Canterbury calling…

Canterbury calling…

Blog December 22, 2015

Just last week, I was in Canterbury, one of England’s finest historical towns. And yes it was great to be back. Having lived in Canterbury for a couple of years, it’s always a buzz to revisit the town with its beautifully preserved Roman city walls, bustling back streets, great restaurants, pubs... Read more
AutoBest 2016. And the winner is….
Votes gathered in, it was a COTY contest that went right down to the wire. And now we have the result. It was announced this week that the Fiat Tipo/Aegea has won ‘AutoBest 2016.’ AutoBest, Europe’s newly expanded Car of Year aimed specifically at mainstream buyers, kicked off with... Read more
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
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