Archive for Jonathan Goddard

  • Breathalyse drivers at random, says ROSPA

    Breathalyse drivers at random, says ROSPA

    By 30 May 2007

    Police should be given special powers to breath-test any motorist they choose, according to experts. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said that recent figures about young drink-drivers underlined the urgent need for a reduction...

  • Peugeot 407 SW HDi 136 SE
    2 out of 5

    Peugeot 407 SW HDi 136 SE

    By 26 May 2007

    I used to own a 307. It was without doubt the worst car I have owned and coupled with the experience I have had in testing a multitude of French cars, it convinced me once and for all that our Gallic cousins are as good at making cars as they are at making...

  • More economical Minis on the way

    More economical Minis on the way

    By 25 May 2007

    Mini hatchback models are set to become super economical thanks to a variety of technical revisions due later this year. Already BMW Group’s cleanest ever car, the Cooper D will be capable of returning an astonishing 72.4mpg, with emissions of just...

  • Kia remodels the Picanto

    Kia remodels the Picanto

    By 25 May 2007

    When is a facelift not a facelift? When Kia launches its new Picanto, natch. Due for it’s world debut at the Barcelona motor show on June 7 (contain your excitement, please), the new Picanto does very little different to the old one. But seeing is the...

  • Mitsubishi launches two special edition versions of the Colt

    By 19 May 2007

    The Mitsubishi Colt has gone all funky with the launch of two special edition Black Hawk models. Both are based on three-door versions of Mitsubishi’s funky hatch, the distinctive Black Hawk styling provides two silver stripes running from front-to-back,...

  • Say hello to the 670bhp Golf GTI

    Say hello to the 670bhp Golf GTI

    By 19 May 2007

    Volkswagen has unveiled the GTI W12-650 – that’s a Golf GTI packing a mid-mounted bi-turbo W12 670bhp engine. With rear-wheel drive. Not only is it the most powerful Golf ever produced by V-Dub, but it’s also the fastest. The sprint from standstill...

  • Conquest pricing announced

    Conquest pricing announced

    By 17 May 2007

    Renault has confirmed pricing and specification for the first two models in the new Scénic Conquest range. Priced £17,945 for the 2.0 VVT 136 and £19,135 for the 1.9 dCi 130, a further two engines will be added in September. The Conquest is another...

  • Suzuki launches SV1000 Classic

    Suzuki launches SV1000 Classic

    By 17 May 2007

    Making its encore following 2 years away from the UK market, Suzuki GB has unveiled a special edition, limited-edition SV1000, featuring a "café-racer" inspired specification, named the SV1000 Classic. A popular model in the Suzuki range for years, the...

  • Servicing Lottery

    By 17 May 2007

    Motorists may be benefiting from increased competition to get their cars serviced, but some dealers are still charging twice as much as neighbouring garages. European laws aimed at removing restrictions on servicing new cars have allowed independent garages...

  • 90% of ladies slam male driving habits

    90% of ladies slam male driving habits

    By 3 May 2007

    Around 90% of female drivers believe men have irritating driving habits, according to a new study. Research by women's car insurance provider Diamond found that the majority of chicks thought male driving habits were irritating, with half also believing...

  • £51 billion cost of driving

    By 30 April 2007

    £51 billion a year - that's how much it costs Britain to keep motoring every year. Tax, maintenance, parking and fuel cost each of us an average of £1777 a year, and 91% of drivers say that the cost of keeping a car has increased in the last 5 years....

  • McQueen's first Ferrari up for grabs

    McQueen's first Ferrari up for grabs

    By 30 April 2007

    A rare Ferrari once owned by Steve McQueen is up for sale. The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso was owned by the Bullitt and The Great Escape actor for 10 years before going into a private collection and being completely restored. The Christie’s...

  • BMW Z4 Coupe 3.0si SE
    2.5 out of 5

    BMW Z4 Coupe 3.0si SE

    By 28 April 2007

    When I first drove the Z4 a few years back, I really loved it. Its challenging looks won me over, it's supremely quick and its roof mechanism is first rate. The Coupe is essentially unchanged dynamically so I wasn't expecting much difference. I was wrong....

