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  • When is a tourer not a tourer?

    When is a tourer not a tourer?

    This is, on paper, a sort of sporty-tourer. Based on the Rivale, which was clearly conceived in a supermoto garage, the Agusta Stradale is designed to cover distances. But let’s be honest, given its heritage and the fact that it’s an MV, the...

  • Mercedes’ turbo tour de force

    Mercedes’ turbo tour de force

    Mercedes-AMG is absolutely on form at the moment. MOTORING takes to the flowing curves of Goodwood Motor Circuit in the UK to find out why. The new turbocharged era has been a mixed bag for great cars. It used to be easy to make any old car fun –...

  • Disappearing classics

    Disappearing classics

    There may be thousands of cars on Maltese roads today, but some models that are still fresh in our memory have all but disappeared. MOTORING delves into its records to pick out some of the most memorable models that are on the verge of...

  • More than just a box on four wheels

    More than just a box on four wheels

    It’s clear from its overall shape and minimalist style that the Renault 4 was inspired by its great rival, the Citroen 2CV. Even so, the Renault Quatrelle, as it was known in France, developed its own loyal following and offered something...

  • Queen is first Bentley SUV owner

    Queen is first Bentley SUV owner

    The first Bentley Bentayga SUV will belong to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She will be the first owner in the world of what is claimed to be the fastest SUV ever made. Bentley has not confirmed what specification the Queen’s car will be, though...

  • Isuzu D-Max scoops another fleet award

    Isuzu D-Max scoops another fleet award

    For the second year running, the Isuzu D-Max has won the ‘Pick-Up Truck of the Year’ prize at the annual Commercial Fleet Awards. The prestigious Commercial Fleet Awards are highly regarded by motor manufacturers, supplier and fleet groups, and...

  • 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...

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