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Thursday, February 16, 2017
The 20th anniversary crash test between the old Rover 100, bottom, and modern Honda Jazz. Picture: Thatcham Research

Since the Euro NCAP crash tests began 20 years ago, shaking up the way car-makers look at safety, more that 182,000 deaths and serious injuries have been avoided.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Lings Norfolk Triumph wins outstanding dealer of the year, left to right, Paul Lilley, Triumph Motorcycles UK, Chris Bullions of Lings, Lings Triumph brand manager Bob Brennan, Lings Norfolk Triumph branch manager Scott Lock and Bruno Tagliaferri, of Triumph Motorcycles UK. Picture supplied by Triumph

Lings Motor Group’s motorcycle dealerships in Norfolk and Suffolk are celebrating winning top awards from Triumph and Honda.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
IAM Roadsmart wants the drink-drive alcohol limit in England and Wales lowered to the same level as Scotland. Picture: IAM Roadsmart

A new call to lower the UK drink-drive limit in England and Wales has been made after the latest figures for alcohol-related road crashes.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Tomtom's Trucker sat nav diverts lorries, trucks and vans away from unsuitable roads. Picture: TomTom

Would you cross a field in flip-flops rather than wellies because they are made of rubber? Now councils want lorries to be forced to use special sat-nav devices to avoid unsuitable routes, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
New Ford Fiesta range moves upmarket. Picture: Ford

Looking to change your car this year? There are some spectacular new model launches for big-selling, favourites lined up for 2017. Motoring editor Andy Russell picks out a dozen models that will be driving desirability.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Best of British – Jaguar Land Rover is the biggest car producer in the domestic market. Picture: Jaguar Land Rover

British company Jaguar Land Rover produced three in every 10 vehicles built in the UK last year.

Friday, January 27, 2017
Volkswagen's new heated Climate Windscreen will be welcome on frosty mornings. Picture: Supplied

With drivers tackling frosty car windscreens with de-icer sprays and scrapers at this time of year, Volkswagen has released a clever new heated windscreen that doesn’t need the use of filament wires.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
New, third-generation Hyundai i30i30 goes on sale March 1. Picture: Hyundai

The i30 hatchback sowed the seeds of Hyundai’s success story and now the third-generation aims to build on that when it goes on sale on March 1.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Volkswagen Golf was best-selling car in Europe again last year.

One in four new cars sold in Europe last year was a sport utility vehicle as the car industry boomed with registrations totalling 15.14 million.

New car road tests

Gallery: First drive: Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi 177

Thursday, February 16, 2017
New 177PS 2.0-litre turbo diesel gives Nissan X-Trail more pull for towing duties. Pictures: Nissan

The Nissan X-Trail’s new diesel engine should give it even more off-road credibility. Andrew Evans finds out if that is the case.

Gallery: Test drive: Renault Scenic

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Renault's revolutionary new five-seat Scenic rewrites the MPV rulebook  it looks stunning with 20in wheels, is family friendly and rewarding to drive. Pictures: Renault

Renault has rewritten the compact MPV rulebook again with its new Scenic – hi-tech, family-friendly and vastly versatile. Motoring editor Andy Russell is also hugely impressed.

Gallery: Test drive: Suzuki Ignis

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Compact SUV or rugged city car � Suzuki Ignis straddles different classes but there�s no disputing it�s a roomy little rascal with a sense of fun. Pictures: Suzuki

Suzuki’s small car know-how and four-wheel drive expertise make the revived Ignis as much fun to drive and live with as it looks, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery: First Drive: BMW 5 Series

Sunday, February 12, 2017
New Registration supplement pix

The new BMW 5 Series has a lot of expectation riding on it. The outgoing car was immensely popular, so has the new one done enough to eclipse this? Darren Cassey finds out.

Gallery: Test drive: Peugeot 3008

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Peugeot 3008 has grown into a stylish SUV with the technology and practical features to make it a serious contender in this sector. Pictures: Peugeot

Peugeot’s stylish new 3008 SUV has got off to a winning start – and it’s not difficult to see why, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery: Test drive: Fiat Tipo

Friday, February 3, 2017
Fiat Tipo has a good balance between ride and roadholding. Picture: Fiat

Fiat has brought back the Tipo, in hatchback and estate guise, with class-leading space, lots of kit and good pricing making it an attractive value package, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery: Test drive: Isuzu D-Max AT35

Friday, February 3, 2017
When the going gets tough – the Isuzu D-Max AT35 pick-up is extremely capable off-road but also drives well on road. Pictures: Hammond Isuzu

Arctic Trucks has taken Isuzu’s D-Max pick-up to extremes, re-engineering it to tackle the most remote places in the world. Motoring editor Andy Russell climbs aboard.

