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In most ways, Porsche is a brand that is beyond comparison, linked perpetually to Volkswagen (despite denials over the years), suggests Iain Robertson, for which VW ought to be perpetually grateful; it has had its issues but now it is just a money-making machine.
Reflecting on the development of Toyota’s important midfield model is like taking a trip to the origins of the crossover sector, writes Iain Robertson, as RAV4 was the innovator that proved difficult to quantify, or qualify, 25 years ago, when it made its exciting debut.
It has been five years since the first collaborative effort between Fiat and Jeep resulted in a pair of exceptionally competent crossovers, writes Iain Robertson, and the 500X has lost none of its appeal, which has been aided by very keen model pricing.
While Lotus Cars may now be Chinese owned, by the Geely Corporation that also owns Volvo and London Taxi, as Iain Robertson states, there is scarcely a British sportscar brand that is more charismatic and deserving of solid future prospects.
From its first tentative steps, aided by Porsche and a rallying past that had been stellar, writes Iain Robertson, Audi pursued high-power dependability as its ‘cause celebre’ that it has ring-fenced judiciously to ensure that its halo remains untarnished.
As one of the elder statesmen of the oriental fold, reports Iain Robertson, the decades old Corolla is a mass-market badge that has seldom excited but has fitted timely, comfortably and, for Toyota, fruitfully into its world-leading range of models.
If you have ever wondered why the ‘BBC Top Gear’ team ever named their voiceless test driving professional ‘The Stig’, writes Iain Robertson, then you can find out yourself, if you attend the Silverstone Classic event between 26th-28th July 2019.
Owned and engineered by BMW and possessing more motoring clichés than might be healthy, highlights Iain Robertson, it is easy to be cynical about the latest Mini EV but I have to admit that, even at £27,900 (list price), it looks kind of ‘cute’!
There was a time, recalls Iain Robertson, when Ford Motor Company was deeply entrenched in motorsports and reflected its involvement in celebratory versions of its road cars, now a rarity for the American carmaker, although Renault has taken over.
Unlike its former stablemate, Rolls-Royce, at least Bentley can claim that it still designs, develops and produces complete cars in the UK, highlights Iain Robertson, as the brand established a new production class hillclimb record in Colorado, USA.
Featuring an array of upgraded technologies, the Navara is top of the class in the pick-up truck sector, states Iain Robertson, supported by an industry-leading, pan-European 5 years/100,000-miles warranty as part of a compelling proposition.
Having tested an automatic gearbox version of this car earlier this year, Iain Robertson was keen to put the manual alternative through its paces and he states categorically that there is no better car/engine combo for modern motoring needs.
While having been left ‘unmoved’ by the basic Ford Focus, reports Iain Robertson, the significantly more focused ST variant continues a positive stance, from where the previous generation car left off and the news is mostly good, which is a relief.
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