Launch Pad: Range Rover Hybrid Silk Trail Expedition 2013

Range Rover Hybrids in Jaipur India on 2013 Silk Trail Expedition

 

Is this a launch? Not exactly. But I am about to take part in the last leg of Land Rover’s 2013 Silk Trail Expedition – a glorious 16,000km PR stunt that’s also acting as the final prototype evaluation for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport hybrids that are set to go on sale in 2014.

Welcome to India.

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Launch Pad: Skoda Rapid Spaceback

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Today’s launch is for the Skoda Rapid Spaceback, the Skoda equivalent of style over substance. Which is to say, there’s still a great deal of the latter and you can make your own mind up about the former
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Launch Pad: 2013 Mazda3

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Me? Jealous of, Sean? Noooooo. Just because he’s swanning about in the scintillating new Alfa Romeo 4C and I’m driving the new Mazda3 – a car that has almost totally failed to register on my radar – what have I got to be jealous about.

But hold on a minute. This new Mazda, it doesn’t half look a lot better in the metal than it does in the pictures…

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Launch pad: Alfa Romeo 4C

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I’m currently sat at Heathrow airport buzzing with excitement, as I’m off on the launch of what is undoubtedly one of the most important new cars of 2013: the Alfa Romeo 4C.

The Italian sport car builder hasn’t had just that in its line-up for too long now, but thankfully, the 4C boasts all the right details to sort the situation out.

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MR Kia cee’d SW long-termer: good to be back

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For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been road-testing a group of cars for an upcoming feature. The mix has been diverse: Mitsubishi Mirage, Skoda Octavia estate, Citroen C4 Picasso… throw in a launch blast in a rocket-powered Porsche 911 Turbo S and experiences have been wide-ranging.

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Launch Pad: Porsche 991 911 Turbo

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Head full of CJ’s reports about how brilliant the Porsche 991 911 GT3 was, I’m sitting in Farnborough waiting to go and drive the Porsche 991 911 Turbo for the first time.

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First 5 Minutes: Mitsubishi Mirage

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Mitsubishi has a history of making fire-breathing cars with disproportionately large spoilers. The test car I’ve got out this week continues that proud trend.

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First 5 Minutes: Aston Martin Vanquish

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At last, I’ve got some quality time in the Aston Martin Vanquish. A car that, in my eyes, is an absolute beauty, whose flowing, curvaceous surfaces hold true to everything designer Marek Reichmann has ever said. He both intellectualises car design and turns it into genuine art, rather than just styling: here is his proudest work to date.

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Post haste: Royal Mail special delivery via Jaguar E-Type

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We had a special delivery here at MR today: a Jaguar E-Type. And an Aston Martin DB5. And a Lotus Esprit, a Morgan Plus 8, an MGB and a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. I stamped and stamped, so all six are now in my possession.

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Launch Pad: Jaguar C-X75

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Jaguar will be showing the C-X75 at the Nurburgring’s Old Timer Grand Prix this weekend. But today, I’m going one better: I’ll be driving it.

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