We Brits like a good pick-up. Although initially derided as the proverbial sow’s ear, attempts by ‘ute manufacturers to drag them towards some semblance of modern-day convenience (perhaps kick-started by Mitsubishi and their Animal tie-in) did actually go on to prove one thing: they are bloody useful things. We tested the new Series 5 Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian to see just how useful.
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.
The eagerly-awaited (at least by us) new Kia Optima Sportswagon is set to go on sale in the UK from 15th September, with prices starting from £22,295.
The new Kia Optima PHEV plug-in hybrid is available to order now, with prices starting from £31,495 after a £2,500 Government grant.
The revised 2017 model year Mazda6 saloon and estate will arrive this autumn, with a number of updates aimed at improving refinement, safety, and functionality.
Alfa Romeo today announced that the new Giulia will be priced from £29,180 when it goes on sale later this year, with the hotly-anticipated 510hp Bi-Turbo weighing in at £59,000.
Standard Ford Focus RS not fast enough for you? You're in luck, as Ford-approved tuning specialists Mountune are launching a new engine upgrade that increases power to 375PS.
Veteran sports car manufacturer Caterham has introduced a new model it claims offers the perfect balance of power and handling - the Caterham Seven 310.