Ford Focus XR5T
Jan10

Ford Focus XR5T

In Focus By Tim Grey You know it’s going to be difficult to review a car when the biggest thing you can gripe about is the shape of its air vents. But sometimes, you just can’t get around it. It was the same with the current Mazda MX-5 and the Volvo V70, sometimes you just come across a car which is actually very close, in real-world terms, to the marketing hyperbole surrounding it and you become almost sheepish in your appreciation....

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A New World Order
Jan10

A New World Order

By Tim Grey Barely 18 months after the recession first hit the doom-mongers have been forced to eat humble pie. GM has paid back its bailout loans early, Ford just announced its fourth quarterly profit in a row – of $2.1 billion – and even Saab is surviving to fight another day. The landscape, however, has irrevocably changed with a new world order of automotive groups banding together to cap prohibitive costs and compete...

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Audi Q5
Jan10

Audi Q5

By Jonathon Taylor It’s said the only constant is change. When it comes to the world of automobiles this couldn’t be more apt, as the car’s evolution has been as relentless as it is impressive. And within any evolving system, some changes are more startling than others. Illustrating this is Audi, which may well be the most rapidly advancing organism with wheels. It’s as if Audi is already heading inland and exploring new terrain while...

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Ten of The Best
Jan10

Ten of The Best

1 MINI (2000) There are more practical, substantive and fairer-priced cars out there, but to my mind none in the last 25 years have been quite so iconic or influential as BMW’s re-born Mini — the poster child for all things retro-automotive. Arguably VW did it first with the new Beetle. But that car — dash-mounted flowerpot‘n’all — was woeful, when the re-engineered Mini brought back a sense of attainable prestige to small cars with...

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Kia Cerato Koup
Jan10

Kia Cerato Koup

Koup d’surprise By Jonathon Taylor The great thing about life is it just keeps coming right at you. For the most part, with experience, guile and a number of little lessons commonly called ‘the school of hard knocks’ you learn how to read life’s warning signs. So, with deft swerves of mind, mouth and body, you can avoid taking too many shots smack on the schnoz. However, occasionally — no matter how prepared you might think you are —...

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Peugeot RCZ
Jan10

Peugeot RCZ

Roadworthy restyling By Tim Grey In most areas of life there is nothing a Frenchman would least like to be than German. But for some reason, when it comes to cars, the French can’t help but pine for efficient Teutonic engineering with precision and common sense. Oh, sure, Citroen trades on its futurist concepts and love of left-field innovation, but as for Renault and Peugeot, they’ve produced some of the most bland Euro hatches and...

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