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Audi S3 Cabriolet Joins The Range
I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Audi's new A3 Cabriolet earlier this year. I came away impressed, for this new model was not only much more stylish than its rather frumpy predecessor but…
Andy Harris
UK Government Fast Tracks Driverless Cars
By Andy Harris
Motoring and Property Editor

Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced 2 new measures that give the green light for driverless cars to take to UK roads from January 2015.

UK cities can now bid for a share of a £10m…

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Thu 31st Jul, 2014 | 11:09am

Aston Martin To Build Bespoke Saloon - The Lagonda Is Back


Aston Martin has confirmed a bespoke product programme for a new super saloon that will see the revival of the historic Lagonda nameplate in a strictly limited series.

As has traditionally been…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 9:01am

Next-Generation Mazda2 Unveiled


Mazda has today revealed the all-new Mazda2 as the Japanese carmaker launched production of its next generation supermini at its Hofu plant south-east of Hiroshima.

The fourth member of Mazda's…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 11:15am

Harrogate MG 2014 Show Fast Approaching

Immaculate early MGB Roadster
Immaculate early MGB Roadster
Sunday 3rd August will see MGs from across the UK flock to Pateley Bridge near Harrogate for the 29th annual MG show, incorporating the MG Owners Club Northern National event.

Amongst the…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 12:48pm

Suzuki's Special Edition Swift - Great Value!

Suzuki SZ-L
Suzuki SZ-L
Following the strong success of the Special Edition Swift SZ-L from earlier this year, Suzuki has now reintroduced it with an additional production run for the second half of the year.

The SZ-L is…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 8:57am

Croft Circuit Race Report

Colin Turkington enjoying his two race wins. Photo by Neil Couch
Colin Turkington enjoying his two race wins. Photo by Neil Couch
Yorkshire's Croft Circuit Enjoys Exciting British Touring Car Racing
Once a year, the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship rolls into Croft Circuit. A bumper crowd enjoyed an exciting day's…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 1:09pm

Mazda Unveils MX-5 25th Anniversary Limited Edition At Goodwood Festival Of Speed


In celebration of the 25th anniversary of its iconic two-seater roadster, the MX-5, Mazda this year makes a welcome return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs from Thursday 26th to…

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Fri 27th Jun, 2014 | 9:32am

Land Rover Discovery - 25 Years Young


Land Rover continues to celebrate 25 years of Discovery with new additions to the 2015 Model Year offering.

Customers will have the option to add striking features from the XXV Special Edition…

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Tue 17th Jun, 2014 | 9:37am

Infiniti Announces Tie-Up With Dougie Lampkin

Dougie lampkin collecting his Infinity
Dougie lampkin collecting his Infinity
With similar attributes of balance, precision and attention to detail, the automotive brand of Infiniti and twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin MBE officially confirmed their…

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Wed 11th Jun, 2014 | 9:47am

Peugeot's New 308 Takes On Stiff Opposition - Will It Be A Roaring Success?


The new family-sized 308 from Peugeot enters a class brimming with talented cars, such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford's best-selling Focus.

The previous generation 308 was distinctly…

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Thu 5th Jun, 2014 | 8:47am

Rise In Number Of Rear-End Collisions - He's Behind You!


Surprising newly released figures show that new safety technology fitted to cars has failed to halt the rise in the number of rear-end crashes on the road.

Rear-end shunts - when one car drives…

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Tue 3rd Jun, 2014 | 2:03pm

Leeds Dealership Nominated For Top Title

Robin Luscombe
Robin Luscombe
Luscombe Motors, in Low Road, Hunslet, is on the shortlist for the title New Dealership of the Year at this year's Motor Trader Awards. It joined the Mitsubishi family in June 2013 and has gone…

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Fri 30th May, 2014 | 11:23am

Highways Agency Warns Tailgaters That 'Only A Fool Breaks The 2-Second Rule'

photo by Highways Agency
photo by Highways Agency
Drivers are being reminded to keep their distance as road safety charity Brake reveals that 6 in 10 drivers admit to risky tailgating.
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The survey, by Brake and Direct Line, also shows…

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Fri 23rd May, 2014 | 4:25pm

All-New Nissan X-Trail Treads The Right Path


The Nissan X-Trail has been an undoubted success for the company, racking up 1.7 million sales worldwide over 13 years. It was one of
Nissan's first crossover SUVs and it joined a rapidly…

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Tue 20th May, 2014 | 2:00pm

BMW Celebrate 30 Years Of The M5 - The Exclusive 30 Jahre Edition


To celebrate 30 years of the M5, BMW has created an exclusive, special edition of the current fifth-generation model boasting performance that sets it apart from its stablemates. The BMW M5 30…

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Mon 12th May, 2014 | 10:57am

Honours Shared In Thruxton BTCC Thriller

Colin Turkington lies third in the championship after race 3 victory. Photo by Neil Couch
Colin Turkington lies third in the championship after race 3 victory. Photo by Neil Couch
Reigning champion Andrew Jordon extended his advantage at the top of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship standings after an impressive win in the opening race at Thruxton, before the…

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Tue 6th May, 2014 | 9:13am

Ferrari LaFerrari - The 1m Prancing Horse You Can't Buy!


