UK looks to driverless future, we’re stuck in neutral

by Neil Briscoe on 26 Mar 2016

Complete Car Features | UK looks to driverless future, we’re stuck in neutral

It’s not often that I agree with George Osborne, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer. In fact, I can’t think of any previous instance in which our two minds have been as one, but when he stood up in the House of Commons and gave his Budget 2016 speech, I was at least passingly approving of one of the proposals contained therein - a solid plan for the testing of driverless and robotic cars on UK roads.

According to the plan, a trial of driverless cars will begin next year on ‘a strategic road network’ yet to be named, but…

The case for driving enjoyment

by Maurice Malone on 24 Mar 2016

Complete Car Features | The case for driving enjoyment

I love driving. Always have done. Learnt the basics of over- and understeer, centres of gravity and the merits of plastic tyres on a diet of pedal tractors and go-karts. Practiced on-the-limit handling via PlayStation controllers and pixels on Gran Turismo and Colin McRae Rally. Progressed onto actual tractors as soon as I could reach the pedals (only experienced oversteer on agricultural machinery once, a story for another time and not something I’m in a hurry to try again...) and, finally, cars. Like most farmers' sons, initial introductions consisted of a decrepit rust-mobile, ideally ran on green diesel, in which…

Moroccan motoring madness

by Melanie May on 10 Mar 2016

Complete Car Features | Moroccan motoring madness

I'm standing on the footpath trying to cross the road, well many roads, as this seems to be a large unmarked junction. The mosque is to my right and the call to prayer is echoing out across the city. Men in robes and flip flops dash across the roads, but I (literally) haven't got the balls to step out in front of the speeding onslaught of traffic like they do. I'm still trying to work out what direction the cars are coming from, plus here comes another photo opportunity: a Volkswagen Golf MkI followed by a Jetta MkII. The windscreen…

Editor's picks - Geneva 2016

by Dave Humphreys on 04 Mar 2016

Complete Car Features | Editor's picks - Geneva 2016

Being on neutral ground, Geneva is the one motor show where the big guns really get rolled out. But this year's event certainly seemed to be more about sensibilities and, of course, SUVs. The Volkswagen Group's Apology Tour of 2015 seems to have come to an end, although that didn't stop a comedian attempting to disrupt Jürgen Stackmann during the Volkswagen press conference...

On hand were a facelifted up! and a convertible crossover concept called

In defence of the square car

by Neil Briscoe on 03 Mar 2016

Complete Car Features | In defence of the square car

I cannot truly explain it, but I'll try to. I have always had a strange attraction to those cars whose designers rolled up to work with a set-square rather than a protractor. I just have a thing for square cars.

Take a recent motor show, for example. The Tokyo show of 2013. I could have been wowed by any number of the swoopy, low-slung stuff with engines in the middle and exotic names apparently picked from a food blender catalogue. But no, my heart was won by the Nissan IDx concepts, a pair of throwbacks to the Datsun Violet that…

Nissan Qashqai vs. Renault Kadjar...

by Neil Briscoe on 23 Feb 2016

Complete Car Features | Nissan Qashqai vs. Renault Kadjar...

Some 15 years from the turning of the last century, a young warrior did strike forth to make his fortune and maybe his fame, but many and treacherous were the turns and fates that awaited him on his path. From the House of Renault did he come and Kadjar was his name. A tall, broad, handsome lad, with narrow, piercing eyes and a vast diamond-shaped shield held in front. No similar warrior had ever held that shield before them, so breaking new ground young Kadjar certainly was.

But, said the doubters and the throwers of…