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Motoring

  • Hyundai starts testing its i20

    Hyundai has just revealed the first photos of its 2014-spec World Rally Championship car based on its i20 hatchback which is also sold in Malta. The photos reveal Hyundai Motorsport’s strong progress as the new i20 underwent the first gravel tests...

  • Wheels of fortune

    Petrolheads are getting all revved up for one of the world’s top motoring exhibitions, which opens its doors to the paying public on Saturday. Fans keen to cast their eyes over the latest developments and wacky concept cars will be out in force in...

  • 007 submarine car goes under the hammer

    James Bond fans with some serious cash to burn have the chance to get their hands on the submarine car used in The Spy Who Loved Me when it is auctioned today. The Lotus Esprit, which has never before been offered for sale, is expected to fetch...

  • To bridge or not to bridge

    The truth is that Gozo’s charm lies mainly in the fact that it has been caught in a time warp; travelling to this small island is like going back some 20-odd years in time. Gozo has changed from the times when, as a teen, we used to cross over...

  • Concept Corner

    Name: Renault Twizy Renaultsport F1 Concept.Debut: Factory demonstration. Appearance: It’s a Renault Twizy. With F1 wheels, an F1-style front spoiler, side pods, a completely bizarre rear wing and even a diffuser. Needless to say, you’ll either...

  • A very well mannered maid

    The arrival of this new SUV onto our Maltese roads was celebrated by a stimulating launch/lunch in the far reaches of our island home, as well as the customary speeches. We were lucky to book a proper test drive a few days after the launch, as I...

  • Bold design

    Recent years have seen Peugeot step out of its design comfort zone by a considerable margin, what with cars like the 407 Coupe, 208 and 3008. It’s not been a path paved entirely with gold, however. For every hit, there’s also been the occasional...

  • Playing musical chairs

    After the Hungarian Grand Prix, all F1 teams headed towards an obligatory three week break, allowing just one week for factory personnel to effect any modifications for the next GPs. Many teams opted to continue with their work. Teams like Red...

  • A truly multi-purpose drive

    I have rarely driven a car, compared with an SUV, which displays all the flair for providing comfort, elegance and the chance to see beyond the narrow confines of the road, as I found when enjoying the Scenic. With a length of 4,344 mm, the Scenic...

  • Rear passenger delight

    Following in the footsteps of its big brother the 5 Series GT, the 3 Series GT launched last month in Malta has added a third body style option to a car range that until now has only comprised a saloon and an estate, or Touring model. If you get a...

  • Roads in need of repair

    Coincidentally I had been watching a damning report on the foreign news about the incredible number of motorists in the UK who never undertook regular eye tests, leading to a high percentage of motorists not actually being ‘fit for purpose’. A few...

  • New Mini to be premiered on November 18

    The new Mini will be launched in Oxford later this year - on an auspicious day in UK motoring history. Mini owner BMW has chosen the launch date of November 18, which is the 107th anniversary of the birth of the Mini's founding father Sir Alex...

  • Jaguar to launch mass-market range in 2015

    British luxury carmaker Jaguar will launch new affordable models from 2015, in a bid to emulate the success of lower-cost luxury vehicles made by its sister company Land Rover, two sources close to the company said. The new cars will include a...

  • Minister’s bus ride to work

    So this week we read that Transport Minister Joe Mizzi is going to commute by bus “to personally experience and better understand problems being reported by (Arriva) users”. I wonder whether this is the grand plan Labour had claimed it had before...

  • Opel’s slice of excitement

    Small is now big business in the car world, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the SUV sector. With fuel prices rocketing and space at a premium, large, lumbering 4x4s are taking a back seat to their compact cousins. It doesn’t mean that the...

  • Special edition MX-5

    Available only with the folding hard-top roof, which is painted meteor grey whichever of the four unique body colours is ordered, buyers have a choice of a 124bhp 1.8 petrol or a 158bhp 2.0-litre. Every Sport Graphite model will have 17-inch dark...

  • Citroen displays DS3 Cabrio Racing concept

    Citroen has upgraded and thinly disguised a DS3 Cabrio and revealed it as the DS3 Cabrio Racing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The company insists that the 202 bhp ‘concept’ is exactly that, and pending consumer response between now and its...

  • Micra and the big city... the love affair continues

    Over the past 30 years, Nissan’s bestselling super-mini has become the default choice for over six million of drivers wanting a car that fits in with their busy lives. With its famous manoeuvrability, dynamic design and effortless driving...

  • (Not) Being Bond

    “Every man wants to be James Bond, and every woman wants to be with him,” said Raymond Chandler. You can deny it all your want, but he had a point; few fictional characters combine style, sophistication and utter ruthlessness in such a devastating...

  • Historic Rolls-Royces complete Alpine Trial

    After 16 days and more than 1,800 miles, the 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial has now drawn to a close. Forty-seven historic and priceless Silver Ghosts were piloted by the owners up challenging Alpine passes and across the borders of five countries,...

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