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  1. September 24, 2010

    The Mazda 6 range

    Anyone attending next week’s Paris motor show should find time to wander over to the Mazda stand. There they will encounter...

  2. September 11, 2010

    Chevrolet’s latest Camaro coupé

    The thrumming of tyres on tarmac ends abruptly, replaced by a much louder, gritty crunching sound. In the rear-view mirror...

  1. September 4, 2010

    Honda’s CR-Z coupé

    Pay attention, class. This week’s discussion is on the psychology of the hybrid. To help explore it – Oxford English...

  2. August 28, 2010

    The VW Polo BlueMotion

    Think of me, if you will, as a turkey voting for Christmas. To save money, speed cameras are being switched off in...

  3. August 20, 2010

    The Porsche 911 GT2RS

    At first glance, it looks like Porsche has lost the plot entirely. Its latest version of the almost half-century-old 911...

  4. August 14, 2010

    The Citroën DS3

    Think of them as the Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Prada, or other chic brands of the small car world – the growing class of...

  5. July 3, 2010

    The Volvo S60

    Britain has some of the best roads in the world. Not for getting from A to B, you understand, but as a gruelling, potholed...

  6. March 2, 2010

    Thermo Fisher: Centre of excellence reflects history of scientific innovation

    In a factory in Runcorn, near Liverpool, sit rows of machines that until recently were whirring away in California. A...

  7. November 20, 2009

    Maserati’s Quattroporte Sport GTS

    In the end, Jim lost on points. Lots of points. But then he was always the underdog – even a full-grown Staffordshire bull...

  8. November 13, 2009

    The Renaultsport Mégane hatchback

    Klaas Zwart has a personal Spanish playground the rest of us can only dream of. It lies about 40 miles from Malaga – but can...

  9. November 6, 2009

    BMW’s 5 Series Gran Turismo

    The sun rises ever higher in the rear-view mirror, lighting sea and the towering, perpendicular cliffs ahead with brilliant...

  10. October 24, 2009

    The classic E-Type Jaguar

    My wife Peggy and I might as well have been brought up on different planets. She grew up in the Canadian Rockies, riding...

  11. October 10, 2009

    Corvette ZR1

    A word of advice to owners, or prospective owners, of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Aston Martins, McLaren-Mercedes or...

  12. October 2, 2009

    Tesla’s electric supercar on the road

    The Tesla battery-powered two-seater roadster Let us deal first with negatives surrounding the Tesla battery-powered...

  13. September 26, 2009

    BMW’s new flagship 760Li

    The BMW 760Li reminds me of that old phrase about using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Aim it at a journey and it makes...

  14. September 19, 2009

    Porsche’s four-door Panamera

    Porsche’s Driving Experience Centre features a fearsome “Kick Plate” – a remote-controlled, moveable metal plate which is...

  15. September 5, 2009

    Land Rover’s new SUVs

    I suffer from vertigo so severe that I sometimes think it’s too far down to my feet. So I’m not best pleased with that...

  16. August 29, 2009

    The lure of Alfa Romeo’s 8C Spider

    Alfa Romeo has had more false dawns – and chief executives – than I’ve had fettuccine alfredo. Try as it might, it has...

  17. August 22, 2009

    Nissan’s GT-R supercar

    Germany’s old Nürburgring, the Nordschleife, is a daunting and sometimes deadly place. Its 14 miles snake through the...

  18. August 15, 2009

    The new Mazda 3 hatchback

    On brief acquaintance, particularly when the rain is coming down in stair rods, the northernmost fringe of Scotland can...

  19. August 1, 2009

    Is the Z4 BMW’s ultimate convertible?

    “Front wheels to steering: highlands bend coming up very fast, sir. Looks a real Lulu. Bumpy, steep downhill approach,...

  20. July 18, 2009

    The new Volvo S80 executive saloon

    It was on the D562, a tangled ribbon of a road that twists, winds and sometimes turns back on itself through the high hills...

  21. July 11, 2009

    The Audi R8 V10

    Stephan Reil is a stealer of souls. Not human souls, but the souls of great racing marques: Aston Martin, Jaguar, Porsche,...

  22. June 6, 2009

    The mid-engined Lotus Evora

    For years the “Lotus position” has had a special meaning for hardcore sports car enthusiasts who are built more generously...

  23. May 30, 2009

    The eco-friendly Lexus GS 450h

    Toyota and its upmarket Lexus brand need an additional joint venture partner in the field of audio systems. I suggest Mr...

  24. May 15, 2009

    Does Ford’s Kuga live up to its wild name?

    You might think that any estate agent sending out particulars that say something like, “You can’t tell this house from a...

  25. May 9, 2009

    Honda’s ‘affordable’ hybrid

    Good grief! I might be a devoted contributor to the financial welfare of Scotland’s great distillers but I couldn’t have...

  26. May 2, 2009

    Three new models give Jaguar new confidence

    Jaguars have become a bit like buses. Before Mr Design Director Ian Callum reaches for his beautifully crafted Purdey...

  27. April 18, 2009

    Porsche dabbles with diesel for its new SUV

    It was late – past midnight – and we were in a hotel bar somewhere near Stuttgart discussing, believe it or not, cars....

  28. April 11, 2009

    The Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    So there I am, droning down the autobahn in the latest generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, a couple of hundred miles already...

  29. March 21, 2009

    Land Rover’s ‘energy-efficient’ Freelander

    In company with most in the motor industry, Land Rover executives returning to their offices after the Geneva motor show...

  30. March 14, 2009

    Kia’s new Soul

    Gordon Brown may not be all he seems. I wouldn’t be surprised to read in the tabloids that he plans to resurrect the...

  31. March 7, 2009

    Fiat’s Abarth 500

    Looks can deceive, sometimes quite depressingly. Back in what now seems like the Pliocene period, when I was an adolescent...

  32. February 14, 2009

    Karting at Buckmore Park

    His hands lever the brightly painted crash helmet up over his head, exposing an ear-to-ear grin for all to see. There is the...

  33. February 7, 2009

    GM’s hydrogen-powered car

    The best part of driving General Motors’ latest sports-utility vehicle is when you’re at traffic lights, fingers innocently...

  34. January 31, 2009

    BMW’s first all-electric Mini

    Truly viable battery-powered cars have been “just around the corner” for, let’s see, somewhere around a century. I remember...

  35. January 24, 2009

    Probably the best Porsche yet

    It lay directly ahead, this rare jewel of a road; its fast and empty curves visible for miles across the deserted...

  36. January 17, 2009

    Chrysler goes big with the 300C Touring

    Maybe Bentley-owning Volkswagen, not Daimler, should have taken over Chrysler. Then we could have had a suitably imposing...

  37. January 3, 2009

    A tour around Ypres in the Volvo XC60

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row, that mark our place; and in the sky the larks, still...

  38. December 27, 2008

    The Bentley Brooklands

    “Mister, that’s not a car; it’s a bloody ocean liner.” This terse analysis conjoining the automotive and marine worlds was...

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