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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…
Andy Harris
Volvo Celebrates 50 Years Of Dedication To Child Safety
By Andy Harris
Motoring and Property Editor
'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

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

BTCC Confirms Huge Grid For 2014 Season

Yorkshire's Sam Tordoff in action. Photo by Neil Couch
Yorkshire's Sam Tordoff in action. Photo by Neil Couch
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship gets underway this weekend at Brands Hatch and features a hue 31-car grid.

This year's Championship will again comprise of 30 races across ten…

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Thu 27th Mar, 2014 | 10:49am

High Hopes For New Mazda3 - Can It Deliver?


Mazda chose the very far north of Scotland for the UK launch of its new compact car - the Mazda3. The area around John 0'Groats can be bleak in summer and it was therefore no great surprise that…

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Wed 19th Mar, 2014 | 5:46pm

Audi's New A3 Cabriolet Gears Up For Summer

Audi A3 Cabriolet
Audi A3 Cabriolet
With impeccable timing, Audi held the UK launch of its A3 Cabriolet during a wonderful period of balmy spring weather. The venue was close to the New Forest, so with sunglasses and woolly hat…

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Fri 14th Mar, 2014 | 5:55pm

Toyota Auris Touring Sports - Hybrid Power In A Family Estate

Toyota Auris Touring Sports
Toyota Auris Touring Sports
Toyota introduced us to the idea of a hybrid car with its headline-grabbing Prius model. A modest sized petrol engine mated to a supplementary electric motor and you have the recipe for low…

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Wed 26th Feb, 2014 | 5:10pm

Ford's Best Selling Focus Gets A Makeover

The new Ford Focus 5 door
The new Ford Focus 5 door
Since Ford first launched the Focus way back in 1998, more than 12 million have been sold worldwide, including 6.9 million in Europe.

Always near the top of the UK sales chart, Focus continues to…

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Mon 24th Feb, 2014 | 5:57pm

Driving Safely In Wet And Stormy Conditions


As the UK continues to be battered by severe weather and with no respite in sight, we take a look at how to keep safe on the roads.

FLOODING

In cases of severe flooding, the question to ask is if…

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Thu 13th Feb, 2014 | 10:51am

SKODA Octavia Scout - All The 4x4 Capability You Will Ever Need


The new SKODA Octavia Scout will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Based on the excellent Octavia Estate, the robust all-rounder sports a distinctive off-road look,…

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Wed 12th Feb, 2014 | 11:18am

Honda Unveil New Civic Tourer - For Tarmac And Track!

Honda New Civic Tourer
Honda New Civic Tourer
Honda has a stylish new car coming to a showroom near you this month. The Civic Tourer (a good old-fashioned, practical estate car) joins a class which has been somewhat overshadowed in recent…

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Tue 4th Feb, 2014 | 9:31am

BMW's New 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMW's New 4 Series Gran Coupe
BMW's New 4 Series Gran Coupe
BMW will unveil the third and final member of its 4 Series range, the four-door 4 Series Gran Coupe, at the Geneva Motor Show on 4th March.

The Gran Coupe, which provides four-door practicality,…

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Mon 3rd Feb, 2014 | 1:41pm

Caterham Seven 160 - A New Breed Of Economical Sportscar

Caterham Seven 160
Caterham Seven 160
As Caterham Cars prepares to kick off production of the Seven 160, the British sportscar maker has announced ultra-frugal performance figures for the entry level version of the iconic Seven,…

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Fri 24th Jan, 2014 | 10:04am

Volvo Concept XC Coupe Wins "Best Concept Car" Award At Detroit

The Volvo Concept XC Coupé
The Volvo Concept XC Coupé
The Volvo Concept XC Coupe won two prestigious design awards this week, further raising the excitement around Volvo Car Group's new design language.



The Concept XC Coupe was awarded the…

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Fri 17th Jan, 2014 | 8:50am

What Car? Industry Awards - Qashqai Scoops Top Gong

 Car of the Year - Nissan's British-made Qashqai
Car of the Year - Nissan's British-made Qashqai
What Car? has named the Nissan Qashqai as its Car of the Year 2014 at the 37th annual What Car? Awards.

