Seat Leon Cupra 280 DSG

York Press: (7799589)

3:05pm Friday 18th July 2014

A VERY special new contender has just entered the contest for the best hot-hatch crown.

Audi R8 Coupé

York Press: (7826744)

1:34pm Friday 11th July 2014

SO this is it then. My final few days of driving what is essentially the first-generation Audi R8, the supercar that has played such a key role in the German firm's stellar sales path.

Citroen C3 Picasso Exclusive HDi 115

York Press:

1:33pm Friday 11th July 2014

CITROEN has made functional family cars something of a forté in recent years with models like the C4 and Grand C4 Picasso and Berlingo proving to be very popular.

Nissan Qashqai Acenta Premium

York Press: (6529952)

12:36pm Friday 4th July 2014

SUCH WAS the original Qashqai’s success that global sales have continued to increase every year it’s been on sale, defying the expectations and predictions of experts everywhere. The problem is that there isn’t much room for improvement - in sales terms at least.

Alfa Romeo Mito Quadrifoglio Verde

York Press: 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo QV (7480862)

2:33pm Friday 27th June 2014

KEY to the latest quick Mito is the name change; gone is the old familiar ‘Cloverleaf’ tag, replaced by the more flamboyant-sounding ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ name. In truth, it’s the same thing but, like everything else in life, it sounds a lot more impressive in Italian.

Peugeot RCZ R

York Press: (7475557)

2:32pm Friday 27th June 2014

PEUGEOT broke the mould when, four years ago, it unleashed the RCZ. It was my favourite sports car of 2010.

Nissan Leaf

York Press: GREEN MACHINE: The all-electric Nissan Leaf (7410456)

2:30pm Friday 27th June 2014

As York's electric vehicle charging point infrastructure begins to take shape, motoring Editor STEVE NELSON plugs in the second generation all-electric Nissan Leaf.

Peugeot 208 Style

York Press: (6859911)

12:06pm Friday 6th June 2014

THE SUPERMINI market is big business. Since none of them are actually that mini these days they actually make fine all-rounders for single people and young couples, and the number sold every year reflects that.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

York Press: (6529823)

12:05pm Friday 6th June 2014

THERE'S something quite weird about this... I'm driving a muscular Porsche Panamera through an underground car park with a whopping 427bhp under the bonnet and yet all I can hear is the merest of whirring sounds.

Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer Nav 2.0CDTi 4X4

York Press: (6266807)

10:40am Friday 30th May 2014

THERE was a time when cars like Vauxhall's Insignia and the Ford Mondeo did battle as only estates or hatchbacks, tempting company car drivers with heaps of goodies, loads of space for all the paraphernalia that went with the job, a comfortable ride and attractive economy figures.

Audi S1

York Press: Audi S1

2:58pm Friday 23rd May 2014

WILL Audi ever take its foot off the gas?

Audi S3 Saloon

York Press: (5699630)

12:26pm Friday 16th May 2014

FOUR-WHEEL drive, powerful engines and Audi quality have made the S3 a big favourite among motoring enthusiasts.

Infiniti Q50 2.2D Auto Premium

York Press: (4954332)

11:04am Friday 9th May 2014

DRIPPING with technology treats, safe as houses and as good looking as it gets, Infiniti's Q50 is spearheading the company's push into the luxury car sector.

Megane Renaultsport 265

York Press: Megane Renaultsport 265

11:02am Friday 9th May 2014

IT'S the fastest road car ever created by Renault.

SsangYong Rexton W 2.0 EX Auto

York Press: 2014 SsangYong Rexton W (5777264)

11:02am Friday 2nd May 2014

THIS is a major refresh of SsangYong’s workhorse Rexton 4x4, with the firm adding a ‘W’ on the end just so you don’t forget. It remains a conventional 4x4 underpinned by conventional technology and, apparently, that’s the way the buyers like it.

Ford Ka Studio Connect

York Press: (5537194)

1:05pm Friday 25th April 2014

ALONG with more than a million other customers - half of them in the UK - my family owned a Ford Ka.

Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi Connect Plus

York Press: (5487716)

1:03pm Friday 25th April 2014

BOLD as brass and representing a quite radical departure for Kia, the Soul urban crossover stomped into view five years ago as a ever-so-slightly oddball of a car.

