Monthly Archives: August 2014

Citroen Grand Picasso – Light, Bright and Versatile

It’s a known fact that I like Citroen cars. Indeed, I even own one, but sadly it doesn’t get used much because of all the visiting motors taking up my time. To cheer it up during its lonely vigil, this last week saw the arrival of it’s bigger, smarter brother, the seven-seat Grand Picasso – in this case sporting a range-topping Exclusive+ trim pack. Continue reading

A Marriage Made… In The Garage

For better or worse they say, and this applies just as much to marriage as it does to cars. So within your spousal relationships should you, the annoying petrolhead in the family, be trying harder? There are ways to tell if your relationship with your beloved motor is affecting your wedded union, not to mention your, erm, convivial rights. Continue reading

Reading Between The Lines

We hear that Transport for London – no doubt egged on by that tousle-headed, bike-riding rascal Johnson – have been reassessing road markings, street furniture and signage because it believes that we motorists are becoming confused. New research seems to show that removing the white lines down the middle of the road actually reduces speed, they say. Continue reading

New Polo – Will It Make A Mint For VW?

Well, maybe not entirely new but refreshed and a better car imho than its predecessor. Outside, not much has changed bar a couple of styling differences and upgrades and for the interior the same applies. The overall specification has been improved but it is in the areas that you can’t see that the real improvements have been made. Continue reading

A Week With The Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe.

The sign of a good car is when you want to take it out for a run for no other purpose than driving pleasure. The Peugeot RCZ is a case in point. It’s a small, attractive and sophisticated sports coupe that can be used every day thanks to a comfortable interior, a surprisingly large and useful boot and more than acceptable fuel economy. Continue reading

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Breaks Cover

Chrysler lays claim to the world’s fastest sedan, says Matt Keegan of Auto Trends Magazine:
Just weeks after introducing the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (here), the Chrysler Group has unveiled a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The new model shares the same supercharged 6.2L Hemi- V8 engine found in the Challenger SRT Hellcat, making 707 horsepower and 650 foot-pounds of torque. Continue reading


Ask a British motorist about the cost of keeping a car over the past few years, and you’ll quickly understand why running costs spark such debate: fuel price increases, rising VED (road tax), parking, road tolls and congestion charges all add up. Unsurprisingly we are now keeping our cars for longer to keep costs down: the average car on UK roads is now 7.7 years old, up from 6.7 years old in 2004. Continue reading

Practical Matters – The Volkswagen Touran

When this Volkswagen Touran turned up my first thought was ‘Hmmm’. It really didn’t look very exciting at all. Of course, I realised that the Touran is a MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) and its purpose is not to excite but instead to do automotive lifestyle things in a practical manner. This car was in seven-seat form but a five-seat version is available. Continue reading