vehicles is set to be shown in order to demonstrate that the company is reinventing the model for the 21st century. As recent spy pictures have shown, the intention is to create a broader appeal than ever while including many nods to the model’s utilitarian 4x4 roots.The public unveiling of the Defender – and dealing with the inevitable backlash from purists no matter what the final production car looks like – is just one of several blockbuster events and launches JLR has in store…

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land rover in 2019

Range Rover EvoqueSecond-generation model arrives in showrooms in the spring. An evolution rather than a reinvention, the new Evoque is packed with new technology and is plusher than before.Discovery SportEvoque’s platform sibling will switch to the latest underpinnings as part of a significant upgrade. Expect Evoque-style evolution for the rest of the package, as spy pics show.Range Rover VelarHas quickly become a big-selling and profitable model for JLR, as most Range Rovers are. JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations arm will launch an SVAutobiography version this year.DiscoveryAll new in 2017 but sales haven’t picked up for what is currently Land Rover’s most off-road-focused model. A tougher SVX version previewed back in 2017 has yet to materialise.Range Rover SportFacelifted little over a year ago and with a plug-in hybrid introduced at the same…

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jaguar in 2019

XE faceliftRecent spy pictures confirm big changes to the XE, which has been a sales flop for Jaguar despite its strong dynamics. Major changes expected for the interior too.XF faceliftThe XF’s interior is even more exposed to weaknesses next to rivals than the XE’s. Changes are due by year’s end in order to ramp up competitiveness in this key area.XJNot one we’ll see this year, but development work is carrying on apace on the all-electric XJ. First test mules are likely to be spied later this year for this reinvented flagship.E-PaceAfter lukewarm early reviews, the E-Pace has undergone a series of iterative changes to improve it. It’s working: it’s now challenging the F-Pace for best-selling status.F-PaceThe F-Pace has been Jag’s biggest hit in this new era of cars, and has…

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defender: new dawn or retro risk?

Falling sales have prompted a production slow-down in the UK; some models are built overseas The new Defender is one of the most eagerly anticipated new cars for more than a decade. And that’s not just because Land Rover’s PR machine is making the most of the prototypes currently undergoing road trials.A quarter of a century after Ford kicked things off with the Aston Martin DB7, the Defender is perhaps the last of a long line of great British automotive revivals on which much hope is placed.Certainly JLR could do with a major new model line, following last year’s sales slump. According to official figures, Jaguar’s saloon range – made in Castle Bromwich – is the main issue.In the three months from July to September last year, just 7700 XEs and…

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new cla to be sportiest compact mercedes yet

“It will be available with front-and four-wheel drive and the choice of two rear suspension systems”Mercedes-Benz has promised that the second-generation CLA coupé, revealed at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, will offer the sportiest driving dynamics of its new wave of compact cars.The new four-door coupé is due to arrive in the UK in June. It is built on a re-engineered version of the previous car’s platform and uses technology from the latest A-Class.Available with front-and four-wheel drive and the choice of two rear suspension systems, the new machine was displayed at CES in CLA250 guise, featuring a 221bhp four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine, driven through a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The rest of the engine range is likely to mirror the A-Class, with 131bhp and 161bhp 1.3-litre petrols,…

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