This week's Autocar gives the exclusive inside line on a new front-drive, £15,000 roadster from BMW. Tentatively called the Z2, it is part of a 23-strong line-up of BMW and Mini cars that could be run off the firm's new front-drive UKL platform, and Autocar has the first details on them all.
Other news includes the first images of the new Mercedes CLA, which have leaked out in a sales brochure ahead of its unveil at the Detroit motor show, the latest news on Caterham's sports car ambitions and analysis of the UK's rising car sales in 2012. Taking the new Vauxhall Adam as inspiration, we also investigate what difference a car's name can make to its sales success.
Our drives are led off by Steve Sutcliffe's comparison of the new Maserati Quattroporte and the Jaguar XJ, with the British car's credentials as the best driver's car in the class put under serious threat. The first drive review section is led by the Caterham R600, plus a first UK drive of the Bentley Continental GT Speed, the UK verdict of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4, a UK drive of the new Kia Sorento and a first test of the facelifted Mitsubishi ASX.