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Motoring

  • From Only Fools and Horses to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    From Only Fools and Horses to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Many foreigners who retire to Malta bring with them a chequered career that sometimes remains firmly folded and far from public knowledge. Barry Owen (pictured below) is one of them: his claim to fame is his work on classic cars which graced the...

  • Like a rolling stone

    Like a rolling stone

    Number one is not good enough for tyre maker Bridgestone. It sells more tyres globally than anyone else in the world, but Europe has so far proved an uncrackable nut. There’s a renewed sense of purpose within the firm’s top brass, so Matt...

  • Coping with the summer dust

    Every six months or so as we live in the arid desert conditions around Salini, where the daily dust clouds sandblast, not only the side of the car, but the plastic lamp covers of the family BMW Mini. We venture off to the local garage and purchase...

  • Car torque

    Car torque

    This month we focus on three new sheds that were erected at enormous expense for the storage of salt at Salini. Late in April large areas of the wooden planks that covered the roofs and sides were ripped off, because leaks had been discovered, we...

  • New Passat

    New Passat

    The new Volkswagen Passat was introduced during a launching ceremony in Potsdam today. Volkswagen is steering the Passat upscale, aiming to lift its No.2 selling model clear of a struggling market for mid-priced cars without alienating its core...

  • Misaligned manholes and oversized speed bumps

    It’s the same old story, over and over again: England with an early exit from the World Cup; Italy involved in the usual controversies; Suarez wanting a bit(e) of the action; and I suffer yet another flat tyre. The situation is really verging on...

  • Pointless performance car electronics

    Pointless performance car electronics

    Having only just got to grips with DAB radio, Iain Dooley bemoans the fact that the relentless march of electronic aids in the latest tech-laden performance cars is spoiling the driving experience. There’s nothing worse than climbing into a new...

  • Sharapova hitches a lift with Webber

    French Open tennis champion Maria Sharapova arrived at a pre-Wimbledon party thanks to Australian race Mark Webber The Porsche 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car, and least polluting, the company has built. The plug-in hybrid super sports...

  • Audi A3 is World Car of the Year 2014

    At a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation, the Audi A3 was declared the 2014 World Car of the Year. Audi has now won a total of seven awards, having previously collected the inaugural 2005...

  • Look out for the new Opel Cascada

    Look out for the new Opel Cascada

    Cars International will on Wednesday unveil the new Opel Cascada Cabrio and Cosmo in both manual and automatic transmission. The Cascada has an elongated silhouette and a high-quality soft top. It is a midsize convertible not only by its size but...

  • Fast but not furious

    Fast but not furious

    The various electronic aids that can be found in the Mercedes technical sheets will not be found in every car, as options extend into every possible source of pleasure or even motoring ineptitude. Remember, you have to be responsible for all your...

  • Confidence tips for women drivers

    Confidence tips for women drivers

    Don’t let a lack of confidence put you off... women drivers have fewer accidents than men so get out there and enjoy the freedom of motoring. Thankfully, we are a long way away from post-war Britain, a time when the overwhelming majority of...

  • Castrol measure players’ performance

    Castrol are currently running the Castrol Index during the World Cup in Brasil uncovering the best performing players using the same innovative technologies Castol use to maximise per- formance of their range of oils. The Castrol Index was first...

  • Eight top cars for empty nesters

    Eight top cars for empty nesters

    With the children having flown the nest you can afford to have the car you really want, not what’s best for the school run, university slog or the soggy football practice. Here are a few choice picks for empty nesters keen to reclaim their...

  • Middlesea Insurance plc launches first intelligent insurance product

    Middlesea Insurance plc launches first intelligent insurance product

    Middlesea Insurance has launched MotorMax, an intelligent insurance product for young drivers. Through this insurance, which is the first of its kind in Malta, drivers can get a discount on their insurance based on their driving performance. This...

  • HSBC Malta participates in Demo-EV

    HSBC Malta participates in Demo-EV

    HSBC Bank Malta has trial-tested a battery electric vehicle (BEV) as part of the EU Life+ Project Demo EV. The project, which is managed by the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure, is intended to initiate a better awareness of electric...

  • Speed ills

    Speed ills

    Whether it’s too fast or too slow, drivers just can’t seem to get the speed thing right. After one too many on-road run-ins, Motoring writer Matt Kimberley takes furious fingers to keyboard. To make it clear from the start, there is no...

  • Mercedes returns with a vengeance

    Mercedes returns with a vengeance

    Daniel Riccardo’s win in Canada came just when F1 critics were saying Mercedes were unbeatable. On a track which on paper favoured the Brackley-based team for its long straights, it proved to be the first time Mercedes lost their edge. After...

  • Father and son passion

    Father and son passion

    In local old motors circles, the name Ciappara immediately conjures up the image of Pawlu l-Melbourne, a name synonymous with all the various aspects of the classic car scene. However, very few are aware that his brother, Laurence, known as Lorry,...

  • Back off to the future

    Back off to the future

    How would you like to buy a car that has zero emissions, sprints from 0-60 mph in under five seconds, can do 300 mpg and is almost bulletproof in terms of its crash performance? Thought so. And the bizarre truth is that you could buy a car with...

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