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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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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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