JLR Drive Day

JLR Drive Day

Blog December 20, 2018

To the Stoke Park Country Club, near Windsor, for Jaguar Land Rover’s annual Christmas Showcase, on a blustery, winter Wednesday. This is a day for driving, and lots of it. Stoke Park, as every James Bond fan knows, is where Goldfinger was filmed back in the ‘60s. Ostensibly Stoke... Read more
AutoBest 2018 – the countdown begins…
It’s November and AutoBest, the independent European journalists’ group, has begun the countdown to its annual awards and the “Best Buy Car of Europe in 2019” prize. Six cars are up for contention for AutoBest this year. In one corner, we have the Citroën Berlingo/Peugeot Rifter/Opel-Vauxhall Combo MPVs (counting as... Read more
Go West: Fiat’s facelifted 500X
It’s one of those gloriously sunny days in October and I’m in Bristol to drive Fiat’s newly refreshed 500X. As of winter 2018, Fiat’s compact crossover SUV gains some neat design updates, an improved interior and set of new generation engines to spice up the action. So looking good.  First... Read more
Citroën’s new C4 Cactus
Citroën has had a good thing going with the C4 Cactus, its distinctively designed compact hatch which first appeared on the market some four years ago. Good to drive, comfy and quirky, the C4 Cactus has sold some 270,000 units to date with 30,000 units finding buyers in the... Read more
Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce
Good news. I’ve finally caught up with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, the model that’s quietly building quite a name for itself within the Alfa fan community. Faster than the standard petrol/diesel Giulias (150/200 ps) yet not as extreme as the masterful 510 ps Giulia Quadrifoglio, the Veloce launched last... Read more
Mr. Mazda

Mr. Mazda

Blog February 1, 2018

When you look across the Japanese car industry, it’s remarkable how well the cars and companies are known, yet the executives and engineers less so, behind the scenes. Take Mazda as a case in point. Everyone knows and loves the MX-5 and Mazda’s rotary engine is the stuff of... Read more
Citroën’s C3 Aircross wins AUTOBEST 2018
That sound you hear is champagne corks popping across the way in Paris. Citroën’s new C3 Aircross has just driven off with the AutoBest ‘Best Buy Car of Europe’ award’ for 2018. In the centre circle for AutoBest, the European journalists’ awards organisation, stood six cars for this year’s highly competitive... Read more
Flat out in Porsche’s new 911 GT2 RS
Just what is it like to drive Porsche’s stunning new 911 GT2 RS? José Caetano from Portugal’s Auto Foco (and colleague from AutoBest ) last week had the answer. This is his story. There is nothing above the GT2 RS when it comes to performance and outstanding road handling. It is... Read more
It’s a Triumph…

It’s a Triumph…

Blog November 10, 2017

Speaking as a former Triumph owner, there’s always a feeling of wistfulness whenever I drive through Canley, the district of Coventry where the Triumph factory used to be. Yes, I’ve long had a soft spot for Triumph and its TR sports cars, especially those from the sixties TR4-TR5 era.... Read more
2017 Tokyo Motor Show

2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Blog November 3, 2017

Last week, the doors opened on the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Here are some thoughts on the latest Tokyo Show which runs through to this Sunday, November 5. Let’s start by saying the Tokyo Show might not be the force it once was. Nevertheless it’s still a unique event on... Read more