MR week in review: 3 February 2018

New 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

From class-leading aerodynamics, to a multimedia system with artificial intelligence, and a construction centred on safety, Mercedes-Benz hopes the new A-Class will redefine the compact premium segment. Whilst the styling is clearly a safe evolution of the existing car, don’t be fooled into thinking Stuttgart has taken the easy route with this new car. Semi-autonomous driving technology, and optional extras taken from the S-Class saloon, are a long way from the quirky first-generation A-Class that first appeared back in 1997.

Mercedes has even been brave enough to reference the infamous “Elk test” incident, which defined the legacy of the first-generation A-Class. Hopefully this latest car will avoid suffering from a phobia of large mammals, and is packed with advanced safety technology just in case. With plans to sell the A-Class for the first time in North America, this could be a hugely important model for the brand.

This week we have also previewed the return of Top Gear, crunched the numbers on the cars most likely to be SORN, and reminisced about the classic Ford Escort.

News

New 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

With an all-new fourth-generation model Mercedes-Benz is promising much for the latest A-Class. These are the eleven key things to know about the premium hatch.

Features and opinion

Series 25 of Top Gear

The return of Top Gear to your screens
Already bored of The Grand Tour? Yearning for more Harris, Reid, and LeBlanc on TV instead? Fear not, as series 25 of ‘new’ Top Gear is coming in the near future.

European new car sales grew slightly in 2017

2017 European favourites
We’ve crunched the data from JATO Dynamics, and found which were the most popular new cars across Europe in 2017.

20 years of SORN

SORN stars revealed
With the SORN process now two decades old, we’ve done our research on which cars are most likely to be declared off the road.

Motorsport special editions: win on Sunday, sell on Monday

Renaultsport riches
A new quick Megane is here, but the history of fast Renaults is as deep as it is wide. These are just 40 of the greatest hot La Regie creations.

Retro MR

Volkswagen Corrado

Retro MR – The Volkswagen Corrado turns 30
Hailed as one of the greatest front-wheel drive performance cars, the Corrado is a VW scene favourite. Volkswagen Classic is helping to celebrate its big milestone.

Retro MR – In pictures – Ford Escort at 50
Once an established mainstay of the British High Street, the humble Ford Escort first made a debut some fifty years ago. This is the story of a true national treasure.

Cape Town: the South African city with incredible car culture

Retro MR – Exploring the car culture of Cape Town
Modified motors may seem to be a rarity in the UK, but South Africa is still very much in love with car customisation. We investigated the tuning culture in Cape Town.

 

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