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Motoring

  • Don’t talk and drive

    According to statistics, mobile phones will be the number one cause of fatal collisions in the UK by 2015. Although similar statistics are not available locally, probably the same can be said in Malta. The UK are going for doubling the number of...

  • Go fun yourself

    Go fun yourself

    The new Aygo, is an example of Toyota’s commitment to build ever-better cars that catch the eye and are genuinely fun to drive. A distinctive and characterful design and a wealth of customisation options show how Toyota has made fun a key element...

  • On the bright side

    On the bright side

    The new Citroen C1 is a fresh take on a best-seller­ that has notched up more than 760,000 sales since its launch in 2005. This new city car is available in three-door and five-door versions and also in a new open-top body style called Airscape. A...

  • Renault Zoe to travel 2,000 miles

    Renault Zoe to travel 2,000 miles

    A Renault Zoe electric car is about to cover 2,000 miles up and down the country to prove that a linked and entirely functional network of electric charging points already exists. The route will travel from London to John O’Groats and back down to...

  • Germans in sparking form

    Germans in sparking form

    Besides being crowned football world champions in Brazil, Germany saw another great sporting achievement, this time in Formula 1. It was the first time a German driver, Nico Rosberg, won the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim driving an all-German F1...

  • Audi makes it 13

    Audi makes it 13

    Although in recent years Audi have made a habit of winning at Le Mans, repeatedly fending off determined challenges from formidable adversaries like Toyota and Peugeot and placing first overall no fewer than 12 times since 2000, in 2014 an Audi...

  • Teaching your kids to drive

    Teaching your kids to drive

    Your kids want to learn to drive but you don’t fancy shelling out a fortune to get them lessons. Can you do it yourself? It’s a tempting solution to an expensive problem. The day you dreaded has arrived, and your offspring deliver the chilling...

  • Lack of vision

    Lack of vision

    The windscreen. It’s not an annoyance, an inconvenience or in any way a hindrance. Being able to see where we’re going is a fundamental requirement for us mere mortals. So why do so many drivers choose not to keep it clear? At this time of year...

  • Driving faults

    Nobody’s perfect – not even the police, so it does us no harm to think about what we could do better. We’ve compiled the top ten driving faults; how many are you guilty of? Poor driving is something we’re all guilty of but almost never admit to,...

  • UK drivers change cars as often as their mobile phone

    UK drivers change cars as often as their mobile phone

    Drivers in the UK change their cars as often as they swap to a new mobile phone. In the past 10 years, the average British motorist has owned four mobile phones and four cars. A study by Privilege shows that most drivers own an average of seven...

  • From Only Fools and Horses to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    From Only Fools and Horses to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Many foreigners who retire to Malta bring with them a chequered career that sometimes remains firmly folded and far from public knowledge. Barry Owen (pictured below) is one of them: his claim to fame is his work on classic cars which graced the...

  • Like a rolling stone

    Like a rolling stone

    Number one is not good enough for tyre maker Bridgestone. It sells more tyres globally than anyone else in the world, but Europe has so far proved an uncrackable nut. There’s a renewed sense of purpose within the firm’s top brass, so Matt...

  • Coping with the summer dust

    Every six months or so as we live in the arid desert conditions around Salini, where the daily dust clouds sandblast, not only the side of the car, but the plastic lamp covers of the family BMW Mini. We venture off to the local garage and purchase...

  • Car torque

    Car torque

    This month we focus on three new sheds that were erected at enormous expense for the storage of salt at Salini. Late in April large areas of the wooden planks that covered the roofs and sides were ripped off, because leaks had been discovered, we...

  • New Passat

    New Passat

    The new Volkswagen Passat was introduced during a launching ceremony in Potsdam today. Volkswagen is steering the Passat upscale, aiming to lift its No.2 selling model clear of a struggling market for mid-priced cars without alienating its core...

  • Misaligned manholes and oversized speed bumps

    It’s the same old story, over and over again: England with an early exit from the World Cup; Italy involved in the usual controversies; Suarez wanting a bit(e) of the action; and I suffer yet another flat tyre. The situation is really verging on...

  • Pointless performance car electronics

    Pointless performance car electronics

    Having only just got to grips with DAB radio, Iain Dooley bemoans the fact that the relentless march of electronic aids in the latest tech-laden performance cars is spoiling the driving experience. There’s nothing worse than climbing into a new...

  • Sharapova hitches a lift with Webber

    French Open tennis champion Maria Sharapova arrived at a pre-Wimbledon party thanks to Australian race Mark Webber The Porsche 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car, and least polluting, the company has built. The plug-in hybrid super sports...

  • Audi A3 is World Car of the Year 2014

    At a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation, the Audi A3 was declared the 2014 World Car of the Year. Audi has now won a total of seven awards, having previously collected the inaugural 2005...

  • Look out for the new Opel Cascada

    Look out for the new Opel Cascada

    Cars International will on Wednesday unveil the new Opel Cascada Cabrio and Cosmo in both manual and automatic transmission. The Cascada has an elongated silhouette and a high-quality soft top. It is a midsize convertible not only by its size but...

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