Archive for Jonathan Goddard

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    More than a million people fear driving ban

    By 31 March 2007

    More than a million British motorists are on the brink of losing their licences, according to a new report. There are currently 6000 speed cameras monitoring drivers in the UK and currently 4.5 million drivers have points on their licence for speeding....

  • Seat develops first ever RC touring car
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    Seat develops first ever RC touring car

    By 28 March 2007

    Seat has trialled the first ever driverless touring car. Cutting-edge developments in electronics, virtual reality and on-board computers have enabled the Seat Sport UK team to create what they claim is the most advanced remote control car in the world....

  • Golf reaches 25million mark
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    Golf reaches 25million mark

    By 28 March 2007

    Volkswagen has produced its 25 millionth Golf. The very first example of the production Golf was assembled at the German marque’s Wolfsburg plant in 1974. Over 33 years and four generations later a Golf 1.4 TSI fitted with auto transmission and finished...

  • Citroen launches special edition C2
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    Citroen launches special edition C2

    By 26 March 2007

    Citroën has made the C2 more attractive (not difficult) by taking its lively 125bhp C2 1.6i 16V VTS supermini and chucking in cow skin seats, sporty exterior styling touches and an exclusive paint job. The C2 Code special edition – pretty good value...

  • Nitro and Avenger coming to the UK soon
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    Nitro and Avenger coming to the UK soon

    By 26 March 2007

    The American invasion shows no sign of abating, with the announcement that the Dodge Nitro SUV and Dodge Avenger saloon will be available in the UK soon. Leading the charge to generate more sales outside of their domestic market – in which homegrown...

  • Hummer heads over here
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    Hummer heads over here

    By 19 March 2007

    Be afraid; be very afraid – Hummer is coming to the UK, The government might be rumoured to be slaming 4 x 4 with more taxes but that isn't stopping the first dedicated Hummer showroom on these shores opens this week, and the right-hand drive H3 goes...

  • Toyota's newer, warmer Yaris
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    Toyota's newer, warmer Yaris

    By 18 March 2007

    Toyota has unveiled its new range-topping Yaris – the SR 1.8. Powered by a new petrol engine with Dual VVT-i technology and with sports-tuned steering and suspension, body kit, 17-inch rims and a load of premium equipment spec such as climate control...

  • Capital cab ride "among world's best"
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    Capital cab ride "among world's best"

    By 13 March 2007

    A trip in a London taxi through the heart of London is among the top ten best cab journeys in the world, according to a leading international travel guide. ForbesTraveller.com has ranked a trip in a black cab from Marble Arch to the London Eye, via Piccadilly...

  • Overhaul of teenage driving standards proposed
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    Overhaul of teenage driving standards proposed

    By 11 March 2007

    Young drivers face a 2-year ban on driving at night under a proposed overhaul of the driving test system. Designed to cut road deaths, the change would force teenagers to wait until they are 18 before taking their test. And even if they pass, youths will...

  • Government  launches CO2 emissions campaign
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    Government launches CO2 emissions campaign

    By 11 March 2007

    The Government has launched a new campaign designed to encourage drivers to reduce their vehicle's carbon dioxide emissions. Launching the first phase of the Act on CO2 campaign, an initiative aimed at tackling climate change, transport minister Gillian...

  • Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 EX Auto review
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    Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 EX Auto review

    By 10 March 2007

    I'll make something clear up front: I'm currently working out what company car I can afford to run, and I was close to discounting the Accord Tourer because it's just out of my budget range. Since having one on test, I’ve decided there are some things...

  • Morgan to produce fuel-cell car
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    Morgan to produce fuel-cell car

    By 8 March 2007

    Traditional, hand-built car specialist Morgan has announced its plan to be one of the first car makers to produce a hydrogen fuel-cell car. Morgan "Life Car" - a hydrogen-fuelled, zero-emissions car – will be built using Morgan’s existing wooden-framed...

