Monthly Archives: February 2015

Pleasing The People – Automotive Style

Three or four years ago BBC2 daringly broadcast a Victorian melodrama called The Crimson Petal And The White (from the novel by Michael Faber). It included nudity and illicit, feverish sex scenes. Whilst the mini-series was running I was out and about and happened upon a small, neat elderly man who was telling his friends all about it. Continue reading

Introducing the New DS 5

The Citroen DS range of cars is no more. Welcome to the DS range of cars. The new DS 5 flagship model introduces the brand’s stand-alone identity. It gains an impressive new front end and numerous other revisions that make it a true DS, previously a sub-brand defined by its avant-garde styling. The new car combines dynamic performance, refinement and attention to detail with a range of advanced technologies. It embodies, say DS, all the attributes of present and future DS vehicles. Continue reading

Skoda Octavia Scout – The Perfect All-Rounder

I have in the past sung the praises of Skoda cars and with good reason. They are competitively priced, well made and always surprisingly commodious. The Octavia featured today is no different and is, in my opinion, just about the best all-rounder on the market regardless of price bracket. Continue reading

The New Audi RS 3 Sportback

It’s a well known fact that I like an Audi RS so I’m looking forward to the all new 367PS Audi RS 3 Sportback which is now en route to the UK. It is the most powerful compact hatchback currently in series production and will be even more adept at catering for sports car devotees who also need to take care of everyday necessities like the school run and the supermarket sweep. Continue reading

Renault Megane GT 220

Renault has expanded its range of performance models with the introduction of GT 220 versions of the Mégane Hatch, Coupé and Sport Tourer. Powered, logically, by a 220hp version of the Renaultsport 2.0-litre turbo engine and featuring a Renaultsport-engineered chassis with 18-inch ‘Serdard’ alloy wheels, these new entry-level models to the world of Mégane performance driving continue to make Renaultsport technology more accessible than ever before. Continue reading

Asleep At The Wheel – Motorway Services

Tired drivers should not have to pay to take a vital and life-saving rest at motorway service stations, an MP and a road safety charity have said. David Davies and the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have hit out at charges imposed by private firms on motorists who stop for more than two hours to avoid falling asleep at the wheel. Continue reading

Top Gear Revisited

The most recent ‘ambulance’ edition of the televisual feast that is Top Gear divides, like Jeremy Clarkson’s opinions, the nation. Some viewers found it hilariously funny whilst others thought it was ‘poor’. Leaving aside the issue of pleasing all of the people all of the time, what is it that makes a car show a car show? Continue reading