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
AutoBest 2018

AutoBest 2018

Blog October 10, 2017

Question: what do the new Citroën C3 Aircross, Honda Civic, Ford Fiesta, Opel Grandland X, SEAT Ibiza and Volkswagen T-Roc all have in common? Answer, they are the six new car finalists going forward to this winter’s ‘Best Buy Car of Europe in 2018’ award, as organised by AutoBest,  the independent journalists’... Read more
My week with a Prius

My week with a Prius Hot

Blog July 4, 2017

Twenty seventeen is shaping up to be a big year for Toyota and its iconic Prius hybrid. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the original Prius in Japan. Living in Tokyo at that time, I remember that unveiling very well and the huge buzz it... Read more
Honda’s month of May
Some would say that Honda, in the month of May, experienced both the agony and ecstasy. In the world of motor sport, Honda continued to underwhelm as the engine supplier to McLaren in F1 but then, on Sunday, May 28 came the stunning Takuma Sato result at the Indy... Read more
Sizing up Suzuki’s new Ignis
Suzuki is a whizz when it comes to small cars. Just look at the Ignis, Suzuki’s engaging new ultra compact SUV that’s brand new on the market as of January 2017. Ignis comes to market as a fun urban crossover, albeit downsized compared to the vast majority you’ll likely... Read more
Meeting Citroën’s new C3
Bienvenue! Citroën’s appealing new C3 supermini is now out on UK roads, sales kicking off at the beginning of January, starting at £10,995 OTR. Straightaway it’s clear that this characterful, new shape C3 builds on the look and success of the C4 Cactus, the nimble compact crossover that’s done much... Read more
SEAT Ateca wins AutoBest 2017
Cars judged, votes counted and now we have this year’s Autobest’s result. The SEAT Ateca, the Spanish maker’s stylish new compact SUV, ran out the convincing winner of “AUTOBEST 2017,” it was announced last week. AutoBest is the Europe-based award that’s geared up to find the ‘Best Buy Car of... Read more
Gearing up for the AutoBest awards
Lights out and away we go. Five cars will soon line up for contention as the AutoBest 2016-17 awards get under way in earnest. AutoBest, as a reminder, is the journalist-based European jury tasked with finding the ‘Best Buy Car of Europe in 2017.’ That’s to say, the best new... Read more
When Porsche went Transaxle

When Porsche went Transaxle Hot

Blog October 6, 2016

Porsche is renowned for making some of the greatest sports cars in the world. But there was a time when some wondered if Porsche had lost its marbles. Scroll back 40 years to the launch of the Porsche 924. Yes, remember that one? At a time when Porsches by... Read more