March 28, 2015

Volkswagen Rock Up! & Groove Up! launch

Volklswagen special edition Rock Up! with big grey stripe

*+-Volkswagen has revealed a pair of Up! special models – the VW Groove Up! and Rock Up! – both with cosmetic tweaks and extra equipment and VW’s 1.0 litre 3-cylinder engine. It’s already getting on for two years since the VW Up! arrived as Volkswagen’s main weapon in the city car market, so it’s well overdue for […]

Jaguar F-Type: ‘Desire’ the movie released

Still from Jaguar F-Type Desire movie showing Damian Lewis, Shannyn Sossamon & F-Type

*+-Following a premier at the London Sundance Festival, Jaguar’s F-Type promo mini movie Desire has been released. Stars Damian Lewis and directed by Ridley Scott Associates. As part of the promotion for the new Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar has been working hard to build a ‘feel’ around the F-Type; not just a new sports car, more an innate knowledge […]

Toyota ME.WE Concept: It’s an egalitarian EV

Toyota ME.WE Concept on beach with young couple

*+-The Toyota ME.WE Concept is a utilitarian, compact electric car from Toyota with interchangeable body panels created with Jean-Marie Massaud. Jean-Marie Massaud is a French designer and architect who’s creations tend to be on the minimalist side. So if he’s playing at concept cars with Toyota, you’d expect the result to be a bit short on luxuries and equipment. And […]

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake on the way

Photo Mercedes CLA

*+-Mercedes has revealed that they are planning an estate version of the new CLA – the CLA Shooting Brake – just like the bigger CLS. The new Mercedes A Class is proving to be a real success for Mercedes, and has already spawned the CLA and GLA as a swoopy four door coupe and urban warrior compact […]

Ferrari LaFerrari lands in China: Shanghai Motor Show

Photo of red LaFerrari on the Ferrari stand at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show

*+-The Ferrari LaFerrari – Ferrari’s hypercar replacement for the Enzo – has been revealed to China at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. Fifty LaFerraris are heading for China. Fresh from undoubtedly taking the prize as the star of the Geneva Motor Show last month – where it stole the limelight from the McLaren P1 thanks […]

Renault Captur compact SUV prices revealed – costs from £12,495

Renault Captur side view on beach

*+-Renault has revealed that the Clio-based Renault Captur – a small urban crossover / SUV – will cost from £12,495 in the UK. Renault turned up at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011 with the Captur Concept, a Juke-like urban crossover that looked like it could offer real competition to it Nissan cousin’s funky urban warrior. […]

Volkswagen UK’s dealer showrooms get a revamp

Photo of a newly refurbished Volkswagen Dealers

*+-Volkswagen is refurbishing its 210 UK dealer showrooms with waiting and refreshment areas, space for at least 10 cars, merchandise and accessories and Wi-Fi. It’s an interesting exercise to ponder on the future of main dealer showrooms as the world moves more and more towards an online buying experience. Are car showrooms a relic of the past or the perfect way, […]

Volvo drops plans to compete in the luxury F-Segment car market

Photo of blue Volvo concept You

*+-Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson has said Volvo no longer intends to develop a Volvo to compete in the F-Segment luxury market dominated by the Mercedes S Class. It did seem likely when Geely bought Volvo from Ford that they would develop a car at the top end to tempt Chinese buyers in to a Volvo version of the […]

VW Taigun Compact SUV heading for production

Image of front and rear of VW's Taigun compact SUV based on the Up!

*+-The Volkswagen Taigun – a compact SUV based on the VW Up! – is heading for production after VW revealed a concept in 2012, and could be heading for the UK. South America has long had a love affair with little SUVs as the perfect way to negotiate their urban landscapes (there was a Ford EcoSport in […]

Alfa Romeo MiTo Live launches

Photo of Red Alfa Romeo MiTo Live driving on road

*+-Alfa Romeo has launched a limited edition MiTo – the MiTo Live – with a Pioneer App radio and Marmalade ‘Black Box’ Insurance aimed at new drivers. The Alfa Romeo Mito Live is a limited edition Mito designed by Alfa to appeal to new drivers looking for an affordable way to get in to a new car. […]