VW opens futuristic showroom as car market continues to grow

Volkswagen sends clear message to the market with futuristic new showroom Car production in the UK remains on course to hit an all-time record by 2020, after official figures revealed 10.3% more cars were made in the first three months of 2016 compared to last year. As growth in the UK car manufacturing shows no sign of slowing, 443,581 cars were produced up to the end of March, equating to around one UK-built car being manufactured every 16 seconds. Home market...

The Future of Tyre Technology

Most people, even those who follow what is happening in the automotive industry, consider car tyres as an afterthought, at best. People think that the last advancement in tyre technology was putting air in them, but in reality the tyre industry is a very live one and pretty much all of the tyre manufacturers have serious and well-funded R&D departments which are constantly coming up with upgrades and advancements that make their tyres safer, more fuel efficient and greener. As...

Britain, The Angriest Nation Of Drivers!

Vine star, Arthur, became an instant hit when he began uploading short videos of his outbursts on the road while driving his truck.  He received an overwhelming response from those that empathized with his road range, begging the question, are we all really that angry on the road? Well, A recent study found that the UK is angriest nation in Europe on the road! With the city of Lincoln named as the worst, with Nottingham being the calmest. While for...

Autonomous Cars – They’re Coming, But Are We Ready?

By Ryan Georgiades, Managing Director, Plan Insurance Brokers There’s no doubt that autonomous cars will soon become a reality – but are we ready? Google are at it, Apple fancy a flutter and numerous other major brands have thrown their hat into the ‘self- driving’ ring. It is estimated that by 2030, we’ll just need to tell our vehicles where we want to go - technology will handle the rest. On the face of it, autonomous cars deliver a multitude of...

Should we promote motorbike use to ease congestion?

By Patrick Vernon On any given day, large numbers of people cross the forecourts of motorcycle dealers such as Metropolis looking for a new way to get around and every year some 130,000+ new motorbike registrations are made. There are many reasons people prefer riding a motorbike to driving a car, but one of the most common is the ability to avoid traffic jams. When the jam is not too tightly packed, a slim bike and a skilful rider always has the edge...

BMW M235i Review

In the 80s if you wanted a fast 2 door BMW but couldn't afford or justify the M3, there would be a 325i Coupe on your drive, its front mounted 2.5L straight-6 punched 170 horses through the rear wheels in a package weighing the same as a modern day Mini Cooper. The 325i was a real driving machine that put a smile on your face every time you got behind the wheel; it had balanced but lively handling, made a...

Budget Summer Classics

By Will Robinson Around this time every year, as the knowledge that spring has well and truly sprung dawns upon of the capital, you may notice a few curious and interesting behavioural patterns emerge among London's general populous. These include the universal agreement that getting drunk on Pimms at two in the afternoon just because the sun is shining is universally encouraged, the customary grumbling of a disgruntled customer at the bloke who runs the Mr Whippy van about a 99...

Hyundai Genesis – Quick verdict

Every February & September I drive and chaperone supermodels from show to show for London Fashion Week. Hyundai have provided us (Storm Model Management and me) with their cars over the past couple of years, and last September I was lucky enough to have use a very special new car in their European line up - they sent me the first ever Genesis in Europe.  It was a real head turner, especially being on German plates.  I was, however, given a...

2015 smart ForFour review

Are you in the market for a small practical city car?  You're lucky, because today’s choice is bigger and better than ever.  These cars cost very little to buy, many cost nothing to tax and none have serious drinking problems, all the while retaining excellent residuals.  The now familiar smart ForTwo is about as compact as cars can get, but it’s still capable of venturing out of town and onto the motorway.  The main issue with the ForTwo, and the reason we had to sell our beloved car, was because it only offers two seats;  if you needed something for 3-4 people, a smart car simply wasn't an option. ...

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