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Musings on the Motoring World

DS Automobiles needs to learn from its namesake’s success to survive in the Stellantis era

Have you ever gained an affinity and an unexplained appreciation for something you will never spend money for? Like vintage wine tasting or sampling lines of fine-cut Colombian cocaine. Well, that pretty much sums up my relationship with Citroën and its sub-brand DS Automobiles. An ongoing fascination for esoteric aesthetics with financially ruinous consequences. How […]

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Musings on the Past

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale – Why did time forget Alfa Romeo’s apex supercar?

After seven years in production, Alfa Romeo’s promising little carbon-fibre chassis sports car, the 4C, is taking a bow. In commemoration, the Italian automaker will round off production with the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo special edition. Named so, and inspired by Alfa Romeo’s legendary 1967 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale. The bulk of the […]

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The sports car genre is thriving, but we have to give up car ownership to preserve it

Life is all about doing silly things and learn to grow out of it. Ideally, though for the most part, it is hard to grow out of our silly habits. Much like my nine-year journey of committing myself to live with the most impractical car around. A two-door convertible sports car – a first-generation Mazda MX-5 to […]

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Two too far? Have We Reached The Limit Of Downsizing With The Three-cylinder Engine?

It is a strange world to be living in when the most exciting enthusiast car of the year is a Toyota Yaris with a three-cylinder engine. Okay, there is more to the Toyota GR Yaris than its squashed bodybuilder physique.  Underneath its inflated arches lies a bespoke three-cylinder engine and a melange of chassis parts lifted […]

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How A Game-changing Grille Led To Everything Wrong In 21st-century Car Design

1999 was a great time to be alive. The excitement of crossing into a new allegorical millennium was nigh. As were the Y2K hysterics that banks would delete money and planes fall out of the sky the moment the calendar goes from “99” to “00”. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world as it was […]

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Second-generation Subaru BRZ maintains ethos, embraces big displacement, shuns turbos

The Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ was probably the most exciting car that nobody could agree on. Those who worship at the altar of driving purity saw it as the Second Coming. Those who chant horsepower and performance numbers shunned it as a charlatan for its “gutless” engine. It wasn’t just the enthusiasts that couldn’t agree on […]

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Toyota Sera – Why is this 30-year-old curiosity Toyota’s only “bubble-era car”?

Every car exists for a reason. Whether created for market demands, niche-making or to sprinkle magic branding pixie dust, no car pops out of a vacuum. Which makes one wonder if Toyota’s all-knowing product gurus were on holiday when approving the production of the Toyota Sera. A concept made manifest Introduced in 1990, the Toyota […]

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The fascinating Porsche 919 Street concept and the futile dream of road racers

A few months ago, Toyota created a stir at the 24 Hours of Le Mans start by “returning” the trophy in a development prototype of its GR Super Sport LM-Hypercar class contender. Toyota’s publicity stunt was proof that the dream of track-related road cars was a step closer to reality. Though as it turns out, […]

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Thanks to trucks, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will overtake Tesla

The turn of the millennium was a time of wide-eyed optimism. Not only did we survived the great “extinction event” that was Y2K, but the future was unfurling before our eyes. Wireless global communication was connecting the world, a new human space habitat lifted our eyes to the heavens, and you could carry 1000 songs […]

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These defunct car brands are better off dead and gone

Happy Halloween! Today’s the day for children to add themselves to the obesity epidemic and for grown-ups to get into costume and add to the debauchery. If you are too old for candy and too busy fixing your car for sex, then it is time for some campfire stories. And in the spirit of today’s […]