News: MINI 5-DOOR HATCH WINS AT BUSINESS CAR MANAGER’S SME COMPANY CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2016

MINI are justifiably proud to announce to MotorMartin that their MINI 5-door Hatch has been awarded Best Compact SME Company Car in Business Car Manager’s SME Company Car of the Year awards 2016. Judged against its competitors by an independent panel, the 5-door Cooper D Hatch was recognised by the experts for its low CO2 emissions of just 95 g/km, translating into low running costs for and high residual values for business drivers. MotorMartin has discussed before how important economy and emissions are to the consumer and has suggested that this information is now becoming an important part of the car … Continue reading News: MINI 5-DOOR HATCH WINS AT BUSINESS CAR MANAGER’S SME COMPANY CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2016

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News: ŠKODA PRODUCES 18 MILLIONTH CAR

ŠKODA is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies still producing motor vehicles with their products being recognisable the world over. Since 1895, the Czech headquarters in Mladá Boleslav has seen the production firstly of bicycles, then motorbikes before settling on cars. From humble beginnings ŠKODA currently have seven passenger car models on forecourts across Europe and further afield, the Citigo, Fabia, Roomster, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb and, quite remarkably, delivered over one million vehicles to customers in 2014. Staggering. Big, big numbers I’m sure you’ll agree and yet ŠKODA, as a company, doesn’t seem to give off the … Continue reading News: ŠKODA PRODUCES 18 MILLIONTH CAR

News: TIN-TOP SUNDAY AT THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC

Now Christmas is over and we’re motoring on into February, thoughts naturally turn towards filling your motoring diary with drives and events to while away the longer, lighter and warmer evenings. This summer’s Silverstone Classic is all set to break yet more records with its biggest ever line-up of spectacular touring car race action and MotorMartin will be there every step of the way, reporting on the thrills and spills for those not fortunate enough to get along. Can’t wait! For the first time in it’s history, the packed programme at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival will feature … Continue reading News: TIN-TOP SUNDAY AT THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC

Fiat Panda 1.3 MultiJet 4×4: Grizzly?

Italy would appear to have a somewhat difficult reputation when it comes to the building and maintenance of motor cars and motor cycles. Ask any gentleman, or lady, of a certain age and they will not be too complementary about the longevity of an Italian vehicle, it’s bodywork or electrics. Especially one that has been designed to go amongst the mud and water that would appear to collect off road and down dale. It might seem rather harsh to bring up unreliability and poor workmanship, especially when MotorMartin could just as easily be writing about any car from British Leyland, … Continue reading Fiat Panda 1.3 MultiJet 4×4: Grizzly?

News: NEW FIAT 500 1.2 ‘ECO’ GOES ON SALE IN THE UK

Last week, MotorMartin was in the fortunate position of being able to take a drive in a FIAT Panda 4×4 around the streets and hills of Keighley, West Yorkshire. A Panda also powered by the same 1.3 MultiJet II Turbo diesel and MotorMartin can confirm that this engine should be a perfect fit for the 500 as it performed perfectly well in the heavier Panda. Building on from the launch of the new 500 and following the introduction of this New FIAT 500 1.3 MultiJet II turbo diesel, the FIAT 500 range is expanding further with the launch of the … Continue reading News: NEW FIAT 500 1.2 ‘ECO’ GOES ON SALE IN THE UK

News: ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS RS PIONEERS INNOVATIVE AWD AND PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGIES FOR ULTIMATE DRIVING ENJOYMENT Part 2

In a continuation from http://motormartin.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/news-all-new-ford-focus-rs-pioneers-innovative-awd-and-performance-technologies-for-ultimate-driving-enjoyment-part-1/ we open Part 2 with Ford sharing with MotorMartin a little more of the technology present in the all new RS Focus. Advanced performance technologies Ford have spent a long time making sure that the Focus RS offers advanced performance and driver assistance technologies to help ensure that its extreme driving capabilities are accessible to drivers of all skill levels. Thank goodness. The driver can select from four different Drive Modes to configure the vehicle to deliver optimum performance in a range of driving conditions – with Normal or Sport settings for on-road driving, and … Continue reading News: ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS RS PIONEERS INNOVATIVE AWD AND PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGIES FOR ULTIMATE DRIVING ENJOYMENT Part 2

News: ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS RS PIONEERS INNOVATIVE AWD AND PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGIES FOR ULTIMATE DRIVING ENJOYMENT Part 1

Is the Ford Focus the ultimate ‘real life’ motor? It certainly presents the consumer with a host of tempting features including economy, comfort, handling, a decent boot, excellent cabin size, refinement and amazing technology as standard. Yet you can pick up the latest Focus from just £15,995 OTR, rising to £22,095 for a Titanium X. It certainly is a lot of car for the money and one that should provide many years of fuss free motoring with a model to suit all needs. For fans of the Focus who want all of the benefits but with that extra special something, … Continue reading News: ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS RS PIONEERS INNOVATIVE AWD AND PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGIES FOR ULTIMATE DRIVING ENJOYMENT Part 1

News: TOP 100 CARS

At the beginning of January this year, MotorMartin was delighted to be able to report on the Mazda MX-5 winning the Roadsters and Spiders category in ‘The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars’ https://motormartin.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/news-all-new-mazda-mx-5-wins-best-roadster-and-spider-in-the-sunday-times-top-100-cars/ and now it’s the turn of Suzuki GB PLC to share some very good news for its Vitara model. Suzuki GB PLC have shared with MotorMartin the news that their Vitara has been voted the winner of the compact crossover category in The Sunday Times Top 100 cars of 2016. Launched in the UK just nine months ago, the Vitara was tested by their editorial team against some very strong … Continue reading News: TOP 100 CARS

News: JAGUAR LAUNCHES NEW XF ALL-WHEEL DRIVE IN UK

Driving a Jaguar through a typical British winter is not usually something to be cherished. Yes, you’ve probably got extremely comfortable, heated seats and the duel zone climate control set at a comfortable 23°C but you’re still feeling edgy. At the back of your mind is the knowledge that a powerful engine and rear wheel drive do not make for a relaxed driving experience when the temperature drops and the roads are beginning to be covered by snow and ice. Indeed, whilst testing the Jaguar 2.5L S-Type earlier https://motormartin.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/jaguar-2-5-s-type-fully-grown-cat-or-still-a-kitten/ there were a few exciting moments to be had on the … Continue reading News: JAGUAR LAUNCHES NEW XF ALL-WHEEL DRIVE IN UK

Renault Twingo: French Fancy.

When thinking about French cars and comparing them to their British counterparts, it’s easy to assume that the green and pleasant lands upon which we reside will hold the greater motoring heritage. After all, any look down a list of early motoring manufacturers will show a vast array of recognisable names from Britain’s past. Rover, Triumph, Jenson and Wolseley, just a few examples of names that were once so populous but are now fading from view and memory, only kept alive by men in flat caps and a taste for warm beer. That said, it may come as a surprise … Continue reading Renault Twingo: French Fancy.