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The World's Most Desirable Car Brand is...

by Matt Robinson on 03 Oct 2018

Complete Car Features | The World's Most Desirable Car Brand is...

What do you think the most desirable brand of car in the world is? Porsche? Bentley? Ferrari? McLaren? Aston Martin? Koenigsegg?

Nope, it's none of these. It is, in fact... Toyota.

According to short-term car insurance company Veygo, it's the Japanese brand which features most highly on the wishlists of the world's population.

And how has Veygo come to this conclusion? Well, it analysed Google search data globally across the last 12 months, to see which car companies' names were typed into browsers more often than any other, through the end of 2017 and during 2018 so far.

Using the…

WLTP/RDE: what does it mean to me?

by Matt Robinson on 05 Sep 2018

Complete Car Features | WLTP/RDE: what does it mean to me?

New regulations on how all new cars are tested for their economy, fuel consumption, exhaust emissions and - if applicable - their usage of electrical energy have come into effect from September 1 2018. The new procedures are called WLTP/RDE - but what does that stand for, and what does it mean to you as a consumer? Here's our guide to the changes.

What does WLTP/RDE stand for?

It stands for two complementary environmental testing programmes, which are the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (lab-based), and then Real-World Driving Emissions (conducted on public roads). Intended to be a global…

Five of the best convertibles in Ireland

by on 12 Aug 2018

Complete Car Features | Five of the best convertibles in Ireland

1 - Mazda MX-5

The MX-5 is the answer to the great question of 'what is the sweetest car in the world to drive?' It comes with fabulous steering and chassis balance and enough power to have fun without running foul of the law. Near to perfect.

Read the Mazda MX-5 reviews here

2 - Ford Mustang Convertible

It's sill OK to like American things, right? The Mustang is big, bold, brash and a touch crude, but lots of good, wholesome fun. The 2.3 EcoBoost model is surprisingly practical, but the big, thirsty 5.0 V8…

Pininfarina to launch sustainable hypercar

by Dave Humphreys on 20 Jul 2018

Complete Car Features | Pininfarina to launch sustainable hypercar

Pininfarina has long had an association with designing some of the world's most desirable cars. Following its acquisition by the Mahindra Group in 2015, the company set about making plans to become a car maker in its own right. Now, Pininfarina Automobili is working on its own electric hypercar, and it has teased the first design sketches that give a sense of what to expect. To get a better insight into the PF0 (pronounced PF zero), we sat down with company CEO, Michael Perschke, and Chief Design Officer, Luca Borgogno.

The initial design sketches serve as a teaser of what…

The Power of Dreams, by Honda

by Matt Robinson on 17 Jul 2018

Complete Car Features | The Power of Dreams, by Honda

There can't be many automotive manufacturers with a back catalogue of products as varied, technically intriguing and downright exciting as this collection of cars. The array of greatness laid out before us is a selection of some of the machines that reside within the heritage fleet belonging to Honda UK, and the team tasked with looking after these noble veterans was good enough to let us have some time behind the wheels of their cherished possessions. So here's how our day rifling through Honda's history books went...

THE CIVICS: 1, 6 and 10

Starting with Honda's long-serving hatchback, the company…

Don't kill diesel yet

by Neil Briscoe on 05 Jul 2018

Complete Car Features | Don't kill diesel yet

Car sales are down in the UK. OK, so maybe that's not dramatic news; after all, car sales are down here too. The fall in car sales across the Irish Sea, though, is being fuelled by one thing above all else. On top of worries over the outcome of the Brexit 'negotiations' (quote marks author's own) and a generally weaker British economy, the dramatic dropoff in diesel sales has dragged the UK car market down.

Car sales in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland declined by 3.5 per cent in June, year-on-year, and are down by 6.3 per cent overall…