"What is that?" calls out a voice behind me as I shovel shopping into the Stinger's yawning boot. "It's a Kia Stinger," I counter to the man making his way across the car park towards me. "A Kia? You're havin' me on!" The fact this 365hp five-metre bruiser of a GT car comes from a company like Kia is what makes it so utterly delicious.
The Honda HR-V has been updated for 2019 with styling tweaks inside and out and, from next spring, the option of a new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine.
The revised Kia Optima saloon and Sportswagon estate are on sale now, with prices starting from £22,260 for the saloon, £23,100 for the Sportswagon, and £33,350 for the GT.
Reflecting the continuing fall in popularity of diesel, Volvo has made its T5 petrol engine available in its S90 saloon, V90 estate and XC90 SUV ranges.
Prices for the new V6-powered Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up have been announced, and they’re pretty chunky.
The ever-popular Mazda MX-5 has been revised for 2019 with more power for both engines, plus steering reach adjustment and a few other tweaks.
The Suzuki Vitara, currently the company's most popular model in the range, has been updated for the 2019 model year with new engines and modest styling tweaks.
If you want to give yourself a good scare, just watch an episode of Car Crash Britain - the motoring equivalent of You've Been Framed, with wall-to-wall dashcam footage collected from members of the public, all of whom have been unlucky enough to be caught up in someone else's accident. Thankfully, there are now a number of dash cams with a range of useful features so we spent some time with a few of them to see how they fared.
Launched late last year, the Nextbase 412GW sits below the range-topping 512G model in the company's line-up. It captures video through a six-element lens with a 140-degree viewing angle at up to Quad HD 1440p at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps.
The BlackVue DR650S takes the form of a tube with a forward-facing lens at one end and an adhesive mount at the other, but perhaps the most interesting feature is BlackVue's Over the Cloud functionality that allows you to watch a live feed from the camera on your smartphone.
The RoadHawk Vision is a slightly different proposition to the other dash cams in our group test in that it eschews the usual bells and whistles in favour of concentrating on the task of capturing video. There's no GPS receiver, for example, nor is there an integral screen.
The Silent Witness SW224 is the second unit in our dash cam group test that boasts 2K or 1440p video recording, as well as the more conventional 1080p and 720p. The unit arrives in a smart box that makes it something of an event to open, and comes with a comprehensive package of accessories.
Until recently, if you were involved in an accident, you had to hope that your insurance company believed your version of events and found in your favour. But with the rise of crash for cash incidents, that's become a little more fraught. Thankfully, technology has the answer, and we've been testing one of the new dash cams from the RAC, the GPS-enabled RAC 02.