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THE stirring 007 James Bond Aston Martin

In Car Reviews by Maggie Barry

‘WE’VE been expecting you, Mr Bond.’ The words rang out across the deserted hangar as the Violet Lady – nicknamed the Violent Lady – strode towards her adversary. Main picture by Phil Dye He thought the Aston was his – she knew it was hers. “I’m glad you came Mr Bond,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it,” he intoned …

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The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid, a thing of beauty

In Bentley, Car Reviews by Maggie Barry

If governments were at all concerned that the motoring industry was ignoring its machinations to push it in the direction of electric and electrified cars, they can now rest easy. The internal combustion engine, mind you, is the smallest in the Bentley range, a mere 3.0-litre V6 job, but before purists get too hot under the collar it is paired …

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Porsche Panamera Turbo S and 4S E-Hybrid Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Porsche by Maggie Barry

It has become one of the country’s most famous – or perhaps infamous – tourist sites, Barnard Castle. Rather than head towards the notorious castle, I turned towards the North Pennines a UNESCO area of outstanding natural beauty and a great place to drive these cars. The Panamera is as near as you will get to a family car with …

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DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, a premium EV

In Car Reviews, DS Automobiles, Electric cars by Maggie Barry

It takes craftsmen and women 45 minutes on the production line to hand-stitch the steering wheel of the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense. “We take our inspiration from the world of French haute couture,” said Kris Cholmondeley of DS Automobiles, the premium marque in the PSA range. It seeks to align its cars with the very best of French fashion, food, …

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Reviewed the Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell EV

In Car Reviews, Hyundai by Maggie Barry

THERE is a story that having got to your destination in the hydrogen powered Hyundai Nexo, you can use the tailpipe emissions to make a cup of tea. The reason for the interest in the tailpipe emissions of the Nexo is because this is a car powered by hydrogen fuel cells which emit only water as a by-product. It is …

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Rolls-Royce Ghost – as the lights go down

In Car Reviews, Rolls Royce by Maggie Barry

A STAR is born or in this case reborn. The Rolls-Royce Ghost first made its appearance in 2009 in direct response to customer demand for a more minimalist vehicle – one they could drive themselves, and why not? With a whopping 6.75-litre V12 engine under the bonnet delivering 563bhp why on earth would you want someone else in the driving …

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The New Land Rover Defender

In Car Reviews, Land Rover by Maggie Barry

Land Rover has come to the Atholl Estate in Scotland to showcase their much-awaited New Defender, the highly anticipated 21st-century successor to the original beloved of country folk everywhere. It’s a unique and special privilege which the Duke enjoys and today he has even more defenders to hand – or Defenders to be precise. The New Defender has arrived and …

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Lexus UX 250h, the urban explorer’s SUV

In Car Reviews, Lexus by Maggie Barry

A brand well-known for luxury finishes have just entered the compact SUV market with the beautifully crafted Lexus UX 250h. At the same time, Lexus boss Ewan Shepherd has confirmed that this new compact crossover will arrive in the UK purely in hybrid form. It is yet another sign, if any were needed, that we are moving into a new …