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Motoring

  • Ċikku’s fuel envy

    Today, Ċikku will have to spend €30 to fill his fuel tank every week with 20 litres of unleaded fuel, while Stanislav in Poland will get €10 change from €30 for the same amount of litres of unleaded fuel, which he can spend on two bottles of vodka...

  • Inverted right-of-way illogical

    Travelling down December 13 Road from Valletta in the direction of Marsa, on the second turning on the left there is a junction that leads motorists up onto a flyover to the road that leads to Mrieħel Bypass and the Santa Venera tunnels. Traffic...

  • Black tape across road signs

    Black tape across road signs

    It’s with great pleasure that I realise that Transport Malta has placed the correct No Entry signs, albeit without the obligatory No Right Turn sign to stop vehicles from going north uphill along Kennedy Drive (the turn adjacent to the entrance to...

  • Innovative, exciting and fun

    Innovative, exciting and fun

    I had seen pictures of the stunning Cactus and was particularly looking forward to testing this vehicle, so I thought of a suitable route to take this car tbrough its paces. Waiting for me was a mustard yellow Cactus, a colour that added to this...

  • Golf is US Car of the Year

    After being voted Car of the Year in Europe and World Car of the Year, the VW Golf is continuing its success story with the North American Car of the Year award. This means that the Golf has won more than 30 awards and design prizes since its...

  • Comfortable and fast

    Comfortable and fast

    Ever since Fiat added a bit of European glamour, this writer has enjoyed most seriously batting round the countryside in various modern Jeeps. OK, so nothing can compare with the old World War II workhorse, but the majority of today’s drivers...

  • The year we all plug in?

    The year we all plug in?

    The world is going hybrid mad. The market is filling up with hi-tech, low-CO2 plug-in hybrids – and many of them are brilliant. Iain Dooley highlights some of the best models for 2015. BMW i8 Genuine sports car thrills wrapped in a space-age body...

  • Five signs your car isn’t happy

    Five signs your car isn’t happy

    Your car can’t talk to you but that doesn’t mean it can’t communicate how it’s feeling. If something’s going wrong, there are a few subtle and not-so-subtle indicators that can warn of impending issues. Catch them early and you could save yourself...

  • In love with dear Annie

    In love with dear Annie

    Many old car owners have a history as interesting as that of the cars they own. In 1933, Royal Air Force captain H. G. Williams bought a brand new Hillman Minx that was his pride and joy, giving him and his wife immense pleasure as they drove it...

  • Isuzu D-Max for popemobile in the Philippines

    Isuzu D-Max for popemobile in the Philippines

    A customised Isuzu D-Max popemobile was used for several on-location trips during Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines. The D-Max was also the vehicle used to pick up the pontiff upon his arrival.

  • King of the Road

    King of the Road

    Europe has asked for it pretty relentlessly over the last few years, and they’ve finally got it. Harley-Davidson’s customers have got their Road Glide Special, complete with an updated version of its trademark ‘shark nose’ fairing. The Road Glide...

  • Hyundai president visits Malta

    Hyundai president visits Malta

    Hyundai Malta hosted Hyundai Motor Europe president and CEO Byung Kwon Rhim. Rhim was in Malta to overview Hyundai’s operations and to meet the management and personnel at Hyundai’s showroom in Birkirkara. During his visit, Rhim reiterated...

  • Less metal, more fun

    Less metal, more fun

    How do you make driving a Toyota Aygo even more fun? One sure-fire way is to provide some classic open-top enjoyment with a new retractable X-Wave canvas roof. Looking ahead to longer, warmer days, Toyota has launched the X-Wave as an option on...

  • Vienna premiere for Seat Cupra

    Seat CEO Jürgen Stackmann unveiled the brand’s latest top model, the Leon ST Cupra, at the Vienna Auto Show this month. The new member of the exceptionally successful Leon family is a unique combination of top performance, perfect style and...

  • Hot cars quicken pulses in Detroit

    Hot cars quicken pulses in Detroit

      There's no shortage of vehicles to choose from at this year's Detroit Auto Show, but when it comes to jaw droppers, Ford's new GT leds the pack. Ford CEO Mark Fields said:  "We want to make cars that make people's hearts pound, and if this...

  • Jaguar to challenge luxury SUVs with F-PACE model

    Jaguar to challenge luxury SUVs with F-PACE model

    Car maker Jaguar, known for its sporty sedans, will launch the F-PACE off-roader in 2016, entering the popular luxury sports utility sector in a departure for the 80-year-old brand. Luxury SUVs have long been built by parent company Jaguar Land...

  • In Cuba’s sea of classic cars, the truly valuable are elusive

    In Cuba’s sea of classic cars, the truly valuable are elusive

    Luis Abel Bango spent seven years searching for his dream car, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air. He finally found it on Cuba’s far western tip, buying it off the original owner for $7,000. “I went everywhere looking for what I wanted. Out in the provinces,...

  • An ode to 2014

    2014 raised the issue of traffic congestionSome dared say it was just perceptionIt seems no one can find a real solutionIn the meantime increasing air pollution Public transport a national catastropheArriva has gone yet still there’s...

  • New Toyota Yaris

    The new Yaris reflects Toyota’s renewed focus on design, displaying more distinctive styling inside and out. The objective has been to strengthen Yaris’s emotional appeal, without sacrificing any of the original car’s rational strengths, such as...

  • Hybrid theory

    Hybrid theory

    Porsche’s priority for every new car it makes is to make it feel like a Porsche should. But that’s no mean feat when it comes to the most complex road car ever made, writes Matt Kimberley, Press Association motoring writer. It’s an...

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