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Ford Mondeo Hybrid Vignale
Feb11

Ford Mondeo Hybrid Vignale

Ford’s top-of-the-range Mondeo Vignale is now available as a Hybrid writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Hybrids now account for 7% of new car sales so the arrival of  Ford’s first hybrid version of its popular Mondeo saloon is certainly timely. A hybrid wagon will launch next month. Who is it aimed at? If you in the market for a family car that is more economical than petrol but you don’t do the mileage to justify a...

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First Drive: Lexus ES
Feb05

First Drive: Lexus ES

Can Lexus tempt buyers away from premium German rivals in Europe with its ES, asks Geraldine Herbert. What is it? The ES is the best-selling Lexus in the world but this is the first time the nameplate will be offered in Europe. Lexus is nudging into the premium executive market to rival the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class. Is it a looker? Shrinking the best elements of the larger LS, the ES is dramatically styled and...

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First Drive: Lexus RC
Jan30

First Drive: Lexus RC

The Lexus RC 300h stirs the soul, but is it a match for German rivals? Geraldine Herbert finds out What is it? So you want something sporty and premium that wouldn’t look out of place at a Greenpeace fundraiser. You want it to look muscular but not bling, with good driving manners, plush interior and comfort. Well, Lexus would like to tempt you with their 2019 RC 300h – a hybrid coupé. Is it a looker? It looks absolutely gorgeous and...

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Ford Focus Titanium 1.0L
Jan23

Ford Focus Titanium 1.0L

More than 16 million Ford Focus cars have been sold worldwide since 1998, can the new model continue that success asks Suzanne Keane What is it? 20 years after it was first launched in Ireland the Ford Focus is back, rebuilt from the ground up and hoping to be as popular as its predecessors. Who is it aimed at? The Focus is aimed at those needing a spacious hatchback who haven’t jumped on the crossover bandwagon. Styling? The new...

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Peugeot 508 Fastback
Jan07

Peugeot 508 Fastback

Due here in Spring, Hannah Gordon gets behind the wheel of one of the most anticipated cars this year, the Peugeot 508 Fastback What is it? A low slung coupe style car, Peugeot has brought something different to the market instead of the usual SUV models. Who is it aimed at? Designed for the executive car market, the coupe styling and large boot lend itself to the business sales rep sector. Styling? The Peugeot 508 has unique styling...

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First Drive: Citroen C5 Aircross
Nov29

First Drive: Citroen C5 Aircross

Citroen’s new flagship SUV, the C5 Aircross, is the moment when comfy sofa meets family car, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Few places can better test the ability of an SUV than the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, home to stunning desert landscapes, strange and wonderful roads and breathtaking gorges. It was here Citroen chose to launch its all-new SUV, the C5 Aircross. Comfort is Citroen’s new focus; inspired by...

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