Scala name confirmed for new Skoda hatchback


Skoda has confirmed that its next model will be named ‘Scala’ – the Latin word for ‘stairs’ or ‘ladder’. The new Scala will be a mid-sized hatchback – the brand’s first real foray into this category – and should go head-to-head with some of Britain’s best-selling models such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.


First drive: The Hyundai Tucson is an accomplished, if unexciting crossover


What is it? You’re not really a car manufacturer without an SUV in the portfolio, but luckily for Hyundai it has some form in this area. The Tucson is just the latest product in a line dating back to the early 90s. Hyundai SUVs tend to be capable, yet forgettable, but the brand’s latest crop of cars have been a little more stylish and emotive. Can the recently facelifted Tucson continue this trend?


VW partners with Microsoft for connected driving services


Two of the largest and most powerful brands in the world, Volkswagen and Microsoft, have announced a partnership. VW will team up with the American tech giant in order to develop new digital services for the brand’s owners, fleet managers and dealers.


UK Drive: Skoda’s facelifted Fabia ticks all the boxes


What is it? If you’re after low-cost yet well-built motoring, then Skoda has your back. It makes the excellent Superb, and more recently the Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs. There’s also the Fabia, which sits just above the Citigo at the entry-level end of the range. We’re driving the refreshed 2018 model, which has received a series of minor updates to keep it current and help it battle against the current consumer shift towards crossovers – both from inside and outside the Skoda brand.


Facelifted Mazda CX-3 is still a strong crossover contender


What is it? Mazda has a habit of regularly updating its cars with small refinements and improvements, rather than saving them all for a big update every few years. Such is the way with the 2018 CX-3 compact crossover, which you might find difficult to tell apart from its predecessor.


First drive: Volkswagen’s Passat Estate is a smooth operator


What is it? VW’s Passat is a mainstay of the family saloon market, and its companion estate model is equally popular. It operates in an interesting grey area of the market – above budget rivals such as the Kia Optima or Skoda Superb, but still a few pegs down from the Mercedes C-Class Estate or BMW 3 Series Touring.We’re testing the Passat here in popular SE Business trim, fitted with an unusual-for-the-class 1.4-litre petrol engine.


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.


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.”