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Young Brits most prolific selfy takers

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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

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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!

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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

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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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Dainese takes wraps off autumn collection

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ALL the great Italian fashion houses release autumn collections and Dainese is no exception! The Italian giant is releasing a collection of motorcycle clothing that will be available in UK dealers from September. With new products in the city, sports and touring ranges there’s something for everyone. The brand has also been working hard to […]

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EcoBoost choice for 1 in 5 Ford buyers

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IT’S not only the motoring judges and writers who have taken to Ford’s EcoBoost engine. Winning awards is one thing, but the real success of any power plant is how many buyers choose to specify it when they sign up for a new car. So, after an unprecedented third successive International Engine of the Year […]

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Jaguar to build and sell 6 E-types

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FOR a very lucky few there is now the chance to buy a new E-type Jaguar. The legendary carmaker has revealed that it is planning to build a further six examples of its prototype ‘new’ Lightweight E-type. Jaguar had announced in May that it would recreate six new Lightweights, each built by Jaguar Heritage, part […]

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First Lexus NX models on production line

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CURB your excitement for a little while longer, but it won’t be too long before the Lexus NX reaches our shores. The arrival of the first NX with UK customers is a little closer following the official start of production ceremony at Lexus’s Miyata plant in Japan. More than 350 UK customers have submitted their […]

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Road Tests and Reviews

Honda Civic 2.0 VTEC Turbo Type R road test report and review

Honda Civic 2.0 VTEC Turbo Type R road test report and review

THIS new Honda Civic Type R looks absolutely stunning and is prodigiously fast, in fact it is one of the most complete cars I’ve ever driven. You don’t need much imagination to realise just how quick this new Honda Civic Type R is when you glance at its performance figures. It “only” has a 2.0-litre engine, but that utilises Honda’s VTEC technology and now comes with a turbocharger just to spice things up a bit.

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Fiat 500X 1.6 MultiJet 120hp Cross road test report review

Fiat 500X 1.6 MultiJet 120hp Cross road test report review

“WHAT’S that?” my friend asked he strode up my drive. “It’s a Fiat 500,” I replied with a slight grin on my face. “No it’s not, he said, they’re small cars, that’s a crossover!” He has a point – It’s a Fiat 500 Jim, but not as we know it . . . Like the now BMW-owned Mini, what started off as a modern remake of a much-loved classic has now developed into a brand in its own right.
The ubiquitous Fiat 500 returned to our showrooms in 2008 and has since spawned various spin-offs, much like a Hollywood blockbuster.

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Ford Focus Style ECOnetic 1.5 TDCi road test report and review

Ford Focus Style ECOnetic 1.5 TDCi road test report and review

THE ubiquitous Ford Focus needs little introduction, but this latest model with its 1.5-litre TDCi engine takes Ford and fuel economy to a whole new level. I’ve never found Ford diesel engines among the most economical on the market, but with this new unit, the secrets seem to have been unlocked.

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Nissan Note n-tec 1.2 manual road test report and review

Nissan Note n-tec 1.2 manual road test report and review

IN this stylish n-tec specification which adds lots of extra trim, styling flourishes and safety equipment this version of the Note will strike a chord with many buyers.
Its attractive Ink Blue paintwork may well seal the deal, but the 1.2-litre three-pot with just 59PS won’t be everybody’s cup of tea. It’s not bad around town, which is probably where most buyers of this model will stay, and once up to speed it cruises quietly, but if you need to overtake anything quicker than a tractor, you will struggle.

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Mini Cooper S 5 door road test report and review

Mini Cooper S 5 door road test report review (17)

THE thoroughly modern Millie is another of those cars which came into being as a fairly honest remake of a much-loved classic, but has gone on to morph into an entirely new brand. Under BMW ownership, The new Mini has been an unprecedented success, selling millions of examples all over the world.

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Mazda MX-5 2.0 Sport Nav road test report and review

Mazda MX-5 2.0 Sport Nav road test report and review

THE Mazda MX-5 is the world’s favourite sports car – it is also mine! It has always been a fabulous little car with almost bullet-proof reliability, but this new model raises the bar again and is the best so far. Accused of being a girl’s car in some quarters, it now looks far more aggressive, or perhaps I’m just more in touch with my feminine side, but I really don’t care, I love it and thoroughly enjoyed my few days with this newcomer.

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Jaguar F-Type 3.0 V6 Supercharged Coupe road test report and review

Jaguar F-Type 3.0 V6 Supercharged Coupe road test report and review

IF this Jaguar F-Type Coupe isn’t one of the best looking cars on the road today, I’ll eat my hat. My son described it as “epic”, and who am I to argue? The spiritual successor to my dream car, the one I would buy if money were no object, the glorious E-Type, this sleek coupe really is art on wheels.

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Mazda 2 and CX-3 road test report review

Mazda CX-3 road test report review

IN what Mazda call their “most intense period of activity ever” we have seen this year five new or revised models launched in the UK: the 2 and the 6, plus CX-5, CX-3 and MX-5, so that the Japanese maker now claims the “youngest model line-up of any manufacturer”.

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