• THE LONE contender from China in the UK pick-up market has been given a serious makeover for this year, which includes the use of better quality materials and higher specification.

  • THERE'S ONE thing for sure about VW's Amarok pick-up - it is one big monster and, by my reckoning, the more vertically challenged amongst us will almost require a mounting block just to get into the saddle!

  • IT MIGHT not be the most appealing vehicle on the road, but with the Skoda Yeti, beauty is more than skin deep.

  • THE ENTRY level sector of the car market is, perhaps the most competitive of all and there's a plethora of wee beasts out there which will give you road tax free motoring, miniscule fuel costs, and, for younger drivers, reduced insurance premiums - which is a huge consideration these days.

  • DESPITE A mild winter thus far, the 4x4s market has remained remarkably buoyant, according to Manheim, the world's largest vehicle remarketing organisation.

  • THE HOTTEST ticket in town at next month's Detroit Auto Show will be the new Mini John Cooper Works.

  • ONE OF the smallest cars in the running for this year's Scottish Car of the Year title walked away with the biggest award - the Hyundai i10 won the main prize despite being up against some of the most prestigious names in the automotive industry.

  • WHEN SCOTLAND was wracked by snow and ice a few years back, a couple of big brand names got the name of being left in the driveway because they simply could not cope - being rear-wheel-drive.

  • EVERY now and then comes along a car which knocks your socks off ...

  • THE LATEST Land Rover made its first apperance to the world this week at the Paris Motor Show and already there would appear to be a long queue of prospective custmers ready to buy the 'Sport' version of the highly successful Discovery range.