Archive for Jonathan Goddard

  • New Aston DBS unveiled

    New Aston DBS unveiled

    By 17 August 2007

    Aston Martin has unveiled one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of the year – and here are a few pics. The DBS is a 6.0-litre V12 powered, race-bred, two-seater that looks astonishing and is laden with technology. The hand-built V12 pumps out 510bhp,...

  • Sneak peak at new Laguna

    Sneak peak at new Laguna

    By 17 August 2007

    Renault has bizarrely released its own spy-style pictures of the new Laguna. Ahead of the car’s official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the pictures show the latest upper-medium segment being tested in extreme conditions – snow and mountains....

  • Infiniti coming to the UK

    Infiniti coming to the UK

    By 16 August 2007

    The all-new 2008 Infiniti EX coupe crossover, shown for the first time this week, will form part of a four model premium range that will be launched across Europe starting in a year's time. The EX is a new addition to the global Infiniti range not previously...

  • Women can't get enough of company cars

    Women can't get enough of company cars

    By 16 August 2007

    Women workers now value a company car more highly than men in the workplace, ranking it above a pension scheme when it comes to employee perks. The Bank of Scotland Drivers’ Report 2007/8 claims this is points to a growing "live-now" attitude among...

  • New Fabia Estate incoming

    New Fabia Estate incoming

    By 14 August 2007

    Contain your excitement, motoring fans - Skoda has released pictures of its new Fabia Estate. With not a cake in sight, the new Czech load lugger is fractionally larger than the one it replace. Boot capacity has grown by an impressive 54 litres (up to...

  • MPH makes 200mph kings of the show

    MPH makes 200mph kings of the show

    By 13 August 2007

    This year’s MPH motor show extravaganza will for the first time ever assemble every 200mph+ car ever made under one roof. The Jeremy Clarkson-fronted event, which runs in November in both London and Birmingham, will feature the fusrt ever 200mph+ car...

  • Chevrolet announces new supermini

    Chevrolet announces new supermini

    By 13 August 2007

    Chevrolet is launching a new supermini – the Aveo. A fairly interesting exterior is matched by a rather high-quality interior with soft-touch plastics and better fabric than we’re used to seeing from the car company formerly known as Daewoo. Two engines...

  • Suzuki set to make a Splash

    Suzuki set to make a Splash

    By 10 August 2007

    Hot on the heels of Subaru’s Frankfurt Motor Show lineup announcement, Suzuki has said it will debut an all-new compact car, the Splash. The company’s fourth new model in just three years, the Splash will be out in 2008. At just 3.7m long and 1.7m...

  • New Impreza set for Frankfurt debut

    New Impreza set for Frankfurt debut

    By 10 August 2007

    Subaru will debut its all new Impreza at September’s Frankfurt International Motor Show. As well as the 15. and 2.0 five-door hatch, the World Rally Car concept Impreza, the facelifted Tribeca SUV, the new Justy supermini and the R1e electric car will...

  • Tyres put to the test

    Tyres put to the test

    By 8 August 2007

    Wider tyres improve braking but are noisier and offer less roadholding in wet conditions, according to new tests. Germany's ADAC motoring association looked at five different Michelin tyres with rims of between 15in and 18in, all on the same Kia Cee'd....

  • C-Charge set for big changes

    C-Charge set for big changes

    By 8 August 2007

    The capital's Congestion Charge is set for a shake-up, linking a new incremental system to a car’s C02 emissions as well as ending the automatic hybrid exclusion. Models that emit 120g/km or less will be exempt from the £8-a-day charge, while those...

  • Nissan hits the right Note

    Nissan hits the right Note

    By 7 August 2007

    Nissan has announced a new addition to the NOTE range. The Acenta R, priced at £11,840, isn't a hot hatch despite the moniker. It just stands for red, so what you get is a lot of it: red detailing in the upholstery for the seats and door pockets is matched...

