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Here you will find the latest on the new car scene, First Drive reviews of what is on the way and our extensive collection of Road Tests – all brought to you by some of Britain's most experienced motoring writers.

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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.

Mark Turner

<p>Mark, grew up oily and holding a spanner for his dad then spent his whole life around cars, bikes and anything with wheels and an engine.</p> <p>He’s done almost everything from selling cars to fixing them to working on engineering projects for the manufacturers and tier 1 suppliers to photographing and writing about them and more.</p> <p>Mark says “I remember in my first year at secondary school I was sitting in English class. We had a truly inspirational teacher called Wally Gomes who had a MK1 Escort Lotus. Wally sparked something inside me and I’ve been writing ever since.”</p>

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ASTON Martin is to add to its ultra-exclusive Vanquish Zagato line-up with the production of a Speedster and a Shooting Brake.The new models come with special styling features from Zagato, the famous Italian automotive design house in Milan.The Speedster and Shooting Brake will join the others in the Zagato family, the Vanquish Zagato Coupe andVanquish Zagato Volante which are produced at Aston Martin's base at Gaydon, Warwickshire.Of the two new models, the Vanquish Zagato Speedster...

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VAUXHALL has chosen next month's Frankfurt Motor Show to reveal up-market versions of Vivaro variants, the Tourer Elite and Combi Plus.The new models are aimed at the business shuttle market.Tourer Elite model will be available with a 1.6-litre CDTi BiTurbo engine with 125bhp or 145bhp, in either L1 or L2 body styles.Designed for customers after a more generously specified combi, the Combi Plus is more car-like, and less van-like than the standard Vivaro Combi.Both models will be...

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JUST how far car technology has progressed today compared to only two or three decades ago is so evident if any avid motorist has the chance to get behind the wheel of some original models from back in the Sixities, Seventies and Eighties.Down at the famous Beaulieu Motor Museum in Hampshire I had just the chance to do so and drive some remarkable and well restored cars from yesteryear.They included a Toyota Corona from 1967, a Mitsubishi Colt Lancer dated 1973, a Suzuki Whizzkid from...

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OUR love affair with the SUV seems to go on and on with sales rising every year and all the car makers getting into the action.But Suzuki has been making real 4x4s for much longer than most others and they really know what they're doing.Take the Vitara for example. For the majority of drivers it's an urban SUV with the looks of a 4x4 but front wheel drive is all they need.However, most models are available with proper automatic four wheel drive (4WD) and this turns it into a true,...

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SOME things just are.Go on, step on the grass, your lawn is still a lawn, it may have grown a bit overnight or become slightly patchy in parts but you can be sure it has not become quicksand or been electrified.Both ideas do, however, appeal in certain circumstances.The perfect Midsummer Murder: "Well one minute she was tending the herbaceous boarders and the next there was a flash of blue light and she vanished into the ground."And all because of the village fete sponge cake...

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WITH an excellent range of petrol and diesel engines and a huge array of personalisation available, few secondhand Citroen DS3's are likely to be the same.That means that when looking for one, you may have to hunt around two or three dealers to find just the right car for your tastes.But when you do find it, you won't be disappointed.These are the cars that were made before DS became a brand in its own right and are distinguishable by having both the DS badge and the chevron Citoren...

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PEUGEOT has expanded its 108 range for summer with the addition of the Collection and TOP! Roland Garros trim levels.These new models bolster the existing 108 range at the start of the Peugeot Summer Drive initiative, which includes finance packages and additional kit on the range.Featuring plenty of personalisation options and a comprehensive specification, the Peugeot 108 Collection allows owners to get creative.Priced from £13,380 it comes in a choice of five exterior colours with...

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