About Richard Lofthouse

Richard has covered the global car industry for twenty years, ranging from reporting on the business of Formula One to consumer road testing and the global industry, with a recent focus on emergent new technologies and drivetrains.

The ultimate pocket-rocket is back: Ford Fiesta ST review

By |2019-01-11T07:01:23+00:00January 11th, 2019|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Ford Reviews|

Ford Fiesta 3 Door 1.5T EcoBoost ST 3 200PS P11D Value: £21,985 BIK band:28% 3-door hot hatch 200ps 1.5 litre, 3cyl petrol/six-speed manual Economy / CO2 Emissions: 47mpg / 136g/km Performance: 6.5 sec /144mph What is it? We said in 2017 that the 140bhp ST-Line Fiesta was pretty exciting, but nothing compares to the real ST. Out now and with [...]

Our top 15 cars from the Geneva Motor Show

By |2018-03-09T13:44:08+00:00March 9th, 2018|Car news and reviews, News|

1. Hyundai Kona EV Sweetly styled crossover with full electric battery capacity. No precision offered over pricing or deliveries but journalists clambered over it and a later comment from the company suggests later this year. Ditto the new Santa Fe (well received) and 3rd generation fuel cell vehicle, the very pure, very promising Nexo. 2. Kia CEED SW Shown here [...]

How to see Steve red at Geneva and lose your marbles

By |2017-11-29T15:29:14+00:00March 9th, 2016|Car news and reviews, Guest blog, Industry articles, News|

The 86th Geneva Motor Show 3-13 March It’s possible to completely lose your marbles at Geneva Motor Show. I came close this year. It wasn’t just that Malvern-based sports car maker Morgan has teamed up with whisky maker Balvenie, and were handing the stuff out willy-nilly. It was the fact that a Rolls-Royce representative explained to me that the very [...]

How a 60-year-old stole the Geneva Show

By |2017-11-29T15:29:47+00:00March 10th, 2015|Car news and reviews, News|

A tribute to the history of the 1955 DS, bringing heritage and the present together in one car. AMONG the glitz and bling of this week's Geneva Motor Show, there's one car that stood out as possibly the prettiest 'new' creation on the plinths. Premium sub-brand of Citroen, DS, displayed a gorgeous 2015 model DS 21 Pallas show [...]

Letter from America

By |2017-11-29T15:28:03+00:00August 5th, 2014|Car news and reviews, Editor's blog, Industry articles, News|

Spot the difference: the Escape is the US version of the European Kuga OUR contributor Richard Lofthouse has just returned from an American road trip. Here’s his thoughts on driving a Ford Escape rental car. Pleasurably, I have just driven a Ford Kuga (called the ‘Escape’ in America), from Salt Lake City to British Columbia and back via [...]

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