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Abarth lets rip with enhanced 595 Pista

The ‘other’ brand in Fiat’s line-up, which is fully owned but harbours a fabulous slice of the Italian firm’s sporting past, writes Iain Robertson, is Abarth, named after its Italo-Austrian founder, Carlo Abarth, complete with colourful Scorpion badging.

Fiat adds Sport tag but may confuse 500X offering

Optical illusions abound within the motor industry and Iain Robertson was convinced that the latest version of the popular Fiat crossover had benefited from more than mere superficial detail upgrades…but closer inspection proved him wrong.

Supporting Armed Forces Through Battle Back Golf Community

FCD supports wounded, injured and sick personnel with the Battle Back Golf programme.

Campaigning boss takes reasoned view of government’s anti-motoring agenda

Admitting to being surprised at his comments, Iain Robertson agrees with Mark Sait, CEO of, who feels that honourable intentions should always be balanced against the implications for the general public.

Volvo’s relentless charge into electrification adds XC40 to range

With Sweden’s determination for clean air and efficiency, it is inevitable that Chinese-owned Volvo will seek to satisfy those demands and, states Iain Robertson, the latest addition to its line-up of plug-in models is the popular XC40.

Bumper world-class entry list for October’s Wales Rally GB

For those rally fans wanting to spectate at next month’s British round of the World Rally Championship, highlights Iain Robertson, it’s time to find your boots, woolly socks and colourful outdoor clothing before checking the maps and laying out your plans.

If the development of ‘smart’ motorways continues, so will the dangers

Introducing so-called ‘smart’ motorways on our roads network may have seemed like a good idea but, suggests Iain Robertson, as with a lot of half-baked decisions made for our primary driving routes, driving smart may not be the smartest decision.

Audi momentum continues with enticing new RS7

Making an impression has become the self-elevated premise of ‘Four Rings’ branded Audi, highlights Iain Robertson, especially when it introduces yet another model to its hugely desirable RS line-up, and he guides us through its technological mastery.

"Accept no roof!" - the new T-Roc Cabriolet

Volkswagen breathes fresh air into the SUV segment with the world premiere of the new T-Roc Cabriolet. The open- top version expands the range of the popular crossover model, adding yet more lifestyle to the booming SUV market.

New Land Rover Defender…fewer words, more pictures

Re-engineering an off-road icon is a monster task, writes Iain Robertson, who feels that the photos tell a good story that does not require further embroidery…

Origami ID.3 may lack adequate identity for VW

As the biggest car company in the world, Volkswagen has a responsibility to lead the new car market, opines Iain Robertson, although he is concerned that its paper-folded design stance, while light and airy, is lacking slightly in design direction.

Merc dives into diesel with its latest GLE/GLC plug-in hybrids

In a genuine case of ‘if Merc doesn’t know better, nobody will’, writes Iain Robertson, its latest hybrid development relies on diesel as its core resource, while making easy meat of the plug-in aspects to drive down operational costs.

Bentley’s bespoke and re-creation service may have overstepped the mark

Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover and a couple of other carmakers have been dabbling in the classic car scene, reports Iain Robertson, by revisiting the past and reproducing it, an aspect that has just been exceeded by Bentley and its 12 Blowers.

Bamboo as a totally renewable resource is not bamboozling

The motor industry has become so politicised over the past few decades, writes Iain Robertson, that it should come as no surprise that many of its statements about its future direction should be drawn into equal question with those made by politicians.

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