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Here comes another nervous breakdown

WOULD you stop and offer to help if you came across a motorist who had broken down? And if you were the poor sap whose car had left you stranded at the roadside, would you want someone to stop and help? A recent AA/Populus survey carried out among more than 16,000 motorists revealed some rather … Continue reading

Come and help if you’re in the pink

  IF you happen to own one of the country’s 7,569 pink cars, a very worthwhile charity could really do with your help. The dedicated band of volunteers who run the Little Princess Trust are inviting you to take part in their annual Pink Car Rally to help raise funds. Money raised by this fledgling … Continue reading

Evoque off to a flying start

MOTORING accolades have a habit of being dished out with indecent haste. One major annual awards scheme gets held each January while the European Car of the Year arrives well before the year itself does. It’s a severe case of premature evaluation and it all seems a little bit daft. So the Auto Express New … Continue reading

Motor Mouth’s Car of the Month: MINI Coupé

(Originally published August 2011) It’s a fine line between courageous, innovative design and making a pig’s ear of something and – it may be heresy to say so – I actually reckon the new MINI Coupé has landed the wrong side of the line. There’s hardly a shadow of doubt that it will be a … Continue reading

Motor Mouth’s Car of the week: Honda CR-Z

NOW here’s a rarity – a newcomer that looks great, is said to be terrific fun to drive, yet still has a comforting green pedigree. Honda’s new CR-Z hybrid coupé is reaching the showrooms this month and has a price tag starting at under £17k. It is fitted with Honda’s petrol-electric hybrid system coupled with … Continue reading

Motor Mouth’s Car of the week: Citroën C-ZERO

ZERO fuel consumption, zero emissions and zero engine noise – Citroën’s new all-electric four-seater city car has all the green credentials you could wish for. As compact as they come, it is nevertheless said to be roomy enough to carry four grown-ups and nimble enough to take them swiftly and smoothly through the traffic. The … Continue reading

Motor Mouth’s Car of the week: Porsche Boxster Spyder

Porsche is one of those marques that seem always to divide opinion rather sharply: you’re either a Porsche fan or you can’t bear them. You think they have looks to die for or they’re ugly bugs not fit to occupy the same stretch of tarmac as their Italian rivals. Porsche’s image took a battering in … Continue reading

Motor Mouth’s Car of the week: Vauxhall Meriva

Vauxhall have lifted the Meriva from the small-MPV class to the five-seat compact-MPV sector with this new model – a response to larger families or larger children? Whatever, they are making quite a song and dance about the car’s clever, rear-hinged back doors, which swing open towards the back of the car and simplify entry … Continue reading

Motor Mouth’s Car of the week: Kia Sportage

I’m beginning to suspect that all the new breed of SUVs are being churned out from the same body mould somewhere and just fitted with different badges and bits. Certainly the all-new version of the Kia Sportage looks like, well, everything else, which may be the idea because it’ll probably carry a lower price tag … Continue reading

Motor Mouth’s Car of the week: Ford Focus

You have to hand it to Ford: they may have turned out a turkey or two down the years and they may, of late, have produced financial results that would make the Greek economy look buoyant, but they usually get their cars spot-on. Their workaday models are serial successes and since they began consistently blending … Continue reading