CAR Condensed: your weekly motoring news briefing | CAR Magazine

CAR Condensed: your weekly motoring news briefing

Published: 10 January 2020

► The week’s biggest car news
► Your weekly briefing
► Updated every week!

Welcome to our second CAR Condensed of 2020, our weekly round-up of all the key news, scoops, reviews and snippets that’ve kept buzzing in the past few days.

Here we look back at the stories that matter from the past week, in a handy summary of the world’s biggest motoring stories that matter. Click on the links below for the full story in each case.

1. Lamborghini Huracan goes rear-wheel drive again


There comes a point in the life of every junior Lambo where somebody wants to take a blowtorch to the front driveshafts. The Huracan’s time has come – and this week we saw the new rear-wheel drive version, a hardcore one following in the slip-slidey tyre tracks of the original RWD Balboni. To read more click here.

2. Sony builds an electric car!

Sony Vision S: like a mix of a Tesla and a Porsche electric car

You might be more used to driving a remote control with your Sony – flicking channels or turning the volume down. But this week at the CES electronics show in Las Vegas Sony showed its hand with a surprisingly production-ready electric car. Could the Japanese consumer goods giant really branch out into cars? Read our full Sony EV article here.

3. The extraordinary story of Carlos Ghosn’s disappearance

Carlos Ghosn interview in Lebanon

The story that keeps on giving: fugitive ex-Nissan car boss Carlos Ghosn gave his first press conference since escaping bail in Japan. Speaking from his native Lebanon in a rambling and at times chaotic media circus, Ghosn gave his account for the witch hunt in Japan and to protest his innocence. It’s an extraordinary tale that’s captivated punters around the world. Watch the full press conference on video.

4. Toyota’s back in hot hatches: the new Yaris GR is here

Toyota Yaris GR

The world is better when oh-so-sensible Toyota builds fun cars. And this week we finally saw the full specs and pictures of the new 2020 Yaris GR hot hatch. Imagine a Supra flavour that’s been rinsed into a four-wheel drive pocket rocket and you’re about there. Read all about it here.

5. We spent most of a year living with an Alfa Stelvio – and nothing went wrong…

Alfa Romeo Stelvio: our eight-month verdict

Our long-termers are often the most popular content in CAR magazine – and the Stelvio has proved equally clicky with our online audience. You just can’t beat the experience of living with a car for nearly a year and it’s been no different with Alfa Romeo’s first SUV. Mark Walton has spent eight months with one and here he tells his story. Read the full long-term test here.

6. Aston Martin issues a profit warning – and then shows us its new V12 Speedster

Aston Martin V12 Speedster: a teaser

There’s red ink aplenty on Aston Martin’s balance sheet right now and disappointing sales figures in 2019 meant the publicly listed supercar maker had to downgrade its forecasts. Cue a slump in its already depressed share price – and a miraculously conjured teaser photo whetting our appetite for a low-volume V12 Speedster. Looks like Gaydon knows how to keep us interested in the months before its first SUV lands with customers… See the V12 here.

7. The UK car market shrank in 2019 – but some cars absolutely flew off the shelves

New car sales analysis 2019 (Getty)

The full-year sales figures for 2019 arrived this week and we sent our newshound Tim Pollard to pore all over them. Find out who’s up, who’s down, what the trends were and understand what’s happening in Britain’s car showrooms in his fulsome analysis. Don’t miss the full story here.