As the big boys in the world of motoring journalism finally get their hands on Ferrari's eagerly awaited hypercar, I thought a little more information might not go amiss for the armchair car…

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Fri 2nd May, 2014 | 10:28am

Geoff Scutt
Alfa Romeo & Giulietta: The Romance Goes On...
By Geoff Scutt
Motoring Correspondent
Following hot on the heels of its successful smaller sibling, the Mito, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta was launched in the UK in 2010 and, four years on, continues to turn heads wherever it appears on our…

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Fri 25th Apr, 2014 | 3:59pm

BTCC At Donington Park - Sensational Day Of Racing

MGs of Plato and Tordoff do battle. Photo by Neil Couch
MGs of Plato and Tordoff do battle. Photo by Neil Couch
Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff shared the spoils in the opening two races as the MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save squad showed its hand at Donington Park before Gordon Shedden scored the first ever win for…

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Wed 23rd Apr, 2014 | 10:43am

Volvo Celebrates 50 Years Of Dedication To Child Safety

'First rearward-facing child seat prototype'
'First rearward-facing child seat prototype'
Volvo cars dedication to protecting the smallest and most vulnerable car occupants celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2014.

This ground breaking work started with the world's first rear-facing…

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Tue 15th Apr, 2014 | 1:18pm

MG- The Fastest Growing Brand In The UK

MG3 exterior shot
MG3 exterior shot
Figures announced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) show that MG is the fastest growing manufacturer in the UK for both March and 2014 to date.

As the perfect celebration for…

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Mon 7th Apr, 2014 | 9:04am

Mazda's On A Roll - A Range Overview

Mazda CX-5 at home in town or country
Mazda CX-5 at home in town or country
Every now and again, car manufacturers gather some of their tasty offerings in one spot for the media to have a play with. Mazda make a habit of it and with a lovely lunch in the beautiful…

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Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 3:38pm

The British Touring Car Championship 2014 - Season Opener At Brand Hatch

Sam Tordoff from Leeds features at Brands Hatch
Sam Tordoff from Leeds features at Brands Hatch
Pirtek Racing's Andrew Jordan enjoyed a stellar start to his title defence after scoring lights-to-flag victories in the opening two rounds of the Dunlop MSA BTCC at Brands Hatch.

The reigning…

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Mon 31st Mar, 2014 | 11:49am

Rolls Royce Phantom - Great To Drive, Better To Ride!

Rolls Royce Phantom in the showroom
Rolls Royce Phantom in the showroom
When the call came in to pop over to Cheshire and experience a little Rolls-Royce hospitality, my diary was cleared in an instant. Could there be any better way to spend a Friday morning?

The…

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Fri 28th Mar, 2014 | 12:18pm

New Land Rover Discovery Sport - Freelander Replacement Breaks Cover

Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover has dropped the biggest hint yet towards the design of the Discovery Sport, with the debut of a new camouflage wrap confirming that the new compact SUV arrives as standard with 5+2…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 10:33am

JCT600 Joins Forces With Leeds' First Direct Arena

JCT's Aston Martin dealership
JCT's Aston Martin dealership
Leeds' First Direct Arena Team Up With Leading Car Retailer JCT600
The first direct arena in Leeds has announced that it has secured leading Yorkshire Car retailer JCT600 as its sole motoring…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 2:55pm

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer - Frugal Family Transport


Vauxhall has recently fitted an all-new aluminium diesel engine to its seven-seat Zafira Tourer, the aim being to enhance the green credentials of this ever-popular family conveyance.

Accompanying…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 10:44am

UK's Top-Selling Ford Fiesta Driven


Ford's ever-so-familiar Fiesta has regularly topped the UK sales charts and for good reason. A combination of low running costs, great drivability and good looks keep buyers coming back for more.

L…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 4:22pm

Nissan Juke Gets A Makeover

The Grand Ol' Juke has changed
The Grand Ol' Juke has changed
Nissan's eccentrically styled Juke has been an unprecedented sales success since it was launched some three years ago.

In the notoriously conservative UK, over 100,000 buyers have handed over…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 9:07am

New MINI 5-Door Rolls Off The Lines At Oxford


MINI's Oxford plant has now started production of the much anticipated MINI 5-door Hatch.

The new 5-door is a first for MINI production at the Oxford factory and marks another phase in the…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 9:23am

Kahn Jeep Wrangler Hits The Big Screen Alongside Hollywood Star Tom Cruise

In the movie, Tom Cruise is seen trying to roll (unsuccessfully) under the Jeep
In the movie, Tom Cruise is seen trying to roll (unsuccessfully) under the Jeep
When the makers of Tom Cruise's latest film were searching for a cool-looking military-style vehicle, they alighted upon well known Bradford automotive fashion house, A. Kahn Design.

