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‘A message could pop up saying ‘pay us £10k or I’ll turn your brakes off’’

Issue 6466 | Volume 308 | No 11

NEWS

Alfa Romeo GTV Back as an EV in big l ine-up revamp 6 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé Four-door coupé detailed 10 Rolls-Royce New Coachbuild car every two years 12 Uber London i s going EV-only; which EVs wil l i t use? 14 Autonomous cars UK deciding laws to govern them 16

TESTED

Lotus Exige Sport 390 Final edition of true legend 20 Everrati Porsche 964 British firm turns 911 electric 24 Honda Civic Type R Subtler new Sport Line version 24 Audi Q7 55 TFSIe Seven-seat SUV as potent PHEV 25 VW Arteon eHybrid Shooting Brake ROAD TEST 26

AUTOCAR AWARDS 2021 Euisun Chung Hyundai and Kia’s visionary chief 38 Thomas Ingenlath Design boss and brand creator 44 Sir Lewis Hamilton Racing god, social campaigner 48 Richard Parry-Jones Engineer who saved Ford 54 Matt Becker Mind from which Aston DBX sprung 56 Klaus Busse Designer reviving Alfa, Fiat, Maserati 60 Eddie Hawthorne Retailer’s pandemic protection 64 Alison Jones Calmly sailing Stellantis in raging sea 66 Bentley’s Covid-19 taskforce That’s how you do i t 68 Porsche Taycan Five-star car does North East 250 72 Alpina B3 Touring How Frank Sytner introduced us 80 Toyota GR Yaris Chief engineer on creating a great 84 Ariel Atom 4 Secrets of Britain’s Best Driver’s Car 88 BMW M5 E39-gen saloon i s a used car champion 92 A110, Defender, Golf GTI Readers’ dream garage 96

OUR CARS Citroën C5 Aircross PHEV family SUV final report 108 Ford Focus ST Toe to toe with a Skoda Octavia vRS 111 Volvo XC60, VW Golf PHEV i ssues, sublime hatch 113

EVERY WEEK Jesse Crosse I t ’s l ike a 1960s Ferrari V12 , only better 15 Jim Holder And now the good news from 2020/21 17 Steve Cropley In want of a Range Rover Sandero 19 Damien Smith Rallycross action from Lydden Hill 100 Motorsport round-up Indy 500, BTCC, Dakar, WRC 101 Motorsport interview Formula E , Extreme E boss 103 Your Views Classics chat, driver ‘a ids’, YouTube fun 106 Subscribe Save money and get exclusive benefits 110 Matt Prior Why 1000bhp-plus i s a show-stopper 130

DEALS

James Ruppert Cars most likely to fail first MOT 114 As good as new How to bag a Hyundai i30 N for less 117 Spied in the classifieds £17k Audi S1, £8.5k Up GTI 118 Used buying guide Noble M12 , a Brit supercar hero 120 New cars A-Z Key car stats , from Abarth to Zenos 122 Road test index Track down that road test here 129

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THIS WEEK

DRIVEN: LOTUS EXIGE BOWS OUT IN STYLE 20

ROAD TEST: VW ARTEON SHOOTING BRAKE 26

THE BEST CARS AND MOST TALENTED PEOPLE 36

COVER STORY

❝NOW I RULE THE WORLD AT LEAST AS FAR AS WOOD FINISH IS CONCERNED❞

THOMAS INGENLATH ON HIS STEP UP FROM VOLVO DESIGNER TO POLESTAR BOSS 44

IMAGE

THE CARS THAT WILL REBUILD ALFA ROMEO 6

COMMENT

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 worldclass 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, too, and is launching a premium brand, Genesis, to go after the German big three. That busiest and most transformative of decades was all overseen by a man who you’ve probably never heard of: Euisun Chung. The number of interviews he has ever given probably can be counted on one hand, given how keen he is to avoid any limelight.

But this week, we give him the credit he deserves with our top honour – the Issigonis Trophy – at the 2021 Autocar Awards. Chung’s story, in his own words, stars in this special issue featuring all of our winners. We hope you enjoy reading about their success. Mark Tisshaw Editor mark.tisshaw@haymarket.com

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