Matt Prior driving
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Matt Prior: Sometimes being a car journalist is a pain in the back

Prior's regular trips to ‘Cairo’ aren’t nearly as exotic as they sound

15 January 2021
Skoda
Skoda has banished its bad memories
Tester’s notes

Matt Prior: Why car brands struggle to banish bad memories

Ill news travels fast, and can also be incredibly durable

8 January 2021
Ferrari 488 Pista
There aren’t too many neighbours to annoy near Anglesey Circuit
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Matt Prior: Is it too much to ask to make noise on a track day?

You can't burn rubber on roads but do it on a track and you could face noise complaints. Drivers can't win

11 December 2020
EV charging lamppost
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Matt Prior: The secret social costs of EV charging

Not everybody will be able to fit an EV charger at home - how will the less well-off afford to charge their EVs?

4 December 2020
BMW iX - front
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The BMW iX design proves different isn't always better

New electric flagship has purposely been given a face only its mother could love, says Matt Prior - but why?

27 November 2020
Foglights
It’s that time of year again, so turn on your foglights…
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Matt Prior: Are foglights a waste of light?

If you can see enough to do 80mph, you don't need them. If you need them, you shouldn't be driving fast

20 November 2020
Lewis Hamilton
Statistics reflect talent in Hamilton’s case, reckons Prior
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Matt Prior: Is Hamilton the greatest? Of course he is

While it's obviously impossible to compare between eras, it's also impossible not to acknowledge Lewis's talent

13 November 2020
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Maserati MC20 - front
The MC20 is charged with spearheading a new era for Maserati
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Matt Prior: Maserati's potential is being unleashed, and more's the pity

The Italian marque's line-up is getting a polish, but our man can't help mourning the loss of a bit of rough

6 November 2020
BMW M5 - front
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Matt Prior: Modern cars are too effective for their own good

Yes, our man would like cars to get a bit worse - a bit lighter, narrower and therefore more fun to drive

30 October 2020
Mercedes-Benz A-Class - front
Merc is scaling back after expanding hugely through small cars
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Matt Prior: Car makers should prioritise profit not volume

Mercedes is making the right moves in trimming its whopping 36 model lines. It's just a shame that the cost is the manual gearbox

23 October 2020
Whizzo Williams
Whizzo Williams never much fancied racing retirement
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Matt Prior: How soon is too soon to call it a day in motor racing?

Hang up your helmet after one F1 title if you like, but our man prefers indomitables like Whizzo Williams

16 October 2020
AMG Saloon - rear
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Matt Prior: Why executive AMGs go the distance

Yes, they can cut it on the track, but cutting miles is their real strength

9 October 2020

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