Peugeot 308 1.6 THP 156 Feline

York Press: (5533369)

1:01pm Friday 25th April 2014

THE figures don't lie. Most car buyers in the UK looking for a superior quality family hatchback opt for Volkswagen's Golf.

Lexus GS300h Luxury

York Press: Lexus GS300h Luxury

10:39am Friday 18th April 2014

The trouble with previous incarnations of the Lexus GS range was that they were always attractive and exceedingly comfortable but no match for the German class leaders when it came to driving enjoyment.

Infiniti Q70

York Press: www.fmimages.com (5243303)

3:57pm Friday 11th April 2014

Yes, it's classy. Smooth, too, and it provides effortless acceleration with low noise levels and decent economy.

Hyundai i10 1.0SE

York Press: Hyundai i10 1.0SE

11:38am Friday 4th April 2014

SIX years ago I was introduced to what I then described as the best-value city car.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 220 CDI SE

York Press: Mercedes-Benz GLA 220 CDI SE

11:34am Friday 4th April 2014

FIVE-HUNDRED feet beneath the earth's surface, Britain's motoring press was introduced to the latest car from Mercedes-Benz.

Fiat 500L Beats Edition

York Press: 2014 Fiat 500L Beats Edition (4901443)

2:48pm Friday 28th March 2014

The 500L Beats Edition takes the ruggedly smart 500L Trekking and adds a big stereo from the makers of Beats Audio headphones. Imagine Daniel Craig holding a ghetto blaster and you’re along the right lines.

Toyota Land Cruiser

York Press: 140320144968 (4750836)

2:46pm Friday 28th March 2014

BIG is beautiful in the eyes of some beholders. But if big is not your auto bag, look away now.

Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0TSI

York Press: Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0TSI

10:56am Friday 21st March 2014

IT’S a mark of just how far Skoda’s Octavia has come that it is now spoken of in glowing terms in the same breath as more expensive cars from premium manufacturers.

Grand C4 Picasso Exclusive+ HDi 150

York Press: Grand C4 Picasso Exclusive+ HDi 150

10:37am Friday 21st March 2014

FUN, quirky, original and innovative. Think of Citroen and these are the words most associated with the brand.

Nissan Quashqai

York Press: 120320142621 (4591472)

3:00pm Friday 14th March 2014

SUCH WAS the original Qashqai’s success that global sales have continued to increase every year it’s been on sale, defying the expectations and predictions of experts everywhere. The problem is that there isn’t much room for improvement - in sales terms at least.

Toyota Yaris Icon+

York Press: Toyota Yaris Icon+

2:57pm Friday 14th March 2014

IT’S comforting to know you can rely on some things in life.

Hyundai ix35

York Press: Hyundai’s new ix35 is a sensible value-formoney option, oozing cutting-edge styling inside and out and a lengthy equipment list - all from £16,995

12:04pm Friday 7th March 2014

HYUNDAI fared better in the recession than most.

Dacia Logan Mcv Ambiance Tce 90

York Press: The Dacia Logan MCV is an estate car with best-in-class boot capacity and an entry price of only £6,995

12:01pm Friday 7th March 2014

BACK in the dark days of Nicolae Ceausescu’s reign over Communist Romania, the state produced an unlovable “people’s car”.

Honda Civic 16 I-Dtec

York Press: The Honda Civic Tourer has the biggest load space in its class, plus Honda’s “magic seats” to make larger loads easier and quicker to accommodate

11:57am Friday 28th February 2014

FOR a car that’s built to do a job – lugging loads – the new offering from Honda is “much prettier than it should be”.

Suzuki Swift Sz4 4x4

York Press: The Suzuki Swift 4x4’s four-wheel drive system is a simple affair, permanent and fully automatic

11:53am Friday 28th February 2014

IN a world of car park scrapes, flooding, more adventurous leisure activities and potholes, there’s an obvious market for the car makers to wrap us in vehicles more capable of dealing with the demands of 21st century motoring.

Volvo S60 D4 Se Nav

York Press: The Volvo S60 four-door saloon is coupe-like in profile, with a steeply-raked rear screen and rear pillars flowing into the tail-lights

11:50am Friday 28th February 2014

I’ve just had a OMG moment, courtesy of Volvo.

BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport

York Press: The second generation X3 is classier with a more cohesive design

11:32am Friday 7th February 2014

AS the clock ticked towards the new millennium, BMW produced a car that would herald a new direction for several manufacturers.

