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  • Apple car rumours fuel Geneva debate about car of future

    Apple car rumours fuel Geneva debate about car of future

    The main talking point at this week’s Geneva car show is likely to be a vehicle that may never be built: the Apple car. The world’s automakers will gather in the Swiss city to tout their latest minivans, city cars and sport utility vehicles...

  • To bus lane or not to bus lane

    We all complain about traffic, congestion and the pollution they cause on our roads and have been doing so for many years. It is in our culture to complain about anything. A case in point is the inclement weather over the Carnival period, but then...

  • The evocative new Audi TT

    The evocative new Audi TT

    With the new TT and the new TTS, Audi designers have delivered a modern interpretation of the unmistakable lines of the original TT from 1998 enriched with numerous dynamic facets. The Coupé is 4.18 metres long with a wheelbase of 2.51 metres, and...

  • Dedicated bus lanes and avoidable road rage

    It’s only recently that I discovered, in a motoring sense, the proliferation of dedicated local bus lanes. Some eight years ago, while visiting Bath and Cheltenham, I had reason to talk seriously about bendy buses – which were on the way out as...

  • Toyota wants its batteries all back

    Toyota wants its batteries all back

    The hybrid batteries used in Toyota and Lexus models can last longer than the vehicles themselves, so often they are only recovered when the cars reach the end of their useful life, or if they have been involved in an accident. Toyota already has...

  • Opel starts the new year with honours

    Opel starts the new year with honours

    The New Year could hardly have started out better for Opel. Last month sales grew by over seven per cent in Europe; more than 110,000 orders have already been received for the new Opel Corsa and the brand has won an array of awards since the...

  • Changes to F1 helmets baned by rulemakers

    Changes to F1 helmets baned by rulemakers

    The Formula One Commission has taken the radical step of banning drivers from changing the design on their helmet throughout the course of a season. The move is to be ratified at a forthcoming meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, but is...

  • It pays to know difference between car’s honest wear and dishonest tear

    It pays to know difference between car’s honest wear and dishonest tear

    When you’re buying a used car and you’ve decided on the model you want, you’ve then got to find a balance between colour, specification, price and mileage. But do you have to compromise on quality to get what you want? Not in our book, so it pays...

  • Give cars anti-flu measures (please!)

    Why don’t cars come with anti-winter measures? I’m not talking about cold weather tyres: oh no. I mean something to stop my eyes streaming, my nose running and my throat spasming like a tasered octopus. This combination makes driving quite tricky,...

  • Ready to race

    Ready to race

    Today, the second test session at Barcelona’s Mont Melo circuit ends. This was the second one before the last test session in the coming days before the teams leave for Australia to start the 2015 F1 season on March 15 in Melbourne. The inaugural...

  • Five F1 races, including Australia, to start earlier

    Five F1 races, including Australia, to start earlier

    Formula One’s Australian season-opener in Melbourne on March 15 is one of five grands prix that will start an hour earlier this year under recommendations made after Jules Bianchi’s crash in Japan last October. Formula One Management (FOM)...

  • Amazing Audis at night

    Amazing Audis at night

    The nights might already be getting lighter, but Audi has celebrated the darkness with a series of amazing photographs of some of its popular models under the cover of nightfall. Each has been lit individually against a different background to...

  • Small cars, big deal

    Small cars, big deal

    Downsizing is all the rage, and if you’re thinking about taking the plunge, you’re spoilt for choice. Matt Kimberley looks at some of the new-for-2015 supermini starlets. Believe it or not, it’s harder to make a great small car than a great large...

  • It’s the detail that makes the difference

    It’s the detail that makes the difference

    Over the years I’ve closely followed the fortunes of Hyundai. After all, I was the first local journalist to test drive the Pony, originally planned for the Canadian market and a thoroughly satisfying car to drive on our even more uncertain roads...

  • Car guide

    Alfa Romeo revised the Giulietta range earlier in 2014 with updated engines to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy, plus there’s a new 2.0-litre turbodiesel. There is also now a Business Edition model aimed at company car drivers. The MiTo...

  • From Barcelona to Madrid for 20 euros

    From Barcelona to Madrid for 20 euros

    “Impossible”, “No way!”, “Are you out of your mind?” These are just some of the spontaneous reactions we got from people on the street when we asked them if they thought it was possible to drive from Barcelona to Madrid for €20. In order to prove...

  • New premises for Old Motors Club

    New premises for Old Motors Club

    The Old Motors Club, the biggest and most active classic car club in Malta, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the inauguration of new premises in Mosta on Sunday. The government in 2011 granted the club the former Linesmen’s Quarters in...

  • 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...

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