You need only spend a few brief moments talking to Tyrone Johnson, Vehicle Engineering Manager for the new Focus RS, to understand just how much effort has gone into creating this latest fast Ford. To say he’s a man who knows what he wants is putting it mildly, and he certainly wasn’t willing to compromise to get it. So has all this engineering effort translated into real world performance?
I'll be honest – when the new Kia Sportage was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show, I wasn't entirely convinced by the looks. In fact, there were some angles where it bore a passing resemblance to a frog that's been, shall we say, anally surprised. Thankfully, in the flesh it's quite a handsomely proportioned thing, particularly in the new GT-Line spec. That's just as well, because the Sportage is an important car for Kia.
Before we get started, I need to make a declaration: I own a 1967 Ford Mustang. It offers an experience that’s been enjoyed by millions of Americans over the last 50 years, but on this side of the pond, it’s been the preserve of only a select hairy-chested few. Now, though, anyone can stroll in to one of 70 Ford Stores across the land, and order a slice of V8 American pie.
If you judged a car entirely by its sales figures, you'd be forgiven for thinking the Kia Optima was a bit of a clunker. In 2014, Kia UK shifted just 736 of the things, but if you look further afield to the US market, you'll discover last year's Optima was the brand's best-selling car, racking up nearly 160,000 units all by itself. So do the Yanks know something we don't?
The Volvo V60 Polestar has received a number of engineering upgrades for 2016, not the least of which is a power-hike from 350 to 367hp, courtesy of a new four-cylinder Drive-E engine.
The next Subaru Impreza, expected to arrive in early 2017, has been unveiled at the New York International Auto Show today. It is the first model to make use of the company's new Subaru Global Platform.
At the 2016 New York International Auto Show, Mazda unveiled their new MX-5 RF. In this case, RF stands for 'retractable fastback', because not only does this MX-5 feature a folding hardtop, but also new 'fastback' styling.
The new Volvo S90 and V90 are available to order now, with prices starting from £32,555 for the saloon and £34,555 for the V90 estate.
Following on from the recently revealed Fiat 124 Spider is this, the Abarth version. Like the Fiat, it's based on the Mazda MX-5, but uses the 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged petrol engine from the discontinued Abarth Punto.
As if proof were needed that Subaru appear to have finally found their design mojo, the company chose to use the 2016 Geneva Motor Show to unveil this, the Subaru XV Concept.