View Post

The New Ford Puma, well done Ford

In Car Reviews, Ford by Jonathan Humphrey

The new Ford Puma deserves success: innovative, practical, intelligent design, a car with a cheerful, optimistic smily face – this is an excellent start to a new decade. Remember the Puma name from an attractive Ford coupe from the mid-’90s? Now the name has been applied to one of the best conceived of the latest crop of SUVs. It is …

View Post

Review – You’d be better off with a Kia Ceed

In Car Reviews, Kia by Neil Lyndon

“I have always fancied an Aston Martin,” said a friend who has recently come into a bit of money. “You’d be better off with a Kia Ceed,” I immediately answered. At that point, some time ago, I was talking in purely theoretical terms. Having come very close to buying an Aston Martin 30 years ago and having known many Aston …

View Post

Ineos has suspended its plans to build its new 4×4 Grenadier in Wales.

In Grenadier, Short Cuts by Robin Roberts

In a blow to Welsh automotive manufacturing which promised up to 500 jobs it said today, “INEOS Automotive can confirm that it is reviewing its manufacturing strategy for the new Grenadier in light of the COVID-19 pandemic – This has led to some delays in our development plans, but has also presented some new opportunities in terms of existing manufacturing …

View Post

The is the new INEOS Grenadier, arriving on and off road, 2021

In Grenadier, Short Cuts by Robin Roberts

The British-designed, Austrian-engineered and German-powered heavy duty 4×4 will go into production in Wales at the end of 2021 as part of a £600 Million investment directed by one of the richest men in Britain, Sir Jim Ratcliffe. The British-designed, Austrian-engineered and German-powered heavy duty 4×4 will go into production in Wales at the end of 2021 as part of …

View Post

Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid T5 Review

In Car Reviews, Sponsored Post, Volvo by Tim Barnes-Clay

Okay, so let’s get this clear: this particular Volvo is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle – that’s PHEV for short. Yep, a catchy acronym, I know. If you’re still clueless, it means the car runs on electricity and petrol power. Hybrid tech is a good idea, though – and when you get into the routine of charging up, you can, …

View Post

The Kia Sportage GT-Line S – Punches above its price tag

In Car Reviews, Kia by Kieran Bicknell

The Kia Sportage has recently undergone a mid-life refresh and with alterations to the Sportage line-up for the 2021 model year, it seems the perfect time to take an in-depth look at the multi-award-winning SUV. Since the UK has only just started emerging from its lockdown, I’ve been itching to get back behind the wheel and doing what I love …

View Post

ŠKODA, cheers to the first 125 Years

In Short Cuts, Skoda by Kieran Bicknell

The ŠKODA story began in 1895 when two cycling enthusiasts by the name of Václav Laurin (a mechanic) and Václav Klement (a bookseller) started out by designing and manufacturing bicycles under the name Laurin & Klement. This name is now reserved for the top-end L&K models in the Škoda lineup. The bicycles sold well, and technology was advancing; So Laurin …

View Post

VAUXHALL’S DECADE-A-DAY – 1 – The Vauxhall 5hp Light Car

In Short Cuts, Vauxhall by Development

Built from 1903, Vauxhall’s first year of car production, and known as the ‘Light Car’, the model featured a slow-revving, single-cylinder engine producing just five horsepower. Perhaps showing Vauxhall’s roots as a producer of marine engines, the Light Car was steered by a tiller, with its speed regulated by a brass hand-wheel next to the driver. A two-speed epicyclic gearbox …

View Post

The perfect vehicle for apocalyptic survival

In Short Cuts by Kieran Bicknell

The current COVID-19 situation is prompting lockdowns across the globe; With views of the Contagion movie on the up, many people are jokingly referring to the situation as the ‘Apocalypse’ – this is, of course, complete nonsense.  But just in case the apocalypse did come knocking though, here are my four choices that may just be the ticket to riding …

View Post

Kia cars, there’s a whole world out there

In Kia, Short Cuts by Jonathan Humphrey

On spending self-isolation time looking at Kia, worldwide there’s another range of cars we just don’t get here, large and small from diminutive city cars to V8 luxury saloons, monstrous eight-seater SUVs to battery electric vehicles. Kia sold thousand of cars in the UK and millions of vehicles worldwide in 2019, 2.77m in fact, with 5000 dealerships in 180 countries. …

View Post

For those dreamy, wind in the hair days

In Morgan, Short Cuts by Jonathan Humphrey

A future one to look out for, the Morgan Plus 4 70th Anniversary, last week, the first four cars rolled off the production line. The handcrafted sports car factory in Pickersleigh Road, Malvern has now just closed for one month to help combat the spread of Covid-19. First coming to the market in 1950 the Plus 4 has been one …

View Post

The Suzuki Swift Sport, sublime and simple

In Car Reviews, Suzuki by Kieran Bicknell

It’s hard to translate into words the sheer childlike enjoyment that I’ve experienced during my time with the Suzuki Swift Sport. I’ll admit, I had been rather excited for the delivery day since it was confirmed as I’d heard so many good things about both generations of the Swift; And boy, oh boy, did it deliver on my expectations. It’s …