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

Last week I spent some time selling the benefits of bangernomics, proving that it’s possible to run a reasonably luxurious and reliable car for less than the cost of a trip to Alton Towers. Of course, if you’re a fleet manager under pressure to reduce costs then bangernomics probably isn’tContinue Reading

There’s only a few months before Lexus send the all new LS luxury saloon to their dealers, but we took the opportunity to try out the outgoing model to see just what the 2013 car has to live up to.

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.

We’re officially back in recession, with the government announcing a double dip that sounds rather exciting and makes me wish I was on the roller coasters at Alton Towers.

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.

The most economical cars on the road, at least according to official economy figures, are almost invariably diesel powered superminis. However, petrol engines are getting ever more efficient, cost less to fuel and quieter, and they’re generally less bad for the environment in an urban setting than diesels. So whatContinue Reading

Hollywood blockbusters Demolition Man, Minority Report and I, Robot, as well as classic TV show Knight Rider, all share one thing in common: autonomous, self-driving cars. Whilst KITT is by far the most famous, each of the films demonstrates just how easy life is when you don’t have to driveContinue Reading

My first experience of the Mitsubishi ASX was on a private circuit. Hurling it around while knowing there was nothing coming the other way was great fun, leaving me with a huge grin. Proof, if ever it were needed, that driving a slow car fast is far more entertaining thanContinue Reading

The new Porsche 911 has been getting a bit of a hard time in the media recently. It appears to boil down to the fact that the 991 series (I’ve never got the hang of the numbering system. What’s wrong with Mk 6?) has ditched the electro-hydraulic steering system ofContinue Reading

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

One of the downsides of running a fleet of bangers is that occasionally they’ll go wrong. That leaves you in the very tricky position of trying to decide whether to spend any money at all on a problem or simply disposing of the car.

Staged in the grounds of Goodwood House, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which opens this Friday, is a key date for anyone interested in motor racing and cars. The theme for 2012 is ‘Young Guns – Born to Win’ celebrating drivers, riders and engineers whose supreme talent and insatiable thirst forContinue Reading

Just days after Skoda revealed the final production ready Rapid, SEAT have revealed details of their sister car, reviving the Toledo name in the process.

It started out as the Punto before changing to the Grande Punto. That was followed by the Punto Evo but now Fiat have had a rethink, naming the new Fiat Punto the ‘Fiat Punto’.

Audi have now won every Le Mans 24 Hour race this millennium, barring 2009 when Peugeot had a go. Yes, Bentley won in 2003 but as that’s a brand owned by Audi, it doesn’t count. The last six wins have all come from diesel powered cars, yet Audi continue toContinue Reading