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Britain’s best cars: we choose our top 10

BMW M5: eight-page road test appraisal

First drive: Subaru XV crossover arrives

‘The MC Stradale sounds incredible, like Tosca played through a giant megaphone’ Matt Saunders p52

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NEWS Audi A1 quattro Four-wheel drive and 252bhp 10 Renault UKcuts its rangeKey models culled 12 Saab’s final chapter Bankruptcy for Swedes 15 HondaNSXConcept set for Detroit reveal 16 Lotus’s future Sale possible after 2015 19 Merc E-class hybrids Eco saloons revealed 20 Analysis UK car market’s winners and losers 22

TESTED Toyota Avensis 2.0 D4-DUnexciting upgrade 30 Toyota FT-EV III Battery-powered iQ impresses 31 Subaru XV2.0DTidy-handling crossover 33 Porsche 911 Carrera C4GTSHard to fault 35 Mini Countryman JCWPotent prototype 37 BMWM5ROADTEST 60

FEATURES The top 10 cars of 2011 Autocar’s favourites 38 Top used car of 2011 Our secondhand star 50 Maserati MCStradaleRoad and track test 52 Futureenthusiast’s cars Industry predictions 56

EVERYWEEK Steve Cropley Celebrating Stan Papior 17 Hilton Holloway There may be touble ahead 19 Steve Sutcliffe Simply the best. And the worst 21 Alan HenryRemembering Peter Gethin 27 Mail Toyota’s GT 86 is nothing new 68

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12 Renault UK’s shock range cull

Audi reveals hot A1 quattro, but will it come to the UK?

Used buying guide: Aston Martin DB9

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