Monthly Archives: July 2015

Our Alternative Fuel Motoring Future

MotorparksThe national brand Motorparks have produced this interesting infographic about automotive alternative fuel choices which are going from strength to strength.  I’m happy to share as Motorparks have sold me my last two cars and provided me with good service, so credit where it’s due. Check it out here: Continue reading

Real Men Read Maps

map readingSomewhere in the bowels of your car there may be a symbol of the great days of true motoring. Hidden away like the Dead Sea Scrolls at the back of your boot or under the back seat you might well find – a dog-eared paper road atlas. Technophobes will be familiar with this archaic form of direction finding, often used with limited success by your dad. Technophiles will not understand this reliance on map reading skills when there is a perfectly adequate device on the dashboard ready to do the hard work for you. Continue reading

The Mitsubishi ASX 4 – No Nonsense Value.

Mitsubishi, ASXWhat is a crossover? At what point does a vehicle cease to be a crossover and become an SUV? The lines are becoming blurred. Originally, in my view, the crossover was a funky, chunky, higher-riding motor based on the underpinnings of a regular car from the maker’s range. These days though, whilst retaining that mid-size crossover profile, some seem to be more than capable of taking on the tougher jobs. Continue reading

Too Inattentive To Care? Our Driving Standards

worn tyresI sometimes say that nothing surprises me anymore yet, on occasion, something does surprise me which, surprisingly, often comes as no surprise. As someone who spends a lot of time driving, mostly in other peoples’ cars, I find I have become much more attentive to all aspects of driving. This is probably because I have a duty of care to the fine, new vehicles I am road-testing. Continue reading

Peugeot At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Circumstances beyond my control prevented me from attending the Goodwood Festival Of Speed this year, alas, despite a very kind invitation to enjoy the hospitality of Peugeot. So, just to rub it in, Peugeot have sent through this video, below, to show how enjoyable the whole thing was. Not that I’m bitter or anything… Continue reading

Jaguar F-Type Coupé 5 litre V8 AWD – Short Drive Review

Jaguar F-Type CoupeColin Hubbard continues his series: Since Tata bought Jaguar and Land Rover in 2008 both companies fortunes and successes have flourished to make them a worldwide premium brand. Look down a celebrities’ street or box office movie and both brands will be commonplace. Jaguar have traditionally been a gentleman’s car builder, making cars for the more mature professional. My Father aspired to own one for many years and took the plunge in 1993 with an XJ6, followed that with an XJ8 and then a modern day Morse car replica the S-Type. Continue reading

Blue & White Van Man: Breakdown!

car mechanicsStan Potter suffers a catastrophic breakdown on the way back from his French home. Fortunately, he is not known as the Artful Bodger for nothing: After another busy couple of weeks at the house we set off to Eurotunnel. Everything was going fine until we got to Bressuire, about twenty miles towards our destination. Suddenly, and with no warning, there was a loud grinding and crunching noise and the van shuddered to a halt. Continue reading

Which Fuel Is The Right Fuel?

Audi Q3 petrolA version of this article first appeared in Audi Driver magazine: Whenever the global price of oil fluctuates so the debate about choice of fuel rises to the surface like a hardy perennial. It’s a question that vexes all who are in the market for a new or used car and the answer will always depend on the perceived use of the vehicle. Continue reading

Suzuki S-Cross & Suzuki Vitara Get New Transmission Options

SuzukiSuzuki have announced the availability of a new technology transmission for the excellent S-Cross DDiS ALLGRIP model. The Twin Clutch System by Suzuki (TCSS) is the first transmission of its type that the company has offered to the market and is confident that it will appeal to diesel buyers in the ever growing Crossover market sector. The new transmission is available from this month on the SZ5 Suzuki S-Cross DDiS ALLGRIP and will cost £1,350 versus the conventional six speed manual. Continue reading

Born On The Back Seat Of A Cadillac

baby on boardSome people sing of being born on the 4th of July; others wax lyrical about being born with a smile on their face whilst some poor benighted souls were born under a bad sign. If however, you were born on the back seat of a knackered Mondeo you’ll probably want to keep it to yourself. This sort of thing can shape a person. It can dictate your life. Imagine spending your days forever known as ‘Mondeo Boy’ even if it’s a Vignale. Continue reading