Catching up with JLR
Jaguar today made the surprise announcement that it’s returning to racing with a works FIA Formula E team in the autumn of 2016. The electric-powered Forumla E is the first global single seater race series for EVs and has been steadily gathering prominence and interest. The arrival of a... Read more
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 new Fiat Tipo,... 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 following me at... 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 the ‘best value’... 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 display of new... Read more
Driving Honda’s S660 in Japan

Driving Honda’s S660 in Japan Hot

Blog November 18, 2015 0

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 S660, a direct... Read more
Autobest – The Independent European Motoring Jury
As winter approaches and the clocks prepare to go back, so it’s traditionally time to start thinking about candidates for Car of the Year. Now, you don’t have to look far to discover there are actually quite a few COTYs up and running these days, and that’ s just... Read more