Month: January 2018


NEW ALFA ROMEO STELVIO – SUV WITH ITALIAN FLAIR Named after the municipality of Stilfs on the Italian/Swiss border, Alfa Romeo’s first-ever SUV – the Stelvio – injects a dash of world-renowned Italian design flair to the large SUV market. Alfa Romeo’s passenger car range is undergoing massive revitalization at present, and the stylish and desirable Stelvio follows in the footsteps of the excellent Giulia. Alfa Romeo bosses expect the new Stelvio to be its biggest seller, but it does have a tough fight on its hands with rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, Jaguar...

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New Nissan Qashqai – ‘Crossover With Style’

‘Cross Over’ To Nissan’s New Qashqai When Nissan launched the first generation Qashqai in late 2006 across Europe, they really invented a whole new segment within the motor industry. Never before had a mainstream car manufacturer launched, what went on to become known as a ‘crossover’, or small SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle). Billed as a replacement for both Nissan’s Almera family car and their slow-selling Primera, the Qashqai took Nissan in a whole new direction. Nissan’s mission was to bring to the market, a car that would offer the practicality and desirability of an SUV with the footprint, driving...

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New Mazda CX-5 SUV (2018 Model Year)

‘High 5’ – with Mazda’s all-new CX-5. Mazda’s multi award-winning CX-5 SUV has now entered its second generation at a time when competition within this rapidly growing market segment has never been so fierce. Recent entrants into the large SUV market include the Peugeot 3008, SEAT Ateca and Skoda Kodiaq, while established rivals include the likes of the Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, VW Tiguan and Toyota Rav4. Thankfully, the all-new Mazda CX-5 has retained and improved on its ‘unique selling point’ of being the SUV of choice for keen drivers. It handles better than ever, but most importantly, comfort...

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New Mazda 2 – Drive Together

New Mazda 2 On Test The new Mazda 2 aims to take on the supermini elite with its handsome looks, excellent driving dynamics and upmarket interior. Thanks to its practicality and engaging drivability, the Mazda 2 is a serious contender for class honours in, what has become, a crowded market segment. While other brands seek efficiency through small capacity engines and turbocharging, Mazda sticks to larger, naturally-aspirated engines that give punchy performance and excellent economy. Two engines are available in the Mazda 2 – a 1.5-litre ‘SkyActiv G’ petrol with 75 or 90bhp and a 1.5-litre ‘SkyActiv D’ diesel...

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SEAT’s New Ibiza Spanish car manufacturer, SEAT (part of the gigantic Volkswagen Group) have just launched their all-new Ibiza, which debuts the VW Group’s latest technology and sets the standard that new competitors have to beat. The lightweight, hi-tech platform (known as MQB A0) gives the new Ibiza a grown-up feel similar to its award-winning big brother, the Leon. It’s serenely quiet and impressively comfortable inside, while the driving dynamics feels mature, too. There is good space inside for passengers and their luggage, while the overall build quality of the new Ibiza is a big step forward for the brand....

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