  • BMW unveils new Concept CS

    BMW unveils new Concept CS

    By 26 April 2007

    BMW has shown its new Concept CS grand tourer. A four-seat, four-door coupe, if it hit the market it would be a direct rival to the Merc CLS. The CS is 400mm wider 67mm longer than standard 7 Series. It’s gets a reworking of the classic kidney grille...

  • Nissan trials mobile phone safety system

    Nissan trials mobile phone safety system

    By 18 April 2007

    Nissan is developing an advanced mobile-phone based system to help reduce accidents involving pedestrians. The Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) will use 3G and GPS function to provide pedestrian location information to drivers. Geographical data...

  • New Wrangler due in May

    New Wrangler due in May

    By 18 April 2007

    Three things in life are certain: death, taxes and the fact that Jeep will never stop making the Wrangler. The "new" version of the classically homoerotic off-road legend hits the UK in May, and unsurprisingly looks a lot like the current one. The range...

  • More motorway service stations due

    More motorway service stations due

    By 17 April 2007

    Over-priced Cornish pasties, ancient coin-operated arcade machines, inbred yokels on caravanning holidays … it can only be a motorway service station. Whether you think they are god-forsaken hell holes or welcome respites on a long journey, one thing’s...

  • Government to offer pay-as-you-drive incentive

    Government to offer pay-as-you-drive incentive

    By 17 April 2007

    The Government has announced plans to bribe the public into taking part in road-pricing experiments aimed at reducing traffic congestion. Rather than forcing drivers to install a black box to track their cars’ movements, ministers hope to encourage...

  • Volvo refreshes S40 and V50

    Volvo refreshes S40 and V50

    By 10 April 2007

    Volvo’s two best-selling models last year – the S40 saloon and V50 Sportswagon – have been given a retouch. Not that you’d notice. The S40 gets a redesigned nose with chrome-framed grille, clear-lensed headlamp units, full-width air intake, integral...

  • BMW unveils the new M3

    BMW unveils the new M3

    By 10 April 2007

    BMW has finally lifted the lid on its latest M3 Coupé. The new 4.0-litre V8 engine develops a massive 420bhp at a whopping 8300rpm and 62mph can be reached in 4.8 seconds. Power is transferred to the road by a six-speed manual gearbox and variable differential,...

  • Honda CR-V 2.0 i-VTEC
    3 out of 5

    Honda CR-V 2.0 i-VTEC

    By 7 April 2007

    The CR-V has always been a cracking machine, offering a truly car-like driving experience with the ride height and practicality of a 4x4. The last version added great styling, high levels of comfort and relatively low running costs. Unfortunately, the...

  • Chevy shows off three new concepts

    Chevy shows off three new concepts

    By 6 April 2007

    Making their all-singing, all-dancing debut at this week’s New York Auto Show, a trio of new concept cars proves that Chevrolet has gone a bit loopy. The Beat, Groove and Trax are a trio of urban yoof cars, created at GM’s design studio in South Korea....

  • Kia set to unveil new SUV concept

    Kia set to unveil new SUV concept

    By 6 April 2007

    Kia will unveil its KND-4 concept car at the Seoul International Motor Show. The exterior styling of KND-4 is aimed squarely at the ‘active lifestyle’ brigade – the sort of people who would buy an SUV if they weren’t worried that other people...

  • Armoured Phantom goes on sale

    Armoured Phantom goes on sale

    By 6 April 2007

    Rolls-Royce is pimping its insanely sumptuous Phantom flagship – with armour, no less. Offering the highest levels of personal protection and engineered to VR7 level, the highest current international protection rating, the Phantom Armoured is indistinguishable...

  • Lexus takes World Car of the Year honours

    Lexus takes World Car of the Year honours

    By 6 April 2007

    The Lexus LS 460 has been declared World Car of the Year 2007 by a group of international motoring journalists. The LS 460, launched in January, was chosen from an entry list of 28 contenders nominated by jurors from 22 countries. WCOTY jurors considered...