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  • ‘T’ime for California

    ‘T’ime for California

    Ferrari’s California T can be summed up in a single word: compelling. It shuns lap times in favour of usable performance and it’s incredibly likeable. There’s some debate over whether a turbo-charged Ferrari is actually something new or not, but...

  • Class-leading A4

    Class-leading A4

    The new-generation Audi A4 and A4 Avant are a fascinating synthesis of technology and esthetics. All the technology in the brand’s bestselling family car has been redeveloped so that it yet again defines the benchmark in the segment. During the...

  • Renault agrees to buy Lotus F1 team

    Renault agrees to buy Lotus F1 team

    Renault has signed a ‘letter of intent’ to buy troubled Formula One team Lotus, potentially averting the team’s collapse. The letter marks Renault’s first step towards the project of a Renault Formula One team from the 2016 racing season, thereby...

  • Toyota outlines ambitious plan to slash CO2

    Toyota outlines ambitious plan to slash CO2

    Toyota aims to sell 30,000 fuel cell vehicles and seven million additional hybrids by the year 2020 as part of a sweeping new environmental plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions. Among the goals, Toyota targets a 90 per cent cut in average carbon...

  • ‘Confusing’ in-car gadgets

    ‘Confusing’ in-car gadgets

    Modern cars are outsmarting their owners, according to new research that flies in the face of studies that suggest car buyers want plenty of advanced technology. A survey of 1,000 car owners carried out by BookMyGarage.com found that 73 per cent...

  • Taking Mercedes to the younger generation

    Taking Mercedes to the younger generation

    Although Mercedes wants its new A-Class to appeal to a younger audience, it does not intend to alienate its hardcore buyers who have been loyal to the brand for so many years. Pierre Fava explains further. When Mercedes launched its entirely new...

  • Straight from the scrap heap!

    Straight from the scrap heap!

    Car and motorbike lover Stephen Zerafa took an abandoned Rover PC 2000 TC and meticulously restored it to mint condition. Childhood visions and memories often stand out uppermost in one’s mind and have a lasting effect on future developments.

  • Chopard watch for Mdina Grand Prix winner

    Chopard watch for Mdina Grand Prix winner

    Malta’s weekend-long classic car tournament came to a festive close on Sunday when Roberto Farneti driving a Lotus 23B 1963 was proclaimed winner of the 2015 edition. Farneti, an Italian from Ravenna, is a long-time sports car driver, who is still...

  • The exclusive i10 Black Line

    The exclusive i10 Black Line

    The new Hyundai i10 Black Line has arrived in Malta, packed with a number of features that make this successful model even more exclusive. The i10 ‘Black Line’ comes with black metallic outside mirrors, anthracite side-moulding, audio fascia...

  • The all-new Volvo XC90

    The all-new Volvo XC90

    The all-new XC90 needs no introduction. Its bold and upright design exudes strength and oozes confidence. It embodies the clean, uncluttered purity of Swedish design, enhanced by a proud grille and pronounced front and rear lights that are...

  • SONAX celebrates its 65th birthday

    SONAX celebrates its 65th birthday

    Sixty-five years ago, Sonax company owner Manfred Hoffmann senior and his father took on the entrepreneurial venture of manufacturing a top quality polish for cars. At the time, success was not exactly guaranteed. The Sonax brand actually has a...

  • Maximum Safety Ratings

    Maximum Safety Ratings

    The all-new Ford S-MAX sports activity vehicle and Galaxy people mover have been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by independent crash test authority Euro NCAP. The technologically advanced S-MAX and Galaxy are both, for the first time,...

  • Mazda’s Koeru concept

    Mazda’s Koeru concept

    Mazda made a strong statement at this year’s Frankfurt International Motor Show with its unconventional Koeru, a brand-new crossover SUV concept. Koeru is Japanese for ‘exceed’ or ‘go beyond’ and the concept embodies Mazda’s ambition to deliver...

  • Airy glasshouses and illuminated tattoos? It’s the new Fiat 500

    Airy glasshouses and illuminated tattoos? It’s the new Fiat 500

    Fiat has released the first pictures of the updated 500, complete with ‘airy glasshouse’ and rear lights that ‘almost look like illuminated tattoos’. More than 1,800 innovative detail changes have been made, says Fiat, on a car that intends to...

  • The mid-size SUV that has come of age

    The mid-size SUV that has come of age

    Twenty-one years later, Toyota’s RAV4 goes from strength to strength and is today a very formidable adversary to any of the SUVs currently available on the market. The fourth generation Toyota RAV4 is pitched right in the middle of the ever...

  • The bus men

    The bus men

    In the much maligned days when the Association of Public Transport ruled the roost, and before the misfiring Arriva and later Autobuses de Leon appeared on local roads, one of the biggest bus owners in Malta was the Galea family with a fleet of 23...

  • New Audi A6

    New Audi A6

    Audi has updated its iconic A6 with new engines, a new transmission and updated headlights. The A6 has good handling in either front or four-wheel drive version. It has impressively strong brakes and firm sport settings, and it is extremely...

  • Enter the Renault Kadjar

    Enter the Renault Kadjar

    Crossovers have become big business all around the world. According to Renault, one in five vehicles sold last year worldwide was a crossover and the share is even higher in markets like Europe (23 per cent) and China (26 per cent). Little wonder,...

  • Image more important than safety to car buyers

    Image more important than safety to car buyers

    Drivers are putting their lives at risk by choosing cars based on brand and image rather than safety. This trend is especially prevalent among young drivers. A recent survey by road safety charity Brake shows safety is one of the least important...

  • Mini designs its own surf board

    Mini has launched its own surfboard with help of surf experts Channel Islands Surfboards. The design aims to offer surfers all the attributes of a Mini car but on the waves. Called ‘The Mini’, the new surfboard has been developed in conjunction...

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