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Everyone’s doing compact SUVs these days and now Mitsubishi has launched the Eclipse Cross to sit between its existing ASX and Outlander, says Tom Wiltshire.

Volkswagen’s expanding SUV range has been boosted by the Golf-sized T-Roc with eye-catching styling, personalisation and room for all the family. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s going to another big hit for Volkswagen.

Gallery: Lexus hybrid crossover’s NXt move

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lexus is looking to make the most of the growing interest in hybrids by refreshing its NX 300h. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if this crossover ticks the boxes.

Volvo can do no wrong, reinventing its image with desirable models such as the award-winning XC60 mid-range SUV, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

My first car

Perry Parsons had a lot of fun in his 1954 two-seater Morgan Plus 4 sports car which, unfortunately came to an untimely end when hit by a bus.

Michael Redgrave shared many exciting and hairy moments with Paula – his 1929 Morris Cowley.

Alan Payne’s 19-year-old Morris 8 would not go up steep hills forwards so he had to go up them backwards.

Repainting Romany Poppitt-Price’s first car, a Hillman Hunter, went with military precision and the help of a tin of Dulux!

Martin Cooper’s first car really was a family car – he bought it from his grandfather and later sold it to his cousin... for a profit.

Russell Whipps worked for a Ford dealer when he bought his Anglia which made it handy when it needed repairs.

Victor Bennett tells how Betsy the Morris Minor’s engine was flooded, along with the interior, by the high tide which also left it with a slight smell of salty fish.

This 1966 Mini pick-up was love at first sight for Josephine Stecak but it was a relationship that didn’t always run smoothly. Pictures: Josephine Stecak

Motor trade apprentice John Smith faced a serious challenge to bring his first car, a Ford Taunus 12M, up to his standards. But, unfortunately, his labour of love did not last long.

Geoffrey Green is reliving his early ‘scooter boy’ days having bought another Lambretta and lovingly restored it in retirement.

Ken Crane tells about his 500 A Topolino – a ‘little mouse-shaped’ Fiat which he bought after passing his driving test.

Not one but two first cars – a 1959 Hillman Minx Series III and a 1953-54 Standard 8 – owned by Clive Dyball and his wife, Margaret.

Richard Clarke bought an ex-Army wartime Austin 8 AP tourer staff car as his first car but it certainly didn’t run with military motoring precision.

Steve Williams was in the dark about the condition of his Triumph Herald, after buying it at night in the rain, but daylight revealed it was a wreck.

Jane Rich’s Morris 8 tourer, nicknamed Wee 2, is still a big part of the family after more than half a century of ownership.

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