New redesigned April 2009 issue of CAR Magazine

Published: 24 February 2009

The new April 2009 issue of CAR Magazine is out now with a brand new look. We've listened to your feedback and spent nearly half a year plotting important changes to make your favourite motoring mag even better. Scroll below for our digital preview.

There's a fresh new design to showcase the incisive writing and beautiful photography for which CAR is famed. We've revived some of our greatest hits: GBU, Giant Test and Insider are back, and there are more of the drives, news and analysis you asked for. The new issue features some stunning cars: we pit the Jag XFR against the M5 and RS6; test the Toyota iQ against the Smart; drive the new Audi R8 V10 supercar; and name the Focus RS's place in the pantheon of great hot hatches.
This isn't a knee-jerk redesign. We're improving CAR from a position of strength; last week we posted an ABC audited 6% circulation increase period-on-period – the biggest rise of any mainstream UK motoring title in a sector that's shrinking. So check out our digital sampler below.
Edited highlights of the new April 2009 issue – out on Wednesday 25 February – include:

Ford's new Focus RS vs 12 hot hatch icons 
Jaguar's XFR takes on the BMW M5 and Audi RS6
GBU: every car reviewed, every month. No punches held
We take Audi's R8 V10 to Europe's highest road
Toyota's iQ group tested against the Smart and Fiat 500
Insider: the new section packed with analysis and industry news
Bentley's boss tells us how the company will survive
We stick our neck out and tell you why BMW will win F1 in 2009
• Driven: C3 Picasso, Porsche's diesel Cayenne, new Mazda 3, Mini cabrio, plus 18 other tests
• Design story: exclusive shoot with Audi's A1
First pictures of BMW's GT5, Rolls-Royce's 200EX and new Aston convertible
The CAR interview: we meet Mr Tamiya, the radio control car legend
The full story on Porsche's next 911, plus scoops of McLaren P11 and Jaguar XJ
CAR columnists: Gavin Green, Mark Walton, Chris Chilton
Long-termers: VW Golf, Audi TT, Jaguar XF, Ford Kuga, Caterham Seven, Lexus IS-F, Citroen C-Crosser, Mitsubishi Evo X, VW California, Ford Fiesta, Renaultsport Twingo, Bentley Continental GT and Audi A5

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By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy