Although first launched in Japan back in 2012, the Pound-to-Yen exchange rate meant that the new Subaru Impreza didn’t make it to these shores. However, recent currency movements in our favour allowed Subaru UK to construct a business case for importing what is now the company’s entry-level model, and it slots conveniently into the range below the Subaru XV with which it shares much of its basic architecture.
Maybe we should just jump right in and ask the most obvious question first: is there a place in the world any more for the Subaru WRX STI? There can be little doubt that the WRX (Subaru no longer calls it an Impreza) is a truly iconic car. But up against the accessible power of something like the VW Golf R, is the Subaru WRX STI nothing but a busted flush?
Swedish exports have always done well here in Blighty, and beyond the now ubiquitous furniture chains and our predilection for Swedish music, we've long had a soft-spot for the seemingly omnipresent Volvo estate. For most people, however, the modern family car arrives in the guise of a familiar hatchback, but luckily the Volvo V40 is here to provide our fix of Scandinavian design.
The life of an automotive journalist bears more than a passing resemblance to that of someone addicted to speed dating. Of course, we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but after a few years you can't help but make assumptions about how a car will drive without even climbing aboard. And then the Kia Soul arrived...
Mazda today unveiled its new compact SUV, the CX-3, at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The CX-3 shares much of its styling with the new Mazda2, with which it also shares its wheelbase.
Ford has unveiled a new high-performance version of its 2015 Mustang, the Shelby GT350, that it says continues the ethos developed by the original GT350's creator, Carroll Shelby.
The new Fiat 500X compact crossover will go on sale in the UK in the second quarter of 2015, with prices starting from £14,595. A limited 'Opening Edition' range will be available to order this December, priced from £17,595.
Suzuki's venerable Jimny, which has notched up 2.8 million sales across 188 markets since its introduction in 1998, has received a few tweaks for the 2015 model year.
The new 2015 smart fortwo and forfour will arrive in the UK early in 2015, priced from £11,125 and £11,620 respectively. A special edition #1 model will also be available priced from £13,225.
The new Volvo V60 Cross Country will be unveiled at the LA Motor Show this week, bringing the number of Cross Country models in Volvo's line-up to three.