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CAR UK February 2019

Every month CAR interviews the stars of motorsport, demystifies the latest in-car technology and shares our writers’ passion for car culture and car design. Discover the world’s newest and most exciting cars: join us to drive everything from supercars and hot hatches to family cars.

United Kingdom
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
this month on planet car

Flash! Ah-ah How do photographers like Alex Tapley get such excellent lighting in their static snaps? Get the angle right ’ , place the and subject … usually (s) in rope the correct staff writer position Jake , set into the propping camera up s exposure a portable flash. Even if he’ll be Photoshopped out, he can’t help but strike a gentle pose like the very best catalogue models. GT Giant Test, p116 Ben ‘The Beagle’ Barry Eddie The Eagle wasn’t available for our new BMW 3-series winter adventure, so we sent Ben Barry. Heading south from Munich with Alex Tapley, the pair stopped at Garmisch-Partenkirchen snapper to honour the greats who’d braved its huge ski jump. It set the tone for an automotive slalom through the Austrian and Italian Alps, and things quickly…

2 min
‘sometimes bad people make good cars; that’s not new’

NEVER MEET YOUR heroes. Don’t read their biographies. Best not take an interest in their sex lives, their tax arrangements or the company they keep. Don’t mention the war. Find out too much and you’ll quickly go off whatever it was you liked about them in the first place – their music, their films, their goal-scoring ability, their race wins… or their cars. With two car-company bosses having tasted life behind bars in 2018, and another having fallen foul of the US financial authorities, you do wonder what other murkiness is just a misdirected email away from going public. And, even putting aside wrongdoing, the business pages of the broadsheets bring fresh cause for concern every day. On emissions, on safety, on Brexit and on jobs, it’s all bad. But here’s the thing. Not…

6 min
how the co2 timebomb will transform your next car

Kia faces almost a €50 million fine for going just one gramme above its CO2 emissions target THINK ELECTRIFICATION IS something for other drivers? Think again. Within two years, car makers may have to ration petrol car sales to hit CO2 targets, or face multi-million-euro fines. Groups that have been slow to embrace plug-in cars – Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, Mazda, PSA Groupe – will almost certainly have to cap their own sales until their product range catches up with the regulations. The industry is furiously developing pure EVs, and plug-in and mild hybrids: it needs them on the market as soon as possible, ahead of new emissions targets coming into force in 2021. This countdown is focusing minds big-time. European Union legislators have introduced the world’s toughest emissions regulation: new cars sold in…

3 min
newcomers with a familiar look

Mini JCW hatch/convertible Some great performance cars including the VW Golf GTI and BMW M3 had their production runs halted in 2018 as they couldn’t meet the latest emissions regs in their current state of tune. Mini, however, has managed to make its John Cooper Works (that’s the supermini with three chillies on the label) green enough with a new petrol particulate filter. It’s also whacked on those divisive Union Jack rear light clusters. Power still comes from a 2.0-litre turbo producing 228bhp, sent to the front wheels by a six-speed manual or an eight-speed auto ’box. There are now more personalisation options inside and there’s always the drop-top if you’re after an even less practical Mini. Launch sprints to 62mph are logged at 6.3sec for the hatch and 6.6sec for…

2 min
volvo: to the future, a bit less sensibly

VOLVO WILL launch two new electric cars this year, starting with its £40,000 Polestar 2 sports saloon, rival to Tesla’s Model 3. Like the new electric XC40 that follows, the Polestar 2 will use Volvo’s small-car CMA platform. The move to electrification – and autonomy – provides new-found possibilities, as the brands’ three most senior designers, Thomas Ingenlath, Robin Page and Maximilian Missoni explained to CAR inStockholm. The trio have prioritised ‘clean Scandinavian design’ inside and out, as Volvo moves to greater electrification. From 2019, all new Volvos launched will be either hybrid or electric – the first ‘mature’ car maker to make this move. Five fully electric new cars, including two Polestars, will be launched between 2019 and 2021. ‘Electric cars give us exciting opportunities,’ says design chief Ingenlath, now also CEO…

2 min
rip the car they couldn’t kill

1934 DOCTOR’S ORDERS Commissioned by Adolf Hitler – and who could say no? – to build a car fit for the new autobahns, Dr Ferdinand Porsche dusts down his earlier rear-engined Zündapp and NSU proposals. 1935 FROM LARVAE TO BEETLE The first two prototypes, a saloon and cabrio named V1 and V2, are ready for testing, and by 1939 the KdF-Wagen factory is up and running. 1939 WAR STOPS PLAY Military variants include the amphibious Schwimmwagen. 1945 INTERNATIONAL RESCUE The Allies plan to dismantle the KdF factory but British Army officer Ivan Hirst helps restart production and persuades the British forces to order 20,000 cars. 1968 LOVED BUG Just as sales are wilting along comes Disney with a movie about a self-driving car with full Level 5 autonomous capability. 1964 MEYERS MANX Boat builder Bruce Meyers draws on his plastics expertise…