Toyota sharpens the appeal of the Auris

It is some time since I have driven a Toyota Auris, so my first reaction on seeing this road test Auris was to check the details. I still tend to think of a Toyota Auris as being a compact family hatchback and sitting there in front of me was seemed quite a sizeable family estate car.

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Maserati Levante spied on autostrade

On a recent trip to Italy we spotted the new Maserati Levante on the A14 autostrade near Imola. The car appeared so suddenly we had no time to get cameras organised, so this was taken on an iPhone.

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Fiat 500 holds its appeal

In my student days, one of my classmates turned up one day in an elderly Fiat 500. I became the unofficial mechanic and, on one occasion I was trying to fettle the car, I asked the proud owner why she had bought the 500. “It looked like it needed a mummy,” she replied.

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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross enjoys new technology

Suzuki has carved itself something of a niche for producing not just cars at the smaller end of the market, but also cars that offer four-wheel-drive to keep you moving when the going gets tough.

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Expanding the market with Fiat 500X

It was inevitable that comparisons would be made with the resurrected Mini brand, when Fiat produced their new Fiat 500 in 2007. Like the Mini and Volkswagen Beetle before it, the new Fiat 500 echoed the cheeky looks of the original. In Fiat’s case this was the tiny rear-engined Fiat 500 produced from 1957 to 1975.

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Shell explores energy efficiency with concept car

Shell has taken the unusual step of producing a concept car which, were it ever to go into production, could deliver significant energy savings.

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Mitsubishi admits fuel consumption irregularities

Mitsubishi has confirmed that it has discovered that fuel consumption testing data submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan has been improperly presented in order to improve fuel consumption rates. The testing method was also different from that required by Japanese law. Read More...
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Heading for the freeways of America?

It’s that time when many of us will be planning to escape the chill of spring and head to warmer, sunnier climes for a well-deserved break. A road trip in the USA is one of my favourite holiday pursuits, so if you are heading Stateside for the first time, here are some tips for drivers.

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Building confidence in driverless technology

Driverless cars have been big in the news for some time. But, recent news stories this month have brought renewed focus on the issues involved.

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Aston Martin launches DB9 successor

If you have been to see the Bond film Spectre, you may believe that you have seen the new Aston Martin already. But, the reality is that the Aston Martin DB10 in the film was not the real successor to the long-lived DB9. That successor has just been launched at the Geneva Motor Show and it is the DB11.

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Seat and Skoda take a small step towards the self-driving car

The launch of Seat’s first SUV is significant not only because it takes the Spanish manufacturer into new territory, but it also marks another small step towards self-driving cars.

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Suzuki Vitara goes sporty

At the end of last year we focussed on the return of a style icon from the late 1980s and 90s – the Suzuki Vitara. Now, just three months later, we have in our hands the keys for the new Suzuki Vitara S.

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Mustang launches in UK

It’s been around in various guises since 1964, but despite its cult following it is only now that the Ford Mustang is finally available in the UK in right hand drive.

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Watch out small SUVs, the Suzuki Vitara is back

When the original Suzuki Vitara (known as the Escudo and Sidekick in some markets) was launched in the late 1980s became an instant success with buyers who wanted a stylish small off-roader that stood out in a crowd. Indeed, a number capitalised on its eye-catching style to use the Vitara as a mobile billboard, emblazoned with company names and logos.

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Volkswagen diesel: is your car affected?

Volkswagen has now published a website at which UK owners can check if their Volkswagen Group car will need to be modified in response to the recent scandal following the discovery of software that detected when cars were being emissions tested. Read More...
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The Volkswagen scandal fall-out

Many column inches have been devoted to analysing the issues surrounding the Volkswagen emissions scandal, but what are the real issues for owners of affected vehicles?

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Hot weather testing in Death Valley

Motor manufacturers were out in force in Death Valley when DriveBlog.co.uk visited this week.

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Seat Leon X-Perience tackles the Highlands

The driving position is good and the controls are well laid out and logical. The Seat shuns the electric parking brake of its Volkswagen Group siblings for a conventional handbrake.

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Lamborghini - where it all began

In the advent of Lamborghini's new exclusive 800hp Supercar being named HyperVeloce, online car buying website, Sell Your Jamjar has looked back into the whirlwind history of Lamborghini and its founder Ferruccio Lamborghini where it all began with an interesting blog post.

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Exceed speed limit by just 1 mph and you may be nicked

From this autumn Police Scotland, are planning to act against drivers exceeding speed limits, even by as little as 1 mph and police forces in other parts of the UK could be set to follow.

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Celerio is a stronger Suzuki city car offering

Suzuki is back to specialising in what they do well – producing superminis and 4x4s with the launch of the Suzuki Celerio. Sitting below the Suzuki Swift, it is aimed at the city car market.

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Supercars gather for cancer charity

Although the low oil price is taking the sheen off Aberdeen’s gold-plated economy, the streets of the Granite City are still home to a considerable number of the world’s exotic supercars.

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Provisional 2016 Formula One calendar

The World Motor Sport Council has approved rule adjustments for Formula 1 and announced the provisional calendar for the 2016 Formula 1 season.

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Five top tips to save on your car hire, when holidaying abroad

We all know holidaying abroad can be an enormous expense. Hotel rates are often the single biggest expense but one of the more unpredictable expenses can be hiring a care. Read More...
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Smartphones taking over the driving?

We’ve had quite a bit about autonomous vehicles or piloted vehicles – basically cars that drive themselves – but this intrigued me because it is a different angle on the subject.

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Toyota Avensis strives for prestige and elegance

Toyota has unveled the latest in a lineage of Avensis models that stretch back over four models to the original launched in late 1997. In all 1,711,800 Avensis models have been sold, so this new one has to please existing customers, while hopefully bringing in ‘conquest’ sales.

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TVR to return with Cosworth-powered sports car

TVR, one of Britain’s best-loved specialist sports car brands, should return to the market in 2017 with an all-new Cosworth-powered sports car.

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First pictures of New Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall has issued the first pictures of the new Vauxhall Astra which is due to go into production later this year at the Ellesmere Port factory in Cheshire. Its debut (under the Opel badge) will be at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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The most beautiful race in the world

Following the “Mini Miglia” shakedown in Scotland, at the end of last month, nine classic Jaguars lined up in Brescia, Italy for the start of the Mille Miglia – an event once described as “the most beautiful race in the world”.

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Car hire chaos predicted this summer

Do you have a UK driving licence? Are intending to hire a car abroad? If so, there’s an important change from early next month that you need to be aware of.

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