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Issue6421 | Volume305 | No 5

NEWS

JLR’shydrogen future Details of crucial tech project 6 Audi’s rangereview Newboss looks to ‘streamline’ 10 2035 ICEban Your viewsonUKplantogoEV-only 12 NissanAriya Ideal caratthe ideal time,saysNissan 14

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HondaE Short-rangeEVurban heroonBritish roads 18 Hyundai i20 Earlytaste of all-new Ford Fiesta rival 22 Audi A3 Saloon Booted and suited–but anygood? 24 Alfa RomeoGiulia Nowmoretempting than ever 25 Kia Xceed Entry-levelversion andall thebetterfor it 25 PorscheTaycan TurboS ROAD TEST 26 Road test rewind MaseratiQuattroportefrom2005 34

FEATURES Howtobeabetterdriver Tips to motoring nirvana 38 Griffind’or Golden days of GriffinHouse rekindled 44 Dear Tobias Cropley’sopenlettertonew AstonCEO 46 BTCC preview Allthe genfor this weekend’s opener 53

OURCARS Ford Puma Class-leading crossoverjoins ourfleet 58 Peugeot 2008 HasPeugeotfound its mojo again? 60 RenaultClio Week’s holidayplays to its strengths 61 Vauxhall Corsa-e EV in,petrolout.How prescient 63

EVERYWEEK JesseCrosse Inside lineonMaserati’s latest V6 13 Jim Holder Deathofa £1.6bn cost-saving alliance 15 Steve Cropley TwoEVs,home-builtBlowerBentley 17 Subscribe Save moneyand getexclusive benefits 36 Damien Smith Howlong till Verstappenjoins Merc? 50 Motorsport round-up F1,WRC,Brightontrials, DTM 51 Your Views Hasthe oil industrylostits ownwallet? 56 Matt Prior Frustration of lane-keeping assistance 82

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James Ruppert Usedversionsofnew best-sellers 64 As good as new Mk2V10-engined Audi R8 forless 67 Spiedinthe classifieds £10kFreelander,£9.5k Z4 68 Used buying guide MercedesSLS AMGfrom£100k 70 NewcarsA-Z Keycar stats, fromAbarth to Zenos 72 Road test index Trackdownthatroadtesthere 81

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RANGEROVER STARSINJLR’S HYDROGENPLAN 6

COMMENT

IF HYDROGEN IS THE FUTURE,JLR WANTSIN

HYDROGEN HASBEEN on theindustry’sradar as afuel forazero-emissions future foradecade or more. Each time thediscussioncomes up,it seemstomakesomuchsense:familiar quickrefillsand bigranges, butwithno emissionsatthe tailpipe. We’vehad hydrogen cars in the UK,mostnotably theexcellent Toyota Mirai. Theonly– andit’sa bigonly– thingholding it back is the infrastructure to supportit. With the mightofToyotabehindhydrogen, you canexpectthe island nation of Japanto adoptthe technology,but elsewhere?

As an island nation ourselves, theUK couldbe fertilegroundfor hydrogen, too, although thedifficultiesinsetting upachargingnetwork forbatteryelectric cars palesintoinsignificance next toawhole newrefuellingsystem.

Even so,JaguarLandRover is ramping up operations in hydrogen research anddevelopment.Project Zeus will soonspawnarunning concept, andif– andit’sabig if–the projectprogresses well,itcould be in production by the endofthe decade in next-generation Jaguarsand Land Rovers in time for thegovernment’s 2032/35/whatever-itmakes-up-next-week banonthe sale of non-zero-emissions vehicles.Given the extracostand weight of making larger vehicles battery-electric, hydrogen must be allowed its placeatthe discussiontable forthe fuel of thefuture.

Mark Tisshaw Editor mark.tisshaw@haymarket.com

@mtisshaw

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