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Autocar confidential: Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz

Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week's gossip from across the automotive industry

5 September 2015
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August 2015 figures show continued growth in UK new car registrations

August saw a 9.6% rise in new car registrations, taking the industry into a 42nd consecutive month of growth

4 September 2015
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles seeks merger with General Motors

FCA boss Sergio Marchionne is keen to merge with General Motors, but GM boss Mary Barra says the firm will go it alone

2 September 2015
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Martin Winterkorn will now be chairman of the VW Group until the end of 2018

Volkswagen extends boss Winterkorn's contract until 2018

Volkswagen's supervisory board extends boss Martin Winterkorn's contract to the end of 2018

2 September 2015
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Maximum score for Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 in Euro NCAP safety tests

The new Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 are among the latest cars to be awarded a full five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP

2 September 2015
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Volkswagen and Suzuki end four-year legal battle

The technology-sharing partnership and subsequent dispute between VW and Suzuki is formally ended following a ruling by the International Chamber of Commerce

1 September 2015
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Plug-in Car Grant scheme extended until February 2016

The £5000 grant will continue to be available to all plug-in cars that emit 75g/km of CO2 or less until at least February next year

26 August 2015
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The auction bible - how Glass's Guide decides the value of your car

How does the trade decide what your car is worth and how much you’ll pay for your next used buy? We find out

21 August 2015
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eVADER project to give electric vehicles new sounds

EU-funded project involving Peugeot, Citroen, Renault and Nissan has produced a new system to alert pedestrians to the presence of electric vehicles

21 August 2015
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Fiat will split its line-up into Emotional and Rational families

Fiat plans new European attack

Fiat range to be divided into 'Emotional' and 'Rational' arms, with a new 124 Spider planned to join 500s in Emotional family

17 August 2015
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    4 September 2015
    New entry-level 3 Series uses the three-pot turbo motor from the Mini Cooper. We find out if it's up to the job.
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    4 September 2015
    This special-edition Skoda Octavia vRS 230 is the fastest Octavia ever made and the most powerful vRS version. We drive it at the Slovakia Ring
  • First Drive
    3 September 2015
    First UK test of Fiat's best-selling city car, which has been overhauled for 2015
  • First Drive
    3 September 2015
    Volkswagen reveals the second generation of its high-riding Passat Alltrack estate. We drive it for the first time on German roads.
  • First Drive
    2 September 2015
    Kia facelifts its Cee'd and drops its six-speed torque converter in favour of a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox in the process. We drive it for the first time