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  • 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 […]

     
  • What we really want in cars

    What we really want in cars

    At the New York motor show Honda unveiled the first people mover with a built-in vacuum cleaner and demonstrated it by cleaning up Froot Loops that had been spread generously […]

     
  • The truth behind that new car smile

    The truth behind that new car smile

    Car companies have lots of marketing ideas but the most effective way to get brands and products known is to have lots of them out there on the road. Car […]

     
  • How to design a car

    How to design a car

    The surprising thing about Skyfall, the most recent James Bond movie, was just how good that old Aston Martin DB5 looked. It first turned up in 1964, in Goldfinger, and […]

     
  • Micro cars. Macro prices.

    Micro cars. Macro prices.

    Unless automotive safety standards plummet we’ll never see another microcar era. Which means that pristine examples of these thoroughly weird cars have become surprisingly valuable. In America a collection of […]

     
  • How dumb can traffic laws get?

    How dumb can traffic laws get?

    China’s dumbest traffic management idea fortunately never made it to the statutes and the country now appears to be on the verge of rescinding the dumbest one that did; that […]

     
  • And the mystery object is…

    And the mystery object is…

    At this point you’re wondering just what exactly it is in the accompanying picture. Scary as it may be, it’s possibly the future of watches. And it’s very, very expensive. […]