Archive for Jonathan Goddard

  • THE BIG INTERVIEW: Russ Swift

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Russ Swift

    By 27 December 2006

    Russ Swift goes through a set of tyres every 3 miles because, in the stunt-driving business, rubber and money get burned together. Swift’s party piece – and something he’s been doing for decades and with a 100% success rate – is getting a car...

  • Saab AlcoKey praised

    Saab AlcoKey praised

    By 22 December 2006

    Saab has been given an award in recognition of a device that prevents drunk people from driving. The AlcoKey, now being trialled on a widespread basis in Sweden, is smaller than a mobile phone, and incorporates a flip-top cover with a mouth piece where...

  • Parents failing to protect their kids

    Parents failing to protect their kids

    By 22 December 2006

    Most parents are endangering their children because they are not using, or fail to correctly fit, child seats. What Car? found that 65% of parents had not fitted their child seats properly, while only 35% of parents knew the specifics of new child seat...

  • Mercedes show off Ocean Drive concept car

    Mercedes show off Ocean Drive concept car

    By 21 December 2006

    Merc has weighed in at the pre-North American Auto Show Detroit concept title rumble with a large luxury convertible that looks suspiciously as though it might eventually see the light of day (translation: it’s dull). The Ocean Drive four-door drop-top...

  • Audi R8 goes disco

    Audi R8 goes disco

    By 21 December 2006

    The Y-front moisteningly beautiful Audi R8, due out in spring, has gone all disco. The 187mph two-seater sports car will come with an optional interior lighting package (who knew we needed one of them?) that will see the addition of LED cabin illumination...

  • Exports of South Korean cars will hit a record high this year

    Exports of South Korean cars will hit a record high this year

    By 20 December 2006

    The Koreans are coming. Exports of South Korean cars and parts will hit a record high of £23 billion by the end of the year. The ministry of commerce, industry and energy in Seoul said auto exports were expected to reach 2.7 million units, up 11.9% from...

  • Think! Campaign "A Waste Of Money"

    Think! Campaign "A Waste Of Money"

    By 20 December 2006

    The Government’s annual multimedia Xmas anti-drink drive campaign is a waste of money, according to road safety experts. Aimed primarily at 17 to 29-year-old males and launched across TV, cinema, radio, outdoor and ambient media at the start of the...

  • Volvo announces XC60 concept car

    Volvo announces XC60 concept car

    By 18 December 2006

    The latest concept from Volvo has been unveiled - and continuing the current trend for genre mash-ups, it looks like a 4x4 coupe could be coming our way. The design, which we are assured will form the basis of the new XC60, will be shown at the Detroit...

  • Save on repair bills by using Air Con in Winter

    Save on repair bills by using Air Con in Winter

    By 18 December 2006

    Who uses their air-con in the winter? Well, apparently, we all should be doing just that to save ourselves big repair bills. Specialists say that prolonged periods of inactivity leave air-con systems prone to failure when warmer weather returns, resulting...

  • 18 million vehicles expected to be on UK roads next weekend

    18 million vehicles expected to be on UK roads next weekend

    By 15 December 2006

    With 18 million vehicles expected to be on UK roads next weekend, analysts are predicting a miserable couple of days for traffic. The worst day for seasonal congestin is expected to be Thursday 18th December, when commercial, commuter and leisure traffic...

  • Cost of accidents claimed to cost us £1billion a year

    Cost of accidents claimed to cost us £1billion a year

    By 15 December 2006

    Car accidents cost the UK economy at least £1 billion every year in lost working hours, a report claimed today. Motorists spend an average of 3.5 days dealing with the aftermath of a crash, says a leading accident and claims management company. More...

  • China home to most expensive Rolls-Royce ever built

    China home to most expensive Rolls-Royce ever built

    By 14 December 2006

    There’s yet more evidence of China’s superpower status with the news today that it’s now home to the most expensive Rolls-Royce ever built. An anonymous (not for long, surely) property developer in Beijing has snapped up the $2.2 million super-luxury...

