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Autocar January 02, 2020

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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 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 cars and car makers that face crunch time in 2020

FEW CARS IN 2020 need to succeed as much as the Aston Martin DBX. When the launch of the SUV comes with the opening of a new factory in which to build it and the minute-by-minute financial scrutiny that is part and parcel of being a listed company, that pressure intensifies. Financial scrutiny and scepticism never seem to have held back Tesla, though, which has a knack of revealing new cars and securing deposits just as the doubting voices make themselves heard. Yet we’re now up to four Teslas revealed but not yet on sale. Time to start delivering. There will be deliveries of two iconic nameplates in 2020, with the reborn Land Rover Defender and the Ford Mustang Mach-E. The debate over the Defender’s styling will seem mild if it can’t…

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next-gen gt86/brz is on the way

Toyota and Subaru are ramping up development of a successor to the GT86 and BRZ sports cars – and Autocar has learned that the Toyota version will be rebranded as the GR86. The GT86 and BRZ were launched in 2012, and their future had been in doubt because of relatively low sales. But both companies have committed to developing a replacement, with the Toyota version a key part of the brand’s growing performance car line-up. Toyota boss Akio Toyoda is a major proponent of using performance models to boost the brand’s image under the Gazoo Racing division, which also includes Toyota’s various motorsport programmes. The original GT86 pre-dated the creation of that brand, which started with the GR Supra and will also include the GR Yaris, the first model developed purely by…

1 min.
toyota weighs up sports hybrids

Toyota is considering hybrid versions of future performance car models – but only once the weight of the systems are reduced. The Japanese firm is in the process of electrifying all of its models, with a heavy focus on hybrid systems. But the new GR Yaris (first drive, p24) will only be offered with a three-cylinder, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, despite 80% of Yaris sales expected to be hybrid. Naohiko Sato, chief engineer of the GR Yaris, said that while a hybrid system would fit in the car and was under evaluation, Toyota didn’t believe it was currently suitable for performance cars. “Right now, if we chose an electrified powertrain for a sports car, it would be heavier,” said Sato. “We decided it’s not the right way to go right now. Maybe when…

3 min.
mazda rejects ‘big-battery’ evs

Mazda says it will never build a ‘big-battery’ electric car, because it believes such vehicles are less environmentally friendly than even conventional diesel-powered models, judged over a whole energy life cycle. Speaking in Portugal at a prototype test drive of the upcoming MX-30 electric car, Joachim Kunz, head of product development and engineering at Mazda Europe, said the firm has studied the CO2 emissions of building a vehicle “from extraction to disposal”. Citing a study by a Japanese university using the average CO2 output of the European grid, Kunz said an EV with a 95kWh battery has such a disadvantage of embedded CO2 at the point of sale that a new Mazda Skyactiv diesel car will probably be more CO2 efficient across its lifetime, even if the EV’s battery pack is not…

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jeep plots phev wrangler and small new ev

JEEP WILL FOLLOW the launch of its plug-in hybrid Renegade SUV with a plug-in hybrid Wrangler and even an electric SUV, company insiders have revealed to Autocar. Although the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model is unconfirmed for right-hand-drive Wranglers, Europe is believed to be a key market for a PHEV model, despite the Wrangler’s modest volumes there. A PHEV model is necessary to dramatically reduce the CO2 that the rugged 4x4 produces, in order to help Jeep and its Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) parent to avoid big fines under the fleet average emissions targets for 2020. Currently, Jeep’s range is a long way from the 95g/km target, even allowing for the weighting of heavier cars, and the Wrangler is one of the most polluting models. Even the most frugal variant currently emits 195g/km of…