How much would you consider paying for a Volkswagen Golf? That’s a question that struck us when we looked through the spec and price…
Unlike in the past, most Super Bowl ads these days are released long before the big day and in the case of Mercedes, their…
To mark their return to world rallying in 2013, Volkswagen together with Jacky Icyx have set out on a quest to find a successor to the great Franc Riemère, a world class helmet holder from the 1970s and an unsung hero of international motorsport.
Since our update last weekend, negotiations have moved on a notch – most notably with news that Mahindra & Mahindra may have withdrawn from discussions, while several new players have entered the frame to acquire part or all of the Aston Martin shares owned by Kuwaiti company, Investment Dar.
Yesterday I was reading Kia’s announcement about the need to raise its brand image by offering more sporty cars – you know, the usual marketing rhetoric about being perceived as a dynamic brand, characterised by style, a premium look and some mystical notion of power. And then the following words struck me – “..it will almost certainly be rear-wheel drive”.
We’re big fans of Volvo’s V40 – which is a true rival to BMW’s 1 Series and Audi’s A4 and yet is still an individual’s choice with its own unique qualities. But the model that will account for at least 25% of all V40 purchases is the R-Design, which Volvo has this morning announced the UK pricing for.
There’s little doubt about the 256bhp Mazda3 MPS’ main appeal in a sector awash with super-hatches. At £23,995 the MPS scores well in the value-for-money stakes against the £23,495 246bhp Ford Focus ST – itself something of a bargain, the £26,995 276bhp Vauxhall Astra GTC VXR and the £25,560 207bhp Volkswagen Golf GTI.
I should be used to it, after witnessing six previous generations of Volkswagen Golf, but somehow I still kid myself that the next one will be different.
It never is, although perhaps that’s not such a bad thing, because the Golf GTI remains the one car that every other car maker aspires to beat, and thus far it remains the benchmark sporting hatchback that does everything well, and some things exceptionally well.
During the last few months we’ve immersed ourselves in several of Volvo’s most dynamic new models, to learn about how the marque is positioned in 2012 and why you might chose to buy one rather than its more prolific German competitors.
After well over three decades of driving I might (finally) be showing signs of growing up. Not because I’m reviewing a new Volvo, although I’ll come back to that somewhat jaded stereotype a little later. Instead I’m learning to value cars which manage to tick a multitude of boxes, treading that fine line between usability and fun.
Volkswagen has announced this morning that it has acquired the remaining 50.1 per cent of Porsche AG, not already owned by Volkswagen and will now move to incorporate the sports car maker generating approximately €320 million of net synergies.
The Auto Mobil International show in Leipzig, Germany, which opens its doors on 2 June, will see the first appearance of the new Scirocco GTS, together with other new models including the Volkswagen CC R Line, Beetle Fender and CrossPolo ‘Urban White’.