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
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

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
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
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 Car Association, the... Read more
Col de Turini

Col de Turini

BlogMotor Racing January 19, 2016

The Rallye Monte Carlo, one of the icons of the motorsport world, shifts into gear this week (Jan 21-24). Given its Riviera location, history and challenging mix of stages, a capricious blend of asphalt, snow and ice, plus the odd controversy or two thrown in for good measure, the... 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