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UK drive: The Skoda Kodiaq vRS isn’t all that sporty, but that’s not bad


What is it? This is Skoda looking at vehicles such as the Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 and saying ‘nope, our way is better’. Skoda is already very good at making SUVs – its Kodiaq and Karoq are serious class contenders – while its vRS performance division has a small but very loyal following. The obvious solution, then, is to combine the two and let vRS loose on the largest car on Skoda’s range – the Kodiaq SUV.

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First drive: An old nameplate revived for the 2019 Toyota Corolla


What is it? “No more boring cars” was the bold proclamation of Toyota president Akio Toyoda last year, but even the brand’s executives will admit the Corolla nameplate doesn’t exactly stir the soul. A reputation for unparalleled reliability and dependability the world over is a fine thing to have, but for the new 12th-generation model, Toyota’s chasing a bit more dynamism and soul.

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First drive: The Hyundai Tucson 48V does the job without much pretention


What is it? This is the top-end version of Hyundai’s Tucson – fitted with an all-new powertrain for the brand. It’s a mild-hybrid unit, but fitted to a diesel engine. That means it’s not going to resonate well with your traditional hybrid buyer, but should instead appeal to those who simply want a slightly more powerful, more versatile diesel engine.

Two cars crashed on Fraserburgh's High Street.

Two cars crash in North-east town


POLICE have been called to a two-car crash in Fraserburgh. The incident happened at around 10.20am on the town’s High Street. Nobody was believed to be injured following the crash, which involved a silver Skoda Citigo and a blue Ford Fiesta. Police Scotland are currently attending the incident.

A Skoda and a Kia were involved in the collision.

Two cars crash on Aberdeen road


TWO cars have crashed on an Aberdeen road today. The vehicles collided on Provost Watt Drive, Kincorth, shortly before 6.30am. A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “No one was injured in the crash.”