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Vauxhall certainly offers buyers SUV and crossovers plenty to choose and has now launched a more rugged Rocks version of its Viva city car. Motoring editor Andy Russell says you pay the price for those chunkier looks.

Kia has pulled off a game-changing image-builder with the launch of its stunning Stinger sports fastback, a true grand tourer loaded with driving appeal, kit and charisma. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s a winning combination.

A new engine, facelift and driving upgrades have refreshed the dynamic appeal and styling of the flagship family Mazda6, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

An all-new Ford Focus is with us, and it’s packing plenty of tech and equipment to ensure it remains the leader of the pack as Jon Reay finds out.

Volvo’s winning formula and success story gets new momentum with the second-generation V60 estate. Motoring editor Andy Russell enjoys an early drive and says the trio of German giants has a serious new rival.

As SUVs become more and more luxurious, Toyota’s Land Cruiser is one of the few unashamedly old-fashioned off-roaders around. Tom Wiltshire finds out how it copes in the urban jungle.

Small SUVs are all the rage but why not simply add SUV design cues on to an existing hatchback? That’s the route Dacia has taken with the Sandero Stepway, says Tom Wiltshire.

SsangYong’s second-generation Musso pick-up offers loads of value for customers and loads of promise for the up-and-coming Korean brand in its drive to boost its UK image and sales, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

My first car

Graham Godbold had a few dramas in his hand-painted purple Ford Zodiac but the scariest was when his wife nearly fell out on a roundabout.

The clutch went the day after Nigel Garbett paid £160 for his 1960 Ford Anglia 105E but it went on to give good service until rust got hold.

Cathie Edmunds grew up with cars and learned to drive in her 1935 Morris 8, called Taffy. More than half a century later, she still wonders what became of it.

Ronald Wood’s first set of four wheels was a Ford Squire van, followed by a Mini Traveller. They put him on the road to a car-buying bug which sees him buying a different model almost every year.

Ray Rose’s Standard 8 van was the business for transporting logs for sale but ended up on its roof on a nasty S bend.

Philip Fowles was given a beautiful 1950 Triumph Renown saloon when his father had to give up driving... on condition he ‘chauffeured’ him around. What a great deal!

John Pollak tells of his motoring pleasure, and scrapes, in Samantha, a 1948 Vauxhall Wyvern, and how she helped King Harold on a college rag week stunt.

After seven years of motorcycling and the excesses of fresh air, Keith Shaw thought a 1939 Standard Flying Nine open tourer would provide some compensation.

Alan Eggleton tells of his 1935 BSA three-wheeler – great fun to drive, with some real character, and a slap-happy tail in crosswinds.

Trevor Lightening kept his 1958 Vauxhall Cresta PA running smoothly, albeit rather smokily, with the help of shots of Redex.

Patricia Abbott explains why her Fiat 127 hatchback, a temperamental starter on cool mornings, had so many dents on the roof over the driver’s door.

Peter Elphick’s first car, a 1934 Austin 7 Ruby, was 25 years old when he bought it but his first new car was a Morris Traveller.

The end of the road for Charles Drake’s 1947 Standard 10 Tourer was something of a moving experience on a foggy, frosty morning.

Tony Hewlett had some explaining to do when his 1962 Ford Popular was used by criminals and he did not know it was missing. But it didn’t fare so well as a tow car.

More than 60 cars later, David Woodhouse’s favourite is still his first – a 1949 Triumph Dolomite Roadster.

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