Cars & Motorcycles

Autocar December 24, 2019

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2 min.

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 reporters Felix Page, Will Trinkwon Used cars 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 Junior photographer Max Edleston 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, James Disdale, John Evans, Colin Goodwin, Hilton Holloway, Julian…

1 min.
the three main trends of 2019 look set to continue next year

ALTHOUGH WE TRY to firmly look forward at Autocar, it is important on occasion to pause and reflect on where we’ve come from, as we do in this, our last issue of 2019. Three trends have emerged among the cars launched this year. First, the rebirth, reinvention or replacement of so many industry stalwarts, such as the Porsche 911, VW Golf and Land Rover Defender, in place of true ‘white space’ vehicles and new nameplates. In these challenging times, that’s no surprise. Second, the growing presence of electric cars, which will accelerate further in 2020. And third, the seemingly unstoppable rise of SUVs, which this year has been fuelled further by more cars like the Audi RS Q8 (driven, p24) being fitted with ever more powerful drivetrains. As one academic group noted…

4 min.
cupra to top new leon line-up with 241bhp phev

“Expect a 0-62mph time of around 6.5sec and an all-electric range of up to 35 miles from the Cupra Leon” Seat will launch a bold new Leon in 2020 – which will include a hot 241bhp plug-in hybrid from sub-brand Cupra. As well as a redesign inside and out, the fifth-generation Leon will take its platform, powertrains and technology influence from the recently revealed Volkswagen Golf Mk8. The Cupra Leon hot hatchback and estate will initially be available solely as a plug-in hybrid. The new Leon is expected to be revealed at the 2020 Geneva motor show in March before going on sale very soon after. The model will take an evolutionary approach to its exterior design and retain a shape that’s familiar to owners of the outgoing Leon. Seat sold around 137,000 examples of…

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also due in 2020

SEAT Mii Electric This version of the practical city car will reach dealerships in February and become Seat’s first fully electric model. Ateca facelift The Nissan Qashqai rival revitalised the brand’s fortunes and will receive a mid-life makeover in mid-2020. El-Born Due at the end of 2020, the MEB-based electric hatch is Seat’s equivalent of the Volkswagen ID 3. CUPRA Cupra Formentor Cupra’s first stand-alone model is an SUV coupé featuring a 242bhp plugin hybrid powertrain and is due late in the year.…

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lambo wants evs to sound right

Lamborghini is undertaking research to develop a sound for its electric cars that will ensure maximum driver engagement. The firm has long regarded the sound of its V10 and V12 engines as key to their appeal. “We’ve tested with professional drivers in our simulator and switched the sound off,” said Lamborghini R&D’s Riccardo Bettini. “We know from the neurological signals that when you stop the sound, the engagement falls because the feedback disappears. We need to find the sound of Lamborghini for the future that can allow our cars to retain emotion and engagement.”…

2 min.
lambo pursues trick ev tech

“Supercapacitors are ‘the first step in the roadmap’ to electrified Lamborghinis” Lamborghini’s first series-production hybrid models are set to feature pioneering electric technology, with the supercar firm focusing on lightweight supercapacitors and the ability to use carbonfibre bodywork to store electrical energy. The Italian manufacturer has teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a number of research projects focused on supercapacitor energy stores – which can be charged faster and store more energy than similarly sized lithium ion batteries – and ways of storing energy in new materials. Riccardo Bettini, Lamborghini’s head of R&D project management, said that although it is clear that electric power is the future, the current weight requirements of lithium ion batteries meant that “at the moment, it’s not the best solution” for the firm. He…