Thoughts and news about the automotive industry
08 January 2019
The Range Rover Evoque from Land Rover could be said to be the first SUV of its type to drag the mud-plugger of old into the modern world of mainstream motoring. It is one of the brand’s best sellers and deservedly so, but times move on and the new Range Rover Evoque has now made a first public appearance.
06 December 2018
Over just a few short decades the Skoda name has been transformed from a butt of jokes to a tried and trusted brand, backed up by the might of Volkswagen. With a length of nearly five metres, five or seven seats and the largest boot within its class, the tried and tested Skoda Kodiaq is the Czech brand’s largest SUV and it has proved to be a great all-rounder, built for every terrain.
21 November 2018
2019 will see some interesting new cars coming to market, not least the Skoda Kodiaq, which has now been revealed in GT form, making it arguably the biggest performance SUV. Right now though the merits of autonomous car technology are still under discussion and Ford have announced their latest breakthrough, further heralding the arrival of the true driverless car.
08 November 2018
For over forty years the BMW 3 Series Saloon has always had an unparalleled reputation for both quality and supreme handling in the premium mid-size segment. The statement design of ‘long bonnet, short back’ makes the car look fast standing still. Nevertheless, BMW has decided it is time for a change and have introduced the seventh iteration of this great car. With, say the Company, exceptional efficiency and innovative features, time will tell if the revised shape will appeal to buyers in the same way as the current model. Available from March 2019, prices will start at around £33,000 in the UK.
20 October 2018
Have you ever missed a meeting because the other person’s car has broken down? Or worse, were you that person? You have been setting the meeting up for some time and the preparation had taken a few people in the team to pull together. No matter how gracious the jilted party is about the situation, do they really mean that it is ok? Whilst you feel sorry for the person there’s always a tinge of frustration which rubs off on the relationship. A person’s ability to care for their car shouldn’t reflect on their ability to do their job.
12 October 2018
In a motoring world dominated by the ubiquitous SUV it is good to know that some manufacturers still understand the meaning of heritage and feel the burning desire car-mad fans have for true sports cars.
27 September 2018
Every year, like the changing of the seasons, new automotive technology appears on the latest cars. Starting out on the prestige vehicles, over time it filters down to the mainstream. Sometimes it seems superfluous but mostly, especially when it comes to safety, drivers welcome it. Features like navigation systems, stability control and even adaptive cruise control are now standard fare on even budget models so if you hunger for the very latest technology then it will not be a long wait.
13 September 2018
It looks like Alfa Romeo have finally eliminated the gremlins that cursed their earlier cars. This writer spent a very happy week in the featured car and all was well, returning over 38 miles for an expensive gallon, although the company reckon you could get 58mpg. That presumes that you drive like a parsimonious priest. This frugality was courtesy of our decision to opt not for the desirable and fast Quadrifoglio version but rather a more family orientated version with a 2.0L diesel engine.
30 August 2018
If Audi see the tiniest gap in the car market they clearly feel compelled to fill it. Buyers of the more enthusiastic style of small hot hatch are already catered for by the German brand's brilliant RS3. Thus it seems to me that to make, effectively, a taller version of the same thing seems wilfully pointless. So why do we at MHH International love the Audi RSQ3 Performance so?
19 August 2018
Since around 1964 America kept the pony car to itself, refusing point blank to put the steering wheel on the correct side of the motor and ship it over the pond to the UK. Then, with a startling and unexpected turn of events in 2015, Ford began taking orders for a proper British version. Over fifty years of hurt and at last it was here.
02 August 2018
Happiness can take many forms. It may be a first love, or the thrill of a winter storm or a sunny beach at dawn. It may also be something that thrusts you into another dimension of time and space.
20 July 2018
DS is a famous motoring logo resurrected by the French brand Citroen to sell an up-market sub-brand. It worked and such is the appeal that a while back DS, like a coming-of-age child, broke ties with the parent and set out to conquer the automotive world on it’s own. There’s no doubt that with the smaller DS3 hatchback the company has succeeded, so much so that the model range has been increased and is now topped by the big, sophisticated DS7 Crossback SUV featured here.
05 July 2018
A new BMW is always an event and the opportunity arose to check out the fourth generation BMW X5 at an introductory event in the English countryside. Car makers like to group cars into sectors like, MPV, SUV and the like. This new car is apparently an SAV; Sports Activity Vehicle
22 June 2018
Now that Summer is finally here in the UK, it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get out and about where the wild things are; and when going exploring there is no better choice of vehicle than the Jeep Wrangler.
08 June 2018
We must be approaching Summer, hence the flurry of cabriolets being tested here. Does the sun shine where you live and do you like to save money on fuel? This could be the car for you.
