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Mercedes-AMG GT driven; full Vauxhall Corsa road test; Ford Focus versus Volkswagen Golf; Jaguar F-type long-term update; Audi TT used buying guide

The brand spanking new Mercedes-AMG GT is the star of this week's issue of Autocar magazine, dated 19 November 2014 and available to buy now.

The German manufacturer's new twin-turbo V8 GT is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the mighty SLS. Matt Saunders finds out if Mercedes-AMG has truly hit its stride this time around.

Other cars tested in this issue include the Bentley Mulsanne Speed, Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, Fiat 500X 1.6 MultiJet Popstar, Hyundai i20 and Kia Soul EV, which is finally heading to Britain in limited numbers.

Also in this week's issue, Mercedes confirms the comeback of its storied Maybach brand, which will be attached to very-high-end S-class variants. But can it work this time around?

We compare the Ford Focus hatch with the Volkswagen Golf. Ford has recently revamped the Focus in a bid to reclaim class leadership from its rival. Mark Tisshaw finds out if it succeeds.

Following on from our recap on the latest situation at Lotus earlier this month, we've got an in-depth interview with the man at the top, Jean-Marc Gales. He speaks on many topics, including his own management style, the power of the Lotus brand and the need for a new Esprit model.

The Vauxhall Corsa gets a thorough assessment by our intrepid road test team, who pick over every aspect of GM's big-selling supermini. The significance of a new Corsa shouldn't be understated, but replacing it isn't without inherent risks.

Yes, you can guarantee there's a willing market out there for the new car, but it's a relatively conservative and notoriously fickle one, so the stakes are high for the Luton-based manufacturer.

The miles are piling on our Jaguar F-type R coupé, and there's a long-term update in this week's issue. We're sold on the hot V8 F-type's beguiling mix of hardcore sports cars and capable GT – but our neighbours might disagree…

Now that a new version of the Audi TT has arrived, buying a second-generation car could be a smart choice if you want a low-hassle, stylish coupé. Lewis Kingston guides you through the potential pitfalls of finding a useful example for as little as £7000.

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