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Motoring

  • Simply fabulous

    Simply fabulous

    Looking back at 60 years of motoring it shames me to say that Land Rover, that iconic brand name, has never before come under my scrutiny. Yes, a decade or so ago I navig-ated my granddaughter in her Series 2 on a couple of rallies and I had a...

  • Seat opens its doors to client

    How do all the parts of the car I’ve just bought fit together? wondered German-born Markus Buchholz. Like anyone passionate about the automotive world, he had surfed the internet many times in search of this information. Aware that it is one thing...

  • Cars we hope never to ­crash

    Cars we hope never to ­crash

    Rowan Atkinson crashed his McLaren F1 in 2011 and a Ferrari F50 was binned on a test drive near Silverstone recently, but despite these being the most expensive single-car crashes in British history, neither makes our list of cars we’d least like...

  • Duel in the desert to decide championship

    Duel in the desert to decide championship

    After a very tight battle between the Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton lasting 19 grand prix, it’s down to today’s final race in Abu Dhabi to decide a winner, thanks to the rather controversial double point scoring for the last...

  • The road to the 2014 F1 title

    Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will stage a 'duel in the desert' for the 2014 Formula One title at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend. The following details their season-long battle. 1. Australia Rosberg won...

  • F1’s top 10 title deciding showdowns

    Today’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will decide the Formula One title, with Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fighting for the crown. Since 1950 there have been 27 last-race deciders. The following looks at 10 of the best in...

  • Audi in new design era

    Audi is launching into a new design era. Marc Lichte, head of design, is giving the Audi brand a new styling direction in the large coupé. “When he moved to Audi, Lichte launched a design offensive,” said Professor Ulrich Hackenberg, board member...

  • How to be a better driver

    Lewis Hamilton might be doing well on the track, but for us mere mortals there’s always room for improvement. Be a better driver by following these ten simple tips. 1. Be sure The most common cause of accidents is not speed; it’s simply a...

  • A sexy commuter

    A sexy commuter

    Honda calls the CBR650F a sports bike, and it does a mighty fine job of intimidating one. But don’t let marketing and an eye-catching tricolour paint scheme convince you that it’s anything other than a commuter. And a very sexy one. Just like the...

  • A passion since the age of seven

    A passion since the age of seven

    In the make-believe world of children, Aaron Pisani had his first classic car at the age of seven – a Vauxhall Victor parked outside his home in Sliema. He used to pretend to drive it and regularly used to get a bucket with water and soap to wash...

  • Concept corner

    Concept corner

    Name: Mercedes-Benz G-Code SUC concept Debut: Mercedes-Benz Design Centre Beijing opening ceremony Appearance: While G-Code sounds a lot like a men's eau de toilette, and calling it a 'suck' is asking for trouble, there's a simple appeal to the...

  • Traffic on our roads

    Traffic on our roads

    James Piscopo, chairman and CEO of Transport Malta, came out with an interesting article on traffic in Malta. There were various points, statements and paragraphs that interested me most thoroughly. Certainly we have a grand number of vehicles...

  • 'Mission accomplished' for Citroen as Paris motor show

    'Mission accomplished' for Citroen as Paris motor show

    Citroen has declared 'mission accomplished' after a product offensive at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in which it continued to reaffirm itself as a brand harnessing creative flair and technology to enhance well-being. "Two weeks on, the results from...

  • Porsche to sell out of priciest-ever model by December

    Germany's Porsche expects to sell out its most expensive model ever by early December, bolstering earnings as the sports-car maker grapples with rising capacity costs. "We are close to the finish line" in selling all 918 of the 918 Spyder Hybrid...

  • These road maps are leading us nowhere

    It’s ironic that a party elected to govern on the premise that it had a ‘road map’ for every situation, has failed in public transport and traffic management, where maps are most useful. The 332,000 licensed cars on our roads are causing mayhem on...

  • Bikers are the happiest commuters in the UK

    Bikers are the happiest commuters in the UK

    A survey of 1,000 commuters found that almost 88 per cent of people who commute on a motorbike or scooter believe they are happier when they get to work than people who use other modes of travel. The report, which analyses commuters’ subjective...

  • Nissan X-Trail secures five-star Euro NCAP

    The all-new Nissan X-Trail has scored a maximum five-star safety rating from independent safety organisation Euro NCAP. The result follows similar five-star scores for the new Qashqai, making Nissan's crossover range one of the safest and most...

  • A thrill to drive

    A thrill to drive

    Peugeot has been building on its lead in the crossover market since 2009. With the Quartz concept, it has unveiled a new vision for the segment, blending the heightened expression of a next-generation SUV with the punch of its more...

  • Concept corner

    Concept corner

    Name: McLaren P1 GTR Concept Debut: 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, California Appearance: 'Purposeful' would probably be the best word to describe the P1 GTR's combination of sinister smile at the front, sculpted spoiler at the rear and...

  • Citroen blows in with air-powered Cactus

    Citroen blows in with air-powered Cactus

    Citroen has already made waves with the launch of its unusual C4 Cactus hatchback, and it has gone one further at this year’s Paris Motor Show by unveiling a superfrugal air-powered version. The C4 Cactus Airflow 2L is based on the standard car...

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