Volvo’s new V40 range has been warmly received, with the premium hatch offering a range of cars markedly different from those from Audi and BMW, but without alienating their existing customers.

Launching a car in Scotland in January is a brave move, but Mazda are taking a few gambles at the moment. From being seen as the next best choice after a Ford or Vauxhall, the Japanese brand is fighting hard to be seen as credible rivals to the likes ofContinue Reading

When MG launched the MG6 last year, its first all new car in more than ten years, it was missing one vital ingredient – a diesel engine. In the Focus/Mondeo market segment that the car straddles, where only 12% of cars purchased were fitted with a petrol engine, that wasContinue Reading

Some time ago I took a drive in Honda’s hydrogen fuelled FCX Clarity with a value measured in millions. I didn’t think I’d be driving anything quite so futuristic again for some time, but recently I was given the chance to drive the Cambridge University Eco Racing teams World SolarContinue Reading

When somebody hands you the keys to a car with a price tag of £171,397 you expect something special. They also expect it back in one piece. Is the Bentley Continental GT V8 Convertible special enough to warrant the asking price, and did I manage to keep it on theContinue Reading

The new SsangYong Korando has gone down well in the UK thus far, being far removed from the cars of old from the Korean manufacturer. To complement what is the cheapest SUV crossover on the market, SsangYong have now launched the Korando Sports.

The Toyota Prius has been the clear leader in hybrid cars for some time, with many assuming it’s got a monopoly on the technology, so good has the Toyota PR machine been. However, with new technologies and improved battery performance there’s now some big name competitors. The Vauxhall Ampera’s 50Continue Reading

The new Vauxhall Combo van arrives on the market promising the biggest payload in the segment along with class leading capacity, with a range of engines running from a 1.3 litre diesel producing 89 bhp to a powerful 133 bhp 2.0 litre CDTi, all more frugal than the previous generation.

It’s certainly bold. The Vauxhall Maloo I’ve been given to test is making one massive statement, but I’m not sure what that statement is. It’s part luxurious cruiser, part muscle car and part pick up truck. I’m struggling to see the point.

Last week I previewed the Goodwood Festival of Speed. If it didn’t excite you and you decided not to head down to Lord March’s pad in Sussex, then you missed out on yet another great event. Being so popular and being located in some fairly remote countryside, traffic is always anContinue Reading

The original Lexus GS arrived in the UK in 1995, seen as an attractive and imposing sporting alternative to the mainstream German alternatives of the day. Since then the GS has faded away a little, with few knowing what it was really about; was it a luxury car, a sportingContinue Reading

The Toyota Yaris is a well respected small car, selling in the first four months of 2012 nearly three times as much as the Auris HSD and Prius hybrid. Taking that hybrid system and putting it in the Yaris should turn it in to something astonishing, shouldn’t it?

We had the opportunity to head to a secret test facility at a village called Millbrook just off the A428 near Bedford for the annual SMMT Test Day, where manufacturers lay on a massive fleet of cars for us to hurl around private roads. It’s a tough job.

The Toyota GT86 is an important car for the Japanese manufacturer. Since the demise of the Supra, Celica and MR2, there’s been no ‘halo’ car in the range of worthy but functional family vehicles and, despite increasing sales, Toyota need a car that will get people talking about the brand.

The last time Mazda made such a well received entry in to a market segment was with the original MX-5 in 1989. The CX-5 won’t go on to be held in such high regard 20 years later, but it’s an impressive bit of kit that should worry those that produceContinue Reading

There seems to be an obsession with manufacturers to shout about their green credentials, with electric cars generally being designed with unusual shapes and containing countless flashing dashboard additions to admonish you for pressing the throttle too hard. Not at Renault however, where the Fluence ZE is completely… normal.

The Honda FCX Clarity you see here is a very special car. It’s said to be one of just seven prototypes in the world, valued in the region of £6.5 million. And Honda let us have the keys.