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Autocar January 30, 2019

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a new role beckons for the master of reinvention

MINI HAS ALWAYS been one of the most innovative car makers. The car that became a brand has spawned an extraordinarily diverse range of body styles and models in its 60-year history – some better received than others, but all of which we celebrate this week (page 52). That versatility means Mini is ideally placed to reap, explore and get creative with the advantages of electric propulsion. Many of those – the fun dynamics, performance and packaging benefits – all fit perfectly within the brand’s ethos. Mini was, in fact, one of the very first brands to adopt electrification with its 2009 E research prototype. Surprisingly, Mini is only now following it up with a production car this year, an electric version of the three-door Cooper S. Perhaps it’s another toe in the…

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radical jag saloon plotted in ev shake-up

Jaguar Land Rover bosses are facing a decision on how to replace the Jaguar XE and XF models, which are currently selling in very small numbers and were outsold by the electric I-Pace in November last year. Autocar understands the company is focusing on how it should regroup and steady itself after a tumultuous 2018, with a review of Jaguar’s future product plans at the top of the list. While facelift versions of the cars are just months from the showroom, it is believed that company planners are now working on a strategy for the launch of new replacements for early 2023. Sources say that JLR is starting with a blank sheet of paper for the project. The options include the XE and XF being merged into a single model, and any…

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why jlr isn’t all-in on electric

JLR’s strategists expressed caution over the take-up of EVs in a presentation with banking analysts last year. The firm’s own estimate was for 20% of new cars being electric by 2025. BMW and Volkswagen hedged their bets at 15-25%. Bloomberg and Bank of America were at 26% and 24%. Analysts at Bernstein offered a ‘rapid adoption’ estimate of 57% by 2030 and low adoption rate of just 19% by the end of the next decade. In short, nobody knows. It won’t have steadied the nerves of any automotive planners to see that Tesla has decided to cut more than 3000 jobs from its 45,000-strong workforce, admitting its cars were still too expensive for the mainstream and profits too low. Tesla boss Elon Musk said the only answer for the company was a…

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uncovered: first look at all-new golf

Volkswagen is readying a new eighth-generation Golf for an expected official debut later this year, but a barely disguised prototype has revealed the new hatchback’s design early. A prototype for the Ford Focus rival, stripped of the extensive camouflage you would expect of a model so early in its launch schedule, was snapped in a McDonald’s drive-through and posted onto Instagram by a Volkswagen enthusiast. The car in these images tallies with last year’s official preview sketch and Autocar’s previous renderings, with an evolutionary design approach for the firm’s range mainstay. It takes some inspiration from the Polo, particularly with the clamshell-style bonnet and lowered headlight position. The rear features the flowing, angled C-pillar previewed in an earlier official sketch, too, while the roofline appears to be lower than today’s Golf. The Mk8…

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geneva outing for honda’s urban ev

Honda’s upcoming Urban EV will make its production prototype debut at the Geneva motor show in March. The car maker has released a sketch of the compact EV revealing a close resemblance to the 2017 Frankfurt motor show concept. The electric city car was recently spotted testing ahead of it going on sale in the autumn. The mule showed that the production car will adopt a more practical five-door layout than the concept’s three-door setup. Expected to offer a 150-mile range, it is the brand’s first electric vehicle for Europe and is built on a dedicated electric platform.…

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new clio ups game on quality

“In 2020, it’ll become Renault’s first hybrid, with an 89bhp petrol engine mated to a 40bhp electric motor” Renault has shown pictures of the new fifth-generation Clio supermini ahead of the model’s official unveiling at the Geneva motor show in March. The new Clio is smaller outside yet bigger inside, with a lighter body, and Renault says it has been developed along three lines: evolutionary exterior design, revolutionary interior design and innovative technology. Across its four previous generations, the Clio has become Renault’s best-selling model. Unusually, the Clio 4 increased its sales every year from 2012 to 2018 to become the second-best-selling car in Europe, largely thanks, Renault thinks, to its design. “The top reason buyers give for choosing the Clio is always design,” said Vincent Dubroca, the Clio’s product manager. “Way more than…