EngageSportMode’s 2019 Car of the Year is here

ESM’s editor was rather busy during 2018. But there is always time to pick a favourite car from the year, of course. Let us deal with the elephant in the room, first. Yes, it’s been rather quiet on ESM during 2018. Sorry. Juggling a normal 9-5 job, writing for the wonderful people at Motoring Research,…

Gallery Feature | Fifty Shades of (automotive) Grey

Over 17% of new car buyers picked grey last year, and it’s now the third most popular tone in the UK. But how many different types of grey can there really be? Quite a lot, actually. For reference ESM’s Editor has never actually seen Fifty Shades of Grey, or read any of the books. However, he surmises that…

SMMT Test Day 2016 – Part One

Returning to the SMMT Test Day after the extravagant ‘twelve cars in one day‘ affair of last year, ESM promised to try to be more selective over driving choices this year. The result was certainly a varied motoring experience, to say the least. It’s the potentially the biggest day of the year for anyone who writes about cars,…

Friday Photo – Skoda’s 2015 Wörthersee Concepts

The annual GTI Meeting at Wörthersee is something the Volkswagen Group takes very seriously, using it to show off some of the wildest creations from the VAG empire. This year, Skoda has not one, but two, special concept vehicles on show. There seems to be something of a trend with pickups as Wörthersee show creations. Two years ago Volkswagen had…

Friday Photo – Skoda Motorsport Fabia R5 Concept

Skoda has developed a successful reputation in rallying, stretching back to the days of the Felicia and rear-engined 130RS, but also more recently with the Fabia Super 2000 car. Here’s their latest offering based on the third generation supermini.  At this year’s Essen Motor Show, Skoda is displaying the concept version of the R5 version of the new…

2014 April Fools’ Day Automotive Roundup

April Fools’ Day is that one opportunity each year for automotive PR teams and marketing departments to cut loose and show off their sense of humour. For the rest of the year it’s all about extolling the benefits of 5 year warranties, diesel engine balancer shafts and 0% finance, so April 1st is the chance to show off a…

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…

EngageSportMode’s Favourite Five Fast Estate Cars

Writing recently about the handsome new SEAT Leon ST, and the grunty Focus ST Mountune, has got EngageSportMode thinking about its preferred choice of estate car. There’s something about a sporting station wagon which often makes it more appealing than its saloon brethren. Perhaps it’s the fact it can combine performance and practicality, or maybe it’s the frequently more…

Skoda vRS ‘ Mega Man-Pram’ Concept

This might be one best suited to EngageSportMode’s BTCC Correspondent, who is getting ever closer to the birth of his first child! Built to celebrate the launch of the new Skoda Octavia vRS, the Czech firm undertook research into just what upgrades new dads would want to see on a pram.