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  • Europe car sales shows broad-based rise in demand

    Europe car sales shows broad-based rise in demand

    New car registrations in Europe rose 6.9 percent in April, industry data showed, on growth in large markets like Italy, France, Germany and Great Britain, and as demand for mass market brands like VW outpaced sales of premium vehicles. New...

  • Aston Martin secures 200 million pounds to fund new models

    Aston Martin secures 200 million pounds to fund new models

    British luxury carmaker Aston Martin has raised 200 million pounds in an equity issue, backed by its major shareholders, to fund its expansion into crossovers. The 102-year old company, James Bond's carmaker of choice, said the fundraising was led...

  • Peugeot 308 R HYbrid, the compact hatchback that 'drives like a supercar'

    Peugeot 308 R HYbrid, the compact hatchback that 'drives like a supercar'

    Since its launch, the Peugeot 308 has won over more than 280,000 connoisseurs across the world thanks to qualities that are unheard of in segment C. As it presses ahead with its internationalisation strategy, the marque is present at the Shanghai...

  • Drug driving

    The controversial drug reform became law this month. This has not made smoking a joint legal. It is the penalties for the offence that have been eased and not the drug’s legal status. However, the introduction of this law got me somewhat thinking,...

  • Those wretched potholes

    Those wretched potholes

    Some attempt was made to restore parts of the Burmurrad-Wardija-Żebbiegħ road by filling in potholes. At the time of writing, some areas have in fact been badly filled with concrete and another stretch has been blessed with a tarmac topcoat. This...

  • Essential guide: automotive additives

    Essential guide: automotive additives

    We’ve heard of bolt-on and go-faster goodies for our cars, but what about upgrades you simply pour into the car to make it better? From clearer windscreens to improved cooling, there are many additives you can mix with your car’s vital fluids, but...

  • A very clear business plan

    A very clear business plan

    McLaren is part of an overwhelmingly positive picture for UK car manufacture. Our man Matt Kimberley sits down with a high-ranking company insider to talk Long Tails, naming structures and Formula One. Life is good for British car-makers at the...

  • Targa - Six of the best semi-convertibles

    Targa - Six of the best semi-convertibles

    With the release of Porsche’s best-ever Targa, the new GTS version, we celebrate highlights from the history of the semi-convertible. Historically there was one main problem with convertible sports cars: they tended to be a bit bendy after the...

  • Old gear

    Old gear

    We shouldn’t be surprised by an explosive parting of the ways, but Jeremy Clarkson and the BBC were always heading in different directions, says Matt Joy. Hopefully some of you out there are old enough to remember Top Gear in the days before it...

  • Isuzu D-Max triumphs again in Trade Van Driver Awards

    Isuzu D-Max triumphs again in Trade Van Driver Awards

    Isuzu UK continues to upset the status quo with its award-winning feats, with the accolade this week of Best Trade Pick-Up in the 2015 Trade Van Driver Awards for the second year running. Matt Eisenegger, editor of Trade Van Driver, said of the...

  • In her middle years the new Smart for Two gets ever better

    In her middle years the new Smart for Two gets ever better

    She might be only 2,695 mm long, able to park nose-to-pavement in various properly programmed parking areas, and the model tested may take 14.9 seconds to reach the magic ‘ton’ (10.7 seconds for the turbo, top of the range), but without hassle she...

  • What’s new?

    What’s new?

    Aston Martin has mixed the best elements from the Vantage range to create arguably the greatest mash-up of all time. The Vantage has been the main-stay of the Aston Martin range since 2004, and although it’s been around for a while it’s been...

  • Who will stop Hamilton?

    Who will stop Hamilton?

    Lewis Hamilton just seems to be in his best form ever. He has dominated three of the first four away races. He has an excellent car and seems to have mastered his racing. When in the lead, he paces the car methodically to bring the driver behind...

  • Qatar F1 race hopes appear to remain distant

    Qatar’s hopes of joining the Formula One calendar in the near future appear to have receded after commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone indicated he was unlikely to add a third Middle Eastern race to the schedule just yet. “I think we’ve got enough...

  • Passion for classics

    Passion for classics

    Throughout more than 50 years living and working in England, John Farrugia hardly ever needed to buy a car. But there was one significant exception, when he bought a 1958 Austin Cambridge A55 from his brother-in-law, Mario Conti. It was a classic...

  • Button hoping for a good step up in Barcelona

    McLaren are hoping for a boost in Barcelona next month even if Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix is another struggle, Jenson Button said today. "I think already in Barcelona you'll see a good step," declared the Briton, looking forward to team mate and...

  • Smooth roads and good infrastructure

    Snug tightly in my aisle seat on my way to Madonna di Campiglio courtesy of YTC Travel, I came across an e-mail with a pdf of a recent study conducted by the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development of the University of...

  • The Spanish are lurking

    The Spanish are lurking

    Roads that perforce we use on a daily basis are crumbling into a zigzag of lines a couple of centimetres wide. Unfortunately, from time spent in the English Fens, where this is a common occurrence, the roads are being built on peat, which absorbs...

  • New Land Rover Discovery Sport defines family with better volume

    New Land Rover Discovery Sport defines family with better volume

    Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Sport. The first member of the new Discovery family, Discovery Sport, features 5+2 seating in a footprint no larger than existing five-seat premium SUVs. Discovery Sport’s progressive new design approach...

  • Great things come in small packages

    Great things come in small packages

    It might be a four-seat, family-orientated car but every model of the B Class will happily stretch beyond 160 km/h. Not only are they pleasantly fast but you choose the mill you want from a choice of course petrol or diesel. But there is a natural...

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