The glittering ceremony was held last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park…

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Sat 11th Jan, 2014 | 11:14am

Nissan X-Trail - The Last Gasps Of The Old Soldier


The Nissan X-Trail has been around in 1st and 2nd generation form since 2001. Back then the competition was sparse and the Nissan managed to carve out a decent slice of the SUV cake for itself and…

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Sun 5th Jan, 2014 | 3:16pm

Rolls-Royce Wraith - The Ultimate Gentleman's Grand Tourer


Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presented the all-new Wraith, the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history. At its heart lie hallmark Rolls-Royce attributes of luxury,…

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Mon 30th Dec, 2013 | 5:37pm

Skoda Rapid - Sensible, Safe & Slightly Soulless

Skoda Rapid
Skoda Rapid
Skoda's Rapid slots in neatly in the range between established players Fabia and Octavia. As little as £12,900 will put you in the driver's seat, though it has to be said that the 74bhp 1.2…

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Tue 24th Dec, 2013 | 8:10pm

Young Driver Penalty Points Record Shows Need For Reform


The current way we train drivers is clearly failing to produce safe and law abiding motorists, particularly men, according to road safety charity The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

30,85…

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Wed 18th Dec, 2013 | 9:32am

Suzuki Swift - Stylish, Versatile Hatch now available with Four Wheel Drive


After two hard winters on the trot, many rural motorists have felt the need to consider purchasing a car with 4x4 capabilities. Smaller SUVs have been the way forward, with Land Rover's…

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Tue 10th Dec, 2013 | 8:56am

Chancellor's Autumn Statement - Any Joy for the Motorist?


The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered the Government's annual Autumn Statement in the House of Commons.
Sometimes described as a mini-Budget, he revealed the state of the…

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Fri 6th Dec, 2013 | 12:36pm

Rallycross Anniversary Meeting At Croft Circuit

Wintery conditions led to some exciting racing
Wintery conditions led to some exciting racing
Sunday 24th November saw Yorkshire's Croft Circuit play host to a large turnout of Rallycross drivers, all competing for the BTRDA 75th Anniversary Rallycross Trophy.

Forming part of the BTRDA…

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Tue 26th Nov, 2013 | 10:25am

Los Angeles Auto Show - The Highlights


Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. This time the show's world debut list more than doubles as carmakers chose LA for…

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Mon 25th Nov, 2013 | 8:47am

BTRDA 75th Anniversary Trophy Rallycross - Croft Circuit - November 24th

Image by Simon Clarke
Image by Simon Clarke
Sunday 24th November will see The Darlington & DMC (DDMC) running a winter Rallycross meeting at the Croft Circuit, County Durham which has been titled the BTRDA 75th Anniversary Rallycross…

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Mon 18th Nov, 2013 | 12:44pm

New York show: BMW M6

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4 Apr 2022 3:01 pm

Bentley readies more focused Continental GT

A new, hotter Bentley Continental GT is in development as the firm pushes the model further into performance-car territoryThe Bentley Continental GT is to become a more focused drivers car as the...

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17 Apr 2014 11:01 pm

How to get a Ford Mustang on top of the Empire State Building

A Ford Mustang is currently on top of New York's tallest building - here's how it got up thereForget King Kong in New York this week theres been something far more interesting exposed to the...

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17 Apr 2014 3:35 pm

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Can this plug-in hybrid SUV do more than just cut your tax bill?Youll need a good memory indeed to recall a TV ad for a Mitsubishi. The Japanese firms UK distributor spent 6 million on advertising...

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17 Apr 2014 10:22 am

First drive: new Volkswagen Polo

VWs perennial supermini gets a shiny new face and cleaner engines. But is it better than a Fiesta?

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17 Apr 2014 9:41 am

Can Alfa Romeo succeed in the US with the 4C?

Alfa Romeo is returning to US soil, but will need to compete with its premium German rivals and Jaguar to make its mark as a European playerTheres been many false dawns for Alfa Romeo, but the two...

