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Autocar confidential: Bentley's sales snub, the standalone Citroen and more

In this week's round-up of automotive gossip,   we hear why Bentley isn't worried about annual sales growth, the uniqueness of Citroen's   ?-C4 electric hatchback,   and more.

Bentley's sales snub

Bentley is one of the few manufacturers not aiming for annual sales growth, according to boss Adrian Hallmark. “We’re not aiming for... ( подробнее )

Renault to re-brand F1 team as Alpine for 2021

The Renault F1 team will be rebranded as Alpine F1 for next season, as part of a major push for the performance sub-brand.

The French giant's F1 outfit, which is run from Enstone, Oxfordshire, will carry the name and colours of the revived sports car firm. The 1.6-litre hybrid powertrains will remain branded as Renault E-tech units, ensuring... ( подробнее )

BMW E39 5 Series: Autocar buys a modern classic

We say it a lot, but Autocar’s road testers provide the most comprehensive new-car buying advice you can find. Each review they write is packed to the gills with helpful outlines of a particular car’s strengths and foibles and is a must-read for any prospective buyer of that vehicle.

But none of that is much use when you’re approaching... ( подробнее )

Peugeot 5008 gains styling and interior tweaks for 2020

Peugeot has updated its   5008 family SUV with a new look, enhanced technology and a streamlined trim structure, mirroring the recent facelift for its 3008 sibling.

Chief among the changes for the Skoda Kodiaq rival is a revised front end that brings the 5008 into line with Peugeot’s newer models, such as   the 208 and 508. Like the 3008’s,... ( подробнее )

Used car buying guide: BMW Z4 (2009-2016)

Retractable hardtops have largely gone out of fashion with sports car manufacturers, the reason being that the weight penalty of such a complex mechanism is not conducive to engaging dynamics.

That’s a shame, really, because such an option allows you to switch at will between coup? and cabriolet yet suffer none of the noise or fragility... ( подробнее )

First drive: Aston Martin Callum Vanquish 25 by R-Reforged

The original Aston Martin Vanquish and its designer, Ian Callum, have always had something of an on-off relationship.

Callum is proud of the car, of course; it was one of the earliest designs for which he drew practically every line. It led Aston’s change to modern construction methods and it’s a timeless shape that has matured beautifully... ( подробнее )

2021 Mercedes S-Class: luxury saloon reinvented with tech focus

The newly revealed S-Class saloon is described as the most technically advanced car that Mercedes-Benz has ever placed into series production.

Set for UK delivery in early 2021, the luxurious four-door has been comprehensively re-engineered around a new body structure that’s claimed to be 60kg lighter than the old S-Class’s despite added... ( подробнее )

BTCC 2020: Sutton takes dominant Knockhill double

Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 racer Ash Sutton took a pair of dominant victories at Knockhill to bolster his British Touring Car Championship titler challenge. Ford Focus ST driver Rory Butcher also took a race win at his home circuit.

The 2017 champion qualified on pole and took lights-to-flag wins in the first two races at the undulating... ( подробнее )

New 2021 Mercedes S-Class to be revealed today

Mercedes-Benz   is set to unveil the new generation S-Class later today.

The latest version of the luxury saloon is due to debut ahead of its arrival in showrooms early next year, with a focus on technology and refinement.

In the run-up to the reveal, Mercedes has teased some of the technology that will feature in the new generation... ( подробнее )

Can a Lamborghini Huracan RWD really be a daily driver?

Deputy editor James Attwood put out the call: “Who has ended up with an accidental longtermer? What is it? Can it top my T-Roc Cabriolet?”

I glanced out of the window. “Um, possibly, mate.”

When lockdown brought the UK car industry to a screeching halt, it quickly became apparent that whatever   car each staff member had been... ( подробнее )