5054 Automotive Magazine – Issue 01
All-new automotive magazine that celebrates engineering genius and innovation in the widest terms. For thoughtful minds.
Numbers 1-4 of our selection of the 50 objects that in one way and another changed the course of the British car industry.
VELAR V VELAR
The thinking behind the latest super-luxury Range Rover, and Stephen Bayley musing on the classic original model.
Author David Long on the life of the hugely in uential but often highly controversial super-industrialist.
Designed in the UK, the OX is a at-packable, ultra-rugged (and partly wooden) bespoke load carrier for developing nations.
One of the most famous brands in the world, Aston has struggled to build a secure business. The DB11 is the foundation stone of its future.
DE HAVILLAND DH-9
Large numbers of the awed DH-9 bomber were made in WW1. Guy Black found the remains of his in an elephant stables in India.
The new Countryman is the rst family-sized model of the BMW era, a vital strategic move away from its pint-size predecessors.
AUSTIN’S HISTORIC COUNTRYMAN Arguably the original lifestyle vehicles, the marketing pitch behind Austin’s various Countryman models is similar to SUVs of today.
STREETS IN THE SKY
The great and good behind the UK’s infrastructure met in London in December 1963 to plan a brave new world of motorways and shops and streets in the sky. How much of it has happened?
THE BEAST OF TURIN
The much-maligned Fiat S76 was a short-lived record breaker, both examples of which disappeared without trace. Duncan Pittaway tells us how he has changed all that.
Our section for future trends, engineering philosophy, alternative thinking and essays on the most interesting vehicles, old and new.
AUTONOMY IS DEAD
Autonomy is overhyped and overplayed. The real transformation for our driving futures will be Swarm Intelligence and cloud connectivity.
Most carmakers and governing authorities see the future in terms of electric vehicles. If it is going to happen, then we may well need massive infrastructure investment.
ROVER 75 2.5 V6
Good quality old cars are more modern - and far cheaper - than you might have expected. Thanks to Chinese enterprise, this Rover has also also been digitally upgraded.
VOLVO V90 CROSS COUNTRY
The Swedish brand spent 15 years trying to re- invent itself. This superb V90 estate is proof of Volvo’s successful premium transformation.
ALFA ROMEO STELVIO
Returning Alfa to its glory days has previously been a task beyond Fiat management. But the Stelvio SUV has mechanical integrity and the market already on its side.
CHEVROLET BOLT EV
Despite the press coverage, electric vehicles remain a niche product. Chevrolet’s Bolt is GM’s last best chance of convincing mainstream car drivers they should go electric.
ALFA ROMEO GIULIA
Rear-drive, a robust structure, a sweet-spinning petrol engine and even a comfortable driving position: the new Giulia has the measure of the BMW 3 Series at last.