  • Citroen launch parking space measurement system for Citroen C4 Picasso

    Citroen launch parking space measurement system for Citroen C4 Picasso

    By 13 December 2006

    We’ve all been there. You see a gap in a row of parked cars and it looks impossibly tight. You pull up next to it and try to work out if you can fit. You either bottle it and park a mile away or you go for it. Wouldn’t it be nice to know instantly...

  • Journey times up to three times longer during term time

    Journey times up to three times longer during term time

    By 12 December 2006

    The real impact of school-run mums on traffic congestion has been revealed today. Analysis from Trafficmaster shows that average journey times in some areas of the UK are up to three times longer during term times than during school holidays. The two-mile...

  • Skoda gives Fabia a makeover

    Skoda gives Fabia a makeover

    By 12 December 2006

    One of the most underrated superminis is getting a much-needed makeover following the news that Skoda is finally updating the Fabia. The "finest Czech export since the writings of Franz Kafka and pilsner lager" - according to the somewhat overcooked press...

  • London to introduct two-tier parking system

    London to introduct two-tier parking system

    By 11 December 2006

    London will introduce the country’s first city-wide two-tier parking penalties scheme, which will see drivers punished depending on the seriousness of their parking offence. From 1 July 2007 drivers parking at bus stops, on pedestrian crossings, or...

  • Volvo to revolutionise hybrid and electric car making

    Volvo to revolutionise hybrid and electric car making

    By 5 December 2006

    Volvo has invested £150,000 in a company that says it has developed am energy-efficient conductor that could revolutionise hybrid and electric car making. The conductor is used, among other things, when battery direct current is converted into alternating...

  • Hummer goes Green with new concept car

    By 4 December 2006

    The words Hummer and environmental sustainability don’t normally sit too well with each other, but a concept design for a next-generation Hummer has won an award for demonstrating just that. General Motors’ Advanced Design department scooped the LA...

  • Freelander 2 gets iPod dock and more

    Freelander 2 gets iPod dock and more

    By 4 December 2006

    Land Rover’s all-new Freelander 2 goes on sale in the UK this week, and a range of accessories for the mid-sized 4x4 have been announced. An audio connectivity module allows you to integrate an iPod nano, iPod 30+60GB and iPod Photo (version 4), using...

  • Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi people carrier review
    3.5 out of 5

    Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi people carrier review

    By 2 December 2006

    If you ever feel the need to buy a car with seven seats, it’s time to take yourself to the shed, put some Cure on the stereo and blow yourself away with a homemade pipe bomb. Yes, life is over for you, but if you want to carry on with your miserable...

  • Pay-as-you-drive "could save economy from £22bn loss"

    Pay-as-you-drive "could save economy from £22bn loss"

    By 1 December 2006

    A landmark report into the future of British roads has called for radical adoption of congestion-charging schemes and a thorough upgrading of the transport infrastructure. Sir Rod Eddington’s landmark study claims congestion will soon cost the UK economy...

  • Skoda's Roomster gets Scout upgrade

    Skoda's Roomster gets Scout upgrade

    By 30 November 2006

    Time and again manufacturers have sought to inject new life into their model range by adding some rubber, jacking up the suspension, and slapping on thicker tyres all in the name of making something wholly on-road look like it can go off-road. This exercise...

  • Drivers shirking maintenance duties

    Drivers shirking maintenance duties

    By 30 November 2006

    British drivers are not carrying out basic motor vehicle checks and maintenance because they fear increasingly complex automotive technology. An RAC report suggests that motorists are becoming too reliant on other people to fix problems and more than...

  • Volkswagen unveils new Tiguan compact 4x4

    Volkswagen unveils new Tiguan compact 4x4

    By 30 November 2006

    Volkswagen has unveiled an all-new concept compact 4x4 at the LA Auto Show – and for what passes as quick turnaround in the automotive world, it will go on sale by the end of next year. The Tiguan, so named after the result of a poll of more than 350,000...

  • Nissan bringing battery powered cars to market within 3 years

    Nissan bringing battery powered cars to market within 3 years

    By 29 November 2006

    Japanese manufacturer Nissan is planning to sell battery-powered electric cars within 3 years in a bid to catch up with its rivals in the market. The AFP news agency carried a story from the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper, stating that the light, sub-compact...