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Craig Thomas

First Drive: Hyundai i30 Fastback

1 month ago / 0 comments

A stylish coupé-like saloon extends the i30’s appeal, reckons Craig Thomas.

First Drive: Lexus CT 200h

3 months ago / 0 comments

A major refresh when a new model is perhaps what’s really needed, suggests Craig Thomas.

First Drive: Hyundai Kona

3 months ago / 0 comments

A decent opening foray into the compact SUV market – but there’s more to come, says Craig Thomas.

Road Test: Lexus NX 300h

4 months ago / 0 comments

Lexus’s big-seller gets a nip-tuck and new safety kit for 2018. By Craig Thomas.

Star Quality: Rob East, head of fleet, Mercedes-Benz

4 months ago / 0 comments

Looking back at a turbulent 2017 but with plenty of new initiatives on the horizon, Mercedes-Benz’s head of fleet, Rob East, sits down with Craig Thomas.

First Drive: Seat Arona

5 months ago / 0 comments

An accomplished small SUV to augment Seat’s expanding line-up, reckons, Craig Thomas.

London to have 700 rapid chargers by 2022

5 months ago / 0 comments

London will have 150 rapid chargers for electric vehicles on the streets of the capital by the end of the year – rising to around 700 … Read More »

First Drive: Kia Stinger

5 months ago / 0 comments

This slideshow requires JavaScript. Does the Stinger signify that Kia’s aspirations are overly ambitious? Not at all, says Craig Thomas. Image is everything, the marketers tell ... Read More »

First Drive: Lexus NX 300h

6 months ago / 0 comments

Lexus’s big-seller gets a nip-tuck and new safety kit for 2018. By Craig Thomas.

Road Test: Citroën C3 Aircross

8 months ago / 0 comments

The latest compact SUV takes the funky design route to stand out from rivals, explains Craig Thomas.

Arona set to boost Seat fleet success further

8 months ago / 0 comments

Strong growth in Seat’s fleet sales in 2017 is set to be bolstered even further by the introduction of its new Arona compact SUV.

First Drive: Volvo XC60 D4 R-Design

9 months ago / 0 comments

The most popular choice among XC60 buyers for a reason, thinks Craig Thomas.

Road Test: Volvo XC60 T8

10 months ago / 0 comments

The plug-in hybrid variant is stylish, tech-laden and accomplished, says Craig Thomas.

Lexus model line-up to include plug-ins and fuel cells by end of decade

10 months ago / 1 comments

Lexus has confirmed that in addition to the new models we’re about to see unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month, it will add plug-in … Read More »

First Drive: Nissan X-Trail

10 months ago / 0 comments

Qashqai’s revised big brother has enhanced its appeal – but is it enough, asks Craig Thomas?

Data, data everywhere

11 months ago / 0 comments

Richer data from connected cars could radically alter the telematics sector; so is there still a role for the traditional ‘black box’? Craig Thomas finds out.

Navigating the future – meeting sat nav needs

11 months ago / 0 comments

Is manufacturer-sourced mapping and satellite navigation set to be replaced by apps? Craig Thomas spoke to Waze UK country manager Finlay Clark about our future nav … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Arteon

11 months ago / 0 comments

A new sports saloon with badge appeal – which it will need in a competitive sector, says Craig Thomas.

Road Test: Nissan Qashqai

11 months ago / 0 comments

The segment-defining crossover is back at the head of the pack, says Craig Thomas.

Use it up, wear it out? Not so fast…

12 months ago / 0 comments

Changing our tyres before we absolutely need to might be a false – and expensive – economy for fleets. Craig Thomas discovers how Michelin is attempting … Read More »