A once mighty pioneering force in the automotive world, Lancia now languishes in the bottom left “low-low” quadrant of Fiat Chrysler’s Boston Matrix awaiting an uncertain future. Stewart Longhurst takes a look at the marque’s history and visits Thornley Kelham, a modern business that is keeping Lancia alive with theirContinue Reading

The chief vehicle dynamics engineer told us that he and his team referred to the Jaguar F-PACE SVR as ‘The Magnificent Beast’, which is quite the boast, eh? Absolutely bloody accurate though. But let’s wind back a bit. Regulars readers will know that I’m not the greatest SUV fan inContinue Reading

The original Audi TT was a style icon when it launched in 1998. Chris Pickering investigates whether the latest version capture the same magic. There’s an unwritten rule about concept cars. Those that get wheeled out to rapturous applause at motor shows very rarely make it into production. And thoseContinue Reading

The Volkswagen Amarok V6 is a case study in how an unavoidably compromised vehicle can nonetheless be an utterly beguiling companion; even though the Mercedes X-Class V6 is the more refined vehicle – and the Toyota Hilux AT37 would be the better buy if you need more off-road ability thanContinue Reading

The Aston Martin DB11 Volante bucks the rulebook with a grand tourer that works best with the roof down, says Chris Pickering. Does it get any better than this? Cruising through the Cotswolds with the crackle of the DB11 Volante’s V8 ricocheting off the dry stone walls and the lastContinue Reading

Goodwood is synonymous with horse racing, historic motorsport and a summertime motoring festival but does its reputation for exclusivity and privilege extend beyond its flagship events?  Looking for a birthday weekend away with his wife, Stewart Longhurst decided to find out. If you’re seeking weekend destinations steeped in automotive culture,Continue Reading

The Vignale is Ford’s premium trim level; think Ghia for the 21st century. More exclusive than that though, although not for the reasons the European planners imagined; aimed at well-heeled folk with a fondness for the Blue Oval, most prefer their premium daily driver to be more Germanic than TOWIE.Continue Reading

The KODIAQ is Skoda’s answer to the seven-seat SUV question that British families seem obsessed with asking. Forget the fact that almost everyone would be better in an estate like the Volvo V60; the middle-classes seem to prefer the feeling of superiority that comes with an elevated driving position. Yet,Continue Reading

Whether for the love of motoring or the love of money, the virtues of buying a specialist car are manifold. Barnaby Dracup finds out what’s hot and what’s not in the supercar market. The freedom of the open road in the car of their desires is surely every motoring enthusiast’sContinue Reading