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Autocar May 01, 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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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 deputy 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 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, John Evans, Colin Goodwin, Hilton Holloway, Peter Liddiard, Julian…

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proof electric cars won’t mean the end of great motoring

IN THE NEW e-Niro, Kia has made the most outstanding electric car yet at what you’d consider the more everyday end of the market. Perhaps more significantly, this week’s road test subject (p34) is also the first at its price that is also simply an outstanding car, battery-powered or not. Be in no doubt: electric cars are coming, and on a vast scale – government legislation to reduce emissions will see to that. That means a whole new market and infrastructure for the ways cars are bought, and the services to run them, will evolve. New companies will enter the car industry, from the likes of Amazon to plenty that don’t even exist yet. Such change can seem overwhelming, yet there’s something reassuring about the e-Niro as a trailblazer for normalising the…

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hybrids in new-model blitz lead land rover fightback

Land Rover will this autumn kick off an extremely significant two-year period of consolidation and expansion, following a turbulent 18 months, that will define the brand for the next decade. A great deal of the activity will relate not just to the launch of four new vehicles but also increased electrification within its line-up. Although the marque’s pure-electric vehicles are still some years away – with sibling brand Jaguar leading the group in this market segment – all new Land Rover models from late 2019 will be offered with the option of mild-hybrid or plug-in hybrid drivetrains, allowing it to leave its diesel difficulties behind. Perhaps the most important addition during that time will be the all-new Mk5 Range Rover, imagined by Autocar above, which is expected to be unveiled in 2021.…

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can land rover win at electrification?

Land Rover’s plan to restore sales and fiscal health over the next few years – and set itself on the right low-carbon road – sounds plausible, given how much it achieved in the Tata-owned decade just ended. It scored bumper sales in many of those years, changed promptly to engines of its own manufacture and is finding ways to counter the demise of diesel. But big challenges loom. The company has just made more than 4500 people redundant and a big proportion of these were technical experts. Who’s creating the all-new electrified solutions that will be needed at a higher level than ever? Did the departing engineers finish all their work before they turned out the lights? Land Rover’s other major challenge looks to be build quality. The company has never truly lifted…

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how the eu’s new co2 laws will test car makers as never before

DIESELGATE WAS ABOUT pollution rather than emissions of CO2, a distinction that was often completely lost in the media furore that followed. In truth, the EU’s pollution rules for diesel engines were surprisingly lax until the most recent Euro 6 series of regulations. The EU also allowed all pollution tests to be done in a laboratory, whereas in the US, real-world testing of randomly selected production vehicles was also part of the regime that led to the discovery of Volkswagen’s cheating. Although the new EU tests and regulations have finally managed to get on top of the issue of pollution measurements, the EU’s emphasis on driving up fuel economy (which made diesel such a popular solution for car makers in the first place) has continued to get ever stricter. And that vehicle…

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manual shift for vantage amr

The new Aston Martin Vantage AMR special edition will be the first current-generation model to come with a manual gearbox and is focused on offering an “exhilarating” driving experience. The Vantage AMR retains the 503bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from the regular model but switches the eight-speed automatic gearbox for a new seven-speed Graziano developed manual. It features a race-inspired dog-leg first gear, designed to ensure the most frequently use gears (second through to seventh) are in the traditional double-H configuration. It is mated to a new limited-slip differential and is offered with Aston Martin’s Amshift system, which can automatically blip the throttle on downshifts to match engine revs to road speed. This is the first time a self-shifter has been offered with the Mercedes-sourced 4.0-litre V8 in any car. Although the manual gearbox will initially…