Monthly Archives: October 2015

An Automotive Smokescreen To Cheat The Public

Audi, VW, DriveWrite AutomotiveThere is a large, stormy cloud with an officially thunderous face hanging over Audi, just as there is with Volkswagen and for the same reason. The Americans have accused the company of ‘engine faults’ (that’s ‘fiddling with the bits’ to you and me). This is seen as A Bad Thing, especially by the swivel-eyed monomaniacs to whom the car is the devil in a tin dress; but can we please put this ‘storm’ into perspective? Continue reading

A Grand Day Out With Audi Driver Magazine

On Saturday 17th October it seemed like every fast Audi in the UK had descended upon the Castle Combe Circuit in glorious Wiltshire. They were there to celebrate the ever-growing Audi Driver International event organised by Autometrix, publishers of Audi Driver and Volkswagen Driver magazines. Continue reading

Nissan GT-R, DriveWrite Automotive

0 – 62 MPH

Way back in the blighted 1970’s – an era of three day weeks, power cuts and terrible trousers – an odious man called Edward Heath, who had somehow convinced the electorate that he should be Prime Minister, talked us into believing in something called the European Communities Bill. Continue reading

The Kia Sportage: Now And Later

Kia Sportage, DriveWrite AutomotiveThe Kia Sportage sits in the Korean manufacturer’s range just below the mighty Sorento (here). It’s pretty big so it is either a large crossover or a smallish SUV. Take your choice. Either way, Kia have struck a chord with the British car buying public as there are plenty about and with good reason; this is a very likeable car. Continue reading

The Four (Driving) Ages Of Man

Four Ages Of ManLast Saturday I switched on the television. It was showing Strictly Come Dancing. I switched it off. My goodness, when the BBC get an idea (even a revamped one dragged high-kicking from the black & white days) they certainly wring every last drop of blood out of it, don’t they: but it did get me thinking about cars. Continue reading

The Garmin nüviCam Conclusion

Garmin nuviCamThat title sounds like an episode of the Big Bang Theory doesn’t it? I’ll leave it in because this article is sort of about automotive science. On 2nd October I published my first look at this Garmin device (here) but now, looking back, I see I pretty much covered all there is to say about this excellent bit of kit. Continue reading

Confounded By Cars

car engineA young married couple of my acquaintance have revealed exclusively to DriveWrite that neither of them has any idea how to change a plug on an appliance. Asking them to perform this task or indeed re-wire a mains fuse would be like handling them a screwdriver and the bits necessary to assemble the Large Hadron Collider and telling them to get on with it. Not going to happen. The thing is though, this lack of household skills is in no way unusual. Continue reading