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  • Speed bumps can diagnose appendicitis

    Speed bumps can diagnose appendicitis

    Speed bumps can be used to diagnose acute appendicitis, shows research, giving credence to the feeling that they are a bit of a pain. The British scientists who made the discovery have been recognised in this year’s Ig Nobel awards, presented by...

  • Opel’s European sales increase

    Opel’s European sales increase

    Opel added another chapter to its ongoing success story with strong growth across Europe. According to preliminary numbers, the Rüsselsheim-based carmaker increased sales in the past months by more than 7,300 vehicles, or 12.8 per cent when...

  • Get a grip!

    Get a grip!

    Name: Nissan Gripz. Debut: 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Appearance: ‘Faintly mad’ would probably cover it. If Lamborghini did SUVs, they’d probably still be less mental than the Gripz. Nissan calls it ‘emotional geometry’ design. We love the raised...

  • Safety honours for Hyundai

    Safety honours for Hyundai

    In one of the industry’s most rigorous tests of vehicle safety, the Hyundai Tucson and Sonata earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award. This is the first time that the Tucson, which recently received a...

  • Most dependable cars

    Most dependable cars

    Skoda has been crowned the maker of the most dependable cars by the 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Survey. Among cars aged one to three years old, Skodas were found to be the least prone cars to experiencing problems from a list of 177...

  • Back to the Eighties

    Back to the Eighties

    You might think the very definition of an everyday classic Porsche is the iconic 911 in its various generations. However, if you want a practical second-hand Porsche to enjoy every day, look no further than the 944. Where the 924 upset Porsche...

  • Makeover magic

    Makeover magic

    Seat’s Ibiza has done a sterling job of bringing buyers into the brand in what is a cut-throat sector of the market. It’s also managed to look youthful and sharp despite having been around since 2008. The Ibiza’s second facelift now gives the car...

  • Elegantly sporty

    Elegantly sporty

    For decades, Korean automobile manufacturer Hyundai has been renowned for selling reliable and budget-priced cars the world over. For many, price and functionality were more than adequate when deciding which car to purchase. For others, however,...

  • Apple car set for 2019 launch

    The first car to be built by Apple will be launched in 2019 according to reports from the USA. Famous for its iPhones and iPads, Apple is looking to move into the automotive sector, but it looks like its first car will not be self-driving to begin...

  • Heartstopper

    Heartstopper

    Ducati’s Panigale 1199, launched three years ago, was a perfect example of an Italian superbike. The breathtakingly stunning, feather-light and powerful twin was explosive, but it wasn’t particularly strong in the lower revs. What’s more, the...

  • ‘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...

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