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  • 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...

  • Dreadful state of our roads

    Dreadful state of our roads

    Obviously when one considers the number of architects working within Trans­port Malta who have a Master’s degree in various aspects of road technology plus a more-than-adequately-qualified architect as head of Traffic Management, we should have a...

  • Getting home

    Getting home

    Weird but true, every time I leave my office in Mrieħel, I am forced to break the law. Transport Malta have ‘very wisely’ deemed that exiting from our Mrieħel premises directly onto the bypass is too dangerous a manoeuvre so they put up ‘no exit’...

  • A Porsche through and through

    A Porsche through and through

    Porsche is expanding its range to include a whole new class of vehicle. The Macan is the first Porsche model to break into the compact SUV segment and is poised to set new standards in the field of driving dynamics and enjoyment – on both pavement...

  • The future we can’t have – yet

    The future we can’t have – yet

    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...

  • Legend in the making

    Legend in the making

    It’s not every day that a supercar redefines the playing field both for itself and for its already tasty rivals. The McLaren 650S claims to do just that, so Matt Kimberley is in to Spain to have his senses pummelled. Ignore the backdrop, my brain...

  • Something of a revelation

    Something of a revelation

    The natural progression of the Polo from a nicely made family run-about to the elegant, dynamic, beautifully designed car fit for the next 15 years is really something of a revelation. We had a five-door Comfortline out and about and frankly...

  • The 10 best cars to live with

    The 10 best cars to live with

    Have you ever stood in a showroom or flicked through web page after web page wondering which car you’d actually be happiest with? Here’s what 50,000 car owners in the UK think. Weekly car magazine Auto Express has compiled a list of more than...

  • The new Nissan Pulsar

    Nissan’s passion for innovation and technology has seen it transform the family car landscape over the course of the last seven years. Now, using the same design approach and original thinking that produced the Qashqai, X-Trail and Note, Nissan is...

  • Rocking and racing with AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson

    Rocking and racing with AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson

    There really is no denying that most people of pensionable age are a bit slow behind the wheel. Whatever the reasons for that, they don’t seem to apply to Brian Johnson. Matt Kimberley caught up with him on the inside of his tuned-up Mini... while...

  • The jewel in the crown

    The jewel in the crown

    Today’s grand prix in Monaco promises to be one of the most interesting so far. Besides being a louder race due to the street circuit resonance, Mercedes’ superiority might be slightly minimised on this highly technical street circuit and it will...

  • No flash in the pan

    No flash in the pan

    Followers of the European saloon car champion­ship races will be more than familiar with Seat’s exploits over a number of years and it really was with great anticipation and then pleasure that this delightful car was sampled, enjoyed, and...

  • 10,000 trees planted in the Amazon by Peugeot

    10,000 trees planted in the Amazon by Peugeot

    After crossing 20 countries and five continents in 60 days, the adventures of Peugeot’s globetrotting football came to an end, completing its fantastic journey to Brazil on April 30. As Peugeot promised, more trees will be planted as part of the...

  • Toyota targets 10% improvement in hybrid fuel efficiency

    Toyota targets 10% improvement in hybrid fuel efficiency

    True to its core principle of continuous improvement, Toyota is aiming to achieve a 10 per cent improvement in the fuel efficiency of its hybrids and other electric-power­ed vehicles using a new power semi-conductor technology. Semi-conductors...

  • New appointments at Citroen

    New appointments at Citroen

    Linda Jackson has been appointed CEO of the Citroën brand with effect from June 1. Ms Jackson, who has more than 35 years’ experience in the motor industry in a variety of financial and commercial positions, is currently managing director of...

  • McLaren concept

    McLaren concept

    Name: McLaren Special Operations (MSO) 650S Coupé Concept Debut: 2014 Beijing Motor Show Appearance: Helpfully painted black and shot against a black rendered background, the MSO 650S is something of a dark character, if you’ll forgive the pun. It...

  • A great GAS conversion

    A great GAS conversion

    I must admit I would never have thought about slamming a gas conversion in a 2005 Hyundai Getz in November 2013. This car, with its 1,086 cc engine, would seem to be a bit ‘long in the tooth’ for such a drastic modification, and yet. With 77,285...

  • Changing a demolisher to a restorer

    Unlike the majority of old motors enthusiasts, Joseph Muscat started out hell-bent not on the acquisition and restoration of classic cars, but actually on their destruction. Very early on, he became a member of the Association of Motor Sports...

  • Cars wait to drive themselves

    Cars wait to drive themselves

    Love or loathe the idea, self-driving cars are on the way. Volvo is at the forefront of pushing what’s legally and technically possible, so Matt Kimberley went to the firm’s Gothenburg home on the back of big news for the industry. Volvo is about...

  • Rumble strips replaced

    Rumble strips replaced

    It’s always a pleasure to find that some traffic management concern is looked at, even if it is not fully dealt with and not to my satisfaction. Reference is once again made to the San Pawl tat Tarġa/Salina road on the approaches to the killer...

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