MATRA

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?