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Autocar May 15, 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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dyson as a car maker: it won’t exist in a vacuum

EXAMPLES OF HUGE multinational companies suddenly making cars are extremely rare. That’s with good reason: volume car production is very expensive and complex with slim margins and competition from strong, established firms making ever-better cars for typically loyal buyers. So why would you? Because it can be done better, according to Dyson, which reveals the first patents for its own car this week (p6). We’ve seen several new start-ups create electric cars of varying degrees of quality and credibility in recent years, but Dyson is the first household name from outside the automotive industry to seize the clean-sheet design opportunities offered by electrification. Do not underestimate the significance of the Dyson car project, nor the scale of its ambitions. Some £2.5 billion has been ploughed into it, some 500 engineers are hard at…

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dyson ev: new patents reveal a mould-breaker

Sir James Dyson’s eagerly anticipated electric car is likely to be a long, sleek crossover-style premium model that occupies roughly the same road space as a Range Rover but with completely different proportions from every other existing production car. Key details of the billionaire inventor’s thinking on electric vehicles have emerged from three patent applications made public on 9 May. They cover the car’s ultra-long wheelbase, unique ‘crossover’ body, unprecedentedly large and thin wheels, short body overhangs and unusually ‘fast’ windscreen. Dyson’s people are keen to point out that these patents don’t necessarily show the production car, which is tipped to be revealed in 2021, in its finished state. The Dyson car’s long-rumoured existence was confirmed in late 2017, when the inventor revealed plans to spend £2.5 billion of his own money…

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is it likely to be a success?

Never let it be forgotten that Dyson makes a hair dryer that costs £299 – when you can buy something that’s meant to do the same job for £12.95. Such is its reputation for fascinating products and fine design that the eponymous Supersonic is a huge global hit. This success at finding markets others didn’t know were there has undoubtedly given Sir James Dyson the confidence to invest at least £2.5 billion of his own funds into building an electric car. And it helps already to be a builder of some of the world’s finest electric motors and a world-leading researcher into solid-state batteries. All this is why I’m tipping the Dyson car to be an eventual success, although it could take more time and money. It’s early on, but the seriousness…

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james dyson: why we’re building an electric car

Sir James Dyson came up with his electric car idea in the 1990s while experimenting with equipment to collect diesel particulates by centrifugal action. He knew exhaust pollution was harmful, but his attempts to sell clean-up technology were overtaken by official directives suggesting diesels were ‘clean and green’. What is your motivation for making an electric car? “Nobody was interested in our original exhaust clean-up idea, but we had a bright team developing high-speed electric motors for other Dyson products, we were researching air purification, we had our own aerodynamicists and we were developing solid-state batteries. Put those things together and you’ve the main elements of an electric car.” What’s your view of the sales potential of electric cars? “Seems to me industry commentators are under-egging the likely growth of the market. People will…

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citroën’s second-century vision

Citroën has marked its 100th anniversary with the 19_19 concept, a vision for the future of intercity travel with a focus on extreme comfort. Named to mark a century since the company was founded, the high-riding, fully autonomous EV was designed as a long-range companion to the first centenary concept to be revealed, the Ami:One city car. Head of product Xavier Peugeot said the 19_19 is “projecting into the future two of Citroën’s key genes: bold design and 21st century comfort”. A fully glazed, suspended cabin sits on a new version of Citroën’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension for maximum comfort. Travel lines on the car’s rear wings indicate exactly how much the suspension moves while it is in motion. The teardrop-shaped concept was inspired by the aviation world. Its exposed powertrain and roof-mounted lidar…