Archive for Jonathan Goddard

  • Seven out of ten rural road signs "unnecessary"
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    Seven out of ten rural road signs "unnecessary"

    By 21 September 2007

    Around 70% of road signs in rural areas are unnecessary, according to a new report. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) claims that a limited test on a 10-mile stretch of road in Hampshire proves that seven in ten road signs should be removed...

  • How to beat unfair motoring charges
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    How to beat unfair motoring charges

    By 21 September 2007

    Fed up of footballers and TV presenters getting some slimy lawyer to make those stubborn motoring offences disappear? Well now you too can get away with it thanks to a new book. The Fight a Motoring Ticket kit from Lawpack reckons it can help any motorist...

  • Drivers unsure of what to do after an accident
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    Drivers unsure of what to do after an accident

    By 17 September 2007

    More than half of Britain’s drivers are unaware of exactly what they should do in the event of a serious road accident. Six out of ten drivers knew roughly what to do in the event of an emergency – but more than 80% were unaware of the eight-point...

  • New book celebrates bizarre car accessories
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    New book celebrates bizarre car accessories

    By 17 September 2007

    A new book has gone on sale devoted to quirky car accessories. Nodding Dogs & Vinyl Roofs by Stephen Vokins, and published by car specialist Haynes, contains details about items such as exhaust flamethrowers, tiger tails, bolt-on fins, windscreen wiper...

  • Rally hero McRae dies
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    Rally hero McRae dies

    By 16 September 2007

    Former world rally champion Colin McRae has been killed when a helicopter he was piloting crashed in Scotland. Three other people on board the aircraft owned by McRae, including his 5-year-old son and another boy, also died when it came down in a wooded...

  • Drivers "must be taught to be greener"
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    Drivers "must be taught to be greener"

    By 16 September 2007

    New driving techniques must be taught to motorists to combat carbon emissions from their vehicles, a report suggests. A report by the Commission for Integrated Transport also suggests new rules to ensure drivers can only buy the most fuel-efficient cars,...

  • The world's fastest limo
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    The world's fastest limo

    By 12 September 2007

    How’s this for classy? The ideal way to get to any hen party or underage disco, this is the world’s fastest limo. The quite extraordinary black Ferrari 360 Modena carbon fibre stretch limousine will be unveiled at the European Limousine and Chauffeur...

  • VW unveils tiny concept car
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    VW unveils tiny concept car

    By 11 September 2007

    It looks as though Volkswagen could be planning to bring back a rear-engined city car after it unveiled the daftly named up! concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on a brand new platform and drivetrain, and measuring only 3.45m, the engine layout...

  • One in five lie to their car insurers
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    One in five lie to their car insurers

    By 11 September 2007

    A fifth of motorists say they have withheld information from their car insurance company for fear of pushing up their premiums. One on five drivers said they would not inform their insurer if they received a motoring conviction or points on their licence,...

  • Young drivers face a year of lessons
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    Young drivers face a year of lessons

    By 10 September 2007

    Young motorists may be forced to learn for more than a year before they can pick up their driving licence if new proposals are introduced. The BBC reports that police and motoring chiefs have met in Perth, Scotland, in order to convene over young driver...

  • New driver information system for M25
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    New driver information system for M25

    By 7 September 2007

    Drivers on the M25 can now see real-time information on how long their journey will take on electronic roadside signs as a new service is rolled out across England. This new service follows a trial in the West Midlands and South West which has proved...

  • Jeep Cherokee arriving in 2008
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    Jeep Cherokee arriving in 2008

    By 5 September 2007

    Old dogs never die, and that’s no truer than with the Jeep Cherokee. The all-new, and even uglier, daddy of US 4x4s will be unleashed in 2008 and will be seen for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show next week. Chrysler promises that on-road ride...

  • Ford brings new crossover SUV to Europe
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    Ford brings new crossover SUV to Europe

    By 5 September 2007

    This is the Kuga, Ford's new crossover SUV, which will be offered with a "soft" four-wheel drive and cost from around £20,000. It's set to rival the Toyota RAV 4, the forthcoming VW Tiguan and the Nissan Qashqai when it goes on sale next year in 134bhp...

