Monthly Archives: May 2014

Name That Car!

We have the Volkswagen Up! and the new Datsun Go, as well as the Ford Ka, which all seems to suggest that manufacturers have been saving money on badging by giving their cars short names. Thanks though to the latest concept of the ‘world car’ with its cost effective economies of scale it frees up money to allow manufacturers to be a bit more creative with car names. Also with the degree of personalisation now available for car buyers to individualise their motors, it can only be a matter of time before we will be able to select the name of our own car. Continue reading

Lexus CT200h F Sport: To CVT Or Not CVT?

lex1That is the question. The electric constantly variable transmission fitted to the Lexus Hybrid CT200h F Sport takes a little getting used to. Depending upon your point of view it has either just one gear or an infinite number. Whereas with a regular automatic you can hear the shifts via the engine, and feel them, a CVT always seamlessly picks the most efficient ratio for any given situation which translates as a continuous tone from the engine. It takes a bit of getting used to as it feels different; that’s the only way I can put it. Continue reading

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – An Effective Hybrid

phev1Mitsubishi have recently launched this vehicle which they describe as the ‘game-changing, and all new Outlander PHEV’ (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) in their biggest advertising campaign to date. The campaign for this new car comes after the news that Mitsubishi were apparently the fastest growing mainstream brand in the UK during 2013. Continue reading

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross – The Alternative Crossover

SX1A few days ago I was wandering around a motoring event surrounded by a huge selection of automotive delights when I stumbled upon the Suzuki stand. Now; Suzuki is a brand which – anomalously in my opinion – seems to have a bit of a low key presence in the UK although their cars routinely get good reviews. Certainly, I’ve not had any opportunities to drive them so I ventured to find out more. Continue reading

Honda CR-V – The Practical Choice

2The Honda CR-V you see in the images was built in Swindon, so when it arrived to spend a week with me it was something of a homecoming. Regrettably this rather coincided with the recent unfortunate news that Honda was to lay off even more workers, citing lack of demand for their cars. Worse still, the company is anticipating zero growth over the next couple of years. Continue reading

Online Reviews To Decide Garage Of The Year

MC1It seems we are at last on the road to being able to genuinely select the best garages for servicing and repairs thanks to Motor Codes, the Trading Standards-approved garage network. Motor Codes is the government-backed, self-regulatory body for the motor industry. Its voluntary membership of thousands of garages is committed to maintaining high standards throughout the new car sales process, administration of new car warranties and car service and repair. Continue reading

Do We Really Need Eco-Modes?

green2At the recent SMMT event the keynote speaker mentioned that – and I assume he was generalising – it would take one hundred of the very latest clean, green engines to match the noxious outpourings of just one 1970’s motor. I have no idea if that is indeed the case but he said it to demonstrate the massive technological strides forward made by the motor industry at not inconsiderable expense. Continue reading

Maserati Ghibli S – That Italian Feeling

7Car seems such an inadequate word for the vision of automotive loveliness seen in my images. It is the Italian company’s answer to the established executive saloons from other European manufacturers. I read one review of the Ghibli that said, ‘…but the German executive saloons make more sense’. So, sensible choices then, which seems to me to be missing the point entirely. Continue reading

Peugeot Expert Excels

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Stan Potter reports on the growing use of vans for both work and leisure:

My wife is an accountant and recently she has seen an increasing number of her clients turning to vehicles such as the PEUGEOT EXPERT for their chosen mode of transport for the weekend as well as the working week. Having driven an Expert for a week I can see why.PE5

Financially, the van can prove a cost saver as in a two car family most of the van cost can be set against tax if the owner is self employed. The three seat cab provides an excellent environment to spend even extended periods. Every time I look around it seems I find yet another storage space. Documents, delivery notes, snacks and bottles up to 1.5 litres have allocated spaces and an air conditioned glove box keep items fresh and secure. Continue reading