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  • Hybrids have staying power

    Hybrids have staying power

    In 1995, the first Toyota Prius prototype refused to move, baffling the project team and Takeshi Uchiyamada – Toyota’s current chairman. “We had no idea what was wrong, so we worked late every night to figure it out. We finally got it to move...

  • Newly accomplished, refreshed and refined

    Newly accomplished, refreshed and refined

    The new Hyundai ix20, very popular for its versatile interior, is now available in a newly upgraded version, offering an engaging blend of premium design and technology. It is immediately recognisable by its neat design. The ix20’s compact body...

  • New VW Transporter

    New VW Transporter

    Volkswagen has recently announced the specifications for its new Transporter panel van and Kombi models. The sixth-generation model launches with the widest range of engines, transmissions and trim level options ever offered by the marque, with a...

  • More than a school

    More than a school

    In the 2015 Seat Leon Eurocup, there exists a unique racing team, Monlau Competición, an organisation of schooling for engineering and mechanics in Barcelona that complements ‘theory’ with the ‘practical’ side of real race experience. The...

  • Calling all Fiat 500 owners!

    Calling all Fiat 500 owners!

    Fiat 500 Club Italia, with the support of the Malta Automobile Club, will be visiting Malta on the weekend of September 4-6 for their annual Raduno titled ‘A Malta in 500’. The event will take place at Dock One in Cottonera, where the entire Fiat...

  • New, cheaper Harley

    New, cheaper Harley

    Harley-Davidson has released images of its first all-new platform in 14 years; It’s called the Street 750 and it’s the most affordable Harley ever. The stripped-back styling and low-slung stance is designed for urban riders who want a nimble...

  • The naked Boxer

    The naked Boxer

    If you always respected BMW’s big 1200 GS but preferred your bike 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. Its...

  • Soft-top Stars

    Soft-top Stars

    Audi TT Roadster Feast your eyes on one of the finest-looking cars anywhere on the market. The TT Roadster is all curvaceous muscle, but other than the wheel arches, there’s barely a line that isn’t straight. It’s a masterpiece of design, from the...

  • A pleasure, not a compromise

    A pleasure, not a compromise

    Electric driving at Audi is a pleasure, not a compromise. The brand is demonstrating this with the Audi e-tron quattro concept, a sporty SUV that provides an outlook on the brand’s first large-series electric car. The Audi e-tron quattro concept...

  • Car-sharing is caring

    Car-sharing is caring

    Over the past couple of years, there has been an evident boost in popularity of ride-sharing services and applications. The underlying idea is that of renting a car from a peer at the click of a button instead of increasing the numbers of cars on...

  • Simply sizzling!

    Simply sizzling!

    Creating an even faster, track-ready version of an existing supercar could be achieved very quickly – and cynically; an engine tweak here, a bigger wing there. But that’s not how McLaren has gone about creating the limited run 675 LT. The Long...

  • Enter the X1

    Enter the X1

    BMW’s second generation X1 compact crossover does not share its platform with BMW’s current passenger cars but opts for the front-wheel-drive platform that underpins the 2-series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, as well as BMW’s third-generation...

  • Classic car encounters with an ex-judge

    Classic car encounters with an ex-judge

    In life, it is said that to fully benefit from your hobby, you should indulge in a pastime that is totally unrelated to your full-time job. Judge Michael Mallia, who has recently retired from the bench after serving for almost 30 years as a...

  • A Gem of a Car

    A Gem of a Car

    Pierre Fava test drives the 2015 Opel Mokka and finds out why it has managed to capture the hearts and attention of so many drivers. It’s been something like three years since Opel first launched the Mokka and since then, the car has reached sales...

  • Five surprising ways you can be fined while driving abroad

    Five surprising ways you can be fined while driving abroad

    You could be facing a fine of up to €1,500 if you do not learn the rules of the road in the country you are visiting. From turning your lights off during the day to unnecessary use of your car horn, these offences are not as obvious as you might...

  • Opel registrations up in 20 European countries

    Opel registrations up in 20 European countries

    Opel remains on a successful course in Europe. According to the preliminary numbers for June 2015, new car registrations increased by more than 9,800 vehicles compared to the same month last year (an increase of nine per cent), resulting in new...

  • 2015 International Engine of the Year

    2015 International Engine of the Year

    An international panel of experts comprising 65 automotive jour­nalists voted the Audi 2.5 TFSI the winner in its class. According to the jury reliable Audi quality and excellent tuning make this engine a genuine pleasure to drive. “No...

  • New look for the VW Touareg

    New look for the VW Touareg

    The VW Touareg combines the comfort and convenient features of a superior SUV with the all-terrain attributes of a sophisticated off-road vehicle. This configuration of the four-wheel drive Volkswagen sports utility vehicle, which doubles as a...

  • Raising the bar yet another time

    Raising the bar yet another time

    Pierre Fava is one of the first to test-drive the 2.0 litre TDI Diesel version of the all-new VW Passat, a car that has its roots strongly entrenched in the demanding executive car segment. The new 2015 Volkswagen Passat is an all-new model which...

  • From housing explosives to hosting classic cars

    From housing explosives to hosting classic cars

    Ever since its formation 25 years ago, the Old Motors Club (Malta), otherwise known as the OMC, was constantly on the lookout for suitable and appropriate headquarters for its more than 300 members. Elected committees of the OMC have, over the...

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