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May 2008 Issue

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Cars vs climate change

It’s one of the epic battlegrounds of the 21st century and in CAR’s new May 2008 issue we find out how the car makers are fighting back. Don’t underestimate the challenge that lies ahead... We speak to the engineers who are reinventing the car for a carboncentric zeitgeist. BMW is developing Vision Z – a blueprint for a guilt-free sports car. And we profile the Opel Flextreme, one of the most significant concept cars of the decade.

Elsewhere, we meet Per Eklund and drive very sideways on ice in the new Saab 9-3 Turbo X, discover Britain’s best GTI and get up close and personal with the new VW Scirocco.

PLUS: New-look Bulletin. More news, more insight



BMW Vision Z sports car revealed

How the Germans are changing the performance cars as we know them. The good news? You can balance your CO2 output with your fun quotient. BMW’s engineers spill the beans to Georg Kacher



 VW reinvents the Scirocco!

Take one VW Golf GTI, add a sleeker coupe bodystyle and revive a long-lost name. Result? The new, bargain-priced Scirocco sports car. What’s not to like, says Chris Chilton



Subaru Impreza STi vs Honda Civic Type R

Now the love-it-or-hate-it Impreza STi has landed in the UK, can it really challenge our favourite hot hatchback? Ben Oliver pits it against the nutty Civic Type R



Tomorrow’s world

We speak to the men shaping the cars of tomorrow: the engineering, design and R&D chiefs at Audi, BMW, Merc, Porsche and engineering consultancy Magna do a spot of crystal ball gazing



Cars to save the car: Opel Flextreme

GM calls it the most significant concept car it’s ever built. We get under the skin of the Flextreme to find out why its plug-in hybrid system changes the rules for tomorrow’s cars



Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS driven

Nick Trott drives the lightweight Vantage powered by Aston’s motorsport V12. PLUS we’re given exclusive access to the company’s racers: the DBR9, Vantage GT2, DBRS9, N24 and LMP1



The secret life of concept cars

Ever wondered how real concept cars are? Tim Pollard is the only UK journalist to follow Renault’s latest Megane concept from the drawing board to its Geneva show debut




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