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17 Apr 2014 8:34 am

Volvo V60 Polestar first drive review

Volvo V60 Polestar lacks edge, but offers a glimpse of more advanced performance Volvos to come from PolestarOn-the-up Volvo has recently unveiled an advanced new platform, a family of...

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17 Apr 2014 7:22 am

More power for revised Dodge Challenger

Dodge celebrates Challenger's 1970s roots with the latest incarnation of the iconic muscle carDodge continues to play the retro card with the significantly updated Challenger two-door coup, shown...

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17 Apr 2014 4:05 am

This is a 395bhp Volkswagen Golf

First sketches of R400 hint at a hot hatch that makes Mercs A45 AMG look underpowered

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16 Apr 2014 10:19 pm

VW confirms 395bhp Golf R 400 for Beijing motor show

Hot new Golf to make its world debut in China, with more power and a 0-62mph time over a second faster than the Golf RThese are the first pictures of the extreme new Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept...

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16 Apr 2014 10:01 pm

Cars should not be easy to drive

Making cars easier to drive might not be the answer, especially if cars become cleverer than their driversI was fascinated to learn that Volvo wants to make cars that can effectively spy on their...

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16 Apr 2014 7:03 pm

Subaru Outback gets New York debut

Rugged estate version of the new Legacy features more space and improved handling; set to go on sale towards the end of this yearThe new Subaru Outback has made its debut at the New York motor...

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16 Apr 2014 2:55 pm

Toyota confirms fuel cell launch for 2015

A mid-sized saloon powered by hydrogen will go on sale in Europe next yearToyota has confirmed it will launch a hydrogen fuel cell-powered car in 2015, but said sales volumes would be...

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16 Apr 2014 11:56 am

New York motor show 2014 report and gallery

Big-name cars like the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept, Mercedes S63 AMG coupe and Mazda MX-5 took the centre stage in New York, proving the significance of this US showThe 2014 running of the...

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16 Apr 2014 11:52 am

Its the new Mazda MX-5*!

*Well, sort of. Mazda shows sports car chassis in New York, rest of it lands later this year

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16 Apr 2014 10:23 am

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

Jaguar F-TYPE V6S - The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of


Anyone with even a passing interest in things automotive will be aware that 2013 saw the launch of Jaguar F-TYPE. An awfully long time in the planning, has Jaguar at last created a spiritual…

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Tue 25th Mar, 2014 | 9:00am

New Porsche Boxster GTS Sprints Into Summer

Porsche Boxster GTS
Porsche Boxster GTS
Since the Porsche Boxster first appeared in showrooms nearly 20 years ago, the mid-engine two-seater has established itself as the benchmark roadster. The new Boxster GTS, which is announced…

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Wed 19th Mar, 2014 | 4:50pm

Kia Pro Cee'd GT - Sporty, Practical and Affordable


Korean manufacturer Kia is on an upward trajectory. Once the maker of worthy but rather dull cars, the latest models to hit our shores have improved in leaps and bounds and now rival the very best…

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Tue 11th Mar, 2014 | 8:50am

Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake - Power In A Practical Package

Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
This week's test car is the wonderfully powerful Jaguar XFR-S saloon and with impeccable timing, Jaguar today announced that they are to offer a Sportbrake version.

Up until now, the Sportbrake…

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Tue 25th Feb, 2014 | 2:13pm

Peugeot Pair To Debut At Geneva Motor Show - The Range Revamp Continues Apace

Peugeot 108
Peugeot 108
Peugeot will unveil two all-new models at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show. They are set to signal the start of the next phase in the revamp of the brand's entire range, which is already the…

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Wed 19th Feb, 2014 | 5:02pm

Ferrari California T To Star At Geneva - Elegance, Sportiness And Technology

Ferrari California T
Ferrari California T
Ferrari has announced that the California T will take pride of place on their stand at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.

Epitomising elegance, sportiness, versatility and exclusivity,…

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Wed 12th Feb, 2014 | 6:53pm

Citroen C4 Cactus: Bold New Design Brimming With New Features

Citroen C4 Cactus
Citroen C4 Cactus
Citroen are going radical once again. The once daring manufacturer rather lost its reputation for innovation and for many a year turned out a succession of worthy, but uninspiring offerings.

