Tag: FEATURES

ART AND SCIENCE

ART AND SCIENCE

Art and commerce are a good mix – one brings in the creative edge, the other the money. It isn’t always a glorious success though. Some of the ‘art cars’, whereby a famous artist is hired to paint a car, generally tend to be a bit random, a bit flat. […]

PERFORMANCE MEETS ART

PERFORMANCE MEETS ART

A little while ago I was asked to host an event at the prestigious McLaren Automotive showroom on One Hyde Park. This being the home to many an oligarch, I was a little apprehensive: Would my nerves get the better of me and, more crucially, what shall I wear! I […]

TWIZLE STICK

TWIZLE STICK

I’m in IBIZA, Europe’s party island with its contrast of untouched innocence and high style, of chilled out bohemia and hard core partying; a brave location to launch a new concept in mobility – perhaps. The marketing guys at Renault, it seems, had the right idea to carry out the […]

NOT JUST FOR BOYS

NOT JUST FOR BOYS

Think Porsche and inevitably the name 911 comes to mind. Yes the German carmaker has expanded its core product range – sports cars that are essentially derivatives of the 911 – but neither the sports-utility Cayenne, nor the four-door Panamera quite represents the brand in the way the 911 does. […]

SOME LUXURY

SOME LUXURY

We are in southern Spain, the weather is that lovely early spring glow and it is bright and sunny – in other words the perfect setting to test the new Mercedes-Benz SL convertible. There is this assumption that open-top cars like the SL are chic cars. To me the smaller, […]

ELECTRIC WHIZZ

ELECTRIC WHIZZ

What is it about the timeless appeal of the scooter? The image is at once cool and carefree, and depending on the make of scooter, fantastically retro. A pastel coloured Vespa, for instance, cannot help but bring to mind images of Rome in the 60s, of Roman Holiday the Hollywood […]

EMERGING TALENT

EMERGING TALENT

Back in 2008, Nissan made the brave decision to introduce its premium brand Infiniti to the European market. The cars had been sold in the US for over a decade, but few of us here had even heard of the name. The cars were introduced gradually to key European countries […]

ALL IN GOOD TASTE

ALL IN GOOD TASTE

A new restaurant has opened up in our neighbourhood that has clearly identified a lucrative captive local market. These are families in their late 30s and 40s who have small kids,are young enough to still want to have fun, yet in the age bracket that has surplus income to do […]

SKODA TO GO

SKODA TO GO

“This is the biggest growing segment in Europe,” notes Jurgen Stackmann enthusiastically over dinner. He should know being on the board of directors in charge of sales marketing at Skoda, the Volkswagen-owned Czech brand. Stackmann is referring to this new A0 grouping of entry-level small cars that his firm’s new […]

LANGUAGE OF DESIGN

LANGUAGE OF DESIGN

Some critics have been a little harsh on Audi lately. They say the German premium carmaker is acting a bit like a sausage factory churning out near identical models that can only be distinguished by their size. Audi has in recent years worked hard to create a strong design language […]