SEAT is on course to achieve double the normal rate of hot hatch sales with the new Leon Cupra. Typically, hot hatchbacks command a 3% share of the mix of the cars they are based on, but early orders suggest the Cupra will take 6%. “In a full year thatContinue Reading

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There are few car brands that still hold the power to surprise. Beyond the occasional concept car that looks like it’s been designed for interplanetary travel (yes, I mean you, Lamborghini Egoista) most manufacturers bring out evolutions of existing models, with small iterative improvements, tiny changes here and there. SomeContinue Reading

I’ve spent time with semi-auto boxes in the past, most frequently with the early BMW SMG system. In truth, whilst the early systems made you feel like a racing driver, they were pretty rubbish. The sensations you’d receive as sets of ratios grinded unenthusiastically in to each other before finallyContinue Reading

Small is beautiful, so the saying goes. There’s the iPhone, Monaco and Keira Knightley for example, although they’re all quite expensive. I want something that’s small but also good value, avoiding the trap of increasing prices with miniaturisation that’s caught out Smart with the ForTwo and, more recently, Renault’s Twizy.

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

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

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.

There’s still another five days of the Geneva Motor Show left to run, but all the European premieres and debuts have now taken place. There’s been 131 of them in total, and we’ll be showing you all of them. Here’s part four, Maserati through to SEAT…