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One of the best, the Škoda Kamiq Monte Carlo

In Car Reviews, Skoda by Kieran Bicknell

Fun, stylish and tech-y: The Kamiq Monte Carlo is the cream of Škodas’ baby SUV crop. Let’s start with how it looks; As much as I appreciated the big, utilitarian looks of the Kodiaq, the Kamiq is far more aesthetically easy on the eye, with well-sized proportions and it looks absolutely fantastic even when standing still. For a small SUV …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …