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First drive: The Honda Civic diesel is the pragmatist’s choice

22/06/2018

What is it? When Honda launched the 10th generation of its Civic last year, penny-pinchers and high-mileage drivers were dismayed to see that it only offered petrol power – in the form of 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre units. That’s now been rectified with the new diesel. Badged 1.6 i-DTEC, it’s a four-cylinder unit aimed at bringing maximum economy for those high-mileage motorway drivers who’ll really benefit.

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Toyota Camry will return to the UK as the Avensis departs

22/06/2018

Toyota has confirmed that the Avensis saloon will be dropped from its model line-up, due to slow sales. But if you really crave a large, Japanese family saloon, fear not, as the brand has just confirmed that the Camry will return to the UK in order to fill the gap.

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Ford utilises fighter jet tech in new Focus’ head-up display

21/06/2018

The fourth-generation Ford Focus is set to continue the current car’s legacy, with Ford promising impressive driving dynamics as a key selling point. However, buyers in the family hatchback segment are notoriously picky, and so the American brand is responding with a new and luxurious interior packing some as-yet-unseen tech.

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First drive: Ocean Race additions put the vogue into Volvo’s V90

21/06/2018

What is it? The Volvo Ocean Race is a gruelling, nine month sailing competition that covers 45,000 nautical miles and travels across six continents. Volvo, the owner of the endurance challenge, has decided to create a special-edition version of its popular V90 Cross Country to celebrate the aqua endeavor and introduced this – the V90 Cross Country Ocean Race. Snappily named it may not be, but the Ocean Race packs a host of ‘lifestyle’ touches designed to make it more capable whatever your adventure happens to be.

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History’s most famous hybrids

21/06/2018

To understand hybrids, we must first go back 14 billion years, to precisely three minutes after the Big Bang. Since those first few moments, matter has been mingling, bonding, binding and fusing into hybrids – at first to form atoms, then elements and compounds and the building blocks of life as we know it. In other words, hybrids are as old as time itself.

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First drive: The Audi Q8 stands out from the crowd

20/06/2018

What is it? Just when you thought Audi couldn’t stretch its range any further, along comes the Q8, an answer to a question no one really was asking. Like spilt water spreading to fill every crevice, Audi is working its way towards critical mass by taking a rolling pin to its line-up and spreading it wafer thin.

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Audi unveils sharply-styled new A1 Sportback

20/06/2018

Audi has revealed the second generation of its smallest car – the A1. The current model has come to the end of its seven-year life, and its replacement has a new platform, updated styling and bang up-to-date technology.

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Are these the best vacuum cleaners for your car?

19/06/2018

With the days long and (sometimes) rain-free at this time of year, many motorists will be making the most of the opportunity to give their cars a deep-clean. A vacuum cleaner is a key piece of equipment for sprucing up a car’s interior, but with so many options on the market today, which is the best one for the job?

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Touring the Inner Hebrides by boat and bike

18/06/2018

Think of a traditional Scottish whisky tour and it’s highly likely our mind is transported to the ribboning tarmac of Speyside, the unspoilt views of the North Sea and the jet-laden skies of Lossiemouth.

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The nine best and worst examples of badge engineering

15/06/2018

‘Badge engineering’ is a rather flowery term for a practice used by carmakers the world over. It refers to a manufacturer taking another brand’s car and changing little more than a few cursory styling details, the name, colour and trim options, and the badges.

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