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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