  • Hyundai debuts two new concepts
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    Hyundai debuts two new concepts

    By 4 September 2007

    With the Frankfurt Motor Show round the corner, concept season is in full swing – and Hyundai will be showing two new designs from their resident boffins. The i-Blue fuel cell electric vehicle is a hydrogen-powered, zero-emission concept developed in...

  • Citroen shows of C-Cactus concept car
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    Citroen shows of C-Cactus concept car

    By 3 September 2007

    Citroën’s big concept at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, which kicks off next week, is this – the bizarrely named C-Cactus. At once cute and deranged, the C-Cactus is eco-friendly (natch) and packed with technology. A diesel hybrid engine returns...

  • Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi Laurin & Klement review
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    Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi Laurin & Klement review

    By 1 September 2007

    Skoda has been getting a lot of good press in the past few years. As a manufacturer it has topped customer the JD Power and Top Gear satisfaction surveys, and the Octavia has won a variety of "car of the year" accolades all over Europe. But is it all...

  • Clarkson's Cossie for sale
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    Clarkson's Cossie for sale

    By 31 August 2007

    A car once owned by Jeremy Clarkson is for sale on Auto Trader. Described by the Top Gear presenter as "one of my all-time favourite cars" and "the ultimate hot hatch", the 1993 Cossie packs some serious punch with its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, 227bhp...

  • Fiat 500 smallest car to achieve 5-star safety
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    Fiat 500 smallest car to achieve 5-star safety

    By 30 August 2007

    The impossibly cute new Fiat 500 has become the first ever car of its size to achieve top marks for accident safety. The Euro NCAP five-star crash safety rating, which looks at all aspects of driver and passenger protection, is reserved for only the sturdiest...

  • Audi reveals the latest A4
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    Audi reveals the latest A4

    By 30 August 2007

    This is the all new Audi A4. Not looking a whole lot different from the last one, it has been completely redesigned we're assured, with a longer wheelbase and new suspension and steering. Depending on engine, there will be the option of either the latest...

  • New car demand soars
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    New car demand soars

    By 28 August 2007

    Demand for new registration cars has risen by almost a quarter in the last year despite interest rate hikes, according to new research from AA Personal Loans. The Deals on Wheels reports also show that motorists have not been put off brand new car purchases...

  • Jaguar XF launched
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    Jaguar XF launched

    By 28 August 2007

    The new Jaguar XF will cost from £33,900 in the UK, it was revealed today. Buyers of Jaguar’s XF will also enjoy class-leading residual values in addition to owning a very well-equipped vehicle with a driving experience that matches the excitement...

  • Petrol stations on the decline
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    Petrol stations on the decline

    By 24 August 2007

    There are now fewer petrol filling stations in the UK than almost a century ago, thanks to a surge in closures this year. 150 forecourts have already closed this year, according to figures released by oil industry body Catalist. There are now less than...

  • 147 gets sportier
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    147 gets sportier

    By 23 August 2007

    Alfa Romeo is releasing a limited number of stunning special edition Alfa 147 Sport and Sport Q2 models in the UK. The new Alfa 147 Sport features a number of enhancements to the Alfa’s exterior styling. New 17in five-spoke wheels add poise, while satin-effect...

  • Ford's new supermini?
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    Ford's new supermini?

    By 23 August 2007

    Take a look at what could be the next Ford supermini. Squint a bit and ignore the over-the-top grille, and this concept looks more likely than most to get the green light in the next few years, with its aesthetics fitting well with the Mondeo and the...

  • Cayman special edition on the way
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    Cayman special edition on the way

    By 19 August 2007

    Black is back with the Porsche Cayman S Design Edition 1, a limited-edition special series of which only 777 will be made. The centre console, fascia and door trims are finished in gloss black while the three-spoke steering wheel, gear lever, handbrake...