Archive for Jonathan Goddard

  • Brake discs break sooner than you would expect

    Brake discs break sooner than you would expect

    By 22 February 2007

    Brake discs are wearing out faster, warping and losing their braking performance earlier on some modern vehicles according to an alarming new report. A leading auto parts supplier claims it is regularly supplying replacement brake discs for nearly new...

  • Pink Panther limo for sale on eBay

    Pink Panther limo for sale on eBay

    By 20 February 2007

    Fancy owning a piece of TV motoring history? Well now you can, after the owner of the Pink Panther limo posted the vehicle on ebay today. The famed stretched pink monstrosity from the opening Pink Panther cartoon credits, based on an Oldsmobile, was designed...

  • Ferrari celebrates 60 years with exhibition movie

    Ferrari celebrates 60 years with exhibition movie

    By 19 February 2007

    If you’re heading over to Milan before the end of June this year and you're also a film fan it might be worth taking a tour of the Maranello – the home of Ferrari – for a unique exhibition. As part of the company’s 60th Anniversary celebrations,...

  • Audi TT Roadster arrives in UK

    Audi TT Roadster arrives in UK

    By 19 February 2007

    The car that almost single-handedly spearheaded the resurrection of the two-seater sports convertible returns to UK roads this month with the arrival of the new Audi TT Roadster. Concealing somewhat radical new advances in construction and suspension...

  • C-Charge Extension Good News For Honda

    C-Charge Extension Good News For Honda

    By 18 February 2007

    The extension of London’s congestion charge zone will lead to massive growth in the adoption of cleaner hybrid cars, says Honda. Sales forecasts predict there will be over 6500 more low-emission hybrid cars on London’s roads by 2008 – each taking...

  • Hyundai European C-segment hatchback coming

    By 18 February 2007

    Hyundai will unveil its new European C-segment hatchback at its press conference at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday 6 March 2007. Codenamed FD, this will be the first ever car from the Korean manufacturer designed specifically for the European market....

  • Mitsubishi  i minicar on sale from July

    Mitsubishi i minicar on sale from July

    By 18 February 2007

    Mitsubishi has confirmed that its cute "i" minicar will go on sale in the UK in July. The rear-mid-engined, four-seater “i” has already achieved cult status in Japan with its original styling, agile handling and clever use of interior space. Around...

  • Enzo Ferrari voted world's most iconic supercar

    Enzo Ferrari voted world's most iconic supercar

    By 12 February 2007

    What's the world's most iconic supercar? Apparently, it's the the Enzo Ferrari. The legendary £425,000 model, of which only a few hundred were built, topped a definitive list of the 100 most iconic contemporary cars that money can buy. The Zurich Iconic...

  • Road pricing will hit vulnerable people hardest, admits Government

    Road pricing will hit vulnerable people hardest, admits Government

    By 12 February 2007

    It's official - the elderly, poor and those living in rural areas will be hardest hit by road pricing. Paying to use roads could trap hard-up people in run-down areas while the rich are free to travel, a Department of Transport study warns. The report...

  • BMW 320d M Sport Touring
    3.5 out of 5

    BMW 320d M Sport Touring

    By 10 February 2007

    I own a 1989 BMW 320i Touring. I love it, despite its foibles. Sitting at the helm somehow makes you feel that little bit special. Sitting in the cabin of the latest 3 Series Touring gives me more of the same. It’s great how BMW has a sense of heritage...

  • Rover RDX60 prototype found in Longbridge storeroom

    By 9 February 2007

    Just as the surrounded Third Reich spent much of its dying energy developing machines it thought might turn the tide of war, defunct manufacturer Rover was working on its own white elephant in the days before its demise. As the former MG Rover factory...

  • A Caterham for the sensible speed freak

    A Caterham for the sensible speed freak

    By 9 February 2007

    Caterham has added another model to its legendary Seven range with a 112kW Ford Sigma engine, offering a whopping 200kW/ton performance for just £17,495. With the K-Series engine now well and truly past its prime, Caterham introduced its new engine lineup...

  • Christie’s to sell uber-expensive 1939 Auto Union D-Type

    Christie’s to sell uber-expensive 1939 Auto Union D-Type

    By 5 February 2007

    Auction house Christie’s reckons it could sell the most expensive car in its history later this month. Christie’s has estimated the value of the 1939 Auto Union D-Type, one of just two remaining examples of this legendary grand prix racer, at between...

  • Volvo V70 details released

    Volvo V70 details released

    By 5 February 2007

    Volvo has released the first details of its new V70 – and it looks like the Swedish marque’s slow progression from boxy middle-class childwagon to almost cool load lugger is coming along nicely. Due in September, the new V70 has sleeker and more athletic...

  • Retailer amnesty on illegal camera detectors

    By 5 February 2007

    Motorists caught using an illegal speed camera detection device are soon to face a fine and penalty points on their licence. But one supplier is offering to take back all illegal devices from their customers rather than see them break the law. Car Parts...

  • BMW X3 2.0d SE
    3 out of 5

    BMW X3 2.0d SE

    By 3 February 2007

    I’ve never really understood why anyone would buy a BMW X3. It’s by no means a bad car – far from it, in fact. Sure, early ones looked a bit funny, the ride was unforgivably choppy and the interior had been built by Romanian peasants earning three...

  • British motorists are mass murderers

    British motorists are mass murderers

    By 1 February 2007

    British motorists are mass murderers. A million animals and 10 million birds are killed on Britain’s roads each year, something the Guild of Experienced Motorists believes should be offset by a voluntary fines scheme. To salve the conscience of drivers...

  • AA slams Richmond over emissions parking plan

    AA slams Richmond over emissions parking plan

    By 1 February 2007

    A vote to determine the introduction of emissions-based parking charges is going ahead dispite, a leading motoring organisations claims the move is nothing more than a cynical money-making scheme. Larger vehicles in some of the capital’s boroughs –...

  • Mini use RFID tags in advertising

    Mini use RFID tags in advertising

    By 1 February 2007

    Mini has become the first company in the world to use RFID technology to communicate directly with its customers through billboard advertising. Mini Motorboards feature an ever-changing array of unique and personalised messages targeted to and triggered...

  • TV Row Sees Brazil Dropped From A1GP Calendar

    TV Row Sees Brazil Dropped From A1GP Calendar

    By 1 February 2007

    The A1GP Brazil, due to take place on March 18, has been withdrawn from the World Cup of Motorsport’s 2006/07 season calendar. Following a delay in securing a local terrestrial TV partner to provide nationwide coverage of the series, A1GP representative...

  • McQueen voted most iconic biker of all time

    By 1 February 2007

    Hollywood legend Steve McQueen has been voted the most iconic biker of all time. The 1960s all-action film star took polled 25% of the 2254 votes registered on Yahoo.co.uk. McQueen, who died of lung cancer in 1980, saw off a list of motorcycle racing...

  • Hamster and BBC cleared of crash wrongdoing

    Hamster and BBC cleared of crash wrongdoing

    By 20 January 2007

    Richard Hammond and the BBC are to be cleared of any wrongdoing over the spectacular crash in which the TV presenter almost died. An inquiry by the Health and Safety Executive will rule out driver error as well as exonerating the makers of the Top Gear...

  • BMW 1 Series gets a tweaking

    BMW 1 Series gets a tweaking

    By 17 January 2007

    It doesn’t seem that long ago that BMW introduced the 1 Series, but they’re already updating it. Due in spring, the refreshed 1 Series gets a more fuel efficient model and, most drastically, a three-door version. Technologies such as Brake Energy...

  • Ford creates stretched Transit XXL

    Ford creates stretched Transit XXL

    By 17 January 2007

    On the scale of uselessness, a limousine van would rate pretty high. None the less, Ford’s Commercial Vehicle development team has created an unusual one-off – the Transit XXL. Using "off-the-shelf" Ford Transit components throughout, the XXL is based...

  • Vauxhall announce Corsa VXR

    Vauxhall announce Corsa VXR

    By 4 January 2007

    Continuing its ludicrous habit of turning mild-mannered and dull mass-market vehicles into near-uncontrollable, bloodthirsty, screaming banshees of the road, Vauxhall has unveiled the hot version of the Corsa. The latest VXR model is immediately distinguishable...


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