  • UK motorists can't read road maps

    UK motorists can't read road maps

    By 6 August 2007

    New research suggests 11million motorists cannot read a basic road map. Over a third of motorists polled struggled to read a four-figure grid reference and a 83% couldn’t identify the map symbol for a motorway. More than a thousand UK drivers were tested...

  • Fiat warms up its Grande Punto

    Fiat warms up its Grande Punto

    By 3 August 2007

    Fiat has added a hot (more like warm) hatch to its Grande Punto lineup. The 1.4 T-Jet 120 Sporting features a turbo-charged petrol engine without compromising too hard on emissions and fuel consumption. Available in both three- and five-door versions,...

  • Nissan shows off anti-drink concept car

    Nissan shows off anti-drink concept car

    By 3 August 2007

    Nissan has showcased a new concept car featuring multiple preventative features designed to tackle drink-driving. The various technologies are designed to detect the driver's state of sobriety and to activate a range of preventive measures including immobilisation...

  • Skoda expands to Australia

    Skoda expands to Australia

    By 3 August 2007

    Skoda is expanding its business to Australia - the first time the VW-owned Czech auto maker has taken its cars to the continent. The Roomster and Octavia models, including their vRS versions, will be launched in October at the Australian International...

  • Special edition Santa Fe on the way

    Special edition Santa Fe on the way

    By 1 August 2007

    A new Hyundai Santa Fe limited edition model will offer around a grand's worth of additional equipment over the usual CDX model. Diesel powered, the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited is available as either a 5 seater for £23,795 or a 7 seater for £24,895, with...

  • Bentley hits the magic 200mph mark

    Bentley hits the magic 200mph mark

    By 1 August 2007

    Bentley has announced its first ever 200mph car. The Continental GT Speed is the most powerful production Bentley ever. A potent addition to the company’s Continental series, the GT Speed gets a wider, lower air intake and more upright radiator grille...

  • Peugeot shows off new coupe concept

    Peugeot shows off new coupe concept

    By 31 July 2007

    Peugeot has lifted the conceptual lid on its latest sexy little number - the 308 RC Z. A 2+2 coupé, the stylish design at the front is taken directly from the standard 308 but has been given a sharper and sportier lower panel incorporating the single...

  • Steering wheel developed for drifters

    Steering wheel developed for drifters

    By 31 July 2007

    MOMO has answered the ongoing buzz surrounding the Japanese drifting trend by specially designing two steering wheels specifically for people who like to drive sideways. The Drifting steering wheel comes in two versions – racing and tuning – and features...

  • 207 special editions launched

    207 special editions launched

    By 30 July 2007

    Peugeot has unveiled two new 207 special editions. The m:play, powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine and available in both three- and five-door body styles and a trio of exterior colours, features air conditioning, sports seats, leather steering wheel,...

  • New resource for green motoring

    By 30 July 2007

    The Government has launched a new website that gives consumers online information about the lowest CO2 emitting models on the market. Launched at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) HQ in London, www.dft.gov.uk/ActOnCO2 lists the 10...

  • Insurance cost of flouting mobile phone law

    Insurance cost of flouting mobile phone law

    By 29 July 2007

    Motorists are being warned that ignoring mobile phone laws could have an impact on their car insurance premiums. As well as a fixed penalty notice, which includes a fine and points, motorists are legally bound to inform their insurance companies. Research...

  • Route 66 Chicago 6000 GPS receiver
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    Route 66 Chicago 6000 GPS receiver

    By 29 July 2007

    Portable in-car satnav systems have come a long way in a short time. Budget models have shown particular improvement. Garmin's woeful Streetpilot, launched a couple of years back, would have forever put many off buying a budget model again. Today, devices...

  • SEAT announces new models

    SEAT announces new models

    By 30 May 2007

    SEAT is to produce not one but two new B-segment models. Competing against cars such as the Ford Mondeo and Peugeot 407, SEATs will enter the mid-size family hatch/junior executive sector with a saloon and estate in 2009. B-segment cars account for around...