Monthly Archives: December 2016

Isuzu D-Max Blade, pickup truck, commercial vehicle, family car, ute, flatbed, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring, cars, blog

Isuzu D-Max Blade – Why, It’s Sharper Than Ever!

Pick-ups, like the Isuzu D-Max Blade, are very versatile vehicles but we must not forget that they are working trucks designed to withstand a hard life shifting stuff and generally getting bashed about. In recent times however the pick-up has begun to assume some pretensions – getting above its station, as it were. Like a scheming working-class suitor at the door of royalty, this humble truck has donned a sharp suit and is trying to attract the attention of the princess. Continue reading

road safety, fog, ice, driving, motoring, bad driving, DriveWrite, automotive, cars

Road Safety: Drive Safer For ’17

Someone, not me, once said words to the effect of, ‘It isn’t ice or fog or snow or rain that causes car accidents, it is drivers’. Very true. I’m reminded of this by the tragic multi-car pile-up on the A40 at Oxford. Generally, we will never know the actual circumstances but at least one fool was clearly driving too fast for the conditions and roped innocent people into his or her death wish. Once again road safety is a hot topic. Continue reading

Kia Sportage, crossover, SUV, new cars, Sorento, DriveWrite, Automotive, motoring, cars, driving, blog

Kia Sportage Wins Hearts And Minds

With a steady October 2016 for car sales in the UK, the Kia Sportage remains a strong seller for the brand. The tested model – fourth generation – has seen a continued rise in sales since going on sale in February this year with over 31,400 sold since launch and 3,471 sold in October. Kia is showing a near fourteen per cent rise on 2015 figures and with good reason. This is a very good car. Continue reading

Road Safety, mobile phone, drink driving, DriveWrite, Automotive, motoring, cars, blog, driving

The Twelve Road Safety Rules Of Christmas

Unbelievably, despite all the publicity, road accident statistics show no sign of improving. It seems unbelievable that people still drink and drive and/or use phones (my personal pet hate) and technology whilst on the move. Further, I am witnessing – and I am sure you are too if you care at all about road safety – a fair number of incidences of driving that can only be described as sloppy or careless at best. Continue reading

Porsche, Autofarm, RS2.7, classic cars, used cars, driveWrite Automotive, motoring, cars, driving

Porsche Specialists Autofarm Acquire A Legend

Following a lengthy negotiation period lasting 11 months, independent Porsche specialist Autofarm has acquired a 911 RS 2.7 not seen in public for a decade. The Touring specification car, one of the first series produced, formed part of a stunning collection of 911s that had lain undisturbed and idle for ten years in France and only came to light after the widow of the late original owner also passed away last year. Continue reading

Suzuki Jimny, 4x4, off road, DriveWrite, Automotive, motoring, cars, driving, blog

Suzuki Jimny: Go Tell The Spartans

I love the Suzuki Jimny. It is not a car that follows fads or trends. It does its own thing in its own time. It will not be hurried but will get on with job when required. It’s motto is, ‘I am what I am and that’s all that I am’. It does not assume airs and graces. It is an honest car. It is anti-fashion. Continue reading

Motorparks, new cars, used cars

Star Wars vs The Everyday Motorist

Motorparks, Jeep, Mazda, To celebrate the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Motorparks have come up with a great new Star Wars-themed infographic. This visual pits some of the most iconic vehicles in the Star Wars universe against similar vehicles found right here on Planet Earth. Top speeds are noted but for the Earth-bound vehicles altitude might present a problem. Enjoy Motorparks graphic below. Continue reading

WRC, World Rally Championship, rally cars, DriveWrite, Automotive, motoring, car, rally

Red Bull Rocks WRC Rally Stars

Great news rally fans! With non-stop action on snow, mud, tarmac, gravel and even sometimes the surrounding countryside, the FIA World Rally Championship radiates adrenalin. The aforementioned great news then is that next year the WRC will be seen for the first time live on Red Bull TV. Continue reading

Councils, box junction, parking, road safety, DriveWrite, automotive, motoring, car, blog, council tax

MUSTN’T GRUMBLE: 1. The Councils

‘Mustn’t Grumble’ is a new and occasional feature that will appear when I, rather than explode, will find it necessary to have a very British rant: No.1. The Councils

1852: “As to Corporations, Parishes, Vestry Boards and similar gatherings of jolter-headed clods who assemble to exchange such speeches that, by Heaven! they ought to be worked in quicksilver mines for the short remainder of their miserable existence… how thick skulls may become”: Mr Boythorn, Bleak House by Charles Dickens.

2016: So, not much has changed then… Continue reading

Audi RSQ3, Performance, crossover, SUV, new cars, 4x4, DriveWrite, Automotive, motoring, car, blog

Audi RSQ3 – Pocket-Sized Performance

If Audi see the tiniest gap in the car market they clearly feel compelled to fill it. Buyers of the more enthusiastic style of small hatch are already catered for by the German brand’s brilliant hot pocket rocket, the RS3. Thus it seems to me that to make, effectively, a taller version of the same thing seems wilfully pointless. So why do I love the Audi RSQ3 Performance so? Continue reading