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Archive for the ‘Cars’ Category

Brits to Design Reborn Isetta

Posted by Admin On January - 7 - 2015

BM microcar to revive legendary badge, with petrol, diesel and electric power. It’s the car that proves BMW is heading back to the future!

In an unlikely partnership, the German company has teamed up with the UK’s Bath University to design a new range of eco-friendly two, three and four-wheeled city runabouts. With this news comes the suggestion that the Isetta badge could make a comeback after 50 years, providing the main inspiration for the four-wheeled microcar. Read the rest of this entry »

First Drive: Honda FCX Clarity

Posted by Admin On January - 7 - 2015

The outlook for Honda has never been so clear. This is the firm’s hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity, which it is backing to lead the world into a fuel cell future.

As part of that effort, the FCX Clarity gets its European launch this week. Being previewed in Germany, the clock is ticking on a UK launch, too. We got behind the wheel to find out what a lucky few have to look forward to.

It’s soon obvious that there are some major hurdles to overcome – not least the fact that extracting hydrogen in a sustainable way remains a major challenge. Honda’s short-term solution is to provide drivers with their own ‘home energy station’ – a device that turns gas from the mains supply into hydrogen for your car. Read the rest of this entry »

Toyota FCV-R Concept

Posted by Admin On November - 10 - 2014

Concept car shows vision for the future of the Toyota Prius as a practical family car, powered by hydrogen fuel cells

This is the FCV-R. It stands for Fuel Cell Vehicle – Reality and Revolution and is Toyota’s brand new practical fuel-cell concept and the strongest hint yet that the Japanese firm is serious about putting a fuel-cell vehicle into production.

Up until now, owning a fuel-cell car has been highly impractical due to the large production costs and lack of commercial hydrogen filling stations, but Toyota is looking to change all this and it aims to do it by 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Feature: Aston’s desert stormer

Posted by Admin On September - 14 - 2014

It’s one of the toughest tests imaginable for Aston Martin’s new Rapide, as we team up with the firm to put it through its paces in some of the world’s most extreme terrain.

Modern cars have to be tough. And that doesn’t mean simply withstanding the rough and tumble of Britain’s potholed roads.

Before a new model hits forecourts, manufacturers need to be sure it can cope with the most extreme conditions the world can throw at it. So, where better to put this to the test than the scorching hot, hostile climes of the Middle Eastern state of Kuwait? Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Maserati GranCabrio

Posted by Admin On July - 24 - 2010

Maserati’s new drop-head combines stunning looks with V8 muscle, but how does it measure up to the rest of the range?

It’s the drop-top with a grand design! Maserati’s stunning new GranCabrio has been penned with the help of legendary styling house Pininfarina, and is the first genuine four-seater convertible that the Italian manufacturer has ever produced.

But is it the best model in the range? Auto Express took the wheel in the UK to find out. Read the rest of this entry »

Feature: If I won the lottery… Lancia Stratos

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2010

The Stratos is one of the most beautiful cars ever to have entered a special stage. Less than 500 were ever made, and they are now prized collectors’ items.

You expect a car styled by Bertone and powered by a Ferrari V6 to be a star of a motor show stand, not thrown sideways into corners and covered in mud and dust in the midst of a gruelling rally. But back in the Seventies, this is the sight that met motorsport fans around the world.

The Lancia Stratos is one of the most beautiful cars ever to have entered a special stage, and will always have a place in my heart. It would also have a place in my garage if I won the lottery! How on earth did it find its way into the mucky sector of motorsport? Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Ford S-MAX

Posted by Admin On May - 12 - 2010

Facelifted version of MPV hits UK with new EcoBoost engine.

Few family cars blend style, performance and practicality as effectively as the S-MAX. Yet the Ford people carrier is four years old now‚ and it’s about time for a refresh. The seven-seater has received some visual tweaks, a revised cabin and updated engine range – but how does it stand up?

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News: Audi RS3 on the road!

Posted by Admin On April - 28 - 2010

Spies snare storming new flagship A3 testing at Nürburgring, Aggressive nose, big alloys set sizzling hatch apart.

The potent Audi RS badge has been shrunk! For the first time since its launch in 1993, the A3 is finally being given the full RennSport treatment – as these exclusive spy shots show.

The prototype was spotted testing at Germany’s Nürburgring race circuit, and is disguised with the body of an S3 Sportback. But giving the game away are the rear wheels – borrowed from the RS6 – and a front bumper with gaping air intakes, similar to that on the A3 TDI Clubsport Concept, revealed in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »