Tag: FEATURES

BEETLE BACK

BEETLE BACK

The original 1949 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet is a car recognised the world over. The ‘Bug’ needs no introduction. Here we had a fantastically original design that captured the heart of 330,000 buyers in its 31-year lifespan. Its success lay in great styling that essentially followed the car’s function, and good […]

Flying BRIT

Flying BRIT

JAGUAR Land Rover is experiencing a renaissance. The British company, owned by India’s Tata, is flying high with healthy sales and new market shares. The success is all down to new, thoroughly thought-out products that have replaced the dated ones. “We are hugely ambitious at the moment in case you […]

THE LONG WAY HOME

THE LONG WAY HOME

WE’RE travelling from Lisbon to London covering some 1,400 miles through Portugal, Spain and France. It is a mighty big road trip and the weather is adding further challenges in some higher altitudes en-route. As we depart Lisbon news comes that the Pyrenees, in particular, is experiencing some extreme weather […]

ESTATE MANAGEMENT

ESTATE MANAGEMENT

ESTATES are having a bit of a moment. Gone are the days when they were associated with big families and practical, grown-up driving. Today’s estate car is the choice of dynamic sporty types, you know, the handsome couple with chiselled chins, yoga-toned bodies and ski tan complexions – the sort […]

FRONT-ROW CENTRE

FRONT-ROW CENTRE

I RECEIVED a rather unusual invitation just after Christmas. BMW called to see if I’d be interested in going along to the Richard James show as part of London menswear fashion week. Intrigued – and being a big fan of the Savile Row designer despite the lack of any women’s clothing […]

CLEANING UP

CLEANING UP

THE MARKET for all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles is growing. Hybrid cars, in particular, make sense. With full electric mobility you’re always going to be in fear of running out of energy mid journey, in some remote country lane without a plug in sight. Range anxiety has hindered the popularity of […]

FOUR-RINGED FUTURE

FOUR-RINGED FUTURE

A 4AM START on a Monday morning is never pleasant proposition. As the Audi A8 picks me up to take me to Heathrow, I mull over the day ahead. Not much has been said about this fleeting visit to Munich, only that I’ll be taken behind the scenes at Audi […]

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

WE’VE BEEN driving for over an hour on uphill dirt tracks through the Atlas Mountains. A gentle blow of red dust occasionally disrupts the crystal clear air. Sitting high and comfortably in our air-conditioned cabin we watch in silence as the dramatic Moroccan landscape unfolds before us. This North African […]

A PERFECT MATCH

A PERFECT MATCH

THE VOLKSWAGEN Golf is arguably one of the most iconic of modern cars. This is a automobile that is genuinely democratic – it is almost classless, hovering across various layers of society. It is a car without borders. Customers include the young and the old, the rich and the not […]

ONE SHOT WONDER

ONE SHOT WONDER

We are driving through Tuscany, deep in Chianti land. The purpose of this fleeting visit, however, isn’t to admire the vines and sample the wine, but to road test the new CLS Shooting Brake. Mercedes-Benz’s latest product is an estate adaptation of the four-door CLS coupe. It is handsome, distinguished […]