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James Brodie

James has been with Auto Express since 2016, beginning as an assistant to the news and reviews teams. In his present role of senior staff writer he is responsible for crafting plenty of the words you read weekly in the magazine and on autoexpress.co.uk. James provides first drive reviews, in-depth official news and scoops gleaned from grilling car bosses at motor shows, while also travelling far and wide to deliver the latest stories.

New 2020 Audi A3: prices and specs confirmed
Audi A3

New 2020 Audi A3: prices and specs confirmed

The fourth-generation Audi A3 is on sale now, in both hatchback and saloon body styles – and a starting price of £23,300
13 Jul 2020
New Aston Martin DBX SUV: first car rolls off Welsh production line, plus all the specs and details
Aston Martin DBX

New Aston Martin DBX SUV: first car rolls off Welsh production line, plus all the specs and details

The new Aston Martin DBX is set to rival the Bentley Bentayga with prices starting from £158,000 and factory is up and running
9 Jul 2020
New Lamborghini Sian Roadster sets faces to stunned with open top and 808bhp V12
Lamborghini

New Lamborghini Sian Roadster sets faces to stunned with open top and 808bhp V12

Lamborghini’s hybrid Sian hypercar goes roofless with sub three-second dash to 62mph promised
8 Jul 2020
New 2020 Mercedes S-Class promises interior tech revolution
Mercedes S-Class

New 2020 Mercedes S-Class promises interior tech revolution

New-generation version of MBUX infotainment system previewed, promising wholesale change for all inside the next Mercedes S-Class
8 Jul 2020
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New 2021 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept previews electric coupe SUV
Audi Q4 Sportback

New 2021 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept previews electric coupe SUV

Swooping electric SUV will be capable of over 310 miles and will be Audi’s seventh electric car by next summer
7 Jul 2020
New Lexus LS facelift revealed for 2020
Lexus LS

New Lexus LS facelift revealed for 2020

Updated Lexus flagship majors on chassis, driver assistance and infotainment refreshes
7 Jul 2020
New 2022 Volvo V40: prices, specs and on-sale date
Volvo V40 SUV - front (watermarked)
Volvo V40 Hatchback

New 2022 Volvo V40: prices, specs and on-sale date

The new Volvo V40 will bolster the brand’s range of small “40” models, evolving from a hatchback into a compact crossover
7 Jul 2020

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New Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 review
Vauxhall Corsa-e hatchback

New Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 review

The all-electric Vauxhall Corsa-e boasts up to 134bhp and a 209-mile range, but rivals offer better value for money
6 Jul 2020
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BMW to make extras like heated seats subscription based options
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BMW to make extras like heated seats subscription based options

New software update for models with iDrive 7 also includes automatic switching to electric power in city centres for plug-in hybrid models
2 Jul 2020
New Maserati MC20 supercar: engine specs revealed
Maserati

New Maserati MC20 supercar: engine specs revealed

Maserati has confirmed new details on the new MC20’s powertrain, ahead of the car’s official launch in September
2 Jul 2020
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New Audi e-tron S performance SUV arrives with 489bhp
Audi e-tron

New Audi e-tron S performance SUV arrives with 489bhp

Audi’s e-tron SUV receives sportier looks, more power and tweaked suspension in new S guise
1 Jul 2020
New 2020 Bentley Bentayga unites line-up with radical facelift
Bentley Bentayga SUV

New 2020 Bentley Bentayga unites line-up with radical facelift

Engine line-up remains unchanged, but a new face aligns the Bentley Bentayga SUV with the Continental GT and Flying Spur
30 Jun 2020
New 2021 Ferrari Purosangue SUV: design, price and specs
Ferrari Purosangue final
Ferrari

New 2021 Ferrari Purosangue SUV: design, price and specs

The Purosangue will be Ferrari’s first ever SUV – and it’ll be available with either a V6, V8 or V12 engine
29 Jun 2020
New 2020 Kia e-Niro range expands with 180-mile entry-level model
Kia Niro

New 2020 Kia e-Niro range expands with 180-mile entry-level model

Three versions of the all-electric Kia e-Niro SUV are now available to order, including a new sub £30k version with a 180-mile range
25 Jun 2020
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Kia reveals new clutch-by-wire manual gearbox for 48-volt mild hybrids
Kia

Kia reveals new clutch-by-wire manual gearbox for 48-volt mild hybrids

New manual Kia gearbox removes mechanical clutch for greater efficiency and CO2 reductions
24 Jun 2020
New Lotus Exige 20th Anniversary special edition launched
Lotus Exige

New Lotus Exige 20th Anniversary special edition launched

New Lotus Exige 20th Anniversary is offered in Exige Series 1 colours and gets boosted standard specification
23 Jun 2020
New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo ready for 2021 launch
Porsche Taycan

