December, 2009

  Anyone who has driven on the elevated section of the M4 in recent weeks has probably noticed that the huge Audi showroom on the adjacent Great West ...

Audi UK Heritage at West London Audi



Motor museums can be found in the most unexpected places. Trying to think of somewhere to go as a final forum meeting of 2009, I remembered that the small ...

Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum – Calne (GB)



  When Ford first launched the Ka, as a cheaper entry level model than the Fiesta, back in 1996, sales initially were slow. It did not take long, ...

2009 Ford Ka 1.25i Ambiente (CH)

Ford / Road Tests


  Experience has taught me that despite your best efforts to "guarantee" the model of rental car that you will receive, it is more or less mission ...

2009 Opel Meriva 1.6i 16v Enjoy (CH)

Opel/Vauxhall / Road Tests


With the 1990 launch of the Ford Escort, it is generally acknowledged that Ford of Europe hit the nadir of product offering, with a car that was universally ...

2009 Ford Fusion 1.4i Style Climate (GB)

Ford / Road Tests


For many years, the stereotypical image of a Buick buyer has been that of the senior citizen. Whilst Cadillac was definitely at the top of the GM tree for ...

2009 Buick LaCrosse CX (USA)

Buick / Road Tests


With the memory of the Pontiac Torrent still fresh in my mind, I arrived at Chicago O'Hare airport, to find that one of its GM stablemates, and also a prime ...

2009 Saturn Vue 3.6 XR 2WD (USA)

Road Tests / Saturn


There is no question that the Detroit Show in January is still seen as the premier event of its type in the USA, and most manufacturers ensure that they have ...

Los Angeles Auto Show – Dec 2009

Events / Shows


The troubles of General Motors were barely out of the headlines, month after month, in the first part of 2009. It was clear that some radical and rather brutal ...

2009 Pontiac Torrent 3.4 AWD (USA)

Pontiac / Road Tests


  There is only really one significant transport museum, open to the public, in Switzerland, and it is to be found on the shores of Lake Lucerne, in the ...

Verkehrshaus der Schweiz – Luzern (CH)



It is a slightly surprising fifteen years since I last drove a Vauxhall Corsa. I remember the occasion well. At the time, I still had my Rover 414 Si (the R8 ...

2008 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 16v SXi 3dr (GB)

Opel/Vauxhall / Road Tests