Archive for Jonathan Goddard

  • Youth road deaths plans announced
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    Youth road deaths plans announced

    By 4 October 2006

    Radical proposals to reduce the 1200 young drivers killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads last year have been announced by a new coalition of insurance companies, road safety groups and motoring organisations. The ABI (Association of British Insurers)...

  • Peugeot Makes Its Fastest Ever Diesel
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    Peugeot Makes Its Fastest Ever Diesel

    By 2 October 2006

    Le Mans better watch out – Peugeot’s barn-storming 908 V12 HDi DPFS has arrived. The car, a product of Peugeot’s desore to win the 2007 endurance race with a car powered by an HDi diesel unit equipped with a diesel particulate filter, produces 700bhp...

  • Pay-As-You-Go Premiums Get Go Ahead
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    Pay-As-You-Go Premiums Get Go Ahead

    By 2 October 2006

    Norwich Union is to go ahead with plans to introduce insurance premiums based on a pay-as-you-drive basis, despite heavy criticism from civil liberties groups. Aimed predominantly as younger and older drivers, the plans – which will involve the fitting...

  • Alfa Romeo show off Alfa 8C Competizione
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    Alfa Romeo show off Alfa 8C Competizione

    By 30 September 2006

    We’ve got to admit it ... this is one of the best designed cars we’ve ever seen. The amazing Alfa 8C Competizione, which will be produced in a limited edition for very lucky few people, has made its debut in Paris, and is the culmination of work from...

  • Skoda Joyster launches at Paris Motor Show
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    Skoda Joyster launches at Paris Motor Show

    By 28 September 2006

    Good old Škoda - for years a laughing stock, now a serious player in the European car market thanks to its VW owners, and in the future … very possibly as the cutting-edge of new car design. The Joyster, which gets its world premier today at the Paris...

  • New Kia cee’d to come with 7 year warranty
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    New Kia cee’d to come with 7 year warranty

    By 27 September 2006

    It won’t really matter if Kia’s new cee’d model breaks down – it will sell with a monumental 7-year/150,000km warranty. Simply put, that is the best warranty ever offered by any manufacturer for a car sold in the UK and Europe. Comprising 5 years...

  • Mitsubishi shows of  all-new Outlander SUV and revised Shogun in Paris
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    Mitsubishi shows of all-new Outlander SUV and revised Shogun in Paris

    By 27 September 2006

    Mitsubishi has unveiled its renewed 4x4 line-up at the Paris Motor Show with the Euro debut of the all-new Outlander SUV and revised Shogun. The Outlander, due in 2007, will go head to head with the likes of Toyota RAV-4 and Nissan X-Trail. It will also...

  • Chrysler announce Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Avenge at Paris Motor Show
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    Chrysler announce Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Avenge at Paris Motor Show

    By 25 September 2006

    Chrysler Group has unveiled its Paris Motor Show offerings – the all-new Jeep Wrangler (yawn) and the Dodge Avenger, which the company says hints at a brand new saloon car that will be on sale in the UK as early as the middle of next year. The production...

  • Honda takes your humble petrol engine green
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    Honda takes your humble petrol engine green

    By 25 September 2006

    Honda has developed a new flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) system that lets normal petrol engines operate on either 100% ethanol or a wide range of ethanol-petrol fuel mixes. Up to now, this has proved a tough nut to crack but the new system is designed to...

  • NEED TO KNOW: Winter driving
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    NEED TO KNOW: Winter driving

    By 25 September 2006

    Weather forecasters have pretty much given up trying to predict what this coming winter holds, and they've gone down the pub for a few glasses of wet stuff until this climate change thing has sorted itself out. But brief cold snaps and sudden torrential...

  • New Volkswagen Touareg on its way
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    New Volkswagen Touareg on its way

    By 22 September 2006

    V-Dub’s new Touareg 4x4 has been revealed ahead of the Paris Motor Show - and it doesn’t look much different from the last one. The biggest difference is at the front - a chrome-y new grille along with reshaped bonnet and bumper gives the new Touareg...

  • Porsche present the 911 Targa 4, the 911 GT3 RS, the Cayman and the Boxster in Paris
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    Porsche present the 911 Targa 4, the 911 GT3 RS, the Cayman and the Boxster in Paris

    By 22 September 2006

    Porsche will present four new models at the Paris Motor Show - the 911 Targa 4 (and 4S), the 911 GT3 RS, the Cayman and the Boxster (and Boxster S). The 325bhp 911 Targa 4 and 355bhp 911 Targa 4S are the latest versions of the classic rear-engine sports...

  • Subaru's Impreza launches affordable five-door 1.5R Sports Wagon
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    Subaru's Impreza launches affordable five-door 1.5R Sports Wagon

    By 20 September 2006

    Junior rude boys, rejoice! Subaru's Impreza is about to hit the market in a spec that won’t hit your wallet, insurance premiums or a lamppost. From 1 October, the five-door 1.5R Sports Wagon will join the range for just £12,495, which given the standard...

  • Nissan tests intelligent transportation system
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    Nissan tests intelligent transportation system

    By 20 September 2006

    Nissan is testing a newly developed intelligent transportation system, which it is hoped will allow vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to reduce traffic accidents and ease congestion. The test, slated to begin on 1 October and conclude in 2009, is...

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    Fuel-Cell GMs On The Way - by 2015

    By 18 September 2006

    General Motors says it will have a fuel-cell vehicle in production by 2015 at the latest. Ailing car giant GM - owners of Saab, Vauxhall, Chevrolet and more - will use some of the $9 billion it is saving from various cost-cutting measures such as plant...

  • Audi Q7 becomes most powerful passenger diesel ever built
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    Audi Q7 becomes most powerful passenger diesel ever built

    By 18 September 2006

    If 2006 has been the year of the diesel-powered vehicle, then Audi’s awesome Q7 V12 TDI is its king, queen and bastard heir. The most powerful passenger diesel car ever built for mass production, the Q7 is effectively a road-going version of the Le...

  • Hyundai release first pictures of the Arnejs concept car
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    Hyundai release first pictures of the Arnejs concept car

    By 15 September 2006

    Hyundai has released the first pictures of its stunning Arnejs (that's pronounced Ar-nez, car fans) concept, which will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show later this month. It's the best clue yet as to what the company’s all new C-segment car will...

  • Honda unviels CBR600RR motorbike
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    Honda unviels CBR600RR motorbike

    By 15 September 2006

    Honda’s new-for-2007 CBR600RR has now been unveiled - and, my, ain’t she pretty? Believe it or not, the CBR600 has been around for 20 years, but the 2007 version is entirely new, with plenty of technology from the MotoGP RC211V variant thrown in for...

  • Honda announce new Civic Type R
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    Honda announce new Civic Type R

    By 14 September 2006

    Details of one of the most anticipated cars of the last few years have finally been released by Honda. The new Civic Type R is one of the first so-called "superhatches", which offers high levels of comfort without compromising on performance or handling....

  • Volvo C30 SportsCoupe to get first outing at Paris Motor Show
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    Volvo C30 SportsCoupe to get first outing at Paris Motor Show

    By 12 September 2006

    Volvo’s brave re-entry into the world of the small coupe will get it’s first outing at the Paris Motor Show this month. The C30 SportsCoupe is a two-door, four-seater with glass tailgate, and bears a close resemblance to the original C30 Design Concept...

  • BMW Hydrogen 7 car to be mass market within 5 years
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    BMW Hydrogen 7 car to be mass market within 5 years

    By 12 September 2006

    BMW is likely to be the very first mass-market manufacturer to make a hydrogen-drive car commercially available. After successful completion of a development programme, the BMW Hydrogen 7 - a H-powered version of the 7 Series - has been unveiled. Powered...

  • Vauxhall update the humble windscreen wiper with the Flatblade
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    Vauxhall update the humble windscreen wiper with the Flatblade

    By 8 September 2006

    Vauxhall has launched a new windscreen wiper promising better rain clearance than any other on the market. The new flatblade is a joint free, aerodynamic design that incorporates an integrated spoiler and spring loaded rails, which promise to provide...

  • Nissan bring form concept car QASHQAI to market
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    Nissan bring form concept car QASHQAI to market

    By 7 September 2006

    One of the less-thrilling cars unveiled this month is the ridiculously monikered Nissan QASHQAI. Pronounced "cash-kai", the vehicle first debuted as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show in 2004. It will finally go on sale as a watered down production car...

  • Citroen launch C-Metisse concept car
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    Citroen launch C-Metisse concept car

    By 6 September 2006

    Citroen has come up with, quite possibly, one of the all-time sexiest concept cars, after lifting the lid on the extraordinary C-Métisse. The crazy, demonic, sculpted piece of drool fodder promised high performance and good economy, with the HDi V6 diesel...

  • Suzuki announce Swift Sport
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    Suzuki announce Swift Sport

    By 5 September 2006

    It was a case of Swift by name, sort of swift by nature as Suzuki announced the warm-hatch version of its supermini. The Swift Sport will be the new flagship of the rather-good Japanese take on the wildly successful Mini Cooper, which is actually marginally...