24 May 2018
Located on the site of the legendary Brooklands circuit in Weybridge, Surrey, Mercedes-Benz World offers the chance to try the brand’s products. If those products happen to have the AMG badge on them then it would be rude to say no, wouldn’t it? In this case, a quick spin in the Mercedes AMG C63 Cabriolet was on offer. Not bad for a day out.
12 May 2018
This is the car you need if you want to cross continents in a single bound. Nothing else comes close. A seven-seat vehicle that will carry your entire family and your dog, powered by a V8 twin-turbo engine that returns thirty-two miles per gallon or better; sounds like the ideal vehicle doesn’t it? But what if it’s a diesel? Does it matter? Meet the Audi SQ7. MHH International enjoyed a week in its company and this is what we thought of it.
27 April 2018
It was just over a year ago that we had our first look at this very special car. Finally, the opportunity arrived for MHH International to savour a proper evaluation. Was it worth the wait? You bet!
12 April 2018
When the opportunity arises to spend some time with a prestige Audi, you don’t say no. The car in question this time is the smooth Audi A6. It is a large and luxurious four door saloon that should appeal to both families and business users alike.
30 March 2018
Here at MHH international we have dusted off the crystal ball for a glimpse into the future of BMW. What we saw through the mists of time is pretty striking and gives an insight into the new wave of cars from the famous German brand. Introducing the future of luxury performance travel: The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé.
26 March 2018
Spring is here, in the Northern Hemisphere at least, and it is nearly time to don that lumberjack shirt, roll the sleeves up, grab a 4x4 and head for the hills. Jeep have been crowned 4x4 manufacturer of the year for 2018 by one prestigious magazine and from that same publication the Wrangler in its Sahara and Rubicon variants have scooped the off-road award, strengthening its legendary status for off-road ability, superior dynamics innovative safety features. The Jeep Wrangler is available to order in the UK now and starts at around £37,000.
15 March 2018
The Geneva Motor Show is one of the most important events for car manufacturers and is often the venue for launching new vehicles. This year’s show has offered up a choice selection of superb cars of which these are our favourites.
08 March 2018
Joining the ranks of Jaguar vehicles with one letter designations is arguably the best looking car yet. The new aluminium construction, all-electric I-Pace truly does put the British company at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution. Designed from the wheels up as an electric vehicle (EV), this striking new car offers a bold aero-efficient design plus interior space for five adults and copious luggage.
01 March 2018
Volvo have unveiled the new V60, a five-door, mid-size premium estate. Volvo cars have always been technically impressive but have maybe lacked some excitement in design. The company must have realised this because the new V60 is gorgeous from any angle. It’s a versatile estate car (station wagon) that caters to the diverse needs and realities of modern family life.
22 February 2018
TVR is a British sports car company, established in 1946, that in the past has produced some iconic, if fragile, sports cars much beloved of driving enthusiasts. Production ceased a few years ago and after the brand changed hands a few times TVR as a sports car maker are back with, literally, a roar.
15 February 2018
Historically, Lexus cars have not generally taken the breath away with exotic design. With superb build quality this Japanese brand has impressed with its big, solid dependable saloons many of which are still going long after they first appeared but they are not all head-turners.
08 February 2018
Such is the pressure of the global drive for cleaner air and less reliance on fossil fuels that, over the last few years, the car industry has looked urgently at the alternatives. Today, we hear much about hybrids and battery-powered electric vehicles but not so much about the other option – fuel cell technology.
01 February 2018
The motor industry accolades keep on coming for Alfa Romeo's powerful Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the flagship sports saloon from the famous Italian brand. It was named, with good reason, the 'Best Sports and Performance Car' at a UK 2018 Car of the Year award. There’s a very good reason for this.
25 January 2018
Love it or hate it, the Bentley Bentayga certainly makes a statement. The road it is unlikely that it will pass you without comment and you can be pretty sure that this V8 will pass you. It’s quick.
18 January 2018
Every new Aston Martin that is released into the wild is an event. Somehow the British-based company produce cars that whilst being distinctive in their own right, still retain that Aston Martin look. Such is the case with the DB11. Originally, this striking car arrived with a 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Now, Aston Martin’s definitive GT is now available with a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine from Mercedes AMG, the company’s technical partner. This is the engine DB11 enthusiasts were crying out for and it has provided the opportunity to reveal more of the DB11’s sporting character.
11 January 2018
2018 is likely to bring many new automotive innovations to the fore along with some striking new electric and hybrid cars and, thankfully, also a couple of new V8 road monsters.
18 December 2017
Unquestionably, the latest 911 GT3 is pure Porsche. In a time when many cars are getting softer it is good to know that some car makers still consider their core aims. Porsche rightly claim that the GT3 bridges the gap between motorsport and road driving, truly reflecting the soul of 911. A driver’s life probably doesn’t get much better than this.