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... 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... 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... 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... Read more
Spring Clean

Spring Clean

Blog April 28, 2016

Gentle reader, as you might have noticed from the timeline on this blog, it’s been a while since Crosstown Traffic last sprang to life. House renovation, an excursion to France, plus assorted other adventures have had a lot to do with that, including how to plan,... Read more
Tokyo New Year Meeting

Tokyo New Year Meeting

Classics January 29, 2016

It’s late January in Tokyo and that means it’s time for one of the city’s more alternative gatherings. The Tokyo New Year meeting is a spectacular open air festival for classic cars that no petrolhead can fail to enjoy. Organised, as ever, by the Japan Classic... 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,... 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... 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