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Autocar February 06, 2019

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why land rover is better off without its £240k sv coupe

IT’S RARE FOR a car maker to reverse launch plans for a model already confirmed for production but Land Rover has done just that in axing the Range Rover SV Coupé. While a loss of face is inevitable, the decision is actually a very confident and positive one. A two-door Range Rover limited to 999 units (if Land Rover could find the buyers…) and priced at £240,000 might bring some marginal short-term financial gain but, with budgets squeezed and Jaguar Land Rover facing serious challenges, this isn’t what it needs for the fight in which it is now engaged. The car was a distraction, its unique body (only the bonnet and part of the tailgate were shared with the standard Range Rover) taking engineering and company resources away from Land Rover when…

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front-wheel-drive 1 series: all-new take on baby bmw

“1 Series customers are more concerned with interior versatility than outright driving dynamics” BMW is getting ready to launch a radically re-engineered 1 Series hatchback, which is planned to go on sale in the UK in September following a public premiere at the Frankfurt motor show this year. A comprehensive under-the-skin revamp will see the third-generation model forgo traditional rear-wheel drive for a space-saving front-wheel-drive layout adopting the German car maker’s new FAAR platform. The versatile high-strength steel structure is already used by the latest BMW X1 and its mechanically identical sibling, the second-generation Mini Countryman. The switch to front-wheel drive for the entry-level BMW comes 15 years after the original rear-wheel-drive 1 Series was launched in 2004. BMW’s internal studies have revealed that existing 1 Series customers are more concerned with factors such…

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oxford could build the 1 series

It’s looking likely that Brexit will go down to the wire and BMW is one of a number of UK-based car makers that has brought forward its summer shutdown to the end of March in case the UK leaves the EU without a formal deal. However, Autocar has heard two separately sourced suggestions that this move at Plant Oxford could be part of the preparation for a significant reshuffle of its output over the next few years. The first hint was that BMW’s number-crunchers – enabled by the data generated from the company’s many thousands of PCP-financed Mini sales – are expecting a noticeable downturn in UK demand for the entry-level Mini hatchbacks, possibly as early as this summer. The second hint is that BMW may consider building the new 1 Series hatchback…

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lagonda poised with suv

Aston Martin is to preview the second model in its reborn Lagonda range with the All-Terrain Concept at the upcoming Geneva motor show. The SUV, which will rival the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, follows the launch of the Lagonda Vision saloon concept in Geneva last year. The Vision relaunched Lagonda as a maker of high-tech luxury cars featuring all-electric power and arresting design that makes use of the packaging advantages of EVs. The SUV is understood to be closely related to the saloon in its footprint, architecture, interior, chassis and powertrain technology. It’s an example of the ‘carry over, carry across’ methodology of Aston boss Andy Palmer, under which models share as many components as possible to reduce development costs. Although Aston didn’t confirm the precise technical details of the Vision, it’s understood each axle…

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williams to work with lotus on £2m electric hypercar

LOTUS HAS ANNOUNCED a collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering to research and develop “advanced propulsion technologies”, including the powertrain of a new electric hypercar. The announcement comes after Autocar exclusively revealed that a £2 million EV, codenamed Omega, was under development by the Norfolk-based brand late last year. It’s expected that Williams will contribute its technical know-how to that car, drawing on knowledge gleaned from supplying battery systems to the Formula E grid since 2014. The full extent of the partnership is yet to be detailed, but we know that Lotus will be leading the development to ensure that it meets the brand’s standards on handling and light-weight design. Williams will focus on the electric powertrain necessary to give the car an expected four-figure power output, which is needed to take on hypercars…

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mercedes lines up eqv to rival vw id buzz

MERCEDES-BENZ WILL unveil an electric MPV concept at the Geneva motor show next month, previewing a rival to the upcoming Volkswagen ID Buzz. Confirmed at the launch of the facelifted V-Class MPV, the Concept EQV will closely mirror a production model due in 2022. It’s the fifth confirmed vehicle in Mercedes’ electric EQ range, following the EQC SUV that was launched last year and the forthcoming EQA hatchback, EQB small SUV and EQS luxury saloon. Mercedes-Benz Vans board member Wilfried Porth called the EQV the firm’s “next big statement” in the class. The production model will be developed by Mercedes’ van division and closely related to the firm’s future electric commercial vehicles, in the same way as the V-Class is heavily based on the Vito van. Although the EQV is likely to be based…