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Škoda Octavia vRS iV Hatch – Electrifying

In Car Reviews, Hybrid, Skoda by Maggie Barry

You know you’ve got a very special car under your hands when you watch the young man in the boy racer car eyeing up your wheels – rubber necking even That means not only do you have the performance bit from the first three letters, but the iV hatch identifies this vehicle as one of Škoda’s electrified models – a …

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The Ford Mustang Mach-E All Electric SUV

In Car Reviews, Electric, Electric cars, Ford, Mustang by Maggie Barry

WHEN is a Mustang not a Mustang? When it’s Mach-E, of course. The Ford Mustang…the big, beefy American muscle car with plenty of drift and piles of excitement, is the inspiration for this new crossover-type electric model. But while the diehards might hold up their hands in horror, others are going to be mightily impressed by this piece of engineering …

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Seat Mii Electric, Fun, Fun, Fun

In Car Reviews, Electric, Seat by Maggie Barry

WELL it may not be a T-Bird, but you can certainly have fun, fun fun in the glorious little SEAT Mii electric. It is small and light but very well balanced, making it great fun to take out for a drive, especially with the foot down. Of course it is no Ferrari – 81 mph top speed – but since …

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The all-electric Fiat 500e – Bellissima

In Car Reviews, Electric cars, Fiat by Maggie Barry

This latest Italian masterpiece is slightly longer and wider than the 2007 model, and strikingly, the Fiat badge on the grille has been replaced with a 500 badge so that you will know immediately this is the electric version. The Icon hatchback model I am driving has been blessed with 17ins diamond cut alloys and chrome side mouldings. Inside it …

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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 …