New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo ready for 2021 launch

Porsche set to add second Taycan model to line-up with the Cross Turismo to bring big practicality gains
22 Jun 2020
New Ford Focus Ecoboost Hybrid engines arrive with Zetec Edition trim level
Ford Focus

New Ford Focus Ecoboost Hybrid engines arrive with Zetec Edition trim level

Two new mild-hybrid engine options arrive on Ford’s Focus hatch priced from £23,610, there's new interior tech and a minor equipment boost, too
22 Jun 2020
New 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV leaked in revealing images
Volkswagen ID.4

New 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV leaked in revealing images

Unofficial look at upcoming Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV confirms design language set to be used across ID line-up
18 Jun 2020
2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival officially cancelled 
News

2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival officially cancelled 

The 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be pushed back towards the end of summer amid COVID-19 emergency
16 Jun 2020
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New 2021 Nissan X-Trail revealed in US-only Nissan Rogue form
Nissan X-Trail

New 2021 Nissan X-Trail revealed in US-only Nissan Rogue form

The new Nissan Rogue will be rebadged as X-Trail and receive different engines when it arrives in Europe next year
16 Jun 2020
New 2020 Range Rover Fifty marks 50th anniversary of brand icon
Land Rover Range Rover

New 2020 Range Rover Fifty marks 50th anniversary of brand icon

Limited-run Range Rover Fifty to be produced in colours lifted from the original model’s options list
15 Jun 2020
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New Porsche Cayenne GTS arrives with 454bhp
Porsche Cayenne

New Porsche Cayenne GTS arrives with 454bhp

The new Porsche Cayenne GTS has a lower set-up to boost handling, while its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 develops 454bhp and 620Nm of torque
11 Jun 2020
New Alpina B5 and D5 S arrive based on BMW 5 Series facelift
Alpina B5

New Alpina B5 and D5 S arrive based on BMW 5 Series facelift

Alpina’s petrol-powered B5 and diesel-engined D5 S are available to order now – with the former offering an output of 612bhp
11 Jun 2020
New Volkswagen ID.3: first deliveries confirmed for September 
Volkswagen ID.3. - front 3/4 static Frankfurt
Volkswagen ID.3

New Volkswagen ID.3: first deliveries confirmed for September 

The all-electric VW ID.3 hatchback will finally hit the road in the UK this September but only in 1st Edition guise. The cheaper models will follow
10 Jun 2020
New 415bhp Mercedes AMG GLA 45: UK prices and specs revealed
Mercedes GLA 45 AMG

New 415bhp Mercedes AMG GLA 45: UK prices and specs revealed

Junior GLA 35 on sale from £43,565, while range-topping GLA 45 S tops out at almost £65,000
9 Jun 2020
Aston Martin DBX model range to grow from 2021
Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX model range to grow from 2021

First deliveries for new Aston DBX SUV are still on track for this summer, with further versions coming next year
8 Jun 2020
Dyson car revealed in full as time called on electric SUV project
Electric cars

Dyson car revealed in full as time called on electric SUV project

Full interior and exterior images, plus insight into the battery technology that would have underpinned British answer to Tesla
3 Jun 2020
New 500bhp+ Land Rover Defender V8 spied again
Land Rover Defender

New 500bhp+ Land Rover Defender V8 spied again

Plate check reveals new Land Rover Defender prototype with a 5.0-litre engine is roaming the grounds of Gaydon
29 May 2020
Future of Alpine to be examined as part of Renault cost cutting measures
Alpine A110 front
Renault

Future of Alpine to be examined as part of Renault cost cutting measures

Renault restructuring means it is Impossible to maintain the status-quo at Alpine, according to group Chairman
29 May 2020
New 2021 Mercedes SL to be developed by AMG with 2+2 layout
Mercedes SL

New 2021 Mercedes SL to be developed by AMG with 2+2 layout

The new Mercedes SL roadster will return with a fabric roof and will share tech with the AMG GT sports car. Our exclusive images preview how it could …
29 May 2020
Nissan teases new Z sports car as one of 12 new models by 2021
Nissan 370Z

Nissan teases new Z sports car as one of 12 new models by 2021

New sports car teased as long awaited 370Z replacement, but focus to shift to North America and China
28 May 2020
New Mercedes E-Class Coupe arrives with prices starting from £46k
Mercedes E-Class Coupe

New Mercedes E-Class Coupe arrives with prices starting from £46k

The Mercedes E-Class Coupe gets a new look, new tech and 48-volt mild hybrid assistance
26 May 2020
SsangYong Tivoli SUV facelifted for 2020
SsangYong Tivoli SUV

SsangYong Tivoli SUV facelifted for 2020

The SsangYong Tivoli SUV has been updated with two new engines and an interior overhaul
18 May 2020