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Alex Grant

Road Test: Subaru Forester 2.0D XC

3 years ago / 0 comments

The Forester has been part of Subaru’s line-up since 1997 – a natural fit for a company that specialises in four-wheel drive and arguably ahead of the curve as an early C-segment crossover based on … Read More »

Study shows real-world MPG figures are 18% behind NEDC

3 years ago / 0 comments

Data from a trans-Atlantic study of 531 cars in the United States and United Kingdom has shown the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy figures only 1% higher real-world averages, compared to an 18% … Read More »

First Drive: Mitsubishi ASX

3 years ago / 0 comments

  SECTOR: Crossover   PRICE: £14,999–£23,899   FUEL: 48.7–55.4mpg   CO2: 134–153g/km  There’s timeliness to the arrival of the refreshed Mitsubishi ASX. The carmaker is back in profit in Japan and, aided by a growing dealer network … Read More »

First Drive: Nissan Qashqai

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover  Price: £17,595–£27,845   Fuel: 50.4–74.3mpg   CO2: 99–132g/km  While Nissan’s claims of inventing the crossover segment with the first Qashqai are debatable, this was certainly the model which set out the formula for … Read More »

Northumberland Council deploys first electric vehicles

3 years ago / 0 comments

The latest additions follow a six-month trial of three electric vehicles, including the LEAF, and an analysis of whether the technology could cut travel costs as well as carbon emissions for the council. Because … Read More »

Q&A: Citroën's Yves Bonnefont on the new C4 Cactus

3 years ago / 0 comments

Why have you decided to re-invent the C line? We are very happy with the development of DS. We launched something that was totally new and after four years we have sold 410,000 cars. … Read More »

Scottish counties have highest level of unsafe vehicle offences

3 years ago / 0 comments

The survey uses information provided by the DVLA to Intelligent Car Leasing on the number of cases where driving licence penalty points were applied for “construction and use” offences in 2013 broken down by … Read More »

Road Test: Citroën Grand C4 Picasso

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: MPV   PRICE: £19,200–£27,855   FUEL: 44.8–74.3mpg   CO2: 98–148g/km With all the industry talk of downsizing, it may surprise you to hear that it’s the seven-seat member of the C4 Picasso family which sells best … Read More »

Foundations for growth

3 years ago / 0 comments

  Volvo is looking set for a formative 12 months. The New Year marked the launch of its all-new D4 diesel engine, the first developed in-house since the brand parted ways with Ford in … Read More »

Road Test: Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design Lux

3 years ago / 0 comments

Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design Lux Geartronic Sector: SUV Price: £41,120 Fuel: 44.1mpg CO2: 169g/km Led by demand from China and North America, Volvo’s XC60 accounts for almost one in every four cars the manufacturer … Read More »

Road Test: SEAT Leon FR SC 1.4 TFSI

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower-medium Price: £19,265 Fuel: 54.3mpg CO2: 119g/km For a brand with affordable sportiness at the heart of its DNA, the Leon SC has been suspicious by its absence throughout the hatch’s 1998 debut. … Read More »

Road Test: Subaru BRZ Lux

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Coupe Price: £26,495 Fuel: 36.2mpg CO2: 181g/km For the last two decades, Subaru has made a name for itself with its turbocharged four-wheel drive saloon cars, mixing high grip and plentiful power for … Read More »

Honda UK confirms new head of corporate sales

3 years ago / 0 comments

English joins the corporate sales division after eight months as an account director at Return on Investment, but has previously held corporate sales roles at Audi and headed up Skoda’s fleet sales team. He … Read More »

BMW downsizes X6 format for new X4

3 years ago / 0 comments

The X4 is the fourth part of BMW’s 4 Series family, the new denomination what would have been the sportier members of the 3 Series range.  Just as the X6 is based on the … Read More »

Younger audience to drive volume for Honda

3 years ago / 0 comments

The carmaker sold 55,660 units in the UK last year, a 2.7% increase on 2012’s 54,208 sales, and helped by the 1.6-litre Earth Dreams Technology diesel engine which is available in the British-built Civic … Read More »

Skoda concept car previews next Superb's technology

3 years ago / 0 comments

Named VisionC, it uses the Volkswagen Group MQB platform debuted on the latest lower-medium models, though here sized up to show how it could apply to a D-segment model. Although Skoda hasn’t released details … Read More »

Geneva Motor Show: Aggressive new Toyota Aygo breaks cover

3 years ago / 0 comments

It’s the third and final model from a trio which also includes the new Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, both of which were also shown at the Geneva Motor Show. All three will be … Read More »

Geneva Motor Show: MINI hints at conventional rear doors for next Clubman

3 years ago / 0 comments

The carmaker has yet to confirm how closely this will resemble the production car, but hinting at a pair of full-size rear doors answers criticism of the controversial Club Door offered on the outgoing … Read More »

Euro 6 diesel engine brings Astra down to 97g/km

3 years ago / 0 comments

Previously only fitted to the Zafira Tourer and Meriva, the engine is now available in 108 and 134bhp forms in the Astra five-door hatchback and Sports Tourer Estate, with deliveries from April.  It uses … Read More »

Geneva Motor Show: Jaguar announces compact executive XE for 2015

3 years ago / 0 comments

Set to launch in 2015, the XE puts Jaguar back into a vitally important fleet segment against the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class – a sector which it hasn’t competed in … Read More »