Ford Fiesta St-2

York Press: The Ford Fiesta ST 2 is simply stunning to look at and is sensational value for money on the road

9:47am Friday 31st January 2014

OVER a cup of coffee with a Ford executive after two days of roadtesting the then barely-off-theproduction line Fiesta ST, I ventured to suggest that this little gem might well be the best new car of 2013.

Renault Captur Dci 90 Dynamique S Medianav

York Press: The distinctive Renault Capture comes in a variety of bold and bright colours

12:05pm Friday 24th January 2014

RENAULT’S Captur has to do more than simply look good to attract the attention of a savvy buying public.

Nissan Qashqai

York Press: The new Nissan Qashqai delivers low costs and first class levels of comfort, refinement, space and safety

12:03pm Friday 24th January 2014

THE outstanding all-New Nissan Qashqai – What Car? magazine’s Car of the Year 2014 – is now available at York retailer Alexanders.

Volvo S60 T6 Awd R-Design Lux Nav

York Press: Volvo S60 T6 Awd R-Design Lux Nav

10:58am Friday 17th January 2014

YOU can now buy a Volvo S60 with class-leading fuel consumption of 72.4 miles per gallon and CO2 emissions of a mere 103 grammes per kilometre.

Mercedes S 500 L Amg Line

York Press: Mercedes S 500 L Amg Line

10:56am Friday 17th January 2014

THERE are no lightbulbs in the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the German company’s flagship uber-limousine.

Citroen C4 Picasso Exclusive E-Hdi 115 Airdream

York Press: The new Citroen C4 Picasso struts its stuff, with a whole lot more to tempt buyers

11:47am Friday 10th January 2014

WITH a new-found sophistication, more appealing style and muchimproved ride, Citroen is taking its prowess with people-carriers to a new level.

Mini John Cooper Works Paceman

York Press: The John Cooper Works version looks wicked in its black and red paintwork with what looks like Satan’s fork etched on the bonnet

10:40am Friday 3rd January 2014

IT’S worth reminding ourselves just how the Mini choice has grown since BMW took the reins, because long gone are the days when buying one was a simple affair, with just one body style to choose from.

Mazda3 Skyactic-G Se-L Nav

York Press: The new Mazda3 is a game-changer which easily matches, if not betters, its two main rivals, the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf

10:38am Friday 3rd January 2014

UP until last month I had always thought of the Mazda3 as an alsoran when compared with the classleading Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDi AMG Sport Coupe

York Press: Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDi AMG Sport Coupe

1:22pm Friday 20th December 2013

THE coupe is the forte of Mercedes- Benz. The German firm has been making very, very good versions for a long, long time.

Jaguar F-Type V6

York Press: Jaguar F-Type V6

1:21pm Friday 20th December 2013

VERY fast, very loud and very eyecatching...

Audi RS Q3

York Press: The RS Q3, the smoothie of the two new Audis, with a thrilling run of speed

1:12pm Friday 6th December 2013

Fast cars have long been a staple of the Audi range, but until recently its smaller sports utility vehicles had been all about comfort and competence rather than performance.

Mercedes-Benz Cla 180 Amg Sport

York Press: Mercedes has got the mix of style and substance just right with the CLA 180 AMG Sport

10:35am Friday 29th November 2013

THOSE with style uppermost in their minds when scouring for a premium-brand compact executive car need to take a look at the CLA AMG Sport offering from Mercedes- Benz.

Suzuki Sx4 S-Cross

York Press: Suzuki Sx4 S-Cross

10:55am Friday 22nd November 2013

THE middle ground is so often the territory that car-buyers head for.

Nissan Leaf

York Press: There are still nagging doubts about the all-electric Nissan Leaf

10:50am Friday 22nd November 2013

As York’s charging point infrastructure begins to take shape, motoring Editor STEVE NELSON plugs in the secondgeneration all-electric Nissan Leaf.

Porsche Cayenne Diesel S

York Press: The sharper-looking Porsche Diesel S drives even better and will appeal to those who want THAT badge on their bonnet

3:50pm Friday 15th November 2013

THE second generation Cayenne was the coming of age for Porsche’s SUV, answering the critics of the original car and earning respect even from those who saw such a vehicle as going against the sporting ethos of the brand.

Subaru BRZ

York Press: The Subaru BRZ has been designed with driving fun at its core

11:23am Friday 8th November 2013

SUBARU has long had a strong fan base in the UK among lovers of performance cars.



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