Andy Russell Motoring editor firstname.lastname@example.org @andyrussellauto Opinion: New plate change still licence to thrill Yesterday, 13:49 Andy Russell It’s an exciting time of year with spring in the air but, more importantly for motoring editor Andy Russell, it’s the new registration plate and Geneva Motor Show. Gallery: Karoq has Skoda’s recipe for success but not Yeti’s standout character Yesterday, 11:30 Andy Russell The Skoda Karoq enters the fray of a crowded and talented compact crossover market – Tom Wiltshire puts it to the test. My First Car: Mini pick-up TLC labour of love Fri, 16:44 Andy Russell This 1966 Mini pick-up was love at first sight for Josephine Stecak but it was a relationship that didn’t always run smoothly. Pictures: Josephine Stecak Gallery: SsangYong Rexton’s winning way to gain ‘street cred’ Thu, 15:33 Andy Russell SsangYong’s biggest challenge is not its vehicles but getting its name know – the all-new Rexton SUV winning 4x4 of the year is a huge boost, says motoring editor Andy Russell. Gallery: On or off-road – Subaru XV takes everything in its stride Wed, 20:44 Andy Russell Subaru claims its new XV compact crossover’s all-wheel-drive system makes it as good on the road as it performs off-road. Will Rimell puts it to the test. Gallery: Volkswagen keeps seven-seat Tiguan Allspace in proportion Wed, 17:47 Andy Russell Creating a seven-seater Tiguan Allspace involved more than just stretching it to fit an extra row of seats, says motoring editor Andy Russell. Opinion: How number could be up for your personalised plate Mon, 07:43 Andy Russell Think you will always ‘own’ your personalised registration plate? It may not be the case so be warned, says motoring editor Andy Russell. My First Car: Ford Ford Taunus restored... then wrecked Mon, 07:42 Andy Russell Motor trade apprentice John Smith faced a serious challenge to bring his first car, a Ford Taunus 12M, up to his standards. But, unfortunately, his labour of love did not last long. Gallery: ‘Scooter boy’ back on two wheels after restoring Lambretta Friday, February 16, 2018 Andy Russell Geoffrey Green is reliving his early ‘scooter boy’ days having bought another Lambretta and lovingly restored it in retirement. Gallery: Little Lexus facelift a smart move Thursday, February 8, 2018 Andy Russell The Lexus CT200h may still be the only premium, compact hybrid hatchback but a facelift may not be enough to freshen its appeal against some all-new,and cheaper, rivals, says motoring editor Andy Russell. Gallery: Opinion: ‘Buzz of sports car beats romance’ Thursday, February 8, 2018 Andy Russell Ahead of Valentine’s Day, unromantic motoring editor Andy Russell asks what would give you the biggest buzz – a passionate kiss or driving a sports car? Gallery: Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain rises to roughing it Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Andy Russell Mercedes-Benz debuts in the soft-roader estate market with its E-Class All-Terrain that’s very capable of taking the rough with the smooth, says motoring editor Andy Russell. My ‘little mouse-shaped’ Fiat 500 ‘Topolino’ Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Andy Russell Ken Crane tells about his 500 A Topolino – a ‘little mouse-shaped’ Fiat which he bought after passing his driving test. Gallery: Models gearing up X-citement factor early this year Friday, February 2, 2018 Andy Russell This is going to be another exciting year for new cars – motoring editor Andy Russell picks out a few of the cars he is looking forward to driving. Opinion: Opinion: Model approach to basic mechanics for fixing things Friday, February 2, 2018 Andy Russell When it comes to working out how things come apart and, more importantly, go back together again, motoring editor Andy Russell puts it down to a passion for model-making. Gallery: Added at-traction of Vauxhall Insigna Country Tourer estate Friday, February 2, 2018 Andy Russell Want a load-lugging, lifestyle 4x4, but an SUV is not your style? Vauxhall’s rugged Insignia Country Tourer could be the answer, says motoring editor Andy Russell. Gallery: My First Car: Standard fare but Minx served me well Friday, February 2, 2018 Andy Russell Not one but two first cars – a 1959 Hillman Minx Series III and a 1953-54 Standard 8 – owned by Clive Dyball and his wife, Margaret. Ex-Army Austin 8 staff car was in the wars! Thursday, January 25, 2018 Andy Russell Richard Clarke bought an ex-Army wartime Austin 8 AP tourer staff car as his first car but it certainly didn’t run with military motoring precision. Bad buy Heralded major rebuild but ended in Triumph Friday, January 19, 2018 Andy Russell Steve Williams was in the dark about the condition of his Triumph Herald, after buying it at night in the rain, but daylight revealed it was a wreck. Opinion: Keeping first MOT test at three years no-brainer Friday, January 19, 2018 Andy Russell So the government backed down on its bid to extend the first MOT on cars to four years this week. That’s a victory for common sense, says motoring editor Andy Russell. WEE 2 Morris 8 big part of life for US Monday, January 15, 2018 Andy Russell Jane Rich’s Morris 8 tourer, nicknamed Wee 2, is still a big part of the family after more than half a century of ownership. Opinion: Red light spells danger – don’t ignore it! Saturday, January 13, 2018 Andy Russell Motoring editor Andy Russell says red-light jumpers have got to stop before their irresonsible driving kills someone. Petrol prices hit three-year high Monday, January 8, 2018 Andy Russell A tank of unleaded fuel now costs nearly £4 more than it did six months ago, and experts predict the price to rise even further. Prized Austin 7 Ruby redeemed itself with double win Friday, January 5, 2018 Andy Russell Roger Coleman rebuilt and restored his brother’s cast-off Austin 7 Ruby which went on to be a winner – after a few mechanical issues. Opinion: Driven by new year’s resolutions all about me! Friday, January 5, 2018 Andy Russell Motoring editor Andy Russell has made three selfishly simple new year’s resolution and already knows which one is most likely not to fall by the wayside. Gallery: Volkswagen’s elegant work of Arteon has premium feel Saturday, December 30, 2017 Andy Russell Volkswagen launches a new assault on the executive express market with its Arteon fastback. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if it is a class act. Little red sports car never a dull drive! Friday, December 22, 2017 Andy Russell Martin Cooper’s litte red sports car had some minors scrapes and lucky escapes before the next owner took it apart and it ended up on the scrapheap. Beetling about in a Morris 8 Series E called ‘Coleoptera’ Saturday, December 16, 2017 Andy Russell Martin Smith christened his first four-wheeled car ‘Coleoptera’ because the Morris 8 Series E looked like a beetle. Opinion: Car’s hi-tech driving aids no substitute for driver’s brain Monday, December 11, 2017 Andy Russell Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out how hi-tech electronic aids make motoring safer but are don’t replace the driver’s brain Opinion: Goodwill to all mankind, drivers and cyclists! Saturday, December 2, 2017 Andy Russell Motoring editor Andy Russell’s seasonal goodwill is already running out for safety-shunning stupid drivers and cyclists.