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19 Nov 2017
     From January onwards you’ll no longer be able to walk into your local Volkswagen dealer and order a 3-door Polo, they’re not going to make them anymore. You can’t buy a 3-door version of the new SEAT Ibiza either, or the Skoda Fabia for that matter either. As people downsize (and ironically cars get bigger) the people in (the predominately German) suits have declared that there’s no longer a...
17 Oct 2017
   Quite where the line is drawn between what makes an SUV an SUV, and what constitutes a crossover these days is hard to determine, but what can’t be argued is the fact that we car-buyers love ‘em – and especially so if they’re considered “premium”.    At the time a writing, and just a couple of weeks after their glitzy unveilings at The Frankfurt Motorshow, I can name at least another half-...
20 Sep 2017
      Think of a GT car and your thoughts quite naturally turn to the likes of 1960’s Aston Martins, Bentleys, Ferraris, and Jaguars; exquisite luxury leather-lined coupes with effortless power, sleek styling, and more-than-likely astronomical price-tags. GTs are cars in which an intercontinental drive would be a pleasure not a chore - GT stands for Grand Touring after all GTs.  They’re the kind...
16 Jul 2017
    A friend of mine, we’ll call him Tim, often asks me if I can come up with a one word review for the car I’m currently driving. Over the years I’ve used words such as imperious, luxurious, capable, charming, swift, brilliant, stunning, dreadful, awful, excellent, challenging, and many more besides to succinctly describe my feelings for everything from Adams to Audis, Fiesta to Ferraris,...
03 Jun 2017
   Within seconds of my first acquaintance with Vauxhall’s Mokka X I sense that this a car that is aiming squarely at young urban types. Those for whom a mocha is something in a polystyrene cup (usually with another misspelt scrawling on it in felt-tip pen) or a form of Javascript software. It is not aiming at those who know that Mocha is the name of a Red Sea port – where, incidentally, coffee...
10 Mar 2017
    Storm Doris blew in just as my week with Peugeot’s new 3008 SUV started; Storm Ewan blew in right in the middle of it. Trees came down, power supplies were cut off in places for a little while, and top it all off the local water authority took it upon themselves to shut my usual road to work.   In this part of the already Far Un-lit Unknown that means long diversions on poorly surfaced single...
14 Feb 2017
   Perhaps the Mazda PR lady’s coat was a bit of a giveaway: Canada Goose Parkas are rated for temperatures of -30C and below. Devon in February doesn’t get quite that cold I’ll grant you, but to quote more than one motoring writer gathered for the launch Mazda’s new MX-5 RF, “It was bloody freezing up on Dartmoor”.     Dry, chilly days though are actually perfect for trying out a convertible...
27 Jan 2017
     With their C, X, L, L Trekking, and L MPW versions, you could be forgiven if you thought FIAT only made cars with the number 500 on the boot-lid. The reality is that’s not the case. There is of course FIAT’s range of vans, or as they like to call them The FIAT Professional Series, and there’s the perennial Panda and Punto too. But for some time now you’ve been left wanting if your hankering...
10 Jan 2017
      The first press car loan of a new year is always something to look forward to. After a Christmas fortnight spent performing family duties and putting all too many miles on the already high-mileage “daily-driver” whilst simultaneously and unfairly criticising one’s own vehicle purchase, it’s good to be back inside someone else’s motor and drinking in that most intoxicating aroma: the new car...
02 Dec 2016
     Funny, isn’t it, how certain cars just feel so instantly comfortable?    My first encounter with Volvo’s latest S90 was on very dark, very wet evening. After fumbling a little trying to find the correct but frustratingly small button on the S90’s key – strangely for car so determinedly designed to steal sales from the German executive crowd, there was no keyless entry on the S90 lent me - I...
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