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08 Aug 2021
  Funny, isn’t it, how certain cars begin to grow on you?  When Citroen’s new C4 first arrived here I’m ashamed to admit that my inner car snob dismissed it as just another hatchback; it was nothing to get excited about.  The promise of just 3-cylinders, between them displacing a meagre 1,199cc and producing a modest 129bhp was hardly something to set the pulse racing. And as someone who’s always...
09 Jun 2021
      Not so long ago we used to consider Kia as very much a budget brand, their cars the kind of things you would buy simply because you needed (rather than wanted) a cheap run-around – albeit always a cheerful and reliable one. Kia though had other ideas. They headhunted their now chief designer from Audi, and moved their design centre from their home in Korea to central Europe, so as to appeal...
09 May 2021
       Fiesta, Corsa, Polo, Swift, Fabia, Ibiza, Yaris, Clio… The list of hatchbacks with funky sounding names continues to grow, and all are very good too. Surely though, the hatchback with funkiest sounding name is the Jazz?  The reality on the other hand…    Like the music it takes its name from, Honda’s Jazz has, shall we say, a particular, a discerning, a mature, fan base - one that dances...
05 Mar 2021
    By the time 2030 arrives, you won’t be able to buy a brand new car that’s powered solely by either petrol or diesel. Although in what Mr Johnson calls his "green industrial revolution", certain hybrids will still be allowed. It’s no wonder then, that my inbox is being constantly bombarded by press releases extoling the virtues of the soon to be released plug-in this, and the all-new all-...
02 Feb 2021
   If I were to ask you what you thought the best-selling French car of all time was, what would your answer be? The Citroen 2CV perhaps, the Peugeot 205? And what about the Renault 4, or the Renault 5 for that matter? All surely are contenders.        The correct answer? The best-selling French car of all time is actually the Renault Clio. In fact, since its launch, the Clio has become the first...
22 Dec 2020
     How would you cope if you had a really, genuinely famous relative? I’m talking proper A-lister; instantly recognisable, known the world over, and popular with nearly everyone, regardless of their age or class.      That (albeit perhaps a tad tenuously) is the situation that SEAT’s Leon has always found itself in: The Leon’s famous relative you see, just happens to be the Volkswagen Golf...
17 Nov 2020
    Let’s see now… First is over and down, and Second is up, across, and up. Third, that’s opposite Second. Fourth is up, across, and up again, and opposite Fourth is Fifth. Sixth is up, across, and up once more. Then there’s Seventh, that’s next to me, straight down, opposite Sixth. When required, Reverse is all the way over to the left and up, directly opposite First. This is going to take...
26 Jul 2020
 Up until fairly recently the chances are that if you were in the market for an Isuzu D-Max pick-up truck you were probably either a farmer or a builder, or a fleet manager for a utilities company. Isuzu state they are the pick-up professionals and in April, the D-Max won the Trade and Van Driver Best Workhorse pick-up award - for the 8th year on the trot. The D-Max then is a truck for those with...
27 Jun 2020
  Bang! There’s one. Bang! Sorry, there’s another. Oof! That was close. Look out for the next one…     I’m para-phrasing, but that’s pretty close to how a recent conversation played-out whilst driving the new Ford Focus ST. Pot holes are not its friend. And sadly, the B-roads that criss-cross the Shropshire/Welsh border, the very roads upon which a fast Ford should shine, are littered with them....
29 May 2020
   This was going to be the place where I told you all about my drive to this year’s Goodwood Member’s Meeting.     The 78MM - to give it its shorter title – was, as has often been the case of late - to be 2020’s motorsport season opener (well for the UK at least, the F1 jet-set always start early), and as usual it was to offer a host of automotive delights.     The main attraction for me this...
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