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  • The high cost of optional extras

    The high cost of optional extras

    You can’t argue about the price of the reborn Fiat Punto, what I’m arguing is the price of the optional navigation. Why would I buy a Tomtom from Fiat for […]

     
  • Why kids don’t want a licence any more

    Why kids don’t want a licence any more

    The car industry is becoming most confusing. On one hand brands are trying to differentiate themselves by saying their products are the nicest to drive, from Subaru’s ‘All 4 the […]

     
  • Parking without the pain

    Parking without the pain

    Early this year I wrote about how our lives may change when cars start driving themselves and, fool that I am, I missed the best bit. I covered all sorts […]

     
  • How to drive a Model-T

    How to drive a Model-T

    Henry Ford was a great believer in abstinence. Maybe that’s why he made driving a Model-T such a test of sobriety. Ts may be simple, but they’re not easy. The […]

     
  • Mazda CX5 Akera

    Mazda CX5 Akera

    It’s generally agreed among people like me, people who drive a different car every week and never hesitate to share our opinions with anyone in the vicinity, that the Mazda […]

     
  • Half a century of 911s

    Half a century of 911s

    The Porsche 911 is fifty this year and let me make an unusual admission for a motoring enthusiast; I never liked it. Not until 1999 anyway, when it got electronic […]

     
  • Mitsubishi Mirage

    Mitsubishi Mirage

    Research indicates that the number of car buyers taking test drives is steadily declining, and with so many cars now being pretty generic, a bit like fridges and microwaves, that’s […]

     
  • The catch with fixed price servicing

    The catch with fixed price servicing

    Fixed-price servicing seems to be the marketing idea de jour in motoring. Most recently Volkswagen has stepped up, offering it across the range for the first six years. Yep, six. […]

     
  • How to waste money on cars

    How to waste money on cars

    My brother, who changes cars like you change oil, bought one of the first Fiat 124 Coupes landed here in 1967, a gorgeous thing. When I sent him a recent […]

     
  • Spy photography for beginners

    Spy photography for beginners

    It all started in 1956 when a magazine editor named Jules Feldman, wearing overalls he’d borrowed from the printers, strode into GM-H’s Pagewood plant in Sydney and started snapping pictures […]