From their…

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Fri 27th Jun, 2014 | 9:07am

Turkington Tops The Table After Dominant Double

Yorkshire's Sam Tordoff in action - now lying in 8th place in the Championship. Photo by Neil Couch
Yorkshire's Sam Tordoff in action - now lying in 8th place in the Championship. Photo by Neil Couch
Huge crowds gathered at Oulton Park in Cheshire for the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Bad weather was forecast and so the stage was set for some exciting racing.

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Thu 12th Jun, 2014 | 1:48pm

SEAT Mii Toca - The Spanish City Star Shines Bright


It is not so long ago that choosing to own a compact city car meant a certain amount of compromise. Ease of parking and low running costs often went hand in hand with a lack of cabin space and…

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Wed 11th Jun, 2014 | 9:31am

Toyota RAV4 - All Grown Up!


Twenty years ago, Toyota unveiled the RAV4 to the world and in so doing, a new class of car was born. The vehicle was designed for motorists wanting a car that had most of the benefits of an SUV…

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Wed 4th Jun, 2014 | 9:23am

Keeping Young Drivers On The Right Track


Road Safety Charity Brake to Host 2young2die Course in Yorkshire
Brake, the road safety charity, is urging the people of Yorkshire to improve road safety in their community by attending a…

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Mon 2nd Jun, 2014 | 9:20am

Volvo XC90 - A Look Inside The All-New Model

XC90 with exterior styling heavily influenced by the XC Coupe Concept
XC90 with exterior styling heavily influenced by the XC Coupe Concept
Volvo Cars has released the first interior images of the all-new Volvo XC90, scheduled to go on sale early in 2015. The existing model has proved to be a great seller for the Swedish manufacturer,…

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Wed 28th May, 2014 | 10:19am

Nissan Unveil New Pulsar - Time To Shake Up The Family Car Market!


Nissan today unveiled its new Pulsar, a car designed to compete head on with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. Its last conventional C-segment contender was the Almera, which from…

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Wed 21st May, 2014 | 3:27pm

BMW X5 - Is There A Place For A 2WD Version?


The BMW X5 made its debut way back in 1999. It was the company's first SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) and all models produced have always had a four-wheel-drive system.

Fast forward to 2014 and the…

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Tue 13th May, 2014 | 8:00am

Audi S1 - Redefining The Compact Hot Hatch


The hot hatch has been undergoing a resurgence in recent years and all the attributes that attracted buyers in the 1980s are still equally appealing today. Speed, agility and fun mixed with a…

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Sun 11th May, 2014 | 2:13pm

Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 AMG Sport - Coupe Styling Meets Saloon Car Practicality


Mercedes-Benz has traditionally made cars that appeal to an older clientele. The launch of the new A-Class back in 2012 was a clear indication that it intended to spread its net wider and attract…

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Mon 5th May, 2014 | 12:17pm

Peugeot's New 108 City Car Contender - All The Facts!


Peugeot have always had a great reputation for building interesting and fun small cars. With many motorists choosing to downsize to smaller, more efficient cars and with a new breed of tech-savvy…

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Thu 1st May, 2014 | 1:53pm

Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI - Accomplished All-Rounder


Having recently reviewed Audi's stylish new A3 Cabriolet (and enjoyed it immensely), the focus of this test is the five door A3 Sportback.

The Test Car - Specification

Model - A3 Sportback…

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Thu 24th Apr, 2014 | 9:15am

Morgan Plus 8 Speedster - A Celebratory Model

Morgan Plus 8 Speedster
Morgan Plus 8 Speedster
The new Morgan Plus 8 Speedster embodies all of Morgan's core values and has been commissioned as part of a special line of vehicles to celebrate 100 years of vehicle manufacture at Pickersleigh…

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Tue 22nd Apr, 2014 | 3:02pm

Mercedes-Benz SL 400 - A New Addition To The Family


With summer rapidly approaching, the SL-Class range is set for a power hike as a series of revisions are announced.

The new SL 400 Sport will join the SL family, replacing the SL 350 as the entry…

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Thu 10th Apr, 2014 | 3:05pm

Mercedes-Benz GLA Launch - Underground/Over Ground

Mercedes-Benz GLA Launch
Mercedes-Benz GLA Launch
Mercedes-Benz continues to expand its range of cars based around the A-Class and it was the launch of the new GLA that saw me hot-footing it over the border into Cheshire, with the added promise…

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Sun 6th Apr, 2014 | 9:05pm

Pre-War Cars On Flying Scotsman Rally Pass Through Yorkshire This Weekend

Flying Scotsman Preview
Flying Scotsman Preview
Over 100 pre-war cars will be passing through Yorkshire as they tackle the Flying Scotsman Rally, a three-day event starting from Birmingham on Friday 4th April and finishing 600 miles later in…

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Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 9:37am

Volvo Introduces New Drive-E Powertrain To V40 Family Hatch

Volvo V40 Cross Country
Volvo V40 Cross Country
From May 2014, all new Volvo models will have the option to be built with engines from the new Drive-E powertrain family - offering a world-class blend of driveability and low CO2 emissions.

The…

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Sat 29th Mar, 2014 | 10:13am

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