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Driving Force comprises some of the most experienced motoring journalists in the United Kingdom.

The Authors

Chris Russon

The driving force behind Eurekar. Chris heads up a team of motoring correspondents under the Driving Force banner. Prior to Driving Force becoming independent in 2010 he was Chief Motoring Editor for Trinity Mirror Regional newspapers. Chris has been writing about cars for almost 40 years.

Edward Stephens

Edward edits the motoring pages of the Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Post as a freelancer after more than 35 years on the staff. Also writes on motoring for various other newspapers, trade magazines and well known websites.

Mike Torpey

Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.

Ian Johnson

Ian has been a member of Driving Force since its inception. He began his career in journalism in 1962 on the Cheshire Observer and took over the paper's motoring column in 1966. Specialist areas include classic cars, product launches and automotive comment.

Ian Donaldson

Ian estimates he has driven more than 6,000 cars (so far) in a road testing career that's taken him around the world. He has spent several years as a full-time staff motoring editor and is now a busy freelance journalist

Enda Mullen

Enda is a business reporter for the Coventry Telegraph and is also the motoring editor for the Solihull News. He covers the Midlands automotive industry and in particular Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin product launches. He is a renowned automotive commentator.

Alistair Coull

Alistair has been the motoring correspondent for the Daily Post in England and Wales since 1986. Now freelance, he has also worked for the Press Association, Daily Express, Daily Star, the Huddersfield Examiner and was deputy syndication editor for the Manchester Evening News.

Maxine Ashford

Maxine has been a journalist since the late 1980s and for the past 13 years has specialised in motoring. Former motoring editor at Media Wales responsible for the Western Mail, South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday. Freelance since 2009, Maxine loves cars but not quite as much as rugby!

Patrick James

The author has been a motoring writer for more than 16 years. Formerly motoring editor at the Coventry Telegraph, he now produces motoring copy, on new car launches and road tests on a freelance basis.

John Murdoch

John is regional editor for Media Scotland's Lanarkshire and Lothian titles. Three times president of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers he has been writing about cars for over 40 years. Recently awarded lifetime membership of the National Union of Journalists and was the subject of a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating him on his service to newspapers.

Barrie Mills

Barrie has been covering the motoring scene for more than 15 years contributing to Driving Force and the Liverpool Echo. When he is not writing about cars, he is deputy head of production for Trinity Mirror in Merseyside. Barrie has a particular interest in classic cars.

Bruce Booth

Bruce left the Daily Record three years ago after 23 years as a sub editor motoring writer to wind down a long career as a freelance motoring journalist. Still supplies new and used car columns as well as covering motorsport for the Record and for Eurekar

Lee Gibson

A journalist with nearly 30 years of experience on some of the biggest regional newspapers in England and Wales including the Birmingham Mail, Express & Star, Western Mail, the Sunday Mercury and Wales on Sunday. He currently edits the Sunday Mercury motoring pages as well as contributing to Eurekar.

Peter Keenan

Peter has been with the Birmingham Post & Mail since 1990 and took on the role as motoring correspondent in 2007. He has been part of the Driving Force team for more than 10 years and his reviews are used nationwide by Trinity Mirror publications.

Robin Roberts

Has had with a career spent covering the automotive industry and particularly its Welsh component suppliers - he can not only tell you what goes where but possibly who made it fit. He has been a motoring journalist based in Wales for three decades.

Val Jessop

Val has worked for provincial and regional newspapers in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Merseyside, including the Liverpool Daily Post, Welsh Daily Post, Manchester Evening News, and as freelance for the Daily Express and Daily Star. Interests include motorsport, especially Formula One, covering events in the UK and particularly the Monaco Grand Prix.

Jon Smith

Jon is a senior motoring journalist with a background writing for weekly/provincial daily and national newspapers and magazines. He has held executive news and features positions in Fleet Street and evening titles. Former Pirelli Motoring Writer of the Year winner. Currently specialising in product launches, safety issues, car tests and future motoring trends.

Peter Hayward

Peter has been writing about cars for more than 35 years producing road tests, second hand car tests, features on new and classic models, road safety and manufacturing. Has been a contributor to Auto Express, Classic Cars, Classic Car Weekly, Candis magazine and Japanese Motoring.

David Whinyates

David helped set up Driving Force while motoring editor of the Teesside Gazette. Now acts as consultant motoring editor and is a co-owner of Driving Force Media Ltd.

Steve Orme

Steve has been on the motoring circuit since 1979 and has a particular interest in 4x4 with access to off-road terrain. Steve writes the weekly Full Chat column which takes an irreverent look at motoring. A member of the Northern group of Motoring Writers.

Stewart Smith

Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.

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SWEDISH car maker Volvo is currently riding the crest of a wave.The successful revamp of its all-new 90 series has firmly established the brand in the premium class in the last year or so, while it also remains at the forefront of the development of driverless technology.All of which helped global sales for the Gothenburg-based marque reach a record 534,332 last year, up more than six per cent on 2015.A constant among all the change, however, has been the XC60 - which has been Volvo's...

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IF there's a car out there that's really in tune with the X Factor it's the latest Mokka compact SUV from Vauxhall.When the original Mokka hit UK streets back in 2012 it slipped quietly under the radar into an already intensely competitive area of the new car market.Lined up against proven big sellers like the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and Skoda Yeti, it had its work cut out from day one.But the impact it had surprised many, underlining why a simple but very practical design can win...

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AS I drove around in the cosseted luxury of a Range Rover, I found myself pondering how the original pitch for such a vehicle might have gone back in the Swinging Sxties.It's tempting to speculate that everyone involved had been smoking a little too much of the wacky baccy for which the decade is famous."I know," I pictured some bright young Land Rover executive saying. "Why don't we make a motor that's as plush as a premium saloon but capable of crossing the Sahara Desert?"After...

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WHEN the MG revival under Chinese ownership got under way there were thousands of car enthusiasts who were eagerly awaiting the arrival of a stylish and sporty roadster.That hasn't happened as yet and in truth it probably won't - at least any time soon.MG might have once been a marque renowned for its capable and affordable sports cars but it's been taken in a different direction by current owners SAIC.Not only that but if you look at the automotive marketplace fewer car makers are...

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NISSAN'S bread-and-butter range has been given a marmalade-topped model.The Nissan Pulsar is, on paper, a five-door family car of good proportions and useful performance but it's really more than that.Originating in 1978 as an enlarged version of the Nissan Sunny, hence the name Pulsar, the latest model was introduced to Britain in 2015.The Pulsar is Nissan's upper range five-door model and it runs to 15 versions in four trim levels from about £14,000 to £23,000 and there's a...

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