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  • It’s the real deal

    It’s the real deal

    ­The first Qashqai has been a success the likes of which Nissan had barely dared to dream about, but now it’s time for the difficult second album. SUCH was the original Qashqai’s success that global sales have continued to increase every year...

  • GT4 Stinger stuns at Detroit Motor Show

    GT4 Stinger stuns at Detroit Motor Show

    KIA has surprised the assembled crowds at the Detroit motor show with a stunning sports car concept, the GT4 Stinger. The Korean car company isn’t holding back with its new creation, as the low-slung coupe boasts rear-wheel drive, a 315 horsepower...

  • Men ‘twice as likely to fall asleep while driving’

    Men ‘twice as likely to fall asleep while driving’

    Men are more than twice as likely to fall asleep at wheel while driving and almost half (45 per cent) admit to having experienced ‘warning nods’ while driving. One in 14 drivers surveyed by safety charity Brake said they had actually fallen asleep...

  • Inside the Skoda museum

    Inside the Skoda museum

    What’s the coolest Skoda you remember? No doubt something from the 110 or 120 line; Cold War-era ugly ducklings that by the late 1980s had defined – and almost ruined – a brand whose heritage stretches back to 1895. It’s one of the biggest...

  • Arsenal stars team up to test new Citroen

    Arsenal stars team up to test new Citroen

    Striker Olivier Giroud, midfield man Santi Cazorla, defensive supremo Per Mertesacker and the safe hands of Wojciech Szczesny teamed up to headline a football-themed test of the car’s new features. They highlight the wide door and boot openings...

  • Spanish giants’ link-up creates Mii by Mango

    Spanish giants’ link-up creates Mii by Mango

    Fashionistas everywhere will only be thinking about Mii this summer, after Seat and fashion retailer Mango announced a team effort to produce a special edition city car. The Mii by Mango is just the first step in a partnership between the two...

  • Volkswagen Beetle Dune ‘could be built’

    And what’s more, it really could be right up your street if public reaction to the so-called Beetle Dune is strong enough. With a body raised by 50mm, 19-inch wheels and a special rear-mounted luggage rack reminiscent of early Beetles, the Dune...

  • Not just exciting but totally exhilarating

    Not just exciting but totally exhilarating

    There are, of course, coupes and coupes. There are those rather unfortunate little fellows where the back-seat occupants need to be stunted dwarves, or neckless wonders. Then there are those rather pleasing conglomerate of reasonable, pleasant or...

  • Report reveals significant socio-economic benefits of Kia’s presence in Europe

    Report reveals significant socio-economic benefits of Kia’s presence in Europe

    A new report published by a leading independent European economic consultancy, London Economics, has confirmed the substantial contribution made by Kia Motors Europe to the European economy. The report, ‘The Economic and Societal Benefits Deriving...

  • Turning on the style

    Turning on the style

    I climb onto the California 1400 Touring and pause for a moment to soak up how cool it looks, even from this angle. I’m totally seduced by the maturity of the Guzzi’s design. It’s gorgeous. Shafts of light bounce off gleaming, curved chrome and...

  • Public transport and higher fares

    Public transport and higher fares

    The big surprise for this new year was that Arriva has pulled out of its deal with the Transport Authority. This fills me with a sense of foreboding, partly because I can see no one but the Chinese wishing to run our public transport system. The...

  • Expectations for 2014

    It’s that time of year again when we feel that compelling urge to forgive and forget, or at least to pretend to do so, to be ultra generous and to wish for everlasting world peace, as if peace is something we only think of at Christmas time. It is...

  • Pet cat survives hair-raising UK motorway van roof trip

    A cat lived up to his daredevil name after surviving a trip down the motorway on the top of a van in Leicestershire, the UK. The black and white animal, named Kick Buttowski after the cartoon stuntman, managed to cling on to a ladder on the top of...

  • Škoda Yeti extensively revised

    Škoda Yeti extensively revised

    The Škoda Yeti is one of the most popular compact Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs). For the first time ever, this compact SUV is now available in two different variations: as the elegant and stylish ‘City’ variation and an adventurous off-road...

  • Topless crash

    An American driver has been cleared of charges in a fatal crash after a court ruled she had faced “an unforseen emergency” when one of her passengers untied her bikini top. Brittany Lahm, 24, took her hands off the wheel to cover up while...

  • An interview with Richard Hammond

    An interview with Richard Hammond

    Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond recalls his early life told through eight significant road journeys in his latest book On The Road, published by Hachette on November 7. What car do you drive? I haven’t got it yet but I will be driving a white...

  • Vettel helmet fetches £72,000

    Vettel helmet fetches £72,000

    A helmet belonging to four- time World Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel has been sold for a world record £72,000 (€85,670) in a charity auction. The safety gear, signed by Vettel himself, was a Red Bull-sponsored helmet by Arai designed around...

  • Warning lights

    Can you correctly identify symbols for frequently-used functions or basic warning lights on your dashboard? Here are some of the more common warning lights and advice on what to do if they’re displayed on your car. If a warning light appears (or...

  • Police chief’s stunning success

    A police chief of a small Indiana town in the US who agreed to be shot by a stun gun at fundraising event to buy a new squad car says he raised about $800 (€580) in cash and received a $25,000 (€18,139) pledge from a company. Knightstown Police...

  • It’s the cream on the coffee

    It’s the cream on the coffee

    Factually, expert Alfa man Marcel Loporto was with me on this drive, one of the more exciting ones this year. We all know that Alfa have seen some mean times, and it took me many years to forgive them for producing the fabulously handling Alfa Sud...

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