Nissan GT-R, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

The New Nissan GT-R for 2017

The Nissan GT-R is one of my favourite cars so I offer no apology for extolling the virtues of the new model at length here. Since its launch in 2007, the Nissan GT-R has been at the cutting edge of the premium sports car sector. It’s an uncompromising performance four-seater (sort of) for enthusiastic drivers, a car which completely embodies Nissan’s ‘Innovation that Excites’ motto. I drove the current model a while back and you can see that HERE. Continue reading

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Blowing Through The Jasmine In My Driving Mind

The Summer breeze, that big sky, the soft, secret smell of jasmine in the perfumed air; these are the joys of convertible motoring. Yes folks, it’s that time of year again when we kid ourselves that our winter of discontent will finally be made glorious summer. Well, sorry to rain on your open-top parade but even as I write, it is chilly, there’s a cold wind blowing with just a hint of rain in the air. June is just around the corner and we know that our driving life won’t be quite so poetic. Continue reading

Volvo XC90, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Volvo XC90 And The Kitchen Sink

The all-new Volvo XC90 is a mighty, yet manageable, motor. In entry-level Momentum trim – and when I say ‘entry-level’ I mean the Volvo definition of ‘entry-level’ at £50,000 including options – it is a car for all reasons and all seasons. As luck would have it, the car’s arrival coincided with a DriveWrite break, so a few days away with the family unit ensued. Continue reading

Audi, Q2, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring blog, car blog

Audi & The Breath Of Fresh Air

And it came to pass that we entered the grass pollen season even as tree pollen is still doing its nasal thing. The good news is, from next month, compact Audi models will bring a breath of fresher air to their occupants thanks to a new air conditioning filter that not only removes fine particulates and harmful gases from the air, but also neutralises virtually all allergens. This will come as a blessing to those poor souls who suffer from the effects of tree pollen, grass pollen and nature’s sundry pollutants. Continue reading

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New Concepts from Volvo

Volvo Cars have unveiled two new concept cars that move the Swedish brand in a new direction and mark the official launch of its global small-car strategy. The newly revealed 40 series concept models demonstrate for the first time how Volvo plans to expand into the large and lucrative global market for premium small cars with a range of vehicles that combine bold exterior and interior design with industry-leading connectivity, electrification and autonomous drive technologies. Continue reading

Kia cee'd Sportswagon, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Kia cee’d Sportswagon ‘3’ – Lively And Responsive

The trouble with a lively and responsive engine, as fitted to the featured Kia cee’d Sportswagon for example, is that a lively and responsive driver will likely use it in a lively and responsive fashion. This has the downside of adversely affecting fuel consumption. The answer of course is to calm the heck down and drive abstemiously; or simply buy the diesel. Continue reading

Volkswagen Touran, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog, automotive blog

Volkswagen Touran MPV – Sensible Shoes

The thing to remember about a Multi-Purpose Vehicle is that the clue is in the MPV designation. In the case of the Volkswagen Touran it means we have a mid-size seven-seat vehicle which has many practical uses, none of which include driving thrills, I’m afraid. This is the car you want when there is child wrangling to be done, family road trips to be organised or awkward items to be collected from the garden centre. Continue reading