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Geneva Motor Show 2017

Mark Bursa reports from Europe’s premier auto exhibition

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Road Test - Mercedes-Benz E220d SE 9G-Tronic Estate

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class has hit the ground running in the chauffeur market, winning the Executive Car of the Year award in last November’s Professional Driver awards.

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Road Test - Seat Alhambra SE Lux 2.0 TDI auto

The Seat Alhambra was born out of convenience in the late 1990s, to boost capacity at the Portuguese plant that makes the VW Sharan and, at the time, the Ford Galaxy. Ford soon split from the venture and made its own Galaxy, but the remaining twins have survived, with an all-new range launching in 2010.

Big winners on the QSi Night of Glory

Addison Lee, Go Green Taxis and Alpha Executive Cars were the big winners at the 2016 Professional Driver QSi Awards, the only national awards for private hire and chauffeur companies.

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Road Test - Volvo S90 D4 Momentum Automatic

The Volvo S90 replaces the worthy S80, a versatile salon that was perhaps just a shade too small to compete with the sector-leading Mercedes E-Class or its other rivals.

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ROAD TEST - JAGUAR XJL AUTOBIOGRAPHY 3.0 V6

Earlier this year, the Jaguar XJ scored a notable conquest in London, with established operator Crawfords taking 50 of the revised flagship. It was a major coup for Jaguar, which is working hard to challenge Mercedes-Benz’s dominance in the chauffeur sector.

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Road Test - Ford S-MAX 2.0TDCi 150PS Zetec

The third vehicle to derive form the new Ford Mondeo platform is the S-MAX. Overshadowed by the Galaxy as a Private Hire Vehicle, the more family-oriented S-MAX is nonetheless a highly competent people-mover.

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First Drive - Toyota Prius 1.8VVT iHybrid

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the world took its first glimpse of the Toyota Prius. Within two years, a 1995 Tokyo Show concept would be a production reality, and the hybrid revolution was under way.