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It is the topic of numerous bad rom-coms – a baby arrives, and the couples life is turned upside down overnight. The bloke has to swap his sporty two-seater for a thoroughly unexciting, bulky, and practical ‘family’ car. In most cases these cars look (and, indeed, are) solid and sturdy, and big enough to...
Mercedes’ German slogan for their Vario model is ‘The One for Everything’ and it is marketed as their most variable vehicle surpassing most other models when it comes to design options. But in this increasingly efficiency-driven market, is this the kind of variability that is demanded by the consumer?First, it is necessary to define...
The roads in Britain are some of the safest in the world, for every one hundred thousand cars on our roads there are only 7 fatalities. Only a few countries, such as Japan, Iceland and Malta, can boast lower equivalent figures. Despite this, accidents do still happen on the highways in Britain. Although not...
Audi are riding a wave of success at the moment, but how are they maintaining their position? Judging by what they’re doing, it seems that updating their existing range and adding more ‘hot’ versions of their models are the order of the day. Is this strategy going to prove successful? 250 RS3 Sportbacks Confirmed When the...
Few countries are as gifted with engines as Germany. From the luxury vehicles produced by Audi all the way to the massive Axor trucks engineered by Mercedes, they cover a wealth of models and needs. Their cars are both fast and technologically advanced, and more often than not they are also durable. It is hard...
The recent news from Peugeot brings home just how dire the current economic situation is, particularly in relation to the cars industry, as the French manufacturer announced their first-half net loss: a gargantuan €819 million euros.It’s not as though people were expecting the company to be doing particularly well. All major analysts were anticipating...
The winner of The Car of the Year 2012 has been announced as the Ampera Volt model. Don’t recognise the brand? Well that is because this car has a complicated background, having input from numerous different groups. Among those involved in its production we find Opel, Vauxhall, and Chevrolet, with the former two bringing...
What’s the difference?Electric vehicles use an internal battery to store electrical energy, thus this energy is drawn from the electric cells and converted into power through the use of an electric motor. Whereas Hybrid vehicles use a combination of an internal combustion engine with an electric motor. This means whenever you apply the brakes,...
Back in the day, a coupe could be defined as a car that has two doors and a sporty look. The likes of the Bentley Continental GT, BMW M3, and Jaguar XKR are prime examples of a coupe. Choosing between a coupe and a saloon is always a tough decision. A coupe is undoubtedly...
Mercedes-Benz have unveiled the new Mercedes SLS AMG GT, a new, improved version of the Mercedes SLS AMG. At first glance, it almost seems unchanged from the old SLS AMG, as the only notable differences in terms of design include a darkened headlight and taillights, and the red brake callipers. More differences can be...
When in the market for a used Mercedes, one doesn't usually stumble upon a perfectly-preserved, unrestored 85-year-old Mercedes with one careful owner.But this will be the case at this year's Goodwood Revival, where one of the most interesting cars will be sitting on the auction block instead of racing around the track.A 1927 Mercedes-Benz...
SsangYong Smashes the £20k Barrier for a Stylish 4x4 C-Segment Crossover You’d be forgiven for assuming that a compact 4x4 crossover designed by none other than Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italy’s Ital Design is unlikely to be cheap.  Even a few months ago, it would be remarkable if a car manufacturer launched what they reckoned to...
I must start with a confession, I haven’t actually driven the new Chrysler 300C but do not let that put you off this review, because I have done, some would argue something even better. I have been Chauffeur driven in the new Chrysler 300C and driven by a slightly led footed and mafia-esk Italian...
Everyone is excited when they first get their driver’s license.  Young drivers wait anxiously for the freedom to no longer rely on their parents for rides and the excitement of the open road, but rarely do young drivers consider the other side of this equation - insurance.New drivers are subject to extremely high insurance...
Car insurance is affected by many things, but there are many myths and legends that are said to influence the final insurance premium. For example, you know that only going for third-party cover is cheaper than going fully comprehensive and that keeping your car in a garage will keep your premium down, right? Wrong!Luckily...
German tuning house BRABUS and all-time favourite micro electric car smart fortwo EV joined forces. The smart BRABUS fortwo electric drive promises better performance and bolder looks from the standard fortwo EV.The tuned smart car proves that being environmentally friendly doesn’t come at the expense of driving fun or good looks. All in black...
Three of a kind: new premium hatches for 2012Mercedes, Volvo and Audi will all launch new hatchbacks this year, giving premium buyers some strong new optionsBuyers looking for an upmarket family hatchback will be spoiled for choice this year, with three new arrivals from premium manufacturers.The biggest splash will be made by the arrival...
Out of the confusing jumble of manufacturers and brand names that is Fiat, Chrysler and Lancia, a rather unique and eye-catching little super-mini has emerged on the UK market: the Ypsilon.Just to be clear (or as clear as can be!), Lancia are effectively returning to the UK market, after scurrying away with their tail...
Do you love the retro chic appeal of the Fiat 500, but have been lumbered with the burden of children so can’t have one? Well good news, Fiat has created the solution to that very dilemma with the new 500L and I’ve been to Italy, Turin to be precise, for a look inside it...
Audi are turning into Porsche and what I mean by that is not that they are fitting their engines behind the rear axle and suddenly thinking air cooling is a good idea but are instead using tracing paper to design their new cars. I am of course speaking about the all new Audi A3,...
