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  • Rolls-Royce cars CEO seeks younger customers via social media

    Rolls-Royce customers are getting younger, chief executive Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes says, as the luxury carmaker embraces You Tube and Instagram and prepares to replace its ageing flagship, the Phantom. Since 2013, the BMW-owned British brand has...

  • A value pack on wheels

    A value pack on wheels

    The new car market is fascinating and full of surprises. The class boundaries are always contracting, shifting and moving in all directions to the joy of car buyers but leaving many car makers looming in the dark. The new Suzuki Vitara is one such...

  • Best bikes of the year

    Best bikes of the year

    We are used to being bombarded with new models at this time of year. Times have changed and the industry is responding by producing fewer new models, but better ones; bikes that threaten to raise the bar still further. Here are a few favourites...

  • Top employer for second consecutive year

    Top employer for second consecutive year

    Seat has again been recognised as one of Spain’s best companies to work for after receiving the Top Employer 2016 certificate. The company is the only carmaker in Spain with this seal of excellence. Following a research survey, the Top Employers...

  • Take it to the market

    Take it to the market

    Affordable cars were needed in the immediate post-war period. Resources were tight and customers’ budgets were even tighter, so André Citroen saw the perfect opportunity for the small car he had been developing before the outbreak of World War II.

  • Active mode on

    Active mode on

    Malta in winter can provide glorious days – while the rest of Europe is freezing, we are basking in a pleasant sun. Which is a perfect backdrop when driving a fun car. A good drive, a nice meal and plenty of sun – what more could anyone want? The...

  • A faithful companion

    A faithful companion

    The Volkswagen Budd-e concept debuted at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. As befits its name, the Budd-e looks like a faithful pal, a cheerful little guy who is always trying to get your attention and tell you a little joke. Volkswagen is pushing this angle...

  • Keep your eyes on the road

    Keep your eyes on the road

    During the winter months, all drivers should keep their cars’ windows and lights scrupulously clean to make sure they can see out clearly in all weathers. All of this hard work can be undermined, though, if you fail to look after that most...

  • Top end rush

    Top end rush

    Four cylinders? In an adventure bike? What is this voodoo? BMW has introduced yet another stylish newcomer to its already extensive range, and the S 1000 XR really is stunning. The XR slots neatly into the Adventure Sport category. Powered by the...

  • Dynamic duo

    Dynamic duo

    Athletic and sporty, the vivid, sensuous design of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe cuts a fine figure on the road and embodies modern luxury. At the same time, its interior elevates beauty and style to a sporty level. A dynamically configured...

  • Peugeot 308 GTi 270 vsSeat Leon Cupra 280

    Peugeot 308 GTi 270 vsSeat Leon Cupra 280

    It’s cold. The road is wet and its surface is viciously bumpy. There are loads of undulations and nasty corners. It’s a ready-made hot hatch proving ground. Here’s where the boys fall by the wayside while the victorious men stroll casually into...

  • Celebrating local motorsport

    Celebrating local motorsport

    Audi Malta has reconfirmed its support as main sponsor of the annual awards ceremony for the motoring community. The Audi Malta Motorsport Awards 2016 will be organised by Malta Motorsport Federation with the collaboration of Audi, TVM2, A&S...

  • From pedal to real metal

    From pedal to real metal

    Back in the days when the ratio of local registered cars was far from three to every four members of the population, and streets were safe for children to play in, it was common to see groups of happy children running around in pedal cars. Many...

  • Queen of the desert

    Queen of the desert

    Manoeuvring a 170kg motorbike in desert dunes for more than 10 hours a day is the challenge that Laia Sanz is intensely preparing for. As she prepares for one of the world’s toughest races – the Dakar – Sanz performs the same routine every...

  • Technology at the wheel

    Technology at the wheel

    Volkswagen is entering into a strategic partnership with Mobileye, a technology leader in the area of automated image processing. The companies signed a letter of intent to this effect at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The central...

  • Giving a little more

    Giving a little more

    Driving an icon is not an everyday occurrence. The Fiat 500 is one such icon. Originally launched in 1949, the front engine 500 was aimed at meeting the demands of the post-war market which called for economy cars. Back then, it had a two-door...

  • New year, new concepts

    Kia A1A Optima Appearance: Brace yourself: Fast and Furious body styling has made a comeback. Allegedly inspired by the US state of Florida, Kia has taken an Optima and given it a huge twist. The showroom Optima is a really smart-looking car, but...

  • Bentley introduces stone interior veneers

    Bentley introduces stone interior veneers

    If wood trim just isn’t classy enough for prestigious British carmaker Bentley, there are now two stone finishes to choose from. The craftsmen at Crewe take slices just 0.1mm thick, cured with glass fibre and a bespoke resin, to give lightweight...

  • Along for the ride

    Along for the ride

    Car-sharing – especially to and from work – is not exactly popular in Malta but it is growing rapidly in popularity across all of Europe thanks to its cost-saving and environmental benefits. Simply hopping into a car with a friend, colleague or...

  • In the shadow of the volcano

    In the shadow of the volcano

    Normally when a car brand invites journalists to do a bit of off-roading they mean they’ve found a dusty track that wouldn’t trouble a golf cart, let alone a lightweight faux-by-four or crossover. Jeep, on the other hand, invited a small group to...

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