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