Featuring iconic cars owned by characters such as Batman, Del Boy Trotter, Inspector Morse and Starsky and Hutch 1. The General Lee from the The Dukes of HazzardDespite having car doors which didn’t open properly – you had to slide through the window to gain access – this 1969 Dodge Charger became one of the...
Since its foundation in 1922, Jaguar has come a long way from specialising in sidecars and something that the Two Fat Ladies probably drove around in. When one hears the words ‘comfort’, ‘style’ and ‘sophistication’ coupled with the word ‘car’, the mind often drifts to the prowess of the Jaguar.Since its launch in 1968,...
Planning on taking a drive in Derbyshire, Yorkshire or Lancashire? Then take care: these counties offer some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery but are also home to many of Britain’s most dangerous roads.A 2010 survey compiled by the Road Safety Foundation used figures from 2006 to 2008 and divided Britain’s road network into “significant...
Although many of you will frown upon the title of this article, it is actually true. A car is often considered a very expensive purchase; the old marketing cliché goes that the car is the 2nd most expensive buy after a house. It will be true for the most of us, however, in all...
You are probably here because you have been wondering 'what insurance group is my car in?'. If you have been doing research on insurance for your car in the UK, you have likely come across some information regarding the car insurance groups, and the revised 1-50 rating scale. However, a more direct approach to...
First things first, this is not a new E-type Jaguar, it is according to Jaguar, a “sustainable sports car of the future”, that just happens to take more than a few visual cues from the 1960’s icon. The car itself is Jaguars C-X16 concept, a lightly disguised production ready road car, that Jaguar hopes,...
Do you want a complete and comprehensive guide to almost every single car release of the 21st century? If you answered yes, then the A to Z of 21st Century Cars by Tony Lewin is the book for you. Actually come to think of it, even if you answered no to that question this...
Car Insurance and “Crash-Proof” CarsImagine a car that’s so safe it’s always on the lookout for ways to avoid a crash. That could become a reality in future, as manufacturers race to be the first to bring out a “crash-proof” car.As recently as 30 years ago, fastening your seat belt seemed like a revolutionary...
Chevrolet has been on a bit of a roll lately, what with the release of the rather fine Orlando and Captiva, you can’t buy much better if car shopping on a budget. Unfortunately however the small car end of Chevy’s range hadn’t been looking as good. The Matiz, Chevy’s smallest car was a poorly...
If you don’t own one, you dream about owning one. BMW has solidified its reputation as one of the best car manufacturers around, so drivers and auto enthusiasts everywhere can’t wait to see what they unveil next. The 2012 model year has its trials and tribulations, and you can read about them all here....
Luxury saloons are popular because they’re stylish, robust and packed with technical advancements. In terms of drive technologies, they’re often equipped with the latest safety equipment such as brake assist and anti-lock braking, traction control and electronic brake force distribution. They also have comfort features including leather seats, climate control, sunroofs and powertilt and...
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke, is looking to propose harsher jail sentences to those who seriously injure others through dangerous driving. A maximum jail term of 5 years could be given under the new offence of 'causing serious injury by dangerous driving' and judges would be able to deal out tougher punishments to those who...
Subaru has long been admired for building rough tough and at times ballistically fast road cars. The Subaru boxer engines burbling noise is quite possibly the most recognisable engine note in the world behind the shriek of a supercars V12. However, recently Subaru has lost its way, the Impreza turned into a hatchback, the...
The Souped up Nissan Leaf – she’s electricCar Leasing and supercars specialists Cars on Demand have a motorsport enthusiast membership base that has one intrigued eye on the world of electric vehicle motorsport as the automotive world embarks on a new energy efficient journey.Currently the electric vehicle market is wading through treacle to get...
Alfa Romeo are the undisputed kings of building pretty automobiles, well except the 1983 Arna, it was absolutely horrendous. Google it if you don’t believe me. Anyway with the exception of the aforementioned car Alfa Romeo’s look very good indeed. And it looks as if we will shortly be blessed with yet another, the...
It’s that time again; yep it’s time for a new Porsche 911 launch.  However, this is no ordinary 911 launch, where the sum total of Porsche’s work equates to some slightly fettled running lights or yet another confusing bundle of letters tagged on the end of the 911 badge. No, this is a special...
The Land Rover Evoque has been seen by many as the most exciting new car of 2011. The ‘baby’ Land Rover has been a huge hit in Europe. The cross coupe is the most fuel efficient SUV Land Rover have ever launched and in my eyes the most beautiful.With the new Land Rover looking...
I had often wondered whether driving abroad was the same as driving at home or something completely different. Recently I got the chance to find out while in South America.How did it turn out? I have to admit that there was a prang involved in it, but I learned a lot from the experience....
If an ordinary Ferrari 458 Italia is a bit too dull for you, and not imposing enough then take a look at this. The quite simply gorgeous 458 Spider. The car is due to get its public debut at the Frankfurt Motorshow in September and go on sale shortly after for an estimated £180k....
The Economy We all know that petrol costs are increasing rapidly and unpredictably. Nearly all of us are felling some financial pressure due to the economic conditions prevailing around the world. Wages are not keeping up with inflation so we are all looking for ways to cut costs. Owning a small vehicle might be one...