When Cubby Broccoli, creator of the cinematic juggernaut that is the James Bond franchise, handed the reigns to his daughter, Barbara, he reportedly offered this simple piece of advice: “Don’t screw it up.” I imagine a similar conversation took place somewhere inside Mazda when time came for the company to create this, the fourth generation MX-5. For this isn’t just a car. It’s a motoring icon. An automotive legacy, even.
When the hissing beast that is the Dodge Viper first launched back in the early ‘90s, I can remember feeling strangely disappointed by it. Not because a rear wheel-drive monster powered by a V10 truck engine bellowing through a set of side pipes is in any way boring. Because it isn’t. But I experienced a similar feeling last week when I sat inside the new Maserati Quattroporte diesel.
Who would have thought all of these years ago, that the Discovery would prove to be not only a sales success, but successful enough to be spun out almost into a brand in its own right. The first of these new models to arrive is the Discovery Sport. Think of it not as a replacement for the boxy and still popular full-fat Discovery, but rather a progression of the Freelander.
When people find out I’m a motoring journalist, what follows is normally the question “what car should I buy?” Lately, by way of an answer, I’ve been suggesting the questioner simply throws a dart at the Mazda range and drives home in whatever it hits. With the unveiling of the new CX-3, Mazda revealed themselves as a brand that marketing types would describe as being “on point.” So when the CX-3 arrived on test, we had seriously high hopes for it.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, Mazda unveiled the new CX-9, the company's seven-seat SUV aimed at the American market. But we think they should bring it to Europe, and here's why...
The new Fiat 124 Spider has finally been officially unveiled. Based on the Mazda MX-5, the Fiat 124 Spider is said to take design inspiration from its 1966 namesake.
For the 2017 model year which, rather confusingly, is set to start from Spring 2016, the Jaguar XE will be offered with the option of All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and a new infotainment system.