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When carmakers decide on the outlines of their latest models, writes Iain Robertson, they seldom admit to ‘errors’, yet Kia, a brand that seems almost gleeful to buck trends and alter preconceptions, created a car by virtual happenstance.
From its first tentative steps, aided by Porsche and a rallying past that had been stellar, writes Iain Robertson, Audi pursued high-power dependability as its ‘cause celebre’ that it has ring-fenced judiciously to ensure that its halo remains untarnished.
As one of the elder statesmen of the oriental fold, reports Iain Robertson, the decades old Corolla is a mass-market badge that has seldom excited but has fitted timely, comfortably and, for Toyota, fruitfully into its world-leading range of models.
If you have ever wondered why the ‘BBC Top Gear’ team ever named their voiceless test driving professional ‘The Stig’, writes Iain Robertson, then you can find out yourself, if you attend the Silverstone Classic event between 26th-28th July 2019.
Owned and engineered by BMW and possessing more motoring clichés than might be healthy, highlights Iain Robertson, it is easy to be cynical about the latest Mini EV but I have to admit that, even at £27,900 (list price), it looks kind of ‘cute’!
There was a time, recalls Iain Robertson, when Ford Motor Company was deeply entrenched in motorsports and reflected its involvement in celebratory versions of its road cars, now a rarity for the American carmaker, although Renault has taken over.
Amazingly, this is the third generation of the ground-breaking Kia Soul, which was in the vanguard of all-electric motorcars in 2014, writes Iain Robertson, and which has been writing the rule book for EVs ever since, growing its range from 93 to 243 miles.
Unlike its former stablemate, Rolls-Royce, at least Bentley can claim that it still designs, develops and produces complete cars in the UK, highlights Iain Robertson, as the brand established a new production class hillclimb record in Colorado, USA.
Featuring an array of upgraded technologies, the Navara is top of the class in the pick-up truck sector, states Iain Robertson, supported by an industry-leading, pan-European 5 years/100,000-miles warranty as part of a compelling proposition.
Having tested an automatic gearbox version of this car earlier this year, Iain Robertson was keen to put the manual alternative through its paces and he states categorically that there is no better car/engine combo for modern motoring needs.
While having been left ‘unmoved’ by the basic Ford Focus, reports Iain Robertson, the significantly more focused ST variant continues a positive stance, from where the previous generation car left off and the news is mostly good, which is a relief.
Adopting a ‘better-late-than-never’ stance for its all-new compact crossover, writes Iain Robertson, Ford Motor Company is hoping that its fresh focus on future products, notably of SUVs, will offset the negativity of 12,000 pan-European job losses.
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