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  • Where are all the Chinese cars?

    Where are all the Chinese cars?

    China is one of the largest car markets in the world already and it’s expanding faster than any other. This is great news for car makers looking to sell cars within China, but what about the country’s domestic manufacturers who are looking beyond...

  • As good as expected

    As good as expected

    Having seen the original concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Fair in the mid-1990s, it came as a most pleasant surprise to find the TT is still very much on the front burner and has now been transmuted into one of the most awesome road cars of the...

  • SEAT unveils the 20V20

    SEAT unveils the 20V20

    SEAT has its eyes set on the year 2020. The Spanish carmaker revealed its strategic vision for the future in Geneva with the 20V20 showcar (meaning Vision 2020), an SUV that sets the stage for the brand’s future and new design language. “The 20V20...

  • Toyota’s hybrid idea

    Toyota’s hybrid idea

    For several decades now, the car industry has faced three important environmental challenges: ambient air quality, climate change and energy supply and demand. In order to conserve energy resources and prevent glo­bal warming, there is a growing...

  • Peugeot 308 voted Car of the Year 2015 in Casablanca

    Peugeot 308 voted Car of the Year 2015 in Casablanca

    This prestigious Car of the Year 2015 award was presented to the Peugeot 308 on January 27 in Casablanca, Morocco, during an evening that brought together many interested parties from the kingdom, motor industry professionals, guests and media...

  • 2015’s supercar stars

    2015’s supercar stars

    The car world’s annual Geneva war dance has come and gone, but shots have been fired and the power struggle has become faster, harder and more amazing than ever. The race to squeeze as much power, as much prestige and as much desirability into the...

  • Hamilton and the rest

    Hamilton and the rest

    The first grand prix of the season is already archived but much has been said about how the event unfolded. All seemed in place up to qualifying until latecomers Manor-Marussia missed out due to a glitch in the software that starts up the engine,...

  • Formula One’s Big Secret

    Formula One’s Big Secret

    Power, downforce and reliability are all-important to modern Formula One teams. But data security might just top them all as the most crucial factor in the whole operation. In the high-octane, speed-focused world of Formula One there are clear...

  • The new Passat is Car of the Year 2015

    The new Passat is Car of the Year 2015

    Europe’s ‘Car of the Year 2015’ is a Volkswagen: the new Passat won the prestigious award, which is presented every year by the international ‘Car of the Year’ jury. The winner was announced before the Geneva International Motor Show. “We are...

  • A family affair

    A family affair

    Spiridione Deguara (Spiro) developed an interest in classic cars in his early teens. This came about as as he decided to join his uncle’s business in Msida as a panel beater. “I joined him when I was just 14, learning the trade from scratch, and...

  • DS World Paris: Swarovski side by side with Divine DS

    DS World Paris: Swarovski side by side with Divine DS

    The DS World Paris, a new showcase dedicated to the world of the Citroën DS, has welcomed Swarovski side by side the Divine DS, a concept car studded with the company’s famous crystals. The new residency will also feature jewellery by Nathalie...

  • Stop the car-naming madness

    Stop the car-naming madness

    There are two things we couldn’t have foreseen when Nissan unveiled the Qashqai in 2007. The first was just how popular the car would become pretty much overnight and that it would start the most annoying of new car trends – ridiculous names. The...

  • The naked Boxer

    The naked Boxer

    If you always respected the BMW’s big 1200 GS but preferred your bikes a little lower and meaner to look at, the R 1200 R has been just the ticket. The thing is, the GS has been so successful that the R has never really had much chance in life.

  • New Opel Corsa sets standards in its segment

    New Opel Corsa sets standards in its segment

    The Opel Corsa is well-established as a perennial bestseller: through four model generations spanning 32 years, 12.4 million Corsas have been sold. Together with the Astra, it is Opel’s most popular model, accounting for over a quarter of the...

  • Vintage Motors Festival in Gozo today

    Vintage Motors Festival in Gozo today

    Federazzjoni Maltija Vetturi Antiki is holding the seventh edition of the Vintage Motors Festival in Gozo today. The festival began yesterday with a regularity run from Vittoriosa that ends today in the car park in Victoria. Three static vehicle...

  • £25,000 for millionth Morris Minor

    £25,000 for millionth Morris Minor

    The one millionth Morris Minor to be produced has sold at auction for £25,760 - 55 years after it rolled off the production line. The classic British car with 23,364 miles on the clock was sold today at Surrey-based specialist car auctioneers...

  • 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...

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