Edward Cullen might seem an unlikely poster-boy for a Swedish car manufacturer, but it certainly worked well for Volvo. The twinkly-skinned vampire lead of the Twilight films started off with a rakish C30 before upgrading to an XC60 for New Moon. The Volvo XC60's job was to attract younger buyers. Hollywood tie-ins aside, has it worked?
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.
Wearables are big news this year, particularly in the run-up to Christmas, but the latest smart watch comes from an unlikely source - a truck manufacturer.
Jaguar Land Rover has today announced a new research project to develop the systems required to offer drivers an uninterrupted 360 degree view and a more intuitive navigation experience.
The new Mazda 2 will be priced from £11,995 when it goes on sale in the UK early next year, and will be offered in five grades and with a choice of four engines.
The new Jeep Renegade will be priced from £16,995 to £27,995 when it goes on sale in the UK on 6th January 2015, with first deliveries expected in mid-February.
The new Hyundai i20 Coupe has been officially unveiled. Although based on the five-door model, the three-door i20 Coupe features sportier and more rakish styling, designed to appeal to younger buyers.
The Hyundai i30 is now available in a new range-topping model, powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 186PS - enough to complete the 0-62mph sprint in 8.0 seconds dead.