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COVER STORY

World rally car on the road: we nip down to the shops in Ford’s 300bhp WRC Fiesta

THIS WEEK

NEWS Porsche Macan Full details on new junior SUV 10 Porsche Cayenne GTS Revised sporty 4x4 V8 12 Jaguar F-type Soft-top confirmed in New York 14 Dodge SRT Viper American muscle car reborn 17 Infiniti LE Electric saloon’s UK sale uncertain 19 Audi R8 Facelifted supercar gets DSG ’box 23 Jaguar’s sales strategy New MD reveals plans 24

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Mercedes-Benz E300 Bluetec Hybrid driven

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Porsche Macan: hot new SUV here next year

‘What the Maloo is best at is hanging out its tail to Olympic standards’

Matt Prior, p58

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New York show report: new cars, news and insight

38 Focus 1.0 vs Mégane 1.2 TCe

TESTED Kia Cee’d 1.6 CRDi 4 Revised hatch lacks spark30 Mercedes E300 Hybrid Diesel-electric saloon 32 Audi A5 1.8 TFSI Entry-level option appeals 35 Seat Ibiza 1.2 TSI Standout supermini 35 Porsche 911 Carrera S PDCC Laden with tech 37 Vauxhall VXR Maloo ROAD TEST 58

FEATURES Focus 1.0 vs Mégane 1.2 TCe Downsized duel 38 Future eco engines New tech on the horizon 44 WRC Fiesta on the road World rally car driven 46 Cropley visits RML Group Motorsport masters 52 Courland Award 2012 Clever clogs apply here 56

OUR CARS Mini Cooper SD Farewell to our diesel hatch 68 Jaguar XF 2.2D Unsatisfactory sat-nav 73

EVERY WEEK Steve Cropley Enjoying the New York show 21 Steve Sutcliffe Designing Frankencircuit 25 Alan Henry Remembering François Cevert 29 Mail The perils of rising fuel duty 66 Colin Goodwin How to spice up Le Mans 67 Richard Bremner Pininfarina’s rough diamond 106

DEALS

Used buying guide Mercedes SL AMG 74 Used car bargains Ruppert gets Smart 78 New car deals Online broker buys in bulk 81 New cars A-Z All the latest models rated 82 Road test results Autocar’s data archive 95 Cars for sale Hundreds up for grabs 99

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44 Where next for fuel-saving tech?

Mercedes-Benz SL AMGs from £14k

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