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  • Formula One’s Big Secret

    Formula One’s Big Secret

    Power, downforce and reliability are all-important to modern Formula One teams. But data security might just top them all as the most crucial factor in the whole operation. In the high-octane, speed-focused world of Formula One there are clear...

  • The new Passat is Car of the Year 2015

    The new Passat is Car of the Year 2015

    Europe’s ‘Car of the Year 2015’ is a Volkswagen: the new Passat won the prestigious award, which is presented every year by the international ‘Car of the Year’ jury. The winner was announced before the Geneva International Motor Show. “We are...

  • A family affair

    A family affair

    Spiridione Deguara (Spiro) developed an interest in classic cars in his early teens. This came about as as he decided to join his uncle’s business in Msida as a panel beater. “I joined him when I was just 14, learning the trade from scratch, and...

  • DS World Paris: Swarovski side by side with Divine DS

    DS World Paris: Swarovski side by side with Divine DS

    The DS World Paris, a new showcase dedicated to the world of the Citroën DS, has welcomed Swarovski side by side the Divine DS, a concept car studded with the company’s famous crystals. The new residency will also feature jewellery by Nathalie...

  • Stop the car-naming madness

    Stop the car-naming madness

    There are two things we couldn’t have foreseen when Nissan unveiled the Qashqai in 2007. The first was just how popular the car would become pretty much overnight and that it would start the most annoying of new car trends – ridiculous names. The...

  • The naked Boxer

    The naked Boxer

    If you always respected the BMW’s big 1200 GS but preferred your bikes a little lower and meaner to look at, the R 1200 R has been just the ticket. The thing is, the GS has been so successful that the R has never really had much chance in life.

  • New Opel Corsa sets standards in its segment

    New Opel Corsa sets standards in its segment

    The Opel Corsa is well-established as a perennial bestseller: through four model generations spanning 32 years, 12.4 million Corsas have been sold. Together with the Astra, it is Opel’s most popular model, accounting for over a quarter of the...

  • Vintage Motors Festival in Gozo today

    Vintage Motors Festival in Gozo today

    Federazzjoni Maltija Vetturi Antiki is holding the seventh edition of the Vintage Motors Festival in Gozo today. The festival began yesterday with a regularity run from Vittoriosa that ends today in the car park in Victoria. Three static vehicle...

  • £25,000 for millionth Morris Minor

    £25,000 for millionth Morris Minor

    The one millionth Morris Minor to be produced has sold at auction for £25,760 - 55 years after it rolled off the production line. The classic British car with 23,364 miles on the clock was sold today at Surrey-based specialist car auctioneers...

  • Apple car rumours fuel Geneva debate about car of future

    Apple car rumours fuel Geneva debate about car of future

    The main talking point at this week’s Geneva car show is likely to be a vehicle that may never be built: the Apple car. The world’s automakers will gather in the Swiss city to tout their latest minivans, city cars and sport utility vehicles...

  • To bus lane or not to bus lane

    We all complain about traffic, congestion and the pollution they cause on our roads and have been doing so for many years. It is in our culture to complain about anything. A case in point is the inclement weather over the Carnival period, but then...

  • The evocative new Audi TT

    The evocative new Audi TT

    With the new TT and the new TTS, Audi designers have delivered a modern interpretation of the unmistakable lines of the original TT from 1998 enriched with numerous dynamic facets. The Coupé is 4.18 metres long with a wheelbase of 2.51 metres, and...

  • Dedicated bus lanes and avoidable road rage

    It’s only recently that I discovered, in a motoring sense, the proliferation of dedicated local bus lanes. Some eight years ago, while visiting Bath and Cheltenham, I had reason to talk seriously about bendy buses – which were on the way out as...

  • Toyota wants its batteries all back

    Toyota wants its batteries all back

    The hybrid batteries used in Toyota and Lexus models can last longer than the vehicles themselves, so often they are only recovered when the cars reach the end of their useful life, or if they have been involved in an accident. Toyota already has...

  • Opel starts the new year with honours

    Opel starts the new year with honours

    The New Year could hardly have started out better for Opel. Last month sales grew by over seven per cent in Europe; more than 110,000 orders have already been received for the new Opel Corsa and the brand has won an array of awards since the...

  • Changes to F1 helmets baned by rulemakers

    Changes to F1 helmets baned by rulemakers

    The Formula One Commission has taken the radical step of banning drivers from changing the design on their helmet throughout the course of a season. The move is to be ratified at a forthcoming meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, but is...

  • It pays to know difference between car’s honest wear and dishonest tear

    It pays to know difference between car’s honest wear and dishonest tear

    When you’re buying a used car and you’ve decided on the model you want, you’ve then got to find a balance between colour, specification, price and mileage. But do you have to compromise on quality to get what you want? Not in our book, so it pays...

  • Give cars anti-flu measures (please!)

    Why don’t cars come with anti-winter measures? I’m not talking about cold weather tyres: oh no. I mean something to stop my eyes streaming, my nose running and my throat spasming like a tasered octopus. This combination makes driving quite tricky,...

  • Ready to race

    Ready to race

    Today, the second test session at Barcelona’s Mont Melo circuit ends. This was the second one before the last test session in the coming days before the teams leave for Australia to start the 2015 F1 season on March 15 in Melbourne. The inaugural...

  • Five F1 races, including Australia, to start earlier

    Five F1 races, including Australia, to start earlier

    Formula One’s Australian season-opener in Melbourne on March 15 is one of five grands prix that will start an hour earlier this year under recommendations made after Jules Bianchi’s crash in Japan last October. Formula One Management (FOM)...

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