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The all-new Kia Optima goes on sale in the UK early next year.

A Range Rover luxury sport utility crossed a specially-built 5m bridge of paper to celebrate the marque's 45 years of innovation.

Land Rover has driven its flagship Range Rover luxury sport utility across a bridge made of paper.

Not having access to a car for a week can cause serious problems for a lot of families

Just one week without a car can cost drivers £135 and increase the chances of depression, anger and even panic.

Jennifer Reed, centre, of John Grose, presents charity quiz cheques to Jo Reeder, left, of Age UK Suffolk, and Gemma Smith from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

The first Ipswich John Grose quiz nights saw more than 200 people take part to help raise more than £2,500 for charity.

Inappropriate footwear can have an impact on safety when driving.

More than one in 10 people have admitted to having a road accident due to wearing inappropriate footwear, claims new research for Road Safety Week.

The AA suggests drivers check with their partners to ensure everyone in the car is comfortable.

Women are four times more likely to concede that their partner is a better driver, according to a new study.

Land Rover Defender: Warhorse, workhorse and iconic 4x4.

Thinking of buying a used Land Rover Defender? Al Suttie offers advice in the 80th anniversary edition of GEM Motoring Assist’s Good Motoring magazine.

The ideal monthly payment for most buyers' next car is £200.

More buyers want to pay around £200 per month for their next car than any other round figure.

Lotus Elise even sharper act to follow

Friday, November 20, 2015
New Lotus Elise Sport and 220 Sport are even more performance-focused.

The Lotus Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 mark a return the ‘Sport’ name, used previously on the Lotus Esprit, and with it the Lotus Elise package becomes lighter and even more performance-focused.

Blog: Hearing properly sweet music to ears

Friday, November 20, 2015
A couple of hearing aids means motoring editor Andy Russell can now clearly hear passengers in his car.

Sitting in rush-hour traffic the other morning I found myself singing along to the radio... coming faintly from the car beside me. It made me realise how much I had been missing before I succumbed to admitting the old ears aren’t as sharp as they used to be.

Many UK businesses would pay a clear air zone rather than invest in upgrading their fleets, according to research.

Almost a quarter (23%) of UK businesses would prefer to pay a charge than invest in upgraded fleets to operate in clean air zones.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible goes on sale in spring priced from £47,500 on the road.

Land Rover is claiming a world first with a convertible version of its premium compact sport utility vehicle Range Rover Evoque.

Affordable Bond cars still licensed to thrill

Saturday, November 14, 2015
A Sunbeam Alpine was James Bond's first car in Dr No.

Shaken and stirred by new Bond movie Spectre? Here are some 007 star cars licensed to thrill without breaking the bank.

Tips to steer clear of winter woes

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Now is the time to check out you car to make sure it is prepared for winter weather.

Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is offering simple tips for drivers to ensure trouble-free journeys this winter.

Motorway driving can be a draining experience.

A week of motorway mile munching leaves motoring editor Andy Russell frazzled and frustrated.

New car road tests

New BMW X1 is shorter, taller  and wider and looks more like the bigger X3 and X5.

BMW has launched a new generation of its pioneering X1 premium compact crossover to take on the rivals it has spawned, says Matt Joy.

Fiat's 500 city car has even more character and is better connected after comprehensive facelift and makeover.

Fiat’s cute 500 hatchback is now very well connected and benefitted from a facelift and makeover, says Andy Russell, motoring editor.

The latest Volkswagen Sharan may not look very different but a host of changes make it even more family friendly.

You’re spoiled for choice with people-carriers but Volkswagen’s Sharan has always been one of the best. Matt Joy tries the 2015 version.

Latest Kia Sorento aims to take on the premium SUV market and the quality is there as well as great value.

Kia made its name with value, peace-of-mind motoring but the new Sorento targets the premium SUV market, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Audi Q7 plugs in to cleaner, greener ethos

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
 Audi Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid combines diesel power with electric motors.

Audi is boosting its electric car line-up with a dual-power Q7 SUV but can it offer any advantages over the regular model, says Matt Joy.

Honda's Jazz boasts some clever features as bright as the new model's burnt orange exterior colour.

Honda’s Jazz supermini is famed for its space and versatility and the new model is even better to drive, says Matt Kimberley.

Honda Civic sports more daring look

Saturday, November 14, 2015
With its black alloy wheels, alloy pedals and privacy glass, the new Honda Civic Sport spices up the styling of this safe, reliable and spacious family hatchback.

Honda’s new Civic Sport version adds a spicy garnish to this spacious, practical family hatchback, says Matt Kimberley.

The new Infiniti Q30 is an unusual, but strong, choice in the premium hatchback category.

Infiniti’s Q30 is a strong challenger in the premium hatchback sector with looks, value and rarity all big advantages, says Ed Wiseman.

Hugely capable Skoda, simply Superb

Friday, November 13, 2015
Skoda Superb lives up to its name, making a huge impression when it comes to space, equipment,value and all-round driving appeal.

If you paid for space, Skoda’s new Superb would be expensive but this roomy car is hugely affordable, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Popular Peugeot 208 such enjoyable experience

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Peugeot has tweaked the 208's exterior styling and added some extra kit and updated the engine line-up.

Iain Dooley drives Peugeot’s updated 208 supermini. The French company has tweaked the car’s exterior, added some welcome extra kit and refreshed its engine line-up.

My first car

Kate Berridge with the Ford Cortina Mark II 1600E.

Kate Berridge reminisces about some of fun cars she has owned and a few she would rather forget!

Alan Cugnoni's first car was a  a rare ‘boat tail’ version Austin 7,  two-seater soft-top.

Alan Cugnoni’s first car – a rare ‘boat tail’ Austin 7, two-seater soft-top – was not an easy car to drive.

Felix Newson's Jeep on the beach at Jacob's Ladder at Felixstowe.

Felix Newson really hit the beach in the Sixties in his Second World War Willys Jeep – great fun in summer but freezing in winter.

Rachel Key's first car was a pink Volkswagen Beetle built by her dad.

Rachel Key grew up with her dad building hot rods but when he helped her get on the road with a classic Volkswagen Beetle she had only one request... it had to be pink.

BMW Isetta.

It was only small but Helen Armstrong’s Isetta bubble car was a huge hit with her young niece and nephew.

Trevor Webster with Moggie the 1939 Morris 8 Series E he and his wife drove from England to Australia in 1958. Now restored, Moggie has been with the same family for more than 75 years

Trevor Webster took Moggie his 1931 Morris 8 on an epic overland journey 17,633 miles to Sydney, Australia.

Oscar Edwards in his open-topped 1931 Morris 8 which started his lifelong love for open-air motoring.

Oscar Edwards tells of the most terrifying experience of my driving life – 42mph downhill in a 1931 Morris 8!

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 BikesRestored.com

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.



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