Motoring by Press Association 19/06/2018, 9:50 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? The family hatchback sector is under siege from SUVs, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead – far from it. There’s enough life in this market sector yet that Kia has gone in all guns blazing with this – the all-new Ceed. Though it may come from a Korean brand, the Ceed is designed, engineered, built and sold entirely in Europe, so in theory it should be perfect for European tastes. But there’s no denying the strong competition – the best-selling Ford Focus and VW Golf are both seriously good cars, with considerably more heritage than the 2006-born Ceed. What’s new? Let’s get the trifles out of the way first – the new car loses the apostrophe of the old Cee’d and simply becomes Ceed: Community Europe, European Design. Easy. Of more note is the new bodywork, which is … [Read more...] about First Drive: The new Kia Ceed gives the Focus and Golf something to think about
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MELTHAM April 12 at 8.30pm: A house on Hall Close was entered through an unlocked front door, thieves went into the kitchen and stole keys to a BMW 4200 and stole the same. HOLMFIRTH April 11 at 10.40am: A rear kitchen window was smashed of a detached house on Cliff Road, thieves entered and made a tidy search and exited as entry, nothing was believed to have been stolen. April 15 at 10pm: An outer pane was smashed in a double glazed patio door at the rear of a property on Mill Moor Road, no entry was gained. April 22 at 12pm: Complainant purchases several auction lots at Hade Edge, lots are then left in the field for buyers to collect, after making several trips collecting his purchases he returns for the last lot, and a quantity of wood and metal sheets have been stolen from Penistone Road. SCISSETT April 15 at 3.15pm: Locus is a rugby club within a school premises, suspects gain entry via shutters at the side of the building on Wakefield Road. Also a shed located at the side of the … [Read more...] about Crimewatch: BMW 4200, VW Golf, Audi S3 and £30k hire car stolen
FAMILY portraits are naff. You sit there looking awkward with a side-parting you didn’t want and wearing matching clothes you don’t like. You do it for your mum. But here’s a family photo you’d be proud to hang on your wall. All three Volkswagen GTIs – that’s Golf, Polo and now Up! – in the first triple track test. The baby Up! (115hp) has more beans than the original Mk1 Golf GTI (110hp) – and all from a tiny 1-litre three-cylinder engine. I liked it a lot.Golf GTI THE icon. The halo. Rock solid, classy, stunning engine, Jeremy Clarkson owns one – so it’s got to be pretty decent, right? Almost a third of all Golf sales in the UK are “Performance” cars – that’s GTI, GTE (plug-in hybrid), GTD (diesel) and R (310hp, all-wheel drive and sublime). The car you see here is the Golf GTI Performance version. Essentially, it’s a GTI tricked up with a mechanical front diff, bigger brakes and another 15 … [Read more...] about VW Up! joins the GTI family so we took all three out for a track test
Handelsblatt Explains Conceived by Hitler in the 1930s, Volkswagen became the symbol of Made in Germany and the world’s largest car maker. Then it crashed into Dieselgate. Published on June 23, 2017 2:59 pm Fahrvergnügen, like Volkswagen, is one of those long and phonetically implausible German words that beckons Americans with a vague promise of exotic thrills and masterful engineering. That’s why Volkswagen (VW) invented the word Fahrvergnügen for its American ad campaign in the 1990s. It means “driving pleasure,” but to many Americans it represented “what makes a car a Volkswagen.” In fact it symbolized even more than that. VW, as a brand and institution, stood for the label “Made in Germany,” with its confident promise of total reliability. The higher you fly, the harder you fall. Starting in 2015, prosecutors in America and elsewhere have been bringing to light a stunning pattern of corporate crime and moral … [Read more...] about How VW rose so high and fell so low
I'm thinking of changing my car. I have a 132 Toyota RAV4 Sol 2.2l diesel, which has been great and has 125,000km done. I also have a 10-year-old people carrier, which is off the road. I do about 20,000-25,000km annually and get about €2,000 travel expenses. I need to get a seven-seater to carry the whole family (wife, four kids and dog). I don't want to drive a people carrier as the roads I travel on are not good and I've often relied on the 4WD of the RAV4. I have a budget of about €12,000 and while I would consider selling privately and going to England, ideally I would prefer not to. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Is it time to stick or twist? Purchase or hold on to what I have? Taking my circumstances into account, how often would you advise changing my car? Aidan: How often is your entire family in the car at the same time and who is the main driver when you are together? The reason I ask is that it might work for you to downsize the people carrier slightly and … [Read more...] about Seven-seater SUV; MINI change; an ice breaker; for Clare; Possible VW exit?