Autocar June 9, 2021

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and our top award this year goes to…

HAS THERE BEEN a more successful transformation of a car firm over the past decade than that of Hyundai? Think of what it was 10 years ago: a maker of cars remarkable only for their price. The brand’s transformation started with its designs, then its dynamics, all while retaining that value, backing it up with long warranties and slowly but surely improving the brand image. What is true of Hyundai is true of its Hyundai Motor Group sibling Kia, too. Now Hyundai is truly a world-class car maker. It’s also one of the world’s most interesting, perhaps most comparable with Toyota in how it mixes making mass-market cars you’d want to own with being a pioneer of new technologies while trying to make them affordable. It now makes some exciting performance cars,…

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alfa to revive gtv as an ev in sweeping range renewal

GOT A STORY? Email our news editor Alfa Romeo is plotting a revival of the GTV as an electric four-door coupé flagship under a sweeping revival plan that will include a major revamp of its model line-up, Autocar has learned. Seen as a technological flagship for Alfa Romeo’s future line-up, the modern-day GTV is one of a number of proposed new models being considered by the Italian brand’s new CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato, to spearhead its embracing of electrification and other key technologies. “There’s no announcement at this stage, but [in] the GTV I’m very interested,” said Imparato, the former Peugeot boss who took control of Alfa Romeo in January. Autocar has been told that proposals for the revival of the GTV extend from a retro-inspired two-door coupé to a contemporary four-door coupé in the mould…

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how volkswagen tried to buy alfa

Recent remarks by Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares suggesting that Alfa Romeo has often been the target of buyout offers from rivals has brought to light moves by Volkswagen to seek control of the Italian firm in 2018. Sources have told Autocar that contact was made between VW and Alfa’s then-parent FCA in 2018 “at the behest of Ferdinand Piëch”. The former VW boss had often spoken about his admiration for Alfa – such as at the Paris motor show in 2011, when he suggested it could flourish under VW ownership, even going so far as to say it could be operated under the wing of Porsche. By 2018, Piëch no longer had any day-to-day say in VW’s business, but sources say he was still determined to buy Alfa. His renewed interest came after…

2 min
bmw reveals 4 series gran coupé

BMW has rounded out the second-generation 4 Series range with the new Gran Coupé, which will be launched in the UK in November with a 369bhp M440i xDrive range-topper. The four-door coupé will join the existing Coupé and Convertible in the 4 Series line-up and is heavily based on the four-door electric i4, alongside which it will be built at BMW’s Munich factory. The firm claims it offers enhanced handling ocer its predecessor, and its petrol and diesel engines will all feature mild-hybrid technology. The new 4 Series Gran Coupé is based on the same CLAR platform as the 4 Series Coupé and i4, and it benefits from a similarly aerodynamically optimised design, including an active air flap control system and an almost sealed underbody. As with the rest of the 4 Series range,…

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x3 and x4 revamp adds muscle to m cars

THE RANGE-TOPPING M Competition versions of the BMW X3 and X4 have gained a revised powertrain that offers extra torque as part of the mid-life facelift for the SUV siblings. BMW has made tweaks to the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine used by the Porsche Macan Turbo rivals, which were launched in 2019. Although peak power remains at 503bhp, the addition of the lightweight crankshaft used for the M3 and M4 models and a revamped cylinder head core has allowed BMW to increase the torque by 37lb ft to 479lb ft, on tap from 2750rpm to 5500rpm. That results in a 0-62mph time of 3.8sec, which is 0.3sec quicker than previously. The performance SUVs also retain an eight-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox and a rear-biased four-wheel drive system. BMW has made a series of changes…

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vauxhall grandland gets big design overhaul

VAUXHALL HAS GIVEN the Grandland a major mid-life overhaul, including a substantial exterior revamp to reflect the brand’s latest design language. The SUV went on sale in 2017, and the facelift brings it into line with the rest of the firm’s range. The new look is based around the Vizor grille, which has already been adopted by the Corsa and Mokka. The rest of the Grandland has also had a design makeover, and it gains new side panels and bumpers. The side panels are now finished in body colour, with the underbody skidplates in black or silver. The Grandland will now also offer a two-tone paint finish with a contrasting roof. The car’s interior has also been extensively reworked. The dashboard has been rebuilt around Vauxhall’s twin-screen Pure Panel, which includes a digital…