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Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

Death of the traditional handbrake

Electronic parking brake

New research has revealed that just a third of new cars are now fitted with manual handbrakes as manufacturers ditch them in favour of electronic parking brakes. According to research by online automotive marketplace CarGurus, only two mainstream manufacturers, Dacia and Suzuki, offer manually-operated handbrakes on their entire ranges. Many …

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London to Brussels in a Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace Channel Tunnel

The 100% electric Jaguar I-Pace has showcased its efficiency and practicality, driving the 229 miles from London to Brussels on a single charge. Starting its epic journey on London’s South Bank, with its 90kWh battery fully charged, it headed to the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone. However, unlike the 80 …

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The pioneering Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the golden goose that keeps on giving for the Japanese brand. When it was originally launched in 2014 it was perfectly timed to benefit from the boom in SUVs, the switch to greener cars and the incentives offered for plug-in hybrids, including exemption from …

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sets speed record

Record-breaking Jaguar XE SV Project 8 at Laguna Seca

The awesome Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has confirmed its status as the world’s fastest production saloon with a new lap record in the US. Driver Randy Pobst clocked 1min 37.54sec in a Project 8 at the 2.2-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California – almost a second faster …

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Japanese car brands ‘are the most reliable’

Suzuki logo

Four out of the top five most dependable cars are from Japanese manufacturers, according to reliability rankings released by What Car? The Toyota Yaris hatchback and the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross jointly claim the top spot, both achieving perfect scores. Suzuki is the overall top brand for reliability among cars up …

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Poor eyesight could cost you your licence

Vision Express eye test

Drivers who are stopped by police will have their licences revoked immediately if they fail a simple roadside eye test. The tough new crackdown aims to catch some of the thousands of motorists who get behind the wheel despite having defective eyesight. The initiative is being rolled out across Thames …

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Best and worst celebrity road trip companions

Ed Sheeran

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has topped a poll as favourite choice for a travel buddy, with journalist Piers Morgan at the other end of the scale. Budget Car Rental UK conducted an independent, European-wide survey to discover who we would most like to travel with on a long car journey and …

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Ford Fiesta Active review

Ford Fiesta Active

We road test the rufty-tufty version of the UK’s best-selling new car, but is the Ford Fiesta Active distinctive enough to stand out in the compact crossover crowd? Ford claims the Active combines “SUV inspired styling with Fiesta driving dynamics”. A bold claim, and at first sight there are only …

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Alfa Romeos unleashed in Milan

Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team in Milan

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team made a special appearance on the streets of Milan this week, ahead of the Italian Grand Prix. The Formula One racer, along with the range-topping Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, was taking part in the opening of “F1 Unleash”. The …

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