This week in Autocar magazine: why the Vanquish is the best big Aston ever; the inside line on the next Clio Williams; why Honda lost is way and how company boss Ito will fix it; Ford Ranger tested
Jim Holder
9 October 2012

This week’s edition of Autocar magazine is led by our first drive in the new Aston Martin Vanquish. Steve Cropley declares the £190,000 the best big Aston ever – One-77 included – but it’s not a five-star review, for reasons readers can discover.

Other cars reviewed include the Ford Ranger, which gets the full road test treatment, the Lotus Evora 414E hybrid, Mazda 6, Kia Sorento and Mercedes E300 Hybrid. Our long-term test fleet updates include the new Fiat Panda, BMW 320d and Subaru XV.

The lead news story is the latest information on the much-vaunted next generation Renault Clio Williams hot hatch, which Autocar sources have indicated is finally going to be built. We also have the inside line on a proposed Polo SUV, the next Bugatti model and an exclusive on a harder, faster Honda NSX variant that is set to be built.

Our feature section also centres on Honda; Andrew Frankel tests the last generation Honda NSX, Civic Type-R and S2000 and analyses why the manufacturer that once thrilled car buyers has lost its way, while Honda president Takanobu Ito enjoys a right of reply in a world exclusive interview with the magazine, in which he outlines where it went wrong, and how he plans to turn the business around.

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Our used buying guide focuses on the Maserati Granturismo, which can now be had (reliably) from £30k. James Ruppert’s wisdom falls on smart SUVs for less than a £1000, with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 leading his recommendations.

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