1956 Jaguar Mark VII M

Big Old Cat Comes to Life

Jaguar’s long line-up of full-size British luxury sedans saw the Mark VII serve between 1950 and 1956 as the brand’s pinnacle four-door offering. Interestingly, Bentley already had a Mark VI model on the market, so Jaguar simply skipped from Mark V to Mark VII, and coming in at a smidge under 5 ...

Published on 25 Apr 2022

2018 Honda Civic 1.0T SR

Is this the Civic-minded one of the lot?

(JANUARY 2019) During my time with Motor, I have driven three variants of the current generation Honda Civic. The streak started with a lovely blue 1.5 Turbo RS (Aussie version, mate). A few months on, I met this car again – only this time it had been caressed gently by the hands of Honda tuning g...

Published on 20 Mar 2022

2018 Bentley Flying Spur V8S

Epitome of luxury...and yet a driver's car

(JANUARY 2019) Luxury is relative - this is true of most things and is not limited to automobiles. It is the world of automobiles however that brings out this relativity, arguably better than any other. A user of an 800cc Indian car might call a Toyota Premio a “luxury car” while the owner of a ...

Published on 17 Mar 2022

Maserati GranTurismo

Taking the reins of this Rorty Stallion

I happened to chance upon a list of the top five things one needs to do in the world before one dies (there are many such varying lists) and I was fascinated to note that I have managed three already and a fourth was in the pipeline, alas to be rudely interrupted by the Covid imposed travel bans. On...

Published on 13 Mar 2022

2019 Jeep Renegade

Just how 'Renegade' is it, really?

(NOVEMBER 2019) The Jeep Renegade when launched, was truly a revelation, making the ‘Jeep’ mantra truly more accessible to so many. Boxy like a traditional 4x4, the Renegade was praised for its funky styling, practicality and its edge over many others in the Compact Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment...

Published on 10 Mar 2022

2019 Hyundai Venue

Is it the place to be?

(OCTOBER 2019) According to the Oxford Learners Dictionary, a venue is a place where people meet for an organized event, for example a concert, sporting event or conference. So how does this connect to a motor vehicle, I pondered as I drove the Hyundai Venue out of the gates of Hyundai Lanka on a ca...

Published on 09 Mar 2022

Fastest Fiat 124 Spider in Sri Lanka

2017 Fiat 124 Spider with Stage 2 Tuning Map

In 2016, Fiat debuted its revival of the classic Fiat 124 Sport Spider of the Sixties, and the automotive world was divided. You see, Fiat took the latest Mazda MX-5 and rehashed it, giving it a Fiat engine and styling meant to evoke its ancestor. The car was (it has since been discontinued) met wit...

Published on 27 Feb 2022

The Pretty little Old School Hooligan

Mercedes Benz SLC AMG 43

To the collective groan of octane blooded enthusiasts, the sports car is dying around the world and across all categories. None more so than the small convertible/roadster sports cars sector. According #carindustryanalysis on motor1.com, even the world’s best-selling sports car, the Mazda Miata/MX...

Published on 23 Feb 2022

2019 Jaguar i-Pace

We check out Jaguar's electric SUV on Sri Lankan roads

(NOVEMBER 2019) When you first set your eyes on the i-Pace, the first question that comes to mind… is it a car or is it an SUV. But when you start driving it; and indeed if you are lucky to be living with one, you will soon realize that it is neither a car nor an SUV. It is indeed a crossover. And...

Published on 16 Feb 2022

2019 Honda Accord 1.5T

Is the latest Accord downsized...or rightsized in the engine department?

(AUGUST 2019) The Honda Accord is among the best-selling cars in the United States – along with its arch nemesis the Toyota Camry – as well as in most other countries where it competes with its arch nemesis. Today, the tenth generation Accord is larger, more technological and spacious. But it ha...

Published on 07 Feb 2022