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Taste of Italian cafe culture

Cafe racer

ITALIAN motorbikes have always had their devotees, including the cafe racing machines. Most of the top marques have had plenty of books written about them, but until now no one has produced one specially covering cafe racers. Coming from a nation with a great motorcycle racing heritage, Italian motorcycles have, unsurprisingly, always had a sporting […]

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Suzuki shows off classic race machines

XR14

MOST bikers like nothing more than going out on a Sunday and meeting like-minded riders. And Suzuki has a treat for you all. The Japanese bike maker’s UK arm has teamed up with the famous Sausage Cafe to bring you something special. For the second time this year, Suzuki will join forces with the Northamptonshire […]

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Shark adds new graphics for Vancore

Ryu

THE Vancore urban bike helmet from Shark has had another two sets of graphics to choose from. Now, apart from the range of matt and gloss colours at launch date, the French brand has added a touch more style. The two new designs, called Wipeout and RYU, are now available in UK dealers. Wipeout (pictured […]

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Vango Stelvio 200 tent is perfect for touring on a motorcycle

Vango Stelvio 200 tent packed up on Suzuki V-Strom Touring bike

TOURING on a motorcycle raises a fairly unique set of challenges – especially, if like me, you’re not very good at travelling light!
With only three boxes and a back seat however, it does tend to focus your mind on what is actually essential for a long weekend away, and the Suzuki luggage set on my V-Strom is surprisingly capacious if you pack carefully and use every last bit of space.

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Young Brits most prolific selfy takers

selfy

MOBILE phone use while driving is already illegal, but now it appears that young Brits are leading the use of phones for taking pictures on the move. Ford research for its acclaimed Driving Skills for Life programme has revealed that young Brit drivers are the most likely to take a ‘selfie’ while at the wheel. […]

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Call to regulate car retail sector

mechanic

IN an effort to ensure standards are kept high and safety put at the top of the agenda, the Institute of the Motoring Industry (IMI) has announced plans to lobby MPs on the issue. The IMI is calling on Parliament to licence the automotive retail sector when it returns from recess. It will tell MPs […]

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Meet new supercomputer – sorry Audi TT!

TT

THE days when cars were simple and could be repaired with a few spanners and a hammer are long gone! Nowadays cars have more computing power than NASA could have dreamt of in the 1960s. And a typical example of this is the all-new Audi TT, which is available to order now. This is a […]

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Kit will boost Mazda MX-5

BBR

DO you have a Mazda MX-5? Are you looking to tune it up? Then you could well be in luck! Performance tuner BBR has announced an exciting engine tuning package for all 2005 onwards 2.0-litre Mazda MX-5 Mk3/3.5/3.75 (NC) models. It has been designed to meet the demand for a value for money engine upgrade […]

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Road Tests and Reviews

Renault Kadjar Signature Nav dCi 130 road test report and review

Renault Kadjar Signature Nav dCi 130 road test report and review

Renault Kadjar Signature Nav dCi 130 road test report and review: This C-segment Crossover is comfortable and capable. DAVID HOOPER has been getting to know appealing new model. IT’S funny how you just seem to gel with some cars better than you do with others. The attractively-styled Renault Kadjar is one of those cars which […]

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VW Passat Estate 2.0 TDI SE Business road test report and review

VW Passat Estate 2.0 TDI SE Business road test report and review

THIS is the eighth generation of the Passat, which since its launch in 1973 has racked up over 22 million sales worldwide and going on for half a million in the UK, where the estate version consistently outsells the saloon.

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Ford Mondeo 2.0 Ti-VCT Hybrid Electric Titanium road test report and review

Ford Mondeo 2.0 Ti-VCT Hybrid Electric Titanium road test report and review

It has taken some time, but Ford’s first hybrid vehicle to be produced in Europe is making a glimmer of progress in the UK.

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Jeep Renegade 1.6 MultiJet II Limited 120 road test report and review

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IT has been some considerable time since I last drove a Jeep, so spending a few days at the wheel of this latest Renegade model was a great demonstration of just how far they’ve come in a relatively short space of time.

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Kia Sportage ‘2’ 1.7 CRDi road test report and review

Kia Sportage ‘2’ 1.7 CRDi road test report and review

THE Sportage sold in record numbers here of around 23,000 in 2015. That has not stopped Kia kicking off 2016 with an all-new fourth generation version of what is easily its best-selling model and declaring a target for it of 25,000 UK sales in the next 12 months. An 18-strong range is priced between £17,995 and £31,495, so starting £495 dearer than the previous Sportage, but keenly priced against its main competitors

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Fiat 500 Lounge 0.9 TwinAir 105hp road test report and review

Fiat 500 Lounge 0.9 TwinAir 105hp road test report and review

EVERYBODY loves the Fiat 500, so when it came to updating an old favourite, Fiat faced something of a dilemma when it came to deciding how much to change. As someone once said, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, so when you stand back and admire this latest updated model, the updates are hard to spot. Fiat reckon there are 1,800 changes, but apart from the lights and bumpers, they’re hard to spot for a casual observer, or even an enthusiast!

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VW Golf SV SE 1.6-litre TDI 110 PS road test report and review

VW Golf SV SE 1.6-litre TDI 110 PS road test report and review

VW Golf SV SE 1.6-litre TDI 110 PS road test report and review: The Golf SV has replaced the Golf Plus. It has more room and more kit. DAVID HOOPER has a look at one of the new models. THE VW Golf SV is a smart looking mini-MPV with seats for five, plus a good sized […]

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Volvo XC60 D4 AWD Geartronic SE Lux Nav road test report review

Volvo XC60 D4 AWD Geartronic SE Lux Nav road test report review (1)

WHEN a group of friends started to plan their next skiing trip and the decision to drive across Europe in winter was made, for me, this All Wheel Drive Volvo XC60 was the weapon of choice. Having driven Volvos in the Finnish Arctic Circle on frozen lakes, I know how good they are in their native conditions – conditions we were likely to encounter during our trip south to Italy in February.

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