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Why do we drive on the left-hand side of the road?

Why do some countries drive on the left side of the road and others on the right? We explore the curious origins of this road traffic rule.

A quick history of the BMW M3

The BMW M3 nameplate is one of the most famous in performance car circles. We dive into the history of both the M3 and M4 models.

Six SUV pioneers that blazed the trail for today

How did the modern SUV come to be? We list the six crucial vehicles that (at least in Europe) helped bring the crossover into the mainstream.

Why Aston Martin had to change – and is still changing…

Since becoming Aston Martin CEO in 2014 Andy Palmer has tranformed the brand from loss-maker to profit, with new desirable cars and much more to come.

Driving BMW’s greatest roadsters

With the all-new BMW Z4 on its way, we take a look back at – and have a drive of – some of its predecessors, from the 327 to the most recent Z4.

A short history of Honda Type R

The launch of a new Honda Civic Type R this month continues a glorious history of performance cars from the Japanese brand.

Nissan Qashqai – Ten years on

A decade after the Nissan Qashqai went on sale, not even the most optimistic prophet could have expected the dramatic way this car changed the market.

Top ten blink-&-you-miss-them cars

Developing a new car is a very expensive business, so you would think manufacturers would do all they could to make sure they get it right. Sadly not...

50 years on from Bluebird’s last run

It is now 50 years since Donald Campbell died on Coniston Water in his Bluebird boat, ending a brave quest for Land and Water world speed records.

A short history of McLaren – not featuring F1 cars…

Supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive has achieved a great deal in the six years since it was created, and the pace is only getting faster...

Insight – 75 years on, Jeep looks forward

Jeep was rescued by Fiat in 2009 and the original 4x4 brand is now very much on the up, halfway through an ambitious five-year growth plan.

Insight: 45 years on, Audi is still all about Technik

Three new model launches show Audi's technology-based slogan is still highly relevant today.

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