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GOLF EIGHT

The Golf has had one of the best records in the motor trade history, alongside the likes of the Ford Fiesta and BMW 3-Series, where the name has remained the same for many years. Keep Reading

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The Honda e

It was along to Amber Lakes near Windsor in Berkshire for the press launch of the new Honda e. This was the first new car event for many months, since March, so was great to be back. Honda UK took extra safety measures to keep all the journalists safe and well. One of these was instead of the press conference in a room, they changed with convention and we all sat in our allocated and sanitised cars and watch the presentation on technology, specification etc in the cars with the sound coming from the radios speakers. Keep Reading

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BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe 220d

When the Gran Coupe was delivered, it was parked outside my house, and all I could see was the side profile. I said to the delivery driver, that I was expecting a BMW, she said, it is a BMW. Walking to the front of the car it became blindingly obvious it truly was a BMW, but from the side, it really didn't look like it. Keep Reading

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Formula 1 does COVID

It may be the most technologically advanced sport in the world, but even Formula 1 has had to resort to face masks and traditional PPE in the preparations for the various Grand Prix, now that the season has restarted. Keep Reading

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McLaren 720S

On the press launch, we were each allocated a car, mine was bright blue, you press the unlock button on the key-fob, walk up to the unlocked car, and with a swagger in your walk go to open the door. After a very embarrassing two minutes looking for the door handle, you have to walk back to the office and ask a member of the McLaren staff how to get in it. They walk back with you, with not quite the swagger you had five minutes ago. They show you the button, quite obvious when you know where it is. Keep Reading

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MOKE

The Morris and Austin Mini Moke were designed originally to be used by the military and go head-to-head against the likes of Land Rover and JEEP. The intention was good, but unfortunately it was a complete disaster for many reasons. The main, crucial one being it did not have enough ground clearance, plus was not originally available with four wheel drive. To overcome this inability to go across rough terrain the manufacturer added another engine in the rear. However, the dye was cast and the Moke very nearly got withdrawn. Keep Reading

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Isuzu D-MAX

Isuzu is a rare automotive company. They only make trucks, no cars, just trucks of varying sizes, and because they only know how to make a truck, and don’t have to share components with cars, like some other manufacturers have to, then everything is ‘over-engineered’ made to last, and be capable of anything asked of it. The D-MAX has been on the market since 2002 and since then has been improved, and improved constantly. Keep Reading

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Land Rover deploys in Covid fight

“This unprecedented global health emergency requires us all to pull together. As part of the British Red Cross response to coronavirus, we’re delving deep into the heart of communities across the UK to help strengthen support for the most vulnerable people through delivering essential food parcels and medicines to those unable to get out.” Keep Reading

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First Driving Impressions DS 3 Crossback

The DS3 was first introduced in 2009, and designed by Mark Lloyd, with badges on it. The Citroen DS ran from 2009 until 2016, and then the Citroen Chevron badges were ceremoniously removed, and the DS Logo took its place. But getting people to accept the fact that it is no longer a Citroen is not as easy as was first thought. And to give an example, my 6 year old grandson, said he wanted a ride in the Citroen, I said it was a DS, then he said, he had a hot wheels DS3, and that was a Citroen, so I had to explain to him, but he wasn’t impressed. Keep Reading

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