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Autocar

June 3, 2020

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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United Kingdom
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English
出版社:
Haymarket Media Group Ltd
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dyson’s ev was a brilliant failure

WHEN SIR JAMES Dyson’s vaunted UK car-building operation hit the buffers last October, the armchair experts told one another it was the usual kind of car company failure: an oddball idea and a team with insufficient car-building experience chasing insufficient investment. Even the £2.5 billion of his own money the entrepreneur had earmarked for the project was too little, they said. Who, in this day and age, would expect to start a whole car company on that? We now know the armchair experts were wrong. Dyson did not fail for the classic reasons. It was killed by a strange, adverse and temporary market. It died because practically every other electrified car on the market is underpriced so its manufacturer can meet tough new CO2 targets yet go on selling profitable conventional cars.…

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two all-new mini suvs to spearhead growth plans

“The two new SUVs are set to retain Mini’s traditional focus on compactness” Mini is set to expand its line-up to include two new SUV models in the biggest shake-up to its operations since coming under BMW ownership in 2001. The firm is developing both an electric crossover as part of a Chinese joint venture and a combustion-engined SUV that will be BMW’s latest modular platform. The two models are intended to extend Mini’s reach by taking the brand into untapped market segments and exposing it to new customers, according to officials with knowledge of the plans. Although it was originally touted to be a three-door hatchback in the mould of the Rocketman concept, Autocar has been told that the first Chinese-produced Mini will be a five-door crossover-style SUV of similar dimensions to…

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has mini got it right this time?

The expansion of Mini into previously untapped SUV markets makes sense, especially as the Countryman is simply too small for most US buyers. But we can’t help casting our mind back to previous range additions that didn’t make a lot of sense to anyone. Reviving the Paceman in concept as a sleek-looking EV crossover is a much better idea than the first use of the name. It was launched in 2012 as a kind of three-door, sloping-roof version of the previous-generation Countryman. Unsurprisingly, it was never a huge hit: it looked very much like the standard SUV but brought with it greatly reduced practicality. It was axed less than four years after it was launched. A similar fate befell the Mini Coupé and Roadster models, launched at around the same time and…

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bmw unveils bold new 4 series

The new BMW 4 Series Coupé has been revealed with a dramatic new look that its design chief says represents “everything BMW should stand for”, along with a focus on improving its dynamic performance. The new styling is designed to further differentiate the two-door, four-seat coupé from the related 3 Series saloon. The second-generation 4 Series will go on sale in October with a range-topping 369bhp M440i model before the M4 performance flagship follows late next year. Convertible and four-door Gran Coupé variants are in development, with a 523bhp i4 electric saloon also due in 2021. The 4 Series launched as a stand-alone model in 2014, taking the baton from the three-door 3 Series. While it’s based on the same CLAR platform as the latest 3 Series, BMW has overhauled the design of the…

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q&a domagoj dukec, design chief, bmw

Why make the 4 Series so different from the 3 Series? “They’re two products with different use cases: one is a family saloon, the other an expressive, sporty car. Customers pay more for a two-door coupé; it’s not a pragmatic decision, so it needs a more expressive, emotional design. It’s for customers who want to really show off.” Why make the grille so bold? “It should be in the core of BMW to have a product which makes a strong statement. It’s unmistakably BMW, unmistakably 4 Series. It’s not just logical; it has a very strong character that’s unique to our brand.” What did you make of the reaction to the grille on the Concept 4 Series? “In design, you can’t listen to social media reactions. Design is emotional, and everybody has an opinion and…

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first of four retro 911s shown

“Details hark back to the 1950s and 1960s, led by Cherry Red paint” The new Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition is the first of four classic-led specials that mark broader expansion plans for the marque’s bespoke division, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. The retro-inspired quartet will be revealed over the course of the 992 generation, appearing on different variants and celebrating different decades in the 911’s history. They are intended to blend the technology of modern-day 911s with design elements from the past. The idea first came to life last year on the 991-generation 911 Speedster, which was offered with a Heritage Design package, largely created to gauge customer reactions. “It was a prequel to test how the design features work on Porsche fans,” said Boris Apenbrink, director of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. Now the Heritage…