Recent articles by Mike Askew

Road tests

Volkswagen Polo

1 Feb, 2006

If you need reminding that we live in strange times, take a moment to look at the Polo Dune.

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Alfa Romeo Brera

9 Nov, 2005

In a world where engineers are building MPVs which drive like sports cars, it's no wonder some experts are claiming the days of the plain and simple sporting GT are over

Long-term tests

Toyota Prius

20 Jul, 2004

Ah, the sound of silence! That's what we have got used to with our long-term Prius. The petrol-electric hybrid has become a firm fleet favourite over the past five months, due to its uncanny ability to waft along emitting no noise whatsoever.

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Toyota Prius

20 Apr, 2004

What does £25 get you these days? A slap-up curry at your local tandoori? A half-decent seat at a football match? Whatever makes you tick, the chances are £25 would come in very handy.

Long-term tests

Skoda Superb

22 Dec, 2003

Have you ever told a joke or a story and then had to repeat it 10 minutes afterwards for a latecomer?

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Suzuki Ignis Sport

17 Dec, 2003

Entering the world of rallying is no easy task for a manufacturer. Not only do you have to pay to see drivers smash your priceless cars to pieces, you also need a good enough vehicle in the first place.

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Audi TT Roadster 2003 review

11 Nov, 2003

The security guard at Brunting-thorpe Proving Ground knows a thing or two about cars.

Long-term tests

Toyota RAV4

21 Oct, 2003

It's hard to believe that the RAV4 has been with us for a year; it seems like only last week it bounced into our car park, full of the joys of... er, autumn. So has it been a rewarding 12 months with GX52EEM? You bet.

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Volkswagen Golf MK V (2003) review

30 Sep, 2003

As promotional stunts go, getting a town to change its name to match your car is some trick.

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Citroen C2

9 Sep, 2003

Don't let anyone tell you young motorists have a hard time these days. Okay, so the driving test is tougher than ever, insurance premiums are stratospheric and congestion is at an all-time high, but so what?

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Porsche Carrera C4S Cabrio

1 Jul, 2003

Question: When is a 911 Turbo not a 911 Turbo? Answer: When it's a C4S.

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Renaultsport Clio V6 255

15 Apr, 2003

They don't do things by halves at Renault. Never afraid to produce machines that most manufacturers would consider too radical even for a concept car, the company's reputation for innovation and individuality shows no sign of waning.

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Peugeot 206

15 Apr, 2003

For a manufacturer that twice defined the hot hatch market with its 205 GTi and 306 GTi-6, Peugeot's recent form in the sporting arena has been, dare we say it, a little disappointing.

Long-term tests

Smart Cabrio

18 Feb, 2003

There aren't many vehicles in the Auto Express car park that have a name. In fact, there's only one - this one.

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MCC Smart Roadster

4 Feb, 2003

You don't need to be Mystic Meg to predict that small roadsters are going to grab all the headlines in 2003. With Smart, Ford, Citroen and Daihatsu preparing to hit the road with brand new models, buyers are going to be spoilt for choice.

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Toyota Land Cruiser

10 Dec, 2002

When Toyota bosses sat down to design the new Land Crui-ser three years ago, they faced a tough decision.

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Nissan Micra 1.2 three-door

13 Nov, 2002

There aren't many cars that can claim to have a built-in device for saving relationships. The all-new Nissan Micra, however, is one of them. Thanks to its on-board computer diary, you'll never forget that vital wedding anniversary again.

Long-term tests

Toyota RAV4

4 Nov, 2002

We live in strange times. Thanks to modern technology we can now read a newspaper on the Internet, take pictures with our phones and listen to the radio on our televisions.

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Audi A8

3 Sep, 2002

Contrary to popular opinion, the mid-Nineties was a great time to be a follower of all things motoring. Sure, there was some awful stuff around - the Mini Metro remained Britain's biggest hope for supermini success

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BMW M3 CSL

9 Jul, 2002

BMW is going back to its roots. To celebrate 30 glorious years of M cars, the German giant is, for once, taking a look in its rear view mirror.

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