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Recent news stories
This week’s motor-noters write about rust, specifics, smoke taking a map, while in Part 2 its supermarket scratches, horology, mileage and more.
Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 14-07-2018 Part 2
First Provisional Results from Historics Classic Car Auction at Brooklands Museum on Saturday 7th July.
This week’s external combustion covers warranty cover, changing a light bulb, raised expectations and, in Part 2, kit for your car, seats for seven, a question of leverage and more.
Recent road tests
For its third revamp, the 2018 Mazda 6 has been very comprehensively updated. So, in addition to the features covered in our 2016 test, it now boasts a suite of safety equipment, luxury and other improvements that virtually lift it into a higher class.
The 2018 Honda CR-V has been on the roads in China, Thailand and the USA since April 2018 at least. It comes as a 2WD manual, a 4WD manual or a 4WD CVT-7, all with Honda’s turbocharged 1.5iVTEC motor putting out up to 193PS and 243Nm torque and we will see a hybrid version next year. We’ll also see a 7 seater.
The new 2018 SsangYong Musso pick-up is based on the impressive Ssangyong Rexton G4 SUV and shares its 3,500kg towing capacity. Unlike the previous Musso that had a solid front axle it is now double wishbone independent at the front and, unusual for a pick up (Nissan Navara, Mercedes X-Class excepted), has coil springs supporting the load bed. That should give it better ride quality than the old fashioned leaf springs under most trucks, but we’ll get onto that bit later.
The Mitsubishi Shogun Sport has returned to the UK to compete against other tough, 7-seat, ladder framed, off-road 4x4 SUVs with high towing weights. It’s up against the new Ssangyong Rexton and, Toyota Landcruiser LC. And, to a lesser extent, the KIA Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe that don’t have its off road and towing credentials. At £47,000 plus, the LandRover Discovery, Audi Q7 and new VW Touareg have priced themselves out of this market.

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