  • Altea gets the 4x4 treatment
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    Altea gets the 4x4 treatment

    By 7 March 2007

    SEAT has unveiled the Altea Freetrack Prototype, a 4x4 concept based on its existing Altea hatchback. At 185 mm higher than the Altea, the Freetrack has the same 250bhp 2.0 T FSI engine as the recently debuted in the new Leon Cupra. The model’s width...

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    Justy switches to Subaru

    By 7 March 2007

    Subaru is to bring back the Justy small car programme. Later this year, Subaru dealers will be selling a new Justy based on the Daihatsu Sirion city car. Both Daihatsu and Subaru are now part of the Toyota group after being bought from General Motors....

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    Audi to launch yet another coupe

    By 7 March 2007

    Audi is taking the fight to arch-rival BMW with the launch of its new A5 and S5 four-seater coupes. The cars are pitched squarely against BMW’s 3-series coupe – and its M3 performance derivative. Audi’s is looking to have a model in every car segment...

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    New Fabia due soon

    By 7 March 2007

    Skoda is looking to attract younger buyers with its all-new second-generation Fabia hatchback. The car, which goes on sale in the UK on May 17, has borrowed some styling devices from the Mini, such as different-coloured roofs in white or silver, with...

  • Volvo pimps the XC70
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    Volvo pimps the XC70

    By 5 March 2007

    Volvo has given its rather sedate XC70 AWD (all-wheel drive) estate a shot in the tracking rod with some bold new styling and a shed load more equipment. Available with a 3.2-litre straight six-cylinder petrol engine (245bhp) and its second generation...

  • Convertible Phantom coming soon
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    Convertible Phantom coming soon

    By 5 March 2007

    The new Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé will make its Euro debut at the Geneva motor show this week, with production of the new model beginning in Goodwood this summer. The two-door, four-seat convertible is hand-built on an advanced aluminium spaceframe,...

  • Audi unveils most powerful diesel SUV
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    Audi unveils most powerful diesel SUV

    By 4 March 2007

    The most powerful diesel SUV on the market will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show next week. The 335bhp Audi Q7 has a 4.2-litre V8 TDI, capable of hitting 62mph in just 6.4 seconds and with a top speed of 146mph. Power is transmitted through a six-speed...

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    2p rise in petrol price predicted

    By 4 March 2007

    Petrol and diesel prices could jump 2p a litre because of the ongoing rogue petrol fiasco, drivers were warned last night. The Sunday Mirror reports that the rise will happen because supermarkets will have to pay higher prices for emergency replacement...

  • Saab first to offer alternative fuel engine choice
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    Saab first to offer alternative fuel engine choice

    By 1 March 2007

    Saab has become the first car company in the UK to offer an alternative fuel engine choice in every single model in its range. Available in all three 9-3 bodystyles of Sport Saloon, SportWagon and Convertible, Saab’s 1.8t BioPower flex-fuel engine emits...

  • Vauxhall announce the VXR8
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    Vauxhall announce the VXR8

    By 26 February 2007

    The Monaro was, quite simply, motoring genius. Vauxhall’s decision to axe the muscle car was a blow to many, but one that’s been cushioned considerably with the announcement that a replacement is incoming. The new Aussie-built muscle car – the VXR8...

  • Kia to show off Excee'd cabrio concept in Geneva
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    Kia to show off Excee'd cabrio concept in Geneva

    By 23 February 2007

    Kia will display its Excee'd cabrio concept on at the Geneva auto show in a couple of weeks. Styled by Kia's new chief design officer Peter Schreyer, it's based on the new three-door Cee'd hatchback, due to go into production at the Zilina factory in...

  • Eden Project to hold Green Motor Show
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    Eden Project to hold Green Motor Show

    By 23 February 2007

    The Eden Project in Cornwall is to hold what it claims is the world's first green motor show. From 30 March to 15 April, the oddly named Sexy Green Car Show will feature hybrids, electric cars and biofuel-compatible vehicles from manufacturers including...

  • Potholes tackled by new website
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    Potholes tackled by new website

    By 22 February 2007

    A new website has been launched to help motorists tackle Britain’s potholed roads. Designed to assist long-suffering motorists, potholes.co.uk will allow people to highlight poor road surfaces to their local councils, plus advise on how to make a compensation...