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  • The break is over

    The break is over

    F1 championship resumes today in Belgium’s famous 1950s Spa Francorchamps. Despite the new and complex regulations, hybrid power units, smaller combustion engines and subdued engine noise, the championship so far has been a grand spectacle. The...

  • Concepts

    Concepts

    Name:Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept Debut:Detroit Motor Show 2014 Appearance:Taking a small pinch of inspiration from the classic Dune Beetles of yestercentury, the Beetle Dune concept ups the regular car’s ante – and ride height – with taller...

  • The rolling geeks

    The rolling geeks

    It was a week when the electric car came into its own. We enjoyed a couple of decent drives in the all new Electric Renault range (see pages 6 and 7) and then like topping on a good cake, we went off to Vault 2, Captain of the Galleys, Vittoriosa...

  • The silent wonders of electric power

    The silent wonders of electric power

    Let’s look at the great little Twizy first. Those of you somewhat ‘long in the tooth’ may well remember the Messersmitt with its two seats, one behind the other, the mode adopted by Renault for this tiny urban delight. Twizy has superb swinging...

  • Has technology overtaken the combustion engine?

    Iain Dooley believes, to fully appreciate the advances of modern cars, we need to become more tech-savvy. If you still struggle with a smartphone, you’re not going to like the technology appearing in new cars. Without wishing to sound smug, I’ve...

  • Practical cars for older people

    Practical cars for older people

    As much as car manufacturers try to make cars suitable for all shapes, sizes and ages, not every car can offer the kind of attributes that make life a little easier. What will suit a 20-year-old tearaway may well be an annoyance to an older driver...

  • Bizarre rules

    The AA has unearthed a collection of bizarre European driving rules that could catch unwary drivers out this summer. Believe it or not, you're not allowed to drive a dirty car in Belarus, Romania and even in parts of Russia. In Portugal it's...

  • An obsession for Morris and Austin

    An obsession for Morris and Austin

    Ever since he can remember, Charles Borg was surrounded by either Morris or Austin cars. His father, Joseph, was obsessed with these brands. He had two old vehicles for daily use, a 1952 Morris 8 and a Baby Austin, the latter being a rare two-...

  • A breeze to drive

    A breeze to drive

    It came as no surprise to find out that the A3 range had been awarded ‘World Car of the Year’. The original Audi Quattro was thrown up the notorious ‘Pike’s Peak’, a partly surfaced hill climb in the States and there it had taken best time of the...

  • Round and round the roundabout

    A couple of months ago both the editor and I were talking about the perils of hitting either raised or sunken manhole covers with badly broken surroundings. Up until recently, and I have no reason to doubt until present, there is a unit within...

  • Car torque

    Car torque

    This junction on the Salina/Naxxar road should be closed to traffic. The safety mirror on the side of the road from where the photo was taken has once again been removed. Vehicles cannot see oncoming traffic if they exit this point. The next...

  • EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

    EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

    EU regulators are preparing draft legislation that will require vehicle fuel use to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, looking to close loopholes that allow car makers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials. Already from...

  • Peugeot launches GTi 30th anniversary special edition

    Peugeot launches GTi 30th anniversary special edition

    Peugeot has unveiled the 208 GTi 30th anniversary edition on the occasion of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. 30 years after the 205 GTi, Peugeot said it had reinterpreted the legend in a more radical version of the 208 GTi. The 208 GTi 30th...

  • Innovations in new Citroen C4 Cactus

    Innovations in new Citroen C4 Cactus

    Citroen has launched a new car which it views as a real alternative to the compact hatchback: the Citroen C4 Cactus. "In the fiercely competitive C segment with its apparently immutable design cues, the, the Citroen C4 Cactus stands apart with a...

  • Drifting super final in Malta

    FM Promotions Ltd., in collaboration with the Malta Drifting Association, are organising the Malta the Drift King of the Kings Super Final being held to mark the 10th anniversary of King of Europe drifting series, at Montekristo Estates, Hal...

  • 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...

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