The…

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Mon 10th Feb, 2014 | 4:32pm

Speed Cameras - Proposal Announced To Comprehensively Cover Our Motorways


Speed cameras designed to catch motorists driving in excess of the 70mph speed limit are to be installed along hundreds of miles of motorway for the fist time.

A new breed of 'stealth cameras' are…

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Mon 3rd Feb, 2014 | 2:14pm

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Still The Best Luxury Car?

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The most advanced and luxurious Mercedes-Benz yet created - the new S-Class - is now on sale in the UK, priced from £62,650.

The S-Class has never ceased to raise technology standards,…

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Mon 27th Jan, 2014 | 9:33am

New Porsche 911 Targa Raises The Roof At Detroit

The new 911 revealed at the Detroit motor show
The new 911 revealed at the Detroit motor show
Porsche have unveiled the latest addition to the iconic 911 range - the 911 Targa. While enthusiasts will recognise cues from the classic Targa concept, pioneered by Porsche in the late 1960s,…

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Tue 21st Jan, 2014 | 3:21pm

Subaru WRX STI All Set For UK Return

The new Subaru unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show
The new Subaru unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show
It seems like only yesterday when the last WRX STI was sold in the UK amid an outcry of sentiment on the sad loss of this iconic model. After much deliberation, Subaru UK have now confirmed that…

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Thu 16th Jan, 2014 | 8:46am

Volkswagen Passat - New Models Aim To Keep The Range Fresh


The trusty Volkswagen Passat has been around in its present guise since 2005, albeit with a refresh in 2010. Sticking to the traditional format of saloon and estate models, buyers seemingly have…

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Sun 5th Jan, 2014 | 3:36pm

Transport Networks Still Vulnerable To Winter Weather Disruption, Warn MPs


Launching a report on transport preparations for winter weather, Louise Ellman MP, Chair of Transport Committee, said today:

"Transport is vital to economic growth. A lack of preparedness for…

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Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 | 12:49pm

Audi Q5 - Continues To Impress


When Audi launched its mid-sized prestige SUV back in 2008, rivals were few and far between. BMW's X3 and Land Rover's Freelander were the most obvious, but neither quite hit the mark. The X3 was…

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Mon 30th Dec, 2013 | 10:38am

Range Rover Vogue SE - Still As Impressive As Ever

Range Rover Vogue SE
Range Rover Vogue SE
A year or so has passed since Land Rover launched a new version of its all-conquering Range Rover. Even so, when the opportunity presented itself to spend a week behind the wheel, I jumped at the…

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Mon 23rd Dec, 2013 | 12:13pm

Jaguar's New XJR - Fast And Furious!


Jaguar's XJR saloons are the pinnacle of high speed luxury travel and with each new XJ incarnation, the 'R' models get faster and more focused.
I was lucky enough to briefly own a 1997 V8 XJR and…

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Tue 10th Dec, 2013 | 12:21pm

DVLA Cuts Unnecessary Red Tape For Motorists


The change, announced today by Roads Minister Robert Goodwill, is part of a package of measures to get rid of unnecessary red tape.

The changes, which come into force from 16 December 2013, also…

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Mon 9th Dec, 2013 | 12:39pm

A New Peugeot 308 Is Here - Will It Be A Roaring Success?

Peugeot 308
Peugeot 308
The invite from Peugeot to the launch of its new 308 came shrouded in mystery. Meet after dark in deepest Hampshire at a specific postcode. Our first encounter with the new Golf/Focus rival would…

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Sat 30th Nov, 2013 | 8:40am

MG3 - Is MG Finally Back On The Road To Recovery?


MG is one of the best known and loved automotive brands in the UK. Sadly memories still live on of the dreadful mismanagement by overpaid former directors which led to the demise of MG Rover back…

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Tue 26th Nov, 2013 | 8:56am

All-New MINI Hatch Revealed - All Grown Up!


MINI has today unveiled the new MINI Hatch, which has been with us now in various guises since 2001.

