Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35: big friendly giant gets a man-sized makeover

Nigel Wigmore

A giant vehicle that has had a man-sized makeover is this week’s drive the intriguing Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35.

I have driven and written about D-Max Arctic Trucks before but the experience is always worthwhile repeating.

This is motoring like you have never imagined it. This vehicle is all about size from top to bottom. And it is so tough you could drive anywhere in it. Continue reading

Ceed Sportswagon PHEV: Kia player in electrification strategy

By Nigel Wigmore

Kia continues its shift towards electrification, spurred on by record sales of its electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe early in 2020.

This week’s drive, the Plug-in Hybrid variant of the Kia Ceed Sportswagon range, is a major contributor to Kia’s electrification strategy. By 2025, Kia plans to offer 11 EVs globally.

“This represents an important next stage for Kia as we introduce advanced, next-generation powertrains to our vehicle line-up,” says Emilio Herrera, Kia Europe’s chief operating officer.

The Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid is produced in Žilina, Slovakia – the first plug-in models built by the brand in Europe, exclusively for Europe. Continue reading

Volvo XC90: still riding high among the luxury SUVs

Updated Volvo XC90

By Nigel Wigmore

Standard motoring correspondent

There is still something quite majestic about driving around in a large, luxurious car.

I suppose any driver if they were honest would enjoy such a treat. But big cars are an endangered species at present.

Large diesels and petrol-driven SUVs (sport utility vehicles) are probably the most endangered of all. Continue reading

Škoda gives motorists plenty of reasons to be cheerful


Photograph: Matt Seymour

Nigel Wigmore

The clue to what this week’s drive was all about was in its name— the Škoda Octavia SE Technology Hatch.
There was a time when technology was a new word added to the lexicon of modern usage. Now new technology enhances the widest range of things from mobile phones to TVs, computers and cars.
This new fourth-generation Škoda Octavia offers more technology than ever before. However, despite going large on technology, Škoda retains a sense of humour.
The Czech carmaker, which has enjoyed unprecedented success in Britain, understands the British obsession with the weather. Continue reading