Prodrive legends set to star at this year’s Classic Nostalgia weekend

Prodrive legends set to star at this year’s Classic Nostalgia weekend

This year’s Classic Nostalgia weekend will celebrate 40 years of one of the world’s most successful motorsport companies. Since being founded in 1984, Prodrive has created some of the most iconic race and rally cars of all time, and enthusiasts will be able to see a spectacular selection of them in action at Shelsley Walsh this July. Prodrive became synonymous with Subaru during the 1990s and early 2000s, and few enthusiasts will ever forget Colin McRae’s emotional win on the 1995 RAC Rally. The victory made him Britain’s first World Rally Champion and gave Subaru the first of three consecutive...

UK specification and pricing confirmed for all-new Škoda Kodiaq

UK specification and pricing confirmed for all-new Škoda Kodiaq

Škoda has confirmed final UK pricing and specifications for its second-generation Kodiaq SUV ahead of order books opening on 10 April, 2024. The second-generation model builds on the considerable strengths of the original and adds a host of new features. The new Kodiaq will offer more space than ever before thanks to an even bigger 910 litre boot, a bold new interior concept that introduces Škoda’s innovative Smart Dials, plus a host of other new technologies and creature comforts. These include LED Matrix headlights and new Turn and Remote Park Assist. Since its launch in 2016, the Kodiaq has become...

Wains gains economy advantage with Mercedes-Benz Actros L

Wains gains economy advantage with Mercedes-Benz Actros L

Devon haulier Wains Transport is enjoying a welcome boost in fuel efficiency from its latest Mercedes-Benz Actros L tractor unit. The truck has joined another Actros at Wains and both are comfortably ahead of any other vehicles on the operator’s 25-strong fleet. “We don’t measure mpg obsessively, because there’s a lot of variation in the work our trucks do, but the Actros are consistently better than any other tractor in our line-up by a noticeable margin,” said Managing Director Aaron Wain. The new arrival is a highly specified and stunningly liveried Actros L 2553, delivered by Dealer City West Commercials....

New Aston Martin Vantage GT3 all set for GT World Challenge

New Aston Martin Vantage GT3 all set for GT World Challenge

Paul Ricard: Aston Martin returns to the top class of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS for the first time since 2022 with its strongest ever line-up at Paul Ricard as the new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 makes its debut in the opening round of the world’s most competitive GT-only series this weekend. Two powerhouse GT teams, the reigning Fanatec GT Europe Endurance Cup Gold Teams’ champion Comtoyou Racing and the 2018 Spa 24 Hours overall winner Walkenhorst Motorsport, have joined the Aston Martin Racing partner team roster for 2024 and both bring stellar driver line-ups with them....

Maserati takes to the courts at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters 2024

Maserati takes to the courts at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters 2024

Everything is ready for a new edition of the highly anticipated Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, where Maserati will be the main sponsor and official car of the tournament for the third year running. From 6 to 14 April, the most prestigious clay courts in the world – in the evocative setting of the Principality of Monaco – will attract the stars of international tennis; they are committed to putting on a unique show and to animating the most engaging competition, between true champions in the rankings. Maserati, which has always been synonymous with refined sportiness, contemporary elegance in the best Italian style and high-level...

Maserati MCXtrema: the ‘beast’ is unleashed on the track ahead of first delivery

Maserati MCXtrema: the ‘beast’ is unleashed on the track ahead of first delivery

Maserati MCXtrema, the Trident’s uncompromising 730-hp ‘beast’ has returned to be unleashed into its natural environment: the track. It will be undergoing a series of tests until late April, aiming at the delivery of the first model, planned for late summer 2024. MCXtrema, a non-road-homologated race car produced in 62 units, was created to break the mould and invent new paradigms. The epitome of Maserati DNA and of the extraordinary performance characteristic of everything the 100% Italian brand produces, MCXtrema offers up evidence of its disruptive attitude to racing between the curbs of the circuit where it could be seen in...

Lift the bonnet on your Easter break: check your car before you go.

Lift the bonnet on your Easter break: check your car before you go.

ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging drivers to ensure they and their cars are well prepared before embarking on long road journeys this Easter. Millions of vehicles are expected to pour onto the road network over the course of the four-day holiday, so planning journeys and making basic vehicle checks will really help avoid delays and congestion. Basic vehicle checks before departure will also help avoid the misery that accompanies a breakdown, says GEM. The afternoon rush hour will start early on Thursday, with traffic jams likely on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Long queues are expected...

Half of UK drivers feel stressed at the prospect of parking

Half of UK drivers feel stressed at the prospect of parking

New data suggests that half of Brits (49%) find parking stressful and take measures to avoid certain manoeuvres, where possible, according to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles*. One in four UK drivers said parking with family members in the vehicle is more stressful, with reverse parking – the most common garage parking manoeuvre – topping the list of most stressful manoeuvres (15%)*. As a result, more than half of UK families (57%) have concerns around buying or using a large car because of parking stress, despite growing preference for a larger vehicle*. The range of parking functions available on the Volkswagen ID....

All-New Swift Hybrid – Suzuki’s Fourth Generation Compact Supermini

All-New Swift Hybrid – Suzuki’s Fourth Generation Compact Supermini

INTRODUCTIONSuzuki Motor Corporation showcased the all-new Swift Concept at the Japan Mobility show in Tokyo in October 2023 and introduce it in the UK and the Republic of Ireland in April 2024 as its fourth generation global compact supermini. The all-new Swift represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation. In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,860mm long, the Swift  features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. The initial development goal was to create an all new hatchback style that is undoubtedly Suzuki and...

Renault returns to the CV Show with the UK premiere of the New Master and its 100% electric LCV range

Renault returns to the CV Show with the UK premiere of the New Master and its 100% electric LCV range

Renault is marking its 21st attendance at the annual Commercial Vehicle Show with the UK premiere of the New Master and its latest 100% electric LCV line-up. During the UK’s biggest dedicated commercial vehicle event, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 23-24 April, Renault will have its entire 100% electric line up on display, with the recently-announced All-new Master taking centre stage on its stand 5F110 in hall 5. Designed to go further, carry more and cost less, the New Renault Master will be represented by the forthcoming E-Tech 100% electric version. As well as showcasing the efficiency-enhancing new...

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