After five years relying on a 1.4-litre engine, VW has reverted to past practice byby endowing its Polo GTI with a 1.8-litre motor. David Thomson slips into the tartan-trimmed driver's seat of the German pocket rocket for a run.
The downsizing from 6.3 to 4.0 litres hasn't cost AMG's Mercedes-Benz C-Class rocketship anything in the way of performance, or old-fashioned muscle-car charm. David Thomson reports in after a memorable spell behind the wheel.
A new high-performance version of the Ford Focus sets out not only to entertain, but also to showcase fresh design features being introduced across the range. David Thomson checks in after a week behind the wheel of the new Focus ST.
One chance against the clock. It started well enough, sweetly nailing the first challenge, an off-camber left-hander that caught out more than a few, and keeping pretty good speed through the following big curving right turn.
Normal? Hardly. But Suzuki New Zealand says it has 200 good reasons for having a buck each way by introducing its new Vitara, while keeping the decade-old Grand edition on sale alongside the car that supposedly replaces it.
The recent surge in demand for small and medium SUVs has come at the expense of interest in similarly sized conventional wagons. David Thomson considers the merits of these different vehicle types by assessing two members of the current Ford range.
Facelifts that fail to deliver any visual change whatsoever aren't common, but that's exactly what has happened to the Land Cruiser Prado - unlike the impending upgrade for the big brother 200-Series, there's no new change to the now quite old (last revised in 2013) look.