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The 2013 Focus ST is a new model for US customers, and a replacement for a well-loved – and quite big selling – European Focus ST. The comparison is important, since Ford says that European and US spec Focus ST are to be the same; indeed, in the spirit of the original Taurus SHO, only a 6...

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Shadowing parent Hyundai, Kia has been steadily developing their brand in recent years, and offerings such as the Optima and Soul have been impressive when tested. The bottom line seems to be that Kia offers the same as Honda or Toyota, but at a better price. With prices starting at $54k, Kia...

Reading: Ferrari: Th...

On a plane some time ago I sat next to a VP of Marketing. We were returning to San Francisco, and she worked at a tech company. We discussed our work, and hence cars. I accurately guessed she drove a Lexus Hybrid SUV, which impressed her, but given the drift of her conversation –...

“Shoulda had i...

In writing about this 328, the reader has the benefit of the authors direct comparison with both a european spec F90 3-series, and longtime association with an E46 325iA. These comparisons are interesting, because it seemed to this scribe that the 328 was not one car, but four. We picked up...

Morris Marina: Are A...

In 1995 Ford Europe introduced a new Fiesta, remembered chiefly for it’s perfectly horrid fish-faced grille. At the same time, they kept the old body-style around, perhaps for those who did not want to look as if they were trapped in an oversize guppy, in a poverty spec. special...

Flawed Icons of Amer...

Years ago living in Rome in a shared house, we had horrible problems getting the heating to work in the winter. The boiler was locked away in the basement; to get the pilot light lit and the heating working, it was necessary to book an appointment with the gas board. It was only possible to...