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Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake road test by Steve Rogers

It is amazing how a sloping roof and lashings of chrome can change the character of a car and even give it the wow factor. The Arteon is a case in point. When the saloon, or fastback to give it its proper title, was launched in 2017 it was nothing more than a posh Passat, […]

Honda Jazz road test by Steve Rogers

For nigh on 20 years the Honda Jazz has held the unofficial title of most practical supermini on the planet. Yet even this enviable accolade has not been enough to make it the first car on the supermini shopping list, never enjoying the sales, or adoration, of the likes of Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa or […]

Audi A3 Sportback road test by Steve Rogers

Meet the new Audi A3 plug-in hybrid… every company car drivers dream come true. There are those who say the only people to benefit from hybrid and electric cars are those driving company cars because of the generous tax breaks. I drove a company car for more than 30 years and in the early years […]

Mazda MX 30 launch report by Steve Rogers

It would be easy to write off Mazda’s new electric car before hitting the starter button. Why? Because Mazda has pegged the range for MX-30 to just 124 miles. Deliberately. That sounds nonsensical, even suicidal, when rivals are busting a gut to extend the range of electric cars yet Mazda has a plan and two […]

BMW 3 Series 330e M Sport Touring road test by Steve Rogers

With the best will in the world economy and an M Sport BMW don’t go hand in hand so why am I going to tell you about the German speed machine that gave me almost 60mpg? No prizes for guessing that an electric motor has a lot to do with it. We are moving swiftly […]

Ocean scientists use seabed mapping to help position giant windfarm

Scientists at Bangor University are playing a critical role in paving the way for one of the world’s biggest wind farms off the coast of North Wales. They are working with German renewable energy giant RWE on the siting of the Awel y Mor extension which will more than double the size of the Gwynt […]

Trailer firm helps rugby legend Dan swap All Blacks for Welsh Blacks

A top trailer firm is helping Welsh rugby colossus Dan Lydiate swap tackling All Blacks for rearing pedigree Welsh Black cattle. The fearless Wales and British and Irish Lions hero, 33, who now plays for the Ospreys, is preparing for life after rugby by returning to his roots as a farmer. The powerful 6ft 2ins, […]

Jeep Renegade 4xe road test by Steve Rogers

It feels like the world and his wife is joining the electric party with thousands giving themselves a Christmas present. According to the motoring bible, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the best selling car in December was the electric Tesla Model 3 with its new rival the Volkswagen ID.3 fourth. In a frantic […]

Peugeot 208 road test by Steve Rogers

If wow factor is what you want then feast your eyes on this French beauty. As superminis go there is nothing to match the reigning European Car of the Year. Not that we should be surprised, the French have been churning out head turners for decades – Citroen DX, Renault 16, Peugeot 405 – I […]

Toyota Rav4 road test by Steve Rogers

The hybrid story part two. In the first episode the little Yaris popped in a driving score of 86 so what could the Rav4, its much bigger SUV brother do? I don’t want to brag but I reached the dizzy height of 90 after a 70 mile drive and even hit 93 for a good […]