Utterly contemporary tech, yet old-skool at its core
The Mazda CX-30, introduced last year, slots under the CX-5. So why not call it the CX-4? Because there is already a CX-4 sold in China, which is a different car. And this is based on a the Mazda3 hatchback, although its 7cm shorter and 10cm taller. The same platform is also the basis for the all-new all-electric MX-30.
‘Cars in Space’ or ‘Dumb & Dumber on Wheels’ – pick your title, but whatever you do, DON’T miss it!
So last weekend I saw the latest instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise – Fast and Furious 9- Cars in Space. I don’t think it’s really called that, in fact I think it’s The Fast Saga, but it should be called Cars in Space. So have I just let slip a spoiler? Probably not if you’ve seen the trailer or if you’ve actually seen the movie of course.
But in any case – I’ll give you a big warning right now, this is one of those rare occasions I will tell you NOT to read on or watch the embedded video, if you haven’t seen the movie or even the trailer (which mostly tells you everything anyway), because there are going to be huge spoilers ahead. On the other hand if you have seen it, or just don’t care, then here’s what I thought of the newest car movie out, which you can actually see now that – Thank God – the cinemas are open again.
I first drove the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio at the launch in Italy four years ago, around the Balocco test track in Vercelli. Frankly I loved it. Instantly accessible speed, reassuring but entertaining dynamics and as for those knuckle-biting sexy looks… well this is one hot saloon.
Taking a look at the all-new 2022 Lotus Emira that was revealed yesterday and will go on sale next Spring. It’s the last Lotus to not be electrified, is it then the last true Lotus? I look at the styling, the design, the platform, the interior, the spec, the engines, and speculate about what this means for Lotus, and ‘For The Drivers’.
Ignore this little car review and you’ll miss out big time!
The current Kia Picanto has been around since 2017, but last year it received a facelift and tweaks to its drivetrain. What we have here on test is a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder car with just 66bhp, claimed to be capable of 100mph (though you’d need to be going downhill, with the wind behind your back, while slipstreaming another car to attain that). And at 14.1 seconds for the 0-60mph acceleration run, it’ll be beaten by one of those new London Taxis.
I’m going to be making a very special exception in this review. Normally I don’t like plug-in hybrids. What’s the point? Electric cars must be plugged-in of course, but it’s frankly a nuisance. Hybrids should have the advantage of self-charging. So why put up with the hassle of plugging them in too? Dunno.
Number 2 is a shock! + Greatest Social Media Cars!
In this video I reveal the world’s Top 5 most popular cars according to research by findandfundmycar.com – number two was a big surprise to me. I compare them to global sports car sales figures and which are the most hash-tagged on social media and most Instagrammable. Which cars do you think were a surprise on these lists and what has been missed out – mention them in the comments.
Talking about electric cars in UK, UAE, India and Pakistan
Finally needed to charge up the Ford Mustang Mach-E I have on test after a hard run this morning, went InstaLive and ended up chatting to ‘EV-angelist’ Salman Hussain about electric cars in the UK, UAE and even in Pakistan. Good fun, great info and more details on life with an EV Mustang. Follow BCGFordMachE