It’s still what we refer to hereabouts as the Japanese Mini Cooper. It’s got the same compact dimensions, it comes as standard with the sort of agile handling that has had MINI owners dribbling for years, and it’s got a sweet high revving engine.
By replacing the four hooves of a horse with four rubber clad wheels, the world – and all the socio economic groups in it – suddenly had a high degree of freedom.
Now we’re embarking on a search to find a better and more planet friendly way of moving us all around.
Now in its eighth incarnation and 45 years on from the original, it’s still very much the family hatchback that has attracted sales of over 35 million worldwide.
But of course it isn’t. Continue reading
Based on the Mazda 3 hatchback, CX-30 is compact enough in its dimensions to feel easily at home around town and drawing as it does on the neat styling of the 3, it certainly catches the eye. Similar, but ultimately very different. Continue reading
They probably caught it back in 1939 when there was a knock at the door and outside were the seried ranks of the Wermacht and the SS, intent on dominating western Europe and anyone else who got in the way.
It’s taken a while but you can’t say they’re not showing the symptoms of wanting to dominate the European small car market.
The headlong rush to make motorists switch to the hybrid route sees the Swedish manufacturer adding an 86bhp electric motor into the mix alongside its very acceptable two litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol unit. Continue reading
A car that has always been a firm favourite with we British motorists comes to you in 2020 in a form, shall we say, that is suitably enhanced.
The looks remain unmistakably Vauxhall‘s popular family hatch, but it’s the bits you can’t see where the most significant changes have taken place.
But slowly and surely they have. Rolls Royce have the Cullinan, there’s the Lamborghini Urus and even Aston Martin have got in on the act with their new DBX.
Heady stuff. And in this heady company Bentley’s V8 Bentayga is something of a snip, if you can couch something costing just south of £140,000 in those terms.