Mini’s radical Urbanaut concept isn’t a one-off showpiece - it could preview one of the most game-changing additions to its growing line-up in the form of a spacious new MPV.
While Mini has yet to fully realise the project, the design, which is inspired by the need to develop future mobility solutions, is being seriously mooted as the blueprint for a future production model. Find out all the details in this week’s mag, which also features one of our most important tests of the year: Britain’s best driver’s car.
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Meanwhile, Nissan is building up to the launch of a new generation of its best-selling Qashqai - and has revealed several key details ahead of its reveal. Audi is celebrating 40 years of its quattro four-wheel-drive brand with a racy new concept: the RS6 GTO concept. It has also updated the SQ5 sports SUV.
Elsewhere, Ford has its sights on revolutionising the commercial vehicle market, and is pinning its hopes on its new electric E-Transit., while Vauxhall is preparing to overhaul the Astra for its eighth generation.
In our analysis section, we take a look at the winners and losers as firms race to lower their CO2 emissions ahead of the introduction of strict 2021 EU targets.
The subject of Autocar’s Business section, meanwhile, is the used market - specifically, how the UK’s ban on car repossessions, which is soon to be lifted, is set to combine with falling demand to reduce values. Jim Holder asks how insurers will react if a self-driving car causes a crash.
The Ferrari 812 GTS is a sensational 789bhp V12-powered grand tourer, and, now, it comes with a retractable hard-top. Does this give it a more rounded and likable composure?
Then, we ask if the Ford Focus ST Automatic is even better than its predecessor with a self-shifting gearbox, before stepping into Mercedes-Benz’s new S580E to find out if its lofty technical achievement will attract buyers.