Audia6 I First Drive International

A high-speed data connection downloads Google Earth imager)' on to the satnav display so you're actually seeing the terrain you're driving through on the screen in real time. Since the A6 is now also a wireless 'hotspot' on wheels, either through a data-capable SIM card integrated into the vehicle or a user's own mobile phone via bluetooth, you can connect up to eight devices (iPad, iPhones, netbooks, laptops) while on the move. This means passengers can check email, Facebook,...

Ford Focus

Third generation Focus turns on the sophistication in the Californian sun. Thankfully, it's still a great steer. By Wayne Batty Focus, meet Frank. Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall portrays his fine understanding of curved sheet metal. New Ford's panels not overawed JUST A FEW miles are all it takes to convince me that the hills north of Los Angeles in California are a great place to launch a car. The temperature's a balmy middle-of-winter 2ideg and the recently resurfaced roads are billiard...

First Drive International I Ford Focus

8-inch central touchscreen standard on highend US models, but global rollout expected in time. Base models get the Fiesta-like mobile phone interface instead (see opposite) aspect on the previous car - are of a more crafted feel. The leather's neatly stitched, there's real chrome coatings rather than spray paint for things like the door handles, and the plastics are slightly plusher than before. Ford has opted for a higher tech look than VW Audi Group's slick austerity, at least on top spec...

Sonata Hybrid

Next up is the Sonata in petrol hybrid form, spearheading Hyundai's Blue Drive initiative. It's the company's first attempt at a parallel hybrid, and does service in conjunction with Hyundai's six-speed automatic transmission. In a world first, H MC has opted for lithium-ion polymer batteries as opposed to Nickel Metal Hydride due to the material's higher energy density and 30 lower weight. More good news is an exterior update to proclaim the Sonata's green credentials, thankfully including a...