Archive for Jonathan Goddard

New survey finds Hackney full of hit and runners

New survey finds Hackney full of hit and runners

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It’s been a bad week for Hackney - first it was named by Channel 4 as the UK’s worst place to live, and now it’s been shamed as having the highest rate of incidents where drivers fail to stop after a collision. The crime-ridden borough - along with... >>

Porsche 997 Carrera S cabrio
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Porsche 997 Carrera S cabrio

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Remember the old car sticker, usually stuck in the rear window of a banged up old Rover that read: "My other car’s a Porsche"? That was back in the day when the Porsche badge meant rich, ostentatious and exclusive. These days, Porsche means something... >>

Kremlin to sell off G8 golf carts

Kremlin to sell off G8 golf carts

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For Sale: One golf buggy, good condition, one former world-leader owner. £70,000 ono. Well that could be the ad after the Kremlin announced today that it is auctioning off the golf buggies used by visiting G8 heads of state in July. The eight carts used... >>

Fiat launches new look Fiat Bravo

Fiat launches new look Fiat Bravo

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Fiat (stop yawning at the back) has stunned everyone by unveiling its best looking car in decades - the new Fiat Bravo. Available from summer 2007, the Bravo sure is pretty. A curved, wedge-lie shape and a ridiculously raked waste line and varying window... >>

Peugeot 4007 becomes company's first 4x4

Peugeot 4007 becomes company's first 4x4

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Just when the world seems to be going cold (or should be hot?) on 4x4s, Peugeot has decided to produce its first ever SUV. The 4007 is the result of co-operation between PSA Peugeot-Citroen and Mitsubishi, and it will be on sale sometime next year. Styled... >>

New Ascari supercar hits 60mph in 2.8 seconds

New Ascari supercar hits 60mph in 2.8 seconds

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Britain’s only genuine supercar manufacturer, Ascari, has debuted its new A10 - a 625bhp road-legal barnstormer than can hit 60mph in (gulp) an amazing 2.8 seconds. Ascari’s answer to the Ferrari Enzo FXX, which isn’t suitable for road driving,... >>

Scotland voted best place for driving

Scotland voted best place for driving

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Scotland in the autumn ... a beautiful place to visit, and a great place for a seasonal drive. The nation’s top ten autumnal drives are named today, with Scotland claiming four of the top positions. The Aberfeldy-Loch Tay-Glen Lyon stretch and Crief... >>

Harley Davison XR 1200 gets first official outing in Birmingham

Harley Davison XR 1200 gets first official outