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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 ...

What really goes on back stage at Geneva

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

Greg Fountain, 05 March 2012 15:00

The 2012 Geneva motor show opens to the press tomorrow. Anyone remotely interested in cars will know that this means a hundred or so new cars will be unveiled within the space of about 12 hours. You will be deafened by the howl of marketing spin, as manufacturers clamour for your attention in order to perform the perennial conjuring trick ...

Stay in our BMW M5 group test hotel - and save 20%

Rated 1.5 out of 51.5

Greg Fountain, 24 February 2012 09:41

Seiont Manor is ideally located in the beautiful heart of Snowdonia, with uninterrupted views of some of the most stunning scenery in North Wales, and some of the UK’s greatest driving roads right on the doorstep. And now CAR magazine readers can save 20% on a luxury break there with our special offer. You and a partner will pay from ...

Why Macan lives up to Porsche’s naming convention

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Greg Fountain, 20 February 2012 14:45

Porsche must by now be used to the stunned silence every time it announces the name of a new model. Last week the news that its baby SUV would be called Macan was greeted by a global shrug of super-Gallic proportions, and equally unsurprising was the risible ‘explanation’ that the word is ‘derived from’ the Indonesian for tiger (Blah blah ...

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