You get what you pay for, unfortunately

Needed to make a mid-week trip down to Hampshire last night and, having recently spent quite a lot of time behind the wheel of Evo’s (two trips to the Alps and back in the last three weeks), I snaffled the keys to Matt Saunders’ new long-term Laguna Coupe.

6 March 2009
Tester’s notes

A good news day for F1

So the Honda Formula One team's battle for survival has been won, after a takeover orchestrated by former Honda technical director Ross Brawn. <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/238595/" mce_href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/238595/">Read the details Brawn’s takeover of Honda F1</a> The team will be rebranded 'Brawn GP' and, in the sensible interests of continuity, last year's driver line-up of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello will be retained.

6 March 2009
Motorsport

Lagonda: right car, wrong motor show

There has been an awful lot of people with an awful lot to say about Aston Martin’s new Lagonda concept. Having been at the car’s unveiling and heard some of the sharp intakes of breath when the cover came off, I’d have to agree that it’s not the most visually appealing car the company has ever created. For what it’s worth, I think the decision to take so much design inspiration for it from the low, sleek, pre-war ‘LG6’-based V12 Lagonda was a bad one.

6 March 2009
Motor shows

The incredible shrinking engine

6 March 2009
Anything goes

Doctor, doctor

One of my favourite games at motor shows is to find the most obscure manufacturer, and this year at Geneva the winner is undoubtedly 'DR Motor'. Despite its obscurity, the company has a decent-sized stand in one of the main halls, dotted with various semi-familiar looking models. One of these looked very like a Toyota RAV4.

5 March 2009
Motor shows

Kia Soul: can you see it?

You know those ‘magic eye’ pictures, where you’re supposed to stand twenty foot away from the image and then walk towards it slowly, humming Rule Britannia backwards with your eyes crossed and eventually (apparently) you’ll see a picture of a hunting tiger among the meaningless swirls? There’s always that moment, where you think you’ve made sense of it, then your mind wanders a fraction and you’re left with a headache and a page that looks like it’s been subjected to a toddler with OCD and a Spirograph kit.

5 March 2009
Tester’s notes

Cayman should go back to basics

The Cayman is my Porsche. I don’t care much for drop-tops, so while I acknowledge the Boxster’s strengths, I’m comfortable enough with passing one by. I’m not Steve Sutcliffe, so I never feel entirely certain that a 911 isn’t on the verge of biting me on the backside on a wet roundabout. And the Cayenne, er, well… Truth is, my Porsche soft spot has always been with the boggo Cayman, the 2.7-litre model with a five-speed gearbox.

5 March 2009
Tester’s notes

Nissan Qazana: My Geneva star

There's a pretty clear-cut star of the Geneva show for me and that's the Nissan Qazana concept. The Qazana is innovative, funky and, hopefully, not too far away from the mini-SUV that will be rolling off the production lines in Sunderland in around a year's time.

4 March 2009
Motor shows

Return of Gordini

3 March 2009
Anything goes

Masters of the universe

3 March 2009
Anything goes

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