Ford Focus Feels Like Home in Sydney, Australia


It’s the sunrise at Bondi Beach that blows me away, and not the prospect of seeing topless young ladies sprawled on that pristine strip of sand. First, Sydney in August is way too chilly, and the only people on the beach at the break of dawn are doing aerobic exercises. Second, I probably wouldn’t notice … [Read more…]

Ford Ka+ 1.2 TI-VCT 85


New five-door supermini mounts an assault on the budget, sub-Fiesta arena The Ford Ka+ is the full stop at the end of an experiment in city car making that began – quite promisingly – 20 years ago with the original Ka. But having sold almost half a million examples of the Fiesta-based trend-setter over its … [Read more…]

Ford Kuga Vignale 2.0 TDCI 180


Swish range-topping trim level is an attempt to take Ford’s facelifted SUV upmarket The new Ford Kuga Vignale is a retaliative swipe at the likes of Audi, BMW and Land Rover (all of whom have been making lots of money out of Europe’s growing love affair with the SUV, thank you very much) by one … [Read more…]

Ford Fiesta ST-Line


The Ford Fiesta Zetec S has been a long-time favourite for buyers wanting a sporty drive without the running costs associated with a top-spec ST hot hatch. As part of a trim refresh, the Zetec S has been replaced by this – the all-new ST-Line. Think of it as a Fiesta ST-lite and you won’t … [Read more…]

The Truck You Really Want VS. The Truck You Need

AMERICA LOVES pickup trucks; they’re as macho as cowboy boots. But just like wearing snakeskins and spurs to the coffee shop, driving a full-size truck that you never use for truck stuff makes you look like a poseur. Honda’s answer is the 2017 Ridgeline. It’s built like a car-lighter and lower than a truck, and … [Read more…]

2017 Corvette Grand Sport And 2017 Ford Focus RS

LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE of American exceptionalism? Two of the most exciting performance cars of the year are from right here in the U.S.A. The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is the ’Vette for the gentleman racer. It features the razor-sharp suspension, ultra-grippy tires, and aggressive bodywork of the top-of-the-line Corvette Z06 but forgoes that car’s 650-horsepower … [Read more…]

Ford Focus 1.5 TDCi ST-Line


Ford’s family hatch borrows the hot ST’s looks and badge to broaden its appeal This sporty-looking version of Ford’s Focus family hatch is designed to rival the likes of Renault’s new Megane GT-Line and the Vauxhall Astra Tech Line. It has much of the visual swagger of its hotter full-house ST sibling but nothing like … [Read more…]