Take five…

Take five…

Blog November 30, 2015

Serbia, late November. Five cars come together as AutoBest jurors gather to decide on the prize of  ‘Best Buy Car of Europe in 2016’. Yes, welcome to the AutoBest Final Five test, held at the NAVAK proving grounds near Belgrade. Up for contention we have the... Read more
Meeting the new Kia Optima

Meeting the new Kia Optima

Blog November 20, 2015

To Germany, to meet the new Kia Optima, a well-specced, good-to-drive D-segment rival for the likes of the VW Passat and Ford Mondeo. Now, while there have been three previous generations of Optima (so this is the fourth, although only the second in Europe: are you... Read more
Five Cars in contention for AutoBest’s ‘Best Buy Car of Europe in 2016’
Momentum is building with AutoBest, Europe’s newly expanded Car of the Year organization. A five car showdown, to test and find AutoBest’s ‘Best Buy Car of Europe in 2016,’ is just days away now. AutoBest, as a reminder, is the independent European COTY that focuses on... Read more
A walkaround the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
True to form, Japan’s car makers and importers had plenty to show and go at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show (Oct 29 – Nov 08). Travelling across for the show (actually my 16th consecutive TMS since 1987), I found this to be another decent real world... Read more
Driving Honda’s S660 in Japan
It’s a bright Friday morning in October as I head to Honda’s HQ in the Aoyama district of Tokyo to pick up arguably the hottest small car currently around. To wit, the Honda S660. Imagine a downscaled, mid-engined 660 cc mini sportscar and you have the... Read more