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Motoring

  • 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...

  • Power to the People

    Power to the People

    With emissions campaigners on the warpath, Iain Dooley asks whether the time is right for a petrol renaissance. Everyone wants diesel cars banned from cities, and with street-level diesel particulate emissions being increasingly linked to serious...

  • Town or country

    Town or country

    Long gone are the days when Twingo I came into Malta in left-hand-drive format, with strange seats. If memory serves me well the rear seat squab folded up, allowing a most handy amount of room for life’s little pleas-urables to be carried inside...

  • Drink-driving advertising campaigns that saved lives

    Drink-driving advertising campaigns that saved lives

    In 50 years, drinking and driving has gone from a routine hazard to an anti-social menace. We take a look at the advertising campaigns that have saved lives. It has been 50 years since the first government campaign to combat drink-driving and...

  • Dealing effectively with emergency vehicles

    Dealing effectively with emergency vehicles

    Wherever you drive, there's always a chance you will encounter an emergency vehicle with lights and sirens switched on; the so-called 'blues and twos'. This clearly signals to all other road users that a police car, fire engine, ambulance,...

  • 15,000 more trees for Peugeot project

    In line with the commitments made during the “Kick it to Brazil” operation, 15,000 new trees are to be planted at the Peugeor-Onf forestry carbon sink at Fazenda Sao Nicolau, the site of the project, in Brazil. These saplings will join the two...

  • The best from north Europe

    The best from north Europe

    Over the years this writer has established something of a ‘short list’ of really desirable cars to own. Built-in safety features most highly in the regular reports that appear, because – although the personal transport features three classic cars...

  • Not-fit-for-purpose

    Not-fit-for-purpose

    Last month I had suggested that the Traffic Management Unit within Transport Malta may well be ‘not fit for purpose’. The unit I was opinionated about was the original brainchild of Major Peter Ripard, chairman of the Traffic Control Board. In the...

  • Never in the rain

    Never in the rain

    Old vehicles were a family tradition in the environment Mark Xuereb was brought up in. He was very close to his grand­father Carmelo, who for many years drove a vintage red bus on the old Birkirkara route. His budding interest in classic cars was...

  • The most beautiful roof in Paris

    The most beautiful roof in Paris

    “The most beautiful roof in Paris”; “the height of pride”; “Raise the flag”; “Forza Corsica”… These are just a few of the slogans that peoplewill be able to see in France on advertising hoardings. These adverts illustrate the new customisation...

  • Ferrari reveals £2m 'Sergio'

    Ferrari reveals £2m 'Sergio'

    Ferrari has unveiled a special £2 million spin-off model based on the 458 Spider supercar – but has bizarrely named it the Sergio. Just six of the roofless Sergios will be built, bearing the forename of the great Sergio Pininfarina, who designed...

  • Budget considerations

    In his 2015 Budget speech, whch took longer than any traffic jam will ever take in Malta, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna last Monday referred to many transport-related measures which should contribute positively to the overall traffic situation...

  • New Twingo design

    Two decades after it revolutionised the small car segment with the first-­generation Twingo, Renault has taken a fresh look at its celebrated city car. The brand’s engineers and designers started from a blank sheet of paper and took their...

  • Peugeot GT Line applied across the range

    Peugeot GT Line applied across the range

    With the new GT Line, customers can now have the style and equipment of the GT versions with more affordable engines. Introduced on the Peugeot 308 and 508, this exclusive line will be progressively extended to the whole range, starting with the...

  • Peugeot 2008 DKR’s definitive combat livery

    Peugeot 2008 DKR’s definitive combat livery

    With a month-and-a-half remaining until the start of the 2015 Dakar, the Peugeot 2008 DKR is getting into the swing and has traded its initial all-carbon finish for its official colour scheme. This spectacular metamorphosis is an eloquent sign...

  • 911@50

    911@50

    Half a century is a long time in any business, especially one as fickle as selling cars. Few cars have enjoyed such a strong following as Porsche’s 911, though, and one of the reasons for that is its linear heritage from its genesis to the present...

  • Kia’s first electric car launched in Malta

    Kia’s first electric car launched in Malta

    Cars International, represent-atives of Kia in Malta, have launched the first electric car – Soul – manufactured by the Korean brand, which continues to break into new grounds and increase its market share in the car industry. A landmark in Kia’s...

  • C4 Picasso successes

    C4 Picasso successes

    The New Citroen C4 Picasso has sold 160,000 vehicles to date, of which more than 100,000 since the start of the year. Launched in June 2013 as a five-seater and in September 2013 as a seven-seater (Grand C4 Picasso), the New Citroen C4 Picasso is...

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