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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Pro_cee'd GT Kia's hot hatch

The design of the new Pro_cee’d GT presents a polished European style. It is an attractive, well proportioned design, with confident styling. The now-distinctive Kia corporate grille thrusts forward from the sweeping light units.

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Sponsored: How to find Nissan cars for sale in Glasgow

Glasgow is the third largest city in the whole of the UK and getting around it can be a bit of a chore without your own set of wheels. Whether you are planning on finding your way through the bustling city streets or exploring the wider countryside, there is a great deal of choice when it comes to the type of vehicle best suited for the job.

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Peugeot 208GTI re-establishes sporty heritage

In my road test of the Peugeot 208 earlier this year you may have detected a certain anticipation of the day when I would get my hands on the Peugeot 208GTI. Now that wait is over.

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Sponsored: Crash for Cash Scams on the Rise

In October this year 84 defendants have appeared in court after being charged with committing fraud under in a new ‘crash for cash’ scam that is becoming more popular in the cash trapped UK. The implication is that fake road traffic accident claims arising from these scams will push up the cost of motoring in the UK due to increased insurance premiums.
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Sponsored: Top Excuses Given For Putting Off a Driving Test

For many people, driving is among the most pleasurable experiences available. A majority of adults in the UK have a driving licence, but there are those who find the learning experience so traumatic or nerve-wracking that they simply put off their driving test for whatever reason they can think of. This article details five of the most common excuses used by learners to delay having to sit their test.

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New Mini unveiled

Manufacturers face something of a dilemma when it comes to producing a new version of a popular model. Do they come out with a radical new look to underline the newness? Or, does that risk scaring off the buyers who clearly like the look of the existing car?

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Jaguar F-Type - demands a longer road

Few car launches have created as much stir as the Jaguar F-Type. Perhaps it’s not so surprising, given the iconic status of its predecessor the famous E-type and the fact that we have had to wait 39 years for the follow-up!

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Seat Leon SC - second of the new family

It’s now 15 years since the original Seat Leon went into production as the first family hatchback since the Spanish company was taken over by the Volkswagen Group.

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Sponsored: Taking the Scenic Route: 6 Amazing Drives Through Europe

Whether you’re visiting specifically for a driving holiday, or you simply hire a rental car while in Europe in order to get around, you absolutely have to enjoy some of this continent’s amazing roads.

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Jaguar Land Rover Death Valley tests

Jaguar and Land Rover have been out this week conducting hot weather tests in Death Valley on Jaguar and Land Rover test mules.

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Vauxhall Adam lives up to its quirky name

Vauxhall, and its European counterpart Opel, have clearly been watching the sales success of superminis like the Mini and the Fiat 500 and thinking long and hard about how they could grab a slice of the action.

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The clue is in its name

I’m sure we have all experienced the situation. We exit a roundabout and don’t notice that the indicator has not cancelled. It happened to me this morning and resulted in one of the closest calls I have had in recent years.

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We're fifth in the UK!

Well that was a surprise! We just got a tweet mention.

No, that’s not so unusual. But its content was. It was congratulating DriveBlog.co.uk for ranking in the top ten of UK automotive blogs.

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Europe wants to tell you what speed you can do

Imagine the scenario. You are driving on a single-carriageway (two-way) road. So, in the UK, the speed limit is 60 mph, if a lower limit isn’t posted. You are behind a vehicle doing 50 mph when you see an opportunity to overtake.

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Toyota's RAV4 enters its fourth generation

The Toyota RAV4 was one of the cars that pioneered a new class of vehicle – the small SUV that combined some of the go-anywhere ability of a full 4x4 with the more car-like driving style of a less-focussed mud-plugger.

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Sponsored: Las Vegas Car Show

If you love cars and want to share that love with a group of like-minded people in one of the most spectacular places in the world than the Las Vegas super run car show is one of the most perfect matches for you.

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DS3 goes topless, almost

As you will see if you look back at my road test of the Citroen DS3, I was quite taken with the French manufacturers attempt to imbue their small hatchback with some of the style and individuality that marked out the avant garde Citroen DS.

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i3 puts BMW's weight behind electric motoring

BMW has revealed the production-ready BMW i3 electric car following its appearance as a concept at the Los Angeles Motor Show last year. This will be the first of two electric/hybrid vehicles in BMW’s range.

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Mazda's MX-5 + good weather = fun

I recently had the chance to drive the Mazda MX-5 for the first time in almost six years. For once its arrival proved very timely as it coincided with a summer heatwave, meaning the roof was hardly ever up. Even at midnight we were driving happily home with the roof down.

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The new Audi A3 has a sharper edge

At first glance you might not spot the difference between the old Audi A3 and this one. But, look more closely and you will probably notice that it wears a sharper suit of clothes.

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Dacia Sandero - remarkable value

This could be the shortest road test we’ve ever published. The Dacia Sandero is the cheapest car you can buy in the UK. But, it’s actually pretty good. Full stop.

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Ford B-Max a convincing small MPV challenger

Ford has lacked a strong player in the small MPV market, until now. Yes, there was the Ford Fusion, but it lived somewhat in the shadow of mainstream models like the Fiesta and the Focus. But, now we have the B-Max.

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Sponsored: BMW – the ultimate driving machine

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Suzuki Grand Vitara for when the going gets tough

The Grand Vitara sticks with that tradition. In this most recent update, the off-road credentials stay much as before, which means good ground clearance for off-road conditions, four-wheel-drive tuned for off-road use with low ratio gears and differential locks. The steel ladder-frame chassis underline the Grand Vitara’s off-road credentials

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Mitsubishi takes on the mainstream superminis

Mitsubishi has clearly read the mood-of-the-moment, pitching itself back in the mainstream with the launch of the Mirage, a hatchback for cost-conscious buyers in the supermini class.

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Passat Alltrack – a country estate

One sector of the car market that has remained relatively buoyant during the recession, is the SUV, or 4x4, market. In an era of lifestyle vehicles, many of them never tackle any obstacles more daunting than speed bumps, but the tough, outdoor image SUVs project is clearly popular.

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