Ned Jasper – Friday Video – What makes a good car advert?

With one of the best car adverts of late banished from our TV screens, Ned takes aim at those making, and scrutinising, those commercials. Nowadays, you’d be hard pushed to go out and not find an example of health and safety. We drive our cars with seat belts, airbags and countless electronic systems which prevent…

2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed – Moving Motor Show Gallery

ESM has been to the Goodwood Festival of Speed before – the last time back in 2012 – but this year was a little different.  It started with a letter from the Earl of March inviting ESM to the Festival of Speed as a fully fledged member of the media. It ended with driving almost 700 miles…

New – Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

Let’s be honest, we’re probably best off adding the phrase “at the Goodwood Festival of Speed” to anything regarding hot hatches this week. After Ford and Honda, here comes Peugeot with their special edition GTi launched there today. There’s more than meets the eye with this one though. 1984 was a particularly good year although, with this…

What did we learn from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show?

Here at EngageSportMode we’ve brought you a veritable banquet of new cars in the space of one short week. You can find all our coverage here, but with the dust settling and the return to normality, we’re left pondering just what did Geneva 2014 teach us about the state of the car industry? Everything is now…

Peugeot 308 (somehow) Wins 2014 European Car of the Year

Sometimes things happen when you least expect them. Who could have predicted Russia reigniting Cold War tensions, Red Bull suffering horrendous F1 testing reliability, or a distinctly average hatchback winning 2014 European Car of the Year. Realistically the latter was probably more foreseeable than the former two examples. But it still makes you question just…

Friday Photo #16 – Alfa Romeo 4C

Beauty is, apparently, in the eye of the beholder. So what exactly does that mean for the winner of the ‘Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2013’ award? Who knows, but Alfa Romeo are obviously pleased that their new sportscar picked up this award.  There is no denying that, apart from the rather geeky looking headlights –…

2014 Car of The Year Finalists Announced

The annual search for the “most outstanding new car to go on sale” in Europe in the preceding 12 months is on. With the fact that a hybrid/electric model has won two of the past three years, is the winner already apparent? ESM rates their chances below. Voting in the European Car of the Year…

A Girl Writes – It’s a Boy/Girl Thing Part II

Tonight, ESM’s opionated Other Half returns with a second article discussing the touchy subject of “girl’s cars” and shows us some notable, yet respectable, examples. It’s a Boy/Girl Thing – Part II When I wrote my last post I felt it important to establish the criteria of a “girl’s car” and why certain models were branded as…

2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Photo Highlights

EngageSportMode couldn’t be at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show but, fortunately, it knows some people who are. So with the press days now out of the way, what are some of the highlights from the 2013 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung? Below are some of the stand out new cars announced at this year’s show. Some are purely…

New – Peugeot 308 R Concept

So only a few days after we mentioned a VW Golf R, Peugeot decided to show off their new creation which also wears an R badge. If we don’t have a SEAT Leon Cupra R or Kia Rio R by the end of the month ESM will be very disappointed. Regardless as to what everyone…