Archive for Jonathan Goddard

  • Car makers praised for reducing emissons

    Car makers praised for reducing emissons

    By 5 September 2006

    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

    By 5 September 2006

    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

    By 4 September 2006

    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

    By 30 August 2006

    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

    By 29 August 2006

    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

    By 29 August 2006

    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

    By 28 August 2006

    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

    By 25 August 2006

    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

    By 25 August 2006

    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

    By 24 August 2006

    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

    By 23 August 2006

    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

    By 22 August 2006

    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

    By 22 August 2006

    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

    By 21 August 2006

    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

    By 21 August 2006

    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’

    By 19 August 2006

    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

    By 19 August 2006

    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

    By 17 August 2006

    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

    By 17 August 2006

    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

    By 16 August 2006

    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

    By 16 August 2006

    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

    By 15 August 2006

    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...

  • BMW reveals new Cooper and Cooper S

    BMW reveals new Cooper and Cooper S

    By 14 August 2006

    After months of speculation, BMW has finally revealed its all-new Mini Cooper and Cooper S models, unfortunately, they are almost identical to the old ones. In a Porsch-esque masterstroke of styling, the new Mini looks almost completely identical to the...

  • Peugeot’s 908 RC to be shown at Paris Motor Show

    Peugeot’s 908 RC to be shown at Paris Motor Show

    By 14 August 2006

    With the Paris Motor Show around the corner, that means one thing - it’s concept car heaven. Paris, like Geneva, is a posing ground for manufacturers that, like strutting peacocks or preening reality TV "stars", want to show off their latest laboratory-driven...

  • Honda add free option package to sweeten SCV100 Lead price

    Honda add free option package to sweeten SCV100 Lead price

    By 14 August 2006

    At around £1399, the Honda SCV100 Lead is one of the best value small scoots you can get. And those lovely people at Honda have sweetened the deal even more by offering a free options package worth 10% of the bike’s normal selling price. If you’re...


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