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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 »

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 »

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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Review: Suzuki SX4 Saloon

Posted by Admin On November - 16 - 2009

Four-door supermini offers something different.

The boot has been put into the SX4! This saloon sister car to the Suzuki compact SUV is designed to offer plenty of space for not much money – so, does it make sense in today’s crowded and fashion-conscious supermini market?

Well, the £11,995 SX4’s looks won’t win many fans – although the bulbous shape does mean there’s plenty of space inside. Three adults can sit comfortably in the back, while there’s a 515-litre boot. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Land Rover Discovery 4

Posted by Admin On August - 12 - 2009

Sharper styling and a revolution under the skin make SUV even more appealing.

The face looks familiar, but Land Rover’s popular Discovery has been given a radical makeover –under the skin! The new Discovery 4 comes with fresh engines, a revised chassis and an impressive array of advanced technology.

We drove the flagship diesel – the 3.0-litre TDV6 HSE. It offers 54bhp more power than the entry-level 2.7-litre, and also delivers 600Nm of torque. That’s matched only by the mighty new twin-turbo powerplant in the BMW 740d.
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Review: Mercedes E63 AMG

Posted by Admin On July - 20 - 2009

Drivers take note… This is no ordinary E-Class! The 525bhp E63 is the result of Mercedes’ latest collaboration with its AMG tuning partner – and it’s created a car with two distinct personalities.

Even though the newcomer looks and feels every inch the refined executive saloon, the E63 also has a darker side.

At the core of this is its 6.3-litre V8 engine. Producing a soundtrack you will never tire of, it delivers an enormous 630Nm of torque. This means the sprint from 0-62mph takes only 4.5 seconds, even though the car weighs 1,840kg. Such is the power that on a test track, it doesn’t stop pulling until the limiter kicks in at 155mph. The unit is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox with four driving modes: comfort, sport, sport plus and manual. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Audi A6

Posted by Admin On October - 28 - 2008

The revamped version of Audi’s executive express looks similar but a range of new engines promises improved economy and reduced emissions.

There’s little doubt the new A6 has a lot to live up to. The previous generation, launched back in 2005, has gone on to become the best-selling car in its sector – setting impressive standards for refinement, build quality and drivability. It was cheaper than its closest rivals too. But has Audi got this new version of the A6 right, or is it destined to live in the shadow of its hugely successful predecessor? Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Audi Q7 V12

Posted by Admin On October - 20 - 2008

Huge SUV gets worlds most powerful diesel engine.

When it comes to performance diesels, Audi is king. Its R10 TDI sportscar is tearing up race tracks across the globe, while the R8 supercar will get V12 diesel power in 2010.

However, you won’t have to wait that long to get a first taste of the 6.0-litre powerplant, as it appears in the firm’s flagship Q7 SUV in January. That means the monster seven-seater not only has the biggest diesel engine available in a production car, but also the most powerful by some margin. Read the rest of this entry »