Although instantly recognisable, the car is completely new from the ground up. Every component…

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Tue 19th Nov, 2013 | 8:51am

Citroen DS5 - Can La Grande Voiture Francaise Compete Mit Die Deutschen?

Citroen DS5
Citroen DS5
Forgive the mixed language heading. What we have on test is Citroen's take on a large family car, something the Germans do rather well.

In the past, Citroen have chosen to chart their own course…

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Mon 18th Nov, 2013 | 9:30am

A day out in the sunshine in not one but two Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolets

The new 911 Turbo Cabriolet is an immense car, but even Sutters finds himself hankering after the ultra rare 930 "Flatnose" Turbo Cab having just spent the day in both.Call me a tart, call me...

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18 Apr 2014 9:04 am

Top Gear mag on iPad and iPhone - only 99p!

A special Easter holiday offer for all - every issue for less than a quid

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17 Apr 2014 5:06 pm

Volkswagen plans new Midsize Coupe Concept for Beijing

New four-door concept car could preview sister car to the Jetta, features 217bhp four-cylinder TSI engine and 152mph top speedVolkswagen has previewed a new concept car to be seen at the Beijing...

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17 Apr 2014 1:39 pm

Best car deals: Mazda CX-5, Ford B-Max, BMW Z4, VW Passat

The best new car deals and new car leasing offers of the week, including discounts on the Mazda CX-5, Ford B-Max, BMW Z4, VW Passat and BMW 3-seriesIf youre in the market for a new car, or after...

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17 Apr 2014 10:17 am

Fisker has built a motorbike

The Karma is no more, but Henrik Fisker has been busy with this

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17 Apr 2014 9:24 am

Volkswagen Touareg revisions focus on economy

Revisions for the 2015 Touareg SUV aim to improve fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissionsVolkswagen has dropped slow-selling V8 and hybrid versions of its Touareg SUV as part of a range of...

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17 Apr 2014 8:34 am

Henrik Fisker designs new Viking Concept motorcycle

New Viking Concept motorcycle from Danish custom motorcycle company Lauge Jensen features V-twin engineDanish custom motorcycle company Lauge Jensen has unveiled its new Viking Concept at the Top...

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17 Apr 2014 7:07 am

New look for 2015 Dodge Charger

Far-reaching Charger facelift brings new body panels and recalibrated steeringThe 2015 Dodge Charger, shown at the New York motor show, has received a significant set of revisions, with the...

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17 Apr 2014 4:05 am

Volkswagen confirms 395bhp Golf R 400 for Beijing motor show

Hot new Golf to make its world debut in China, with more power and a 0-62mph time over a second faster than the Golf RThese are the first pictures of the extreme new Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept...

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16 Apr 2014 10:01 pm

Production-ready Acura TLX saloon revealed

The Honda-owned manufacturer follows up Detroit concept with definitive version of its US-market midsize saloonThe definitive production version of the Acura TLX has been revealed at the New York...

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16 Apr 2014 7:06 pm

MG shows new EV city car concept

MG Dynamo conceived to assess demand for a small electric MGA new, all-electric MG city car concept has been unveiled today. The MG Dynamo concept is part of its display of current and future...

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16 Apr 2014 3:54 pm

Revamped Toyota Camry launched in New York

Substantially revised Camry gets new kit, sharper styling and tweaked suspension for the 2015 model yearOnly three years into the model cycle, Toyota revealed a dramatically refreshed Camry saloon...

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16 Apr 2014 1:58 pm

New York motor show 2014 live blog and gallery

As cars like the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept, Mercedes S63 AMG coupe and Mazda MX-5 take centre stage in New York, Autocar presents live coverage of the show1452hrs Another big public...

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16 Apr 2014 11:52 am

Listen to the new BMW M4 Coupe

Munichs latest two-door super-coupe gets an airing, and sounds like well, you decide

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16 Apr 2014 11:09 am

Are there ghost cars in Russia?

Take a look at this mysterious dashcam footage, and tell us what the hell's going on

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16 Apr 2014 10:10 am

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