Gallery: First drive: Skoda Kodiaq

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Kodiaq is a double first for Skoda – a large SUV with the option of seven seats made even more tempting by attractive pricing. Picture: Skoda

The Skoda Kodiaq is the first large SUV to be produced by the Czech manufacturer. Jack Evans gets behind the wheel to see how it measures up.

Gallery: Road test: Audi A4 allroad quattro

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Audi A4 allroad quattro is as happy getting its tyres dirty as munching motorway miles. Picture: Audi

If you want to venture off road but don’t want an SUV, then Audi’s soft-roader allroad estate fits the bill, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery: First Drive: Infiniti Q60

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Infiniti has turned the underpinnings of the Q50 saloon into the head-turning Q60 coupe. Pictures: Infiniti

The Q60 coupe is a completely new model from Infiniti but can it help push the brand in the right direction? Andrew Evans finds out.

My first car

My First Car: Zastava Yugo

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Susan Williams had a Zastava Yugo as her first car which had a habit of stopping for no apparent reason. Picture: supplied

Susan Williams

My First Car: American Studebaker

Friday, February 10, 2017
David Duggan with his 3.8-Litre American Studebaker on the base in Germany. Picture: supplied

David Duggan found switching from right to left-hand drive tricky when stationed in Germany but then fell for the charms of a large, American Studebaker.

Steve Firman had a bit of a bump in his Fiat Punto. Picture: Steve Firman

After being left feeling flat, then denting his pride along with Penny his Fiat Punto, Stephen Firman saved her from being written off and kept her on the road.

My First Car: Nissan Micra

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Judith Palmer called her Nissan Micra Wave 'Mo' because the car was M registration and an 'old lady'. Picture: Judith Palmer

Judith Palmer learned to drive in her Nissan Micra called Mo who became her motoring companion to music festivals and gigs.

My First Car: Morris Minor Traveller

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Frank and Christine Kelly with their Morris Traveller in 1971. Picture: supplied

Engineer Frank Kelly became a dab hand at modifying his Moggy Traveller but the performance didn’t always live up to the speedometer.

Gallery: My First Car: Bertone X1/9

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Guy and Claire Ransom with the Bertone X1/9 they have ownee since 1990. Picture supplied by Guy Ransom

Guy Ransom bought his Bertone X1/9 in 1990 and this ‘bella’ Italian sports car is still a big part of his and wife Claire’s lives.

My First Car: Bond Minicar

Friday, December 30, 2016
David Fairhead with his three-wheeler Bond Minicar which he could drive on a motorcycle licence. Picture supplied by David Fairhead.

David Fairhead tells of his adventures in a Bond Minicar which he and his wife bought as warmer transport than a motorbike.

My First Car: Dodge sedan

Friday, December 23, 2016
Was that a strange noise – No it is just fine. The 1951 Dodge proved reliable travelling across America apart from tyres and a dodgy dynamo at journey’s end. Picture: Barry Shackcloth

Barry Shackcloth bought a 1951 Dodge with fellow students and travelled across America for a spell of California Dreamin’.

My First Car: Morris Marina

Sunday, December 18, 2016
A Morris Marina saloon similar to Howard Read’s first car – reliability was not a strongpoint.

Howard Read’s Morris Marina broke down the first time he drove it. It turned out be the norm for the next 20 months.

My First Car: Rover 10

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Michael Sibley’s 1931 Rover 10 saloon with his wife, Gill, sitting on the bonnet.

Michael Sibley recalls his 1931 Rover 10 saloon and the days when maintenance and repairs were simple... but frequent.

My First Car: Morris 8

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Bing Boast with his first car,  a 1938 Morris 8 Series II.

Bing Boast tells of the first in his line of 37 cars – a 1938 Morris 8 – in the days when you could do DIY maintenance and repairs.

Malcolm Ireson and his wife, Yvonne, had a Renault 8.3HP as their first car which needed some planning to stop.

Malcolm Ireson tells to fashioning a handbrake for his Renault 8.3HP to keep it on the road when the MOT test was introduced.

Mr First Car: Bit of a nut allergy!

Sunday, November 13, 2016
Graham Curtis bought a rare Ford Consul Capri GT, similar to this one, as his first car but it looked better than it drove.

Graham Curtis fell for the looks of a rare Ford Consul Capri GT but trouble lay ahead.

Lizzy Siswick needed a little help from her friends to get to work most mornings... to push-start her Mini called Spearmint.

This Mark II Ford Escort, pictured with his future wife Tessa, was the first car Stuart Miles owned.

Stuart Miles learned to drive in his first car, a Mark II Ford Escort, which he acquired from his father and then gave it the ‘boy racer’ treatment.

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