A challenge too far for the oft-loved but rarely truly credible American muscle car? Nic Cackett discovers that the leaps made with the new-generation Corvette mean that’s far from the case, as the American star at times sets about humbling its opposition.
The build-up to the Geneva motor show guarantees a news section packed with new car reveals. Leading the charge is a currently embargoed story on a significant new small car. While we’ll have to leave you guessing on that one, we can reveal the facelifted Ford Focus, the 200mpg Volkswagen Golf GTE and Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake.
We also reveal the first sketches of the next-generation Audi TT, reveal the secret story of the first Seat compact SUV that arrives imminently, and go behind-the-scenes to discover how Mercedes turned a van into its new Mercedes V-class.
The BMW X5 eDrive prototype plug-in car heads up our first drives section, joined by the revised Morgan 3 Wheeler, updated Lexus CT200h, fast Mercedes GLA45 AMG, quick and affordable Porsche Macan S and the Vauxhall Mokka 1.4 Turbo Tech and Vauxhall Meriva 1.4 VVT Turbo. The exhaustive eight-page road test tackles the merits of the Abarth 595 Competizione, a city car with an enjoyable edge.