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  • Big on small cars

    Big on small cars

    As a young boy, old motors were never on the horizon of Pierre Spiteri, who always had a roving eye on the mainly modern and powerful four-wheel models belonging to that era. This proximity led him to develop a keen interest in things technical...

  • Adrenaline and coffee with Husqvarna

    Adrenaline and coffee with Husqvarna

    For many of those not familiar with motorcycling history, the term Café Racer means very little. However, for British motorcycling enthusiasts around London and Watford in the 1950s and 60s, being involved in the Café Racer movement meant speed,...

  • Driving credits

    Film producers from many countries view Malta and Gozo as an ideal backdrop for their prospective productions. The historic and unique locations, sunny weather for most of the year, and a steady supply of supporting facilities are among the main...

  • Solid performer with charismatic flair

    Solid performer with charismatic flair

    The new SsangYong Rexton, which reached Malta’s shores in early June and is now housed in the SsangYong Motors showroom in Attard, is safer, stronger, more spacious and more stylish than ever before. This new, authentic SUV drives wonderfully,...

  • Designs for life

    Designs for life

    Ronald Muscat Azzopardi uses his trained eye both for his architectural profession and his passion for old cars, Joseph Busuttil from the Old Motors Club says. As an experienced and busy architect, Ronald Muscat Azzopardi is frequently asked to...

  • Watch: Tesla goes up in flames in LA

    Watch: Tesla goes up in flames in LA

    A Tesla being driven by British director Michael Morris burst into flames in Hollywood, his actress wife said. Onlookers were left fearing an explosion as bright orange flames shot from beneath the battery-powered car. Dramatic video of the...

  • Car mileage: MEPs want action to combat odometer fraud, restore confidence in second-hand car market

    Car mileage: MEPs want action to combat odometer fraud, restore confidence in second-hand car market

    MEPs have called on the European Commission to tackle used car odometer fraud more effectively. About 5 to 12 percent of used cars sold inside EU countries and 30 to 50 percent of those sold across borders within the EU have had their mileage...

  • Reel to wheel

    Reel to wheel

    Take 1, scene 1: On a freezing February evening, an Italian ship coming from Genoa battles big waves as it berths in the Grand Harbour area. The cargo hold opens and a new four-wheel-drive Mercedes comes out, pulling an attached closed trailer.

  • The gears of history

    The gears of history

    Besides being an integral part of the national heritage, old motors are also intrinsically entwined with the history of a nation. More so in countries that in their path to independence, underwent lengthy internal conflicts, regional wars, as well...

  • Watch: A world champion's quest for speed

    Watch: A world champion's quest for speed

    Updated May 1 - Added video   Taking risks is part of life for Aaron Ciantar, who has been racing some of the most powerful racing machines in the world for most of his adult life. Ciantar took up powerboat racing competitively in 2004. “That...

  • The race ahead

    The race ahead

    Way back in 1989, a small group of people with a profound passion for old cars, commitment to a cause, and a vivid vision for the future, got together to form the Malta Old Motors Club. Among them was Mario Scicluna, a modest man with sharp...

  • Covering new ground

    Covering new ground

    For a carmaker that presents itself as a safe bet, Hyundai has been successfully adventurous with the new Kona, says Pierre Fava. Performing a road test on this very new model from Hyundai even before it was presented to the public and press was...

  • Diesel is dead – long live the e-car. But is it?

    Diesel is dead – long live the e-car. But is it?

    Unfortunately, the debate over engine types, triggered by the fraudulent diesel scandal of certain manufacturers, is lacking in evidence-based arguments. The debate is more emotional and interest controlled. Furthermore, because of the problem of...

  • The real priorities

    The real priorities

    In today’s fast and furious lifestyle, many a dormant childhood dream is put on the back burner indefinitely owing to time pressures. Until one is forced to steer into the slow lane, or stop on the hard shoulder, and with plenty of time on one’s...

  • Why don't electric cars look like the future?

    Why don't electric cars look like the future?

    Electric cars were supposed to be the future – or at least look like it. So now they’re here, why do they still look like ordinary petrol and diesel cars and not dazzling props from a science fiction film. Before they hit the market and became...

  • Little red number

    Little red number

    In the 1960s, many Maltese motor racing enthusiasts used to flock to the Targa Florio car race, rally and hill climb events held in the mountains of Sicily near Palermo. A few of them even took part in the activities, but most went to watch in awe...

  • Drive appeal

    Drive appeal

    Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, has further expanded its line-up of SUVs with the launch of its new XC40 small premium SUV in Milan, Italy. At the same time as it introduces the XC40, Volvo Cars also reinvents the traditional model of car...

  • In full control

    In full control

    So here it is – the all-new BMW M5. Following in the footsteps of some of the best-regarded super-saloons ever made, this latest four-door powerhouse has got a tougher job than ever to remain top of the pile thanks to some hugely capable...

  • Hydrogen-powered trains set for German tracks in 2021

    Hydrogen-powered trains set for German tracks in 2021

    Rail passengers in northern Germany will be able to travel on the world's first hydrogen-powered trains in four years' time. French engineering giant Alstom has signed an agreement to deliver 14 fuel-cell trains to LNVG, a rail company in...

  • Road safety trip campaign for children launched

    Road safety trip campaign for children launched

    Primary school children will have the opportunity to travel on a bus to learn about how to use public transport safely in a road safety trip campaign launched today. The campaign was launched by Malta Public Transport, in collaboration with...