Month: May 2018

FIAT’s Iconic 124 Spider is reborn

FIAT’s Iconic 124 Spider is reborn.   Taking inspiration from the Pininfarina-designed original (launched in 1966), the new Fiat 124 Spider is a stylish two-seat drop-top. Its rival—Mazda’s MX-5 – is also its main benefactor, donating its chassis, assembly line and numerous parts. But the Fiat 124 Spider does have a unique suspension and powertrain – a 140bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. Mazda ships a virtually-complete MX-5 to Fiat’s factory in Italy, where the engineers work their magic on it. This is also where the noticeably different body panels are added. The result is...

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New Ford Edge SUV

Ford’s big SUV has the ‘EDGE’   The new Ford Edge is an American SUV that has been ‘Europeanised’ to cater for Europe’s growing demand for large SUV’s. Based on the same platform as Ford’s talented and dynamic Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy, the Edge is guaranteed to be entertaining to drive. However, unlike its stable-mates the Edge is not available with two-wheel drive. All versions come with intelligent four-wheel drive that only diverts torque to the rear wheels when driving conditions demand it. The Ford Edge is a family-sized SUV with an impressively practical interior embodied within its sizable...

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Subaru’s Impressive New Impreza

Subaru’s Impressive New Impreza   When you think of the name ‘Impreza’, you are quite likely to think of Subaru’s all-conquering rally car from the 1990’s. However, the Japanese manufacturer is, these days, moving towards being known for its reliable, dependable, safe and technologically advanced SUV’s and off-road vehicles. Subaru have recently launched their new Impreza which is available in a hatchback-only bodystyle and rivals the likes of the Toyota Auris, Hyundai i30, Honda Civic, Mazda3, VW Golf and Ford Focus. Importantly, though, the new Impreza stands out from its rivals by offering the extra security and sure-footedness of...

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Ford’s ‘Must Have’ Mustang

Ford’s ‘Must-Have’ MUSTANG   Ford sells the Mustang in a wide variety of forms—hardtop or convertible, manual or automatic, 2.3-litre turbocharged inline-four-cylinder or naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8, but no matter which option buyers choose, they are in for a real treat. With the original Ford Mustang dating back to 1964, the new model captures the true spirit of the 1960’s icon, while providing the car with up-to-the-minute technology. The new Mustang is the first right hand drive version of the iconic ‘pony car’ that Ford has ever built. Judging by the model’s success, Ford might be wishing it had...

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New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV

Mitsubishi’s Dynamic New Eclipse Cross SUV The future has never looked better for the Mitsubishi Motor Corporation than it does at present. Worldwide sales have exceeded the 1-million unit threshold for the first time in the company’s history…and that trend is set to continue. This growing success was, undoubtedly, one of the main motivating factors behind Nissan’s controlling-interest buy-in in 2016. This move subsequently made the firm the third partner in its manufacturing alliance with Renault in 2017. More and more customers the world-over are buying SUV’s and this fits in perfectly with Mitsubishi’s product line. In fact, SUV’s...

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