Archive | October, 2012

Toyota launches search for oldest surviving Carina E

BELIEVE it or not, it is now years since Toyota launched its first British-built model, the Carina E, and to celebrate, the company has started a search for the oldest surviving example. The first Carina E rolled off the production line at the newly-opened factory at Burnaston, in Derbyshire, in December 1992 and Toyota believes […]

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Free winter checks for Subaru owners

WITH the sudden drop in temperature comes a timely reminder that winter is on the way. And to support its customers Subaru UK has today launched an offer to owners of its vehicles. The Japanese carmaker is offering free winter vehicle checks and will top up essential fluids as necessary for all Subaru models through […]

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Sports Line Jeep is a powerful performer with a V6

A SPORTY high performance 4×4 with rugged off-road ability but without the large capacity petrol engines seen in outright performance versions. That’s the latest arrival from Jeep in the shape of a new S-Limited variant of the Grand Cherokee ‘Sports Line’. The American brand says the new S-Limited will offer all the presence of Jeep’s […]

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Vettel extends championship lead in Indian GP

After a thrilling Indian GP,  Sebastian Vettel extended his championship lead. DAVID HOOPER reviews the last of this season’s Asian races. The Indian Grand Prix got off to a thrilling start, with a superb display of talent by the drivers at the top of the grid, going wheel-to-wheel with each other through the first few […]

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Ford Fiesta is named the top used car of 2012

THE Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec five-door has been named Used Car of the Year 2012 and used supermini of the year. And in a triple swoop for the blue oval brand the Ford Mondeo was voted best used family car while the S-Max took the best used MPV trophy in the annual What Car? awards. […]

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New Honda Civic records over 60mpg in road test!

ROAD TEST REPORT AND REVIEW: Honda Civic 2.2 i-DTEC ES Achieving 60mpg is still a rarity, but from a 2.2-litre engine? DAVID HOOPER is impressed by Honda’s new Civic and its superb diesel engine. EVER since I first drove a diesel-powered Honda – and met the engineer who designed what was, at the time, a […]

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Jaguar’s flagship XJ is perfect for the chauffeur set

ROAD TEST REPORT AND REVIEW: Jaguar XJ 3.0i Portfolio These are heady days for Jaguar Land Rover. KEITH WARD luxuriates in the flagship of the Jaguar range. BELOW the bonnet of this latest version of Jaguar’s current flagship luxury limo XJ is the promise of sporty things to come. The crisp new eight-speed ZF “Quickshift” […]

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W12 badge of honour for new Bentley GT Speed

ROAD TEST REPORT AND REVIEW: Bentley GT Speed As Bentley launches the fastest production car it has ever built, DAVID HOOPER travels to Munich to drive the new GT Speed with its fabulous W12 engine. I hate the rain at the best of times – but when it’s truly persisting it down and you get […]

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