Archive for Jonathan Goddard

Nissan bring form concept car QASHQAI to market

Nissan bring form concept car QASHQAI to market

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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

Citroen launch C-Metisse concept car

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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

Suzuki announce Swift Sport

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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... >>

Car makers praised for reducing emissons

Car makers praised for reducing emissons

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Car makers have been praised by the European Commission for doing their bit to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Between 1995 and 2004, CO2 emissions dropped by 12.4% and continue a sustained downward trend in pollutants caused by the motoring industry.... >>

Cost of owning your car risen up almost 10 per cent in last year

Cost of owning your car risen up almost 10 per cent in last year

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So how much does running a car actually cost? Depressingly, it’s probably more than you think. A new study estimates that the cost of owning and running a car has risen by around 7.2% in just 1 year. Sainsbury’s Bank says that the average annual cost... >>

Toyota Corolla celebrates 40th birthday

Toyota Corolla celebrates 40th birthday

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The humble Toyota Corolla is celebrating its 40th birthday. Now control yourself because this is clearly exciting stuff. It may have a reputation of being one the dullest cars around, but through many overhauls and redesigns, more cars called Corolla... >>

London's motorist shell out almost £300million in fines

London's motorist shell out almost £300million in fines

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Almost £300million - that’s how much London’s motorists forked out in penalty fines last year. A total of 6 million drivers were collared by cops in 2005 for a variety of motoring offences, from illegal parking to bus lane encroachment. But the biggest... >>

Drivers in Lancashire face spot vision checks

Drivers in Lancashire face spot vision checks

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That Mr Magoo was a menace. The short-sighted slap head was a danger to everyone he encountered - not least when he was behind the wheel of his jalopy. Unfortunately, there are a number of people on British roads whose eyesight may be just as bad - and... >>

Shake up for 2007 F1 schedule

Shake up for 2007 F1 schedule

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Germany and Italy will each lose a grand prix race next year after F1 chiefs announced a big shake-up to the 2007 calendar that will see the number of races drop from 18 to 17. The San Marino GP at Imola will definitely be axed, as will the European GP... >>

Korean cars starting to make dent on European sales

Korean cars starting to make dent on European sales

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Korean vehicles may only make up a small percentage of overall European car sales, but they are predicted to make a much larger impact in coming years. New automotive data reveals that efforts made by Korean manufacturers such as Kia and Hyundai to make... >>

Survey proves men haven't a clue when it comes to cars

Survey proves men haven't a clue when it comes to cars

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Men are well rubbish. Not only are they not particularly good at things like hunting or fire-building these days, there also none too hot when it comes to knowing their way around an automobile. According to recent research, while 94% of men claim they... >>

Volkswagen announces Iroc sports car concept

Volkswagen announces Iroc sports car concept

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Volkswagen has revealed its Iroc sports car concept - a car VW hopes will emulate the runaway success of the legendary Scirocco, which made its debut 33 years ago. The daftly named Iroc’s shape - with a very long roof and steeply sloping rear - makes... >>

Over half think they are better drivers than their partner

Over half think they are better drivers than their partner

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Mix together a confined space, hours of waiting, a few people and an optional sprinkling of children and allow to simmer. Alternatively, go away for a short UK break this Bank holiday weekend - a sure-fire recipe for disaster. Apparently 53% of us reckon... >>

Citroen unveils probably the most expensive garage in the world

Citroen unveils probably the most expensive garage in the world

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Fancy shelling out £112,330 on a new garage? Citroen has unveiled what it believes is the garage of the future, designed by renowned architects Neutral and which covers more than 50m square. Drawing inspiration from the pronounced architectural forms... >>

Call for more widespread use of Crash-Prevention aids

Call for more widespread use of Crash-Prevention aids

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All cars should have electronic stability control (ESC) – that’s the verdict of one of the UK’s leading insurance research centres. According to Thatcham, 400 deaths and 3000 injuries could be prevented every year if manufacturers were more prepared... >>

Land Rover Defender gets to get makeover for 2007

Land Rover Defender gets to get makeover for 2007

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Some cars grow old and die, others mature with age - Land Rover’s Defender, however, is probably immortal. Comprehensive changes are scheduled for the 2007 Defender, which won’t realy make it look or feel much different but give the impression that... >>

Met police add green Honda Hybrids to its fleet

Met police add green Honda Hybrids to its fleet

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The Met Police may be committed to working for a safer London, but now they are also working for a greener London after deciding to add 117 new Honda Civic Hybrids to its 6000-strong fleet. The deal represents the biggest ever British fleet deal for alternative... >>

Women face higher insurance premiums

Women face higher insurance premiums

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The days when women were assured lower car insurance premiums than their male counterparts could be coming to an end. Female drivers in their early-20s have seen their premiums rocket of late, according to new stats. Between April and June, average premiums... >>

Distractions cause accidents ‘Shocker’

Distractions cause accidents ‘Shocker’

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Eating while driving is dangerous, says a new report from the Department of the Bleeding Obvious. Actually it was based on research from a car insurance firm and Brunel University, which tested 26 experienced drivers in a car simulator who were asked... >>

Dieselmax hits magic 300mph mark

Dieselmax hits magic 300mph mark

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As predicted on Pocket-lint last week, the JCB Dieselmax team punched through the magic 300mph barrier today, putting the diesel-powered land-speed world record in their sights. While the 308mph reached today does represent the fastest speed ever recorded... >>

Mercedes CL Gets Pre-Safe as Standard

Mercedes CL Gets Pre-Safe as Standard

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Mercedes is renowned for pioneering bleeding-edge tecno wizardry in its flagship models that eventually finds its way to the innards of most production cars. Now, the German manufacturer is adopting its Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system as standard... >>

Gap year students up to four times more likely to be killed on roads abroad

Gap year students up to four times more likely to be killed on roads abroad

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Brits taking gap years abroad are far more likely to die in a road accident than catch a tropical disease, warn leading motoring groups. With A-level results announced today, around 30,000 18-year-olds will be thinking about heading off to overseas adventures... >>

Car seat law still confusing parents

Car seat law still confusing parents

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Motorists are confused about changes to laws affecting child seats, according to a new report. Tougher legislation, which will force drivers to place children up to the age of 12 or of a height below 135cm in appropriate seats or boosters, are fully understood... >>

4x4 sales decline for the first time

4x4 sales decline for the first time

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Has the Chelsea tractor had its day? Quite possibly, according to new figures released today that show a dip in 4x4 sales for the first time ever. Following years of condemnation from green politicians and ecological lobby groups, as well as tax hikes... >>

TechArt tuners go over the top with the TechArt Magnum

TechArt tuners go over the top with the TechArt Magnum

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If you’re in the mood for some Teutonic craziness, then look no further than the daftly named TechArt Magnum. Based on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, itself a pretender to the Most Over The Top German Car crown, the Magnum is the product of tuning specialists... >>