Frank Turner

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Cars: Infiniti Q50S Hybrid AWD

Well, the Toy Story hero’s declaration became reality for me – in a way – this week. For I found a car that goes beyond most, and it’s called an Infiniti.The premium marque from Nissan certainly travels beyond in terms of luxury and equipment.

Car Review: Peugeot 208 2015

Car Review: Peugeot 108 82bhp 1.2litre

THIS week I encountered a lion cub. No, I haven’t been to Africa, or even Chester Zoo, as this little cat had four wheels and a hatch rather than four legs and a tail.
I’m talking about the new wee Peugeot, a marque that has a rather heraldic-looking lion as a badge.

2015 Renault Twingo Review

Car Review: Renault Twingo Play SCe 70

It’s a car that sounds – to me, at least – like a chocolate bar. The Twingo is a little confection from Renault, the latest of a whole bagful of sweeties from manufacturers out to grab a piece of the city car market.

Car Review: Audi A3 E-Tron

Audi has just added its own breeze to a collective wind of change that is gathering in the car industry.

Car Review: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Techline 2.0 CTDi

Car manufacturers are playing their part by improving fuel consumption and cutting emissions, so take a bow Vauxhall.The company tells of how a holidaying company car driver achieved 990 miles on one tank of fuel from his two-litre Insignia diesel.

Car Review: Skoda Octavia vRS

The vRS (apparently it stands for Victory Racing Sport) proved an engaging drive throughout – without every feeling lairy – delivering sharp handling and grippy cornering aided by sports suspension.

Winter Tryes – To buy or not to buy?

LET’S have a peep into the near future: You wake to find the road outside your home liberally covered in snow – and the imminent drive to work suddenly seems even less inviting than usual.

Car Review: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Car Review: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

A new era of motor racing took to the streets when Beijing recently hosted the first Formula E – as in electric – event.Away from the race track, the appeal of electric-only vehicles is still curtailed for many by the cars’ limited range – in Formula E, drivers swap cars half way through a race as batteries run down.

Jaguar XF R-Sport

Car Review: Jaguar XF R-Sport

IF Jaguar Land Rover was a football club it would be Barcelona/Real Madrid/ Manchester City/Chelsea/Paris Saint Germain all rolled into one.OK, maybe I exaggerate a bit, but it would at least be a shoo-in for the Champions League. And one of the ‘players’ that has helped make the company such a runaway success is the Jaguar XF.

Car Review: Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air

Said to have a million different specification and trim combinations, the ADAM is showing the sort of motoring allure that makes a model as much a must-have fashion accessory as transport.

Audi A3 Saloon 1.4 TFSI Spor

Car Review: Audi A3 Saloon 1.4 TFSI Sport

the new Audi A3 saloon is one of five redesigned engines available for the Audi A3 Saloon, a four-door, booted sibling of the big-selling A3 Sportback hatch. Audi’s entry into the modern compact saloon class is wider and longer than the latter car and offers more load space.

Car Review: Nissan Qashqai Acenta Premium 1.2 DIG-T

I WONDER if they have an automotive crystal ball at Nissan? If so, they use it to help create what drivers want even before they know they want it.Consider the Qashqai, the car that invented a whole new motoring genre – the SUV crossover.

Car Review: Volvo V40 D2 R-Design Nav

AS a nipper in a car-less family, I was fascinated with motors, especially those driven by hero-types on TV.So, along with the original Batmobile and James Bond’s gadget-filled Aston Martin, I was besotted with The Saint’s Volvo coupe.