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Volvo V40 D4 Geartronic SE Lux Nav (2014) review

Rated 2 out of 52

Greg Fountain, 29 September 2014 11:04

Volvo’s crusade to get its entire model range adopted as part of the Green Party manifesto has arrived in Golf territory with the introduction of the new ‘Drive-E’ powertrain in the V40 hatchback. Drive-E is intended to force down C02 emissions while maximising responsiveness and performance – a quest that ought to set petrolheads and environmentalists hitting the same dancefloor ...

Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible (2014) review

Rated 4 out of 54

Greg Fountain, 25 August 2014 07:00

Not much more than a year after its launch Bentley’s performance flagship has had a minor tickle, presumably with the aim of keeping its kudos-hungry clientele assured that they’ve got ‘the latest version’. The 2014 Continental GTC Speed squeezes 10bhp extra from its already humungously powerful 12-cylinder twin-turbo engine (now making 626bhp), and 17lb ft of extra torque to take ...

Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet (2014) review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Greg Fountain, 04 July 2014 10:56

There’s a point in every model’s range where everything basically stops making sense. A bit like life, possibly. And for the 911 I think this is it. Who actually buys a Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet? Nobody wants to travel at 195mph with the roof down, or accelerate to 62mph in 3.5sec while being pelted with insect shrapnel. If you wish ...

Alpina BMW XD3 (2014) CAR review

Rated 2 out of 52

Greg Fountain, 07 January 2014 15:00

This bling-tastic-looking Beemer is in fact the Alpina XD3. This is a little slice of history for Alpina: the first time they've sold a tuned, toned version of one of BMW's wildly successful 'X' SUV models. So, is the XD3 any good? Could it even be the performance SUV dark horse, swiping attention from under the nose of the new ...

Ron Howard talks to CAR about his F1 race movie: 'RUSH'

Rated 4 out of 54

Greg Fountain, 08 April 2013 14:30

Spent the weirdest day ever on set with Ron Howard as he set about shooting the opening scenes of his forthcoming F1 movie, Rush, which dramatises the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the mid '70s. Over lunch the great man (actually he’s rather short, unassuming and somewhat squeaky voiced) told CAR about the challenge of shooting a ...

GT86: spiritual successor to Toyota’s first MR2

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Greg Fountain, 18 July 2012 10:56

I climbed down into the cockpit of Toyota’s GT86 for the first time and thought for a split second I’d gone through the Stargate, emerging in the late 1980s at the wheel of my beloved MkI MR2. It put a smile on my face, I don’t mind telling you.The new car’s cabin is minimalist yet cool, with nicely tactile materials, ...

Why Vauxhall should be more about RAKe than Adam

Rated 4 out of 54

Greg Fountain, 10 May 2012 11:55

Vauxhall has called its new city car Adam. Pause for cynicism. On the face of it, this is plain silly, a clumsy lurch towards cutesy personalisation in the face of wave after wave of the meaninglessly generic names/numbers favoured by pretty much everybody else. Is Meriva, for example, more or less silly than Adam? Is Focus? Is Golf? How about ...

Note to car industry: China isn’t the only market

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

Greg Fountain, 27 April 2012 07:00

Nothing against China but it seems to me its influence over the car industry is becoming problematic. The world’s great car makers allowing Chinese tastes to dictate the conception and production of their cars is rather like the world’s great restaurants developing menus entirely to please Americans, merely because there happen to be a lot of them. The fact that ...

Mini workers threaten strike: who’s in the right?

Rated 4 out of 54

Greg Fountain, 20 April 2012 16:42

News of the threatened strike at the Mini plant in Oxford is frustrating and disappointing. The last thing anybody on either side wants is a dispute which will damage all parties, and which would mark a return to the bad old days of the last industrial action in 1984, when Rover was running the show. It’s especially tricky at a ...

Lotus and the power of confidence: rumours and PR

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Greg Fountain, 12 April 2012 11:32

There’s a lot of smoke blowing around right now on the subject of Lotus and whether it has a future. I don’t have the inside track on this, but the amount of mud-slinging from commentators and the reciprocal mud being chucked back by the Hethel PR machine suggest something is ‘going on’ Anyone who loves cars should love Lotus, and ...

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