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Motors from the movies will be on display at a Suffolk classic car show this weekend.

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Honda now offers a 1.6-litre diesel powertrain in its Civic alongside the 1.0 and 1.5-litre petrol models. Tom Wiltshire takes it for a spin.

Ahead of its 20th anniversary, the Skoda Fabia hatchback and estate have a fresh face and new technology and equipment. Motoring editor Andy Russell drives the talented, no-nonsense small car.

SEAT has had a significant impact in a short time on the SUV market, following the Ateca with the compact Arona that’s big on space and talent, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The Sportage is a solid, well-priced SUV from Kia. It’s now been updated and gains more technology. Tristan Shale-Hester drives the new mild hybrid version.

Ford celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Ford Focus with a new model that brings new affordable technology and connectivity to the class, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The new RX L is first seven-seater Lexus has launched in Europe – Ryan Hirons finds out if this hybrid, luxury SUV makes a big impression too.

With many manufacturers launching their first pure electric vehicles, EV pioneer Nissan has launched its second-generation Leaf, now a credible alternative to petrol and diesel power, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

My first car

After a summer travelling around in a Renault 4L camionnette, running market stalls in France, it transported Sylvie Wheatley to university where she experienced a scary moment with a sleepy ‘stowaway’.

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Bob Vousden had a hairy moment after tackling the hairpin bends on a mountain road when the brakes failed in his well loaded Morris 1000.

It was 12 years before Sharon Willmott was able to afford her first car, a £20 1948 Morris Minor, but she then kept ‘him’ for more than 20 years... with the help of her father.

Roger Norvill found life with his 1931 Austin 7 could be an uphill struggle but playing hide and seek after fellow Servicemen’s good-humoured antics were all part of the fun.

Graham Coe’s first car was a Ford Prefect 107E and he aimed to keep it as immaculate as the previous owner had done with plenty of polish and a plastic cover to protect it.

Duncan Bradford’s first car was a 1953 Ford Prefect 100E, his second – a Reliant Fox – was his first, and only, new car and he’still driving it.

John Telford and his identical twin shared a Ford Popular but sometimes it ended in double trouble as he recalls here.

Eileen Kittell has fond memories of fun and laughter travelling with friends in her 1933 Austin 7, including cooking for 200 boys on a summer camp while she was on half-pay as a school cook.

Ron French passed his driving test first time after just 10 lessons and says it might have helped that, being a keen cyclist, he had good road sense.

Graham Godbold had a few dramas in his hand-painted purple Ford Zodiac but the scariest was when his wife nearly fell out on a roundabout.

The clutch went the day after Nigel Garbett paid £160 for his 1960 Ford Anglia 105E but it went on to give good service until rust got hold.

Cathie Edmunds grew up with cars and learned to drive in her 1935 Morris 8, called Taffy. More than half a century later, she still wonders what became of it.

Ronald Wood’s first set of four wheels was a Ford Squire van, followed by a Mini Traveller. They put him on the road to a car-buying bug which sees him buying a different model almost every year.

Ray Rose’s Standard 8 van was the business for transporting logs for sale but ended up on its roof on a nasty S bend.

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