MATRA

14th December 2021
2022 Dacia Jogger in Terracotta

The Dacia Jogger is a practical remix of the Matra Rancho

Don't give up on the new car market just yet, because the Dacia Jogger is shaping up to be one of the best cars of 2022.
15th April 2020
Nigel Taylor and the Renault Avantime fleet

The man who bought NINE Renault Avantimes

In 2003, this head of a computer firm rolled the dice by purchasing NINE Renault Avantimes. Somebody give the man a drink to go with his brave pills.
12th June 2019
Top Gear Simca Matra Bagheera

Has Top Gear wrecked a Matra Bagheera?

There's a new series of Top Gear on the way, and if the trailer is to be believed, we're about to witness the death of a Matra Bagheera S.
18th June 2015
Matra Murena - Europe's forgotten sports car

Talbot-Matra Murena: Europe’s forgotten sports car

David Milloy remembers the Talbot-Matra Murena, the final sports car Matra would ever make and a car that's all but forgotten in the UK. PB flies the flag.
29th January 2014
MK1 Renault Espace and aircraft

Happy 30th birthday, grand-père: MK1 Renault Espace

It's 30 years since the original MK1 Renault Espace was born. After a very slow start, it went on to define the MPV sector. PetrolBlog says happy birthday.
13th April 2012
Renault Avantime on PetrolBlog M4TRA number plate

Avantime for a party

Rob Griggs-Taylor is sent to Coventry for the Renault Avantime's tenth anniversary celebrations. Here is his report.
18th October 2011
Talbot Matra Rancho

The Rancho’s back – courtesy of David Milloy

Duncan McVitie puts together a short video for PetrolBlog, demonstrating the brilliance of the (Talbot) Simca-Matra Rancho. Excellent.
10th October 2011
Renault Avantime rear on PetrolBlog

Bucking the trend: the brilliant Renault Avantime

David Milloy remembers the Renault Avantime, a favourite of PetrolBlog. A car ahead of its time that failed to capture the public's imagination. Shame.
16th March 2010
Matra-Simca Rancho

Whatever happened to the Talbot Matra Rancho?

The Matra Rancho was a pioneering crossover, with the looks of a premium SUV but none of the off-road ability. Where did they all go?