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At its launch 40 years ago, few could have predicted the impact the Audi Quattro would go on to have on the automotive world. Dan Prosser recalls this pivotal moment in Audi’s history.
It is 30 years since Lexus arrived on the scene and changed the shape of the luxury car market, particularly in the US. Lewis Kingston examines how the brand came to be.
There are plenty of good cars you can buy for less than £1,000 in 2020. If you’re looking for a used car bargain, here are a few solid options.
Fiat, the Italian car maker, has been in business for 120 years. To mark the occasion, Lewis Kingston remembers some of its greatest cars, including the 500 and Panda.
The Honda Integra Type-R is regarded as one of the best front-wheel-drive cars ever made. But what’s it like to own one? James Mills reports.
A used Subaru Forester can make for a tough, reliable and affordable four-wheel-drive car to get you through the winter months. In fact, reckons Matt Joy, it’s the best possible tool for the job.
It is no secret that cars depreciate in value over time. So how has the BMW 1 Series M Coupe bucked that trend? Dan Prosser investigates, as well as finding three other models that have been impressively resistant to depreciation.
The Toyota GT86 has won many fans for being simple, affordable and great to drive – but it is far from the first sports coupe to adhere to this formula.
Not all classic cars cost a fortune to buy and run, as Alex Robbins discovered when he tracked down a charming Peugeot 205.
Look beneath the surface and you’ll find some striking similarities between the overlooked Mitsubishi 3000 GT and the modern Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe, says Lewis Kingston.
With a plethora of BMW M-powered icons to choose from is it really possible to define the ultimate BMW Motorsport machine?
Did you hear the one about the old Skoda? Alex Robbins gets acquainted with a 1991 Rapid 135 Coupe to see if the laughs were really justified.
Two decades after production of the Honda S2000 came to an end, Lewis Kingston looks back at what remains a fun and fascinating sports car.
With cute retro styling, entertaining handling and an innate sense of fun does the first of the BMW MINIs have what it takes to be a future classic?
What it lacks in excitement the Toyota Prius makes up for with clever engineering and a forward-thinking approach. Here’s how it’s developed over the years.
As the Land Rover Discovery turns 30, Lewis Kingston looks back at how it came to be and its role alongside models such as the Defender and Range Rover.
It is entirely possible to buy a used Porsche for the price of a new VW Polo, but should you do it? Brett Fraser did – and here he explains why.
While you might not readily associate an old Triumph with the all-conquering BMW 5 Series, there are plenty of design and engineering themes that connect the two, says Lewis Kingston.
Meet the pocket rockets: they might not have the power of a hot hatch, but they that can still be just as much fun to drive. Dan Prosser charts how they have evolved.
The Ferrari 348 made its debut at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show. Three decades on, it makes for an intriguing used buy, says Lewis Kingston.
It’s not just modern cars that are benefitting from battery power – there’s now also a growing number of classic cars being converted to electric running. So what would be your perfect electric classic?
The original BMW 8 Series was a car that never quite realised its potential. Alex Robbins investigates whether it’s time might have finally come.
As Nissan celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary GT-R, Lewis Kingston looks back to how it all began with the 59bhp Skyline.
As well as being brilliantly capable off road, the Land Rover Defender is a truly classless car. Qualities that are equally as evident in the first generation of Subaru Forester.
Say the day has finally arrived to turn that dream car into a reality. Dan Trent chooses five contenders, from a British-built off-roader to thoroughbred Italian supercars. Are any of them on your ‘one day’ list?
In 1999 Audi unveiled its vision of the future – a distinctive city car called the A2. So advanced was its construction and packaging that it still stands out two decades later.
A chance encounter with a very special Ford Capri 2.8 Injection takes Alex Robbins back to his first automotive love.
When Mazda launched the MX-5 it regarded it as a bit of a gamble. More than 1.2 million cars later, it was obviously worth the risk.
It is now 20 years since BMW launched the original, genre-defining X5. Lewis Kingston explores how it came to be.
There are countless famous scenes in movies where the car is as much a star as any flesh and blood actor. We’ve chosen six you can buy now to give your daily drive a little star quality.
According to Peugeot, its 3008 Hybrid4 of 2010 was the world’s first diesel-electric car. However, Lewis Kingston believes that title belongs to little-known Audi.
Dan Prosser charts the evolution of the super-saloon – a category of car that is about so much more than just the BMW M5.
For more than 40 years and through seven generations the BMW 3 Series has been at the top of its class with global sales topping 15 million examples. Here’s our guide to the 3 Series bloodline.
We have already plotted the evolution of the hot hatch, right the way from VW Golf GTI Mk1 to the current Ford Fiesta ST. This time, it’s the turn of the super-hatch.
After 80 years in production and more than 23 million cars sold, it is time to bid farewell to the amazing Volkswagen Beetle. Kyle Fortune explains what made it so popular.
The Mazda MX-5 is a hugely popular roadster, but it was far from the first of its kind. In fact, it drew much inspiration from classic British sports cars of the past, as Lewis Kingston explains.
As the Honda NSX turns 30, does it still feel as extraordinary as it once did? Or have today’s more powerful, more usable supercars taken the shine off what once made it so special? We’ve got an afternoon in Northern France with one to find out.
Dan Prosser tells the story of the evolution of the hot hatch – and the legendary machines that pioneered, redefined and innovated in this most exciting class of car.
Do you think the Range Rover was the world’s first luxury off-roader? Then think again, says Lewis Kingston…
The arrival of a new Porsche 911 is always major news in the automotive world, not least because it signifies the continuation of a car that first appeared in 1963. Common to all is an unconventional rear-engined layout, excellent performance, and admirable practicality for a thoroughbred sports car. In this article we are going to…
A grand tourer, by definition, is a high-performance luxury car that can effortlessly cover vast distances at speed. Unsurprisingly, as a result, many GT manufacturers have adopted technologies that can ease the process of driving a high-performance car for extended periods. Continue reading >>>
Despite being too young to experience a Honda Integra Type R when they were new, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect when, several years later, the chance arose to try one. Continue reading >>>
Sinking into the Ford Escort Cosworth’s soft, garishly decorated seats, the first thing you notice is that wing staring back at you in the rear-view mirror. It’s as dominating, as obstructive and as utterly brilliant as you always knew it would be. Continue reading >>>
If you were to draw up a list of the world’s most famous cars, it would almost certainly feature James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. First introduced in Goldfinger (1964) and later reappearing in other Bond films including GoldenEye (1995), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), the gadget-laden DB5 is synonymous with 007, as well as being…
When Land Rover invited us to help celebrate its 70th anniversary, there was one particular car we were desperate to ride in. Continue reading >>>
The Audi A2 of 1999 and BMW i3 of 2014 are two cars that on paper appear to be fundamentally different. For a start they are built by competing firms, but even more basic than that is their method of propulsion: internal combustion for the A2 versus battery electric for the i3. Continue reading >>>
There are many impressive aspects to the way BMW has handled the relaunch of the Mini – sorry MINI – brand, but perhaps most amazing of all is that it never seems to run out of ideas. Continue reading >>>
When Mercedes-Benz pulled the wraps off its all-new, fourth-generation A-Class earlier this year the story was all about its revolutionary interior. For here is a small executive car with the technology and appearance to match the world’s best luxury motors. Continue reading >>>
If you’ve spent the past few days looking at that strange yellow ball in the sky and wondering if life might not be better behind the wheel of a convertible you are not alone. But what kind of drop-top should you buy? Continue reading >>>
It is difficult to overstate the importance of the original Ford Focus. For starters it replaced the Escort, which although somewhat stale by the late 1990s, was still one of the most recognisable cars on the road. Not only that, but the Focus was Ford’s entry into the hugely popular family car segment, a true…
Learning to drive these days must be so easy. Sure, the roads are more congested than ever and, yeah OK, the test itself is considerably tougher. But in modern cars almost everything is power assisted or automated or connected or, you know, reliable, which in turn removes much of the challenge. Continue reading >>>
When talk turns to investing in cars one tends to think of barn find Jaguars or Ferraris polished to within an inch of their life. However, it is perfectly possible to buy a car that has a chance of increasing in value without needing a huge stack of bank notes to start with. That’s where…
The Toyota Land Cruiser, with more than 50 years of history, remains one of the best-looking SUVs on the road. Maybe that statement doesn’t include the most modern versions, but the classic Land Cruisers, up to model year 2007, were commanding and exotic. Bulky but grand. Stately and grandiose. The early ones, as in the 1960 through…
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