Are standard tyres more fun?

High performance cars usually come with high performance tyres to match. Naturally, you want the maximum amount of grip to make the most of the vehicles capabilities and you need to have confidence in the tyres to enjoy the driving experience, but what about driving in the real world? Obviously,…

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The Renault Twizy

The Renault Twizy is Renault’s fully electric 2 seater car, however not a standard 2 seater set up as you may expect. This car is so small that you actually sit one behind each other with your legs (if you have long legs!) practically around the sides of the driver. …

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Air conditioning in modern cars

Most modern cars now come with air conditioning as standard and the air conditioning units are usually very effective using little power and giving a good output of cool fresh feeling air. The general thinking is that air con is great to have in the summer months when you may…

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Ten things I learned in Detroit

1. Everyone loves the new Mercedes-Benz C-class I’ve not heard a bad word said from even the most cynical of hacks about Merc’s new BMW 3-series fighter, and with good reason. It looks great on the outside, but inside it is truly special with a style and quality that would not…

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New Kia Sorento spotted – first pictures

These are the first pictures of the new Kia Sorento testing in Europe. These photos were taken in Scandanavia, where Kia is believed to be carrying out winter testing on the new model. Multiple prototypes were caught filling up at a local petrol station. While much remains unknown about the…

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McLaren 12C-based 458 Speciale rival planned

An enhanced version of the McLaren 12C is set to be launched this year. Autocar understands that the new car will sit above the 12C in McLaren’s line-up and will be sold as a stand-alone model. It is said to deliver on-road performance that will exceed that of the recently…

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Mini should have UK design studio

Mini brand boss and board member Peter Schwarzenbauer believes that having a UK design studio for the brand would be “a good idea. We have to emphasise the British thing a bit more.” Currently all Minis are designed in Munich, but speaking at the Detroit model show, Schwarzenbauer said that…

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Monte Carlo Rally day one: Unpredictability rules

The Monte Carlo Rally has a reputation for being the toughest event on the World Rally calendar and today’s opening six special stages confirmed that view. While many crews struggled with tyre choice, others took a calm approach and reaped the rewards. Among them was the British contingent, Citroen’s Kris…

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London triggers green cab design race

Three new low-pollution London black cabs were unveiled in the capital this morning as the mayor of London announced stringent environmental regulations for future licensed taxi designs. British-based engineering company Frazer-Nash showed the new Metrocab, Turkish-based Karsan revealed an engineering prototype and Chinese-owned London Taxi International announced it would build…

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