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Think it’s difficult to use less fuel? Two record-breakers share their simple tips for how to boost MPG every time you drive.

The Land Rover Discovery sport utility vehicle was overall winner in The Caravan Club Towcar of the Year contest with the HSE LUX model also taking the more than £50,000 class winner and all-wheel drive more than 1,800kg categories.

It was pulling power to the fore, both towing ability and meeting the needs of caravanners, at the industry’s most prestigious towcar competition with a haul of awards awaiting the winners.

This 'Grizzly' Sherman tank is expected to sell for £150,000 to £200,000 at auction this month.

It’s not your usual set of ‘wheels’ at auction but bidders can secure their very own Second World War tank when a ‘Grizzly’ Sherman model comes up for auction later this month.

Faulty and badly-worn tyres are a major factor in many crashes in which people are killed or seriously injured.

Your car is not immune to faults that could put your life at risk, as well as those of your family and friends.

Road safety charity Brake claims some local councils fail to introduce lower speed limits because of cost implications.

The government needs to remove unnecessary red tape that is preventing lower speed limits that will help save the lives of pedestrians and cyclists.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Mercedes-AMG GT is the new flagship two-seater coupe of the high-performance line-up.

You can have a blast in some of the most potent high-performance cars on the road and help charity at the same time at Mercedes-Benz of Ipswich’s AMG event on Saturday, October 10.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
SsangYong Tivoli compact sport utility vehicle is now also offered with diesel power and will also be available with four-wheel drive.

The contemporary SsangYong Tivoli, which arrived in petrol engine form this summer and quickly began to make its mark in the compact sport utility vehicle segment of the market, has now been joined by an all-new 1.6-litre turbo diesel.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
A Nissan Leaf electric vehicle was driven from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back again over two days using only publicly-available charging points.

Two electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts have completed the epic journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back again – for free – in an all-electric Nissan Leaf.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Kia's latest cee'd and pro_cee'd models feature new styling, engines and chassis settings.

Kia’s European-designed, European-engineered and European-made cee’d family has undergone a host of advancements.

New car road tests

Classy Kadjar takes Renault in the mid-size crossover market where is has the looks, kit, space and driving appeal to succeed.

Renault aims to build on its crossover success with the mid-size Kadjar, joining the smaller Captur. While it shares much with alliance partner Nissan’s market-leading Qashqai, this new Renault oozes character and style, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

New A4 is better in every department which makes this cornerstone of the Audi range an impressive all-rounder.

Its key rivals have been upgraded or are brand new, so it’s time for the latest-generation Audi A4 to take a bow, says Matt Joy.

Fine Ford Mondeo shines even brighter

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Mondeo is one of the finest cars Ford has ever built and you appreciate that more with fewer on the road due to downsizing.

Private buyers and fleets down-sizing to smaller cars mean the Ford Mondeo is not as common as it was on our roads but motoring editor Andy Russell hopes it means that people will finally fully appreciate its qualities rather than just dismiss it as a ‘repmobile’.

Skoda’s Superb flagship really comes up trumps

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Understated and hugely spacious Skoda Superb is an upmarket experience that won’t break the bank.

Skoda’s latest generation Superb promises greater levels of refinement, comfort and space as it bids to steal sales from more established – and expensive – rivals, says Iain Dooley.

Exciting advances boost Toyota Avensis appeal

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Revisions to the Toyota Avensis saloon and Touring Sports looks and feels more upmarket, gains more equipment and technology and is better to drive.

Toyota has upped the ante with its fleet and family-friendly Avensis. Better to own and drive, dare I say, it’s an even more attractive and exciting choice, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Second-generation Audi Q7 is lighter and more efficient but has huge road presence, space and flexibility.

Audi’s first sport utility vehicles, the Q7, is back for a second instalment with less weight, better efficiency and even more space. says Matt Joy.

Ford’s mighty Mustang living legend

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Head-turning sixth-generation Ford Mustang evokes memories of the 1965 original without slavishly copying it.

One of motoring’s most famous names is now sold in the UK in right-hand-drive. Matt Joy drives a living legend.

DS makes stand to be upwardly mobile

Friday, September 18, 2015
DS 5 is the flagship of the DS Automobiles brand which now stands alone from Citroen in a move to take it more upmarket.

The DS brand has broken away from Citroen to move the range upmarket. Motoring editor Andy Russell drives the new DS 5 which aims to meet executive expectations.

Handsome MG6 hatch offers more for less

Friday, September 18, 2015
New MG6

MG has revamped its mid-size MG6 model, promising improved driving dynamics and performance plus a more attractive ownership experience, says Iain Dooley.

Vauxhall Viva is reborn as a value city car that is  very likeable and capable for the money.

Motoring editor Andy Russell wasn’t convinced about reviving the Viva name but Vauxhall’s new city car is a star in its own right.

My first car

Arthur Howell working on his 1931 Singer in the net yard of Hastings House, Whapload Road, Lowestoft, which is now the site of ATS Tyres.

Arthur Howell found something fishy going on when his 1931 Singer had to be towed home.

Keith Fowler with his 1958 Austin A55 Cambridge.

Keith Fowler tells how his Austin A55 Cambridge taught him a lot about what made cars go... and stop!

Des Burnells wife, Hazel, and their children, Gillian and Avenda, with Mary Jane the Austin 10-4.

Des Burnell tells us good old Mary Jane – an Austin 10-4 which was sometimes contrary, but always elegant and stately and loved by all the family.

The 1932 Austin Seven Box Saloon restored by John Pitchers and similar to the 1934 model which was his first car.

John Pitchers tells of the time his Austin Seven turned into a three-wheeler and how some passers-by gave him a lift.

My First Car – Hillman Minx jinx!

Friday, September 18, 2015
A 1950 HIllman Minx similar to and old one bought by Colin Bevan which turned out to be his first, and one of his biggest, mistakes on the motoring front.

Colin Bevan tells of the grief of his jinxed Hillman Minx and how it finally brought the house down.

Janet Rout sitting in the bonnet of husband Colin's ex Royal Mail Morris van.

With the help of a lot of DIY maintenance and filler, Colin Rout’s former Royal Mail van delivered years of motoring... until the last post at a scrapyard.

John Lewis took to the road on a a green Francis-Barnett 175 Falcon similar to this one. Picture courtesy of

John Lewis took to the road on two wheels and recounts his motorcycle training.

Martin Looker’s 1938 Morris Eight Tourer on a beach in North Wales shortly before being caught in quicksand.

Martin Looker tells of the freedom, fun and frustration of his first car – a 1938 Morris Eight Tourer.

Geoff Copson racing his 1928 Riley 9 Tourer.

This week we bring you the next instalment in the story of 1928 Riley Tourer WK 4894, which featured in our My First Car series having been bought by Alan Hazlewood in 1954-55.

Brian Simmons's 1939 Ford Prefect wasn't as pristine as this one.

Brian Simmons tells of some of the trials and tribulations of keeping his 1939 Ford Prefect on the road.

Terence O'Mahony's 1963 Vauxhall Cresta which he bought at 12 years old for £150.

Terence O’Mahony still has fond memories of his wonderful and much-admired Vauxhall Cresta.



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