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Mazda 6 deserves place on your short list

Mainstream Japanese car design seems to be a bit of a mixed bag at the moment, ranging from the downright bland through to over-the-top designs with heavily sculpted panels and puckered front grilles. Either way, “elegant” is not a word I find myself often using for cars from the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Sports and supercars to the fore at Geneva

As the first major European show of the year the Geneva Motor Show always has an array of glittering car launches. But, this year it seems to have excelled itself with new models and a number of tantalising concepts.

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London Formula E race is go

London is to get its own international motor race. Agreement has been reached for Formula E championship races to be held in Battersea Park, to follow Moscow as the final two races in the 2014-15 Formula E Championship.

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Seat Leon Cupra 280 pitches against hottest hatches

With the launch of the Seat Leon SC Cupra 280, Seat has pitched itself right into the battle at the very top end of the hot hatchback market. The slightly less brawny 261 bhp version of the Leon SC Cupra continues, but this more powerful version enters the market in competition with cars like the Ford Focus ST, the Renault Megan RS 265 and the Volkswagen Golf R.

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Ford GT steals the limelight in Detroit

Ford has grabbed the headlines at the Detroit Motor Show with the surprise unveiling of the new Ford GT supercar. It comes as Ford celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT which went on to take a 1-2-3 victory at the 1966 24 hours of Le Mans.

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Jaguar F-Pace gets green light

As expected Jaguar has confirmed that it will build the crossover that it previewed in its C-X17 concept car. As sister company, Land Rover, has seen the SUV market has remained remarkably strong in a difficult market.

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Mercedes and Audi show driverless cars

We’ve heard a lot about self-driving cars in recent months. Initially it was Google’s quirky research vehicles that were grabbing the headlines, but in 2015 it will be the mainstream manufacturers. Mercedes-Benz and Audi have been quick off the mark in the New Year with news of their developments in self-driving technology.

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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross takes on the crossover mainstream

Following the pattern well established by other manufacturers the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross recognises that, while many people are attracted to the SUV style, some have no need for the go-anywhere ability of four wheel drive. The S-cross is therefore available in two or four-wheel-drive.

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New Mini grows in size and appeal

I still remember the day I first saw the “new” Mini “in the metal”. It was in the brand new Mini section of our local BMW dealership and there was a large crowd of people huddled around it, plus a lot of noses squashed up against the showroom window. Such was the interest in the modern take on one of Britain’s most famous cars.

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Transparent pillars and ghost cars

Following on from the see-through bonnet, Jaguar Land Rover is now working on see-through pillars to give drivers a full 360º view of the road.

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Audi A3 Cabriolet - stylish family soft-top

For a couple of years I knew exactly why cabriolets are so popular, despite our less than ideal climate. My everyday transport was an Audi A4 cabriolet.

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James Bond's new Aston Martin is the DB10

James Bond will drive an Aston Martin DB10 in the new James Bond Film Spectre to be produced at Pinewood Studios.

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Volkswagen Golf R - fastest Golf ever

The last time I drove the ‘R’ version of the Volkswagen it was the R32 and its performance came by courtesy of a big 3.2-litre V6 engine shoehorned under the Golf bonnet. In these more environmentally-focussed days, however, big engines are no longer such an acceptable route to performance for mainstream manufacturers.

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New Audi S3 goes executive sport saloon

In my garage I have an Audi S3 of growing vintage. Growing because I cannot think of a car in my price bracket to replace it with. So this is a road test that I have been anticipating for some time. Maybe the new Audi S3 might fit the bill?

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Kia Soul aims for wider appeal

Kia was a very different company when the first Kia Soul was launched in 2008. Then it was a budget brand that appealed mainly to the type of people who would also buy “sensible shoes”. Utterly practical transport, Kia cars appealed to those who used their head, not their heart, when choosing their next car.

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Toyota unveil new rally challenger

Toyota has unveiled a new rally car that will have its debut on the ADAC Rallye Deutschland which starts on September 11. The Toyota GT86 CS-R3 will not be competing in the event, but will be running as a course car, ahead of the field.

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Jaguar XE will deliver over 75mpg

The new Jaguar XE will be “the most fuel-efficient Jaguar ever” according to the company. They go on to say that extensive use of lightweight aluminium construction will help the new smaller Jaguar saloon to return “over 75 mpg” on the EU combined cycle.

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Mazda 3 strengthens its appeal

First impressions count and, when I first saw the new Mazda 3 at the celebrity race for the Australian Grand Prix this year, it struck me as one of the most cohesive family car designs currently on offer from any Japanese manufacturer.

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Vauxhall sharpens up appeal of Meriva

Vauxhall claim to have invented the small MPV sector of the market when they launched the original Meriva in 2003. Eleven years later, it is one sector of the market that remains relatively strong.

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Subtle updates for Kia Sportage

I drove the Kia Sportage for this blog in 2011 and, at first glance, not much seems to have changed. That is quite deliberate. Ian Mathews, Head of Product Planning at Kia in the UK, explains it was a case of “if it aint broke…”. What a statement for Kia to be able to make!

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Footballers league table of driving offences

With the World Cup upon us specialist driving solicitors Hammond Trotter have produced an infographic about footballers who have taken their eye off the ball and landed themselves with a driving offence.

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Fiat 500L aims to extend 500 appeal

Such has been the success of the Fiat 500, that the Italian manufacturer has turned its attention to extending the brand. The aim is to extend the 500’s popularity into a new sector by offering more accommodation and more doors to make the car a more versatile option for the growing family.

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Mitsubishi covers both ends of 4x4 market

For a car company with only six models (if you exclude the commercially-orientated L200 pick-up) on the UK market, Mitsubishi certainly has a strong commitment to the 4x4 sector. Three of the six are either four-wheel-drive, or available in four-wheel-drive.

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Pencils sharpened for Peugeot's new 308

For me, the first sign of the renaissance of Peugeot was probably the Peugeot RCZ which marked the return of design flair and rewarding driving to the French marque. Then came the Peugeot 3008, the 508 and more recently the 208.

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Range Rover Sport: keeping ahead of the game

One of the most notable features of any Range Rover is that commanding driving position and fans of this will not disappointed. You definitely step up into the new Range Rover Sport.

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Audi RS7: Five-door supercar challenger

If you want it to perform, the a hefty 560PS twin turbocharged four-litre V8 will propel the RS7 from 0-62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. What is perhaps more impressive is the way this car will keep going right through all eight gears. This is supercar performance.

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Will new Renault Captur the market?

It’s in the nature of the motor industry these days that the Renault Captur is a close relative of alliance partner, Nissan’s Juke. Like the Juke is aimed at carving a slice of the vibrant market sector for what the industry calls “crossovers” – cars that project something of a lifestyle image for their owners.

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Give us more noise!

It was perhaps an unfortunate juxtaposition of races. Sat near the start-finish line at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne’s Albert Park last month, our eardrums were severely battered by the V8 Supersaloon race, before the new Formula 1 cars with their 1.6-litre engines and electric motors made their debut.

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Small is beautiful when it comes to engines

In days gone by, our American cousins used to say “their ain’t no substitoot for cubic inches” (it sounds best with a Texan drawl). To get more performance, the formula was simple. Increase the size of the engine.

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BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo offers more space

Not so many years ago, when you went into a BMW showroom you would be offered the choice of saloon, with the option, maybe of a Touring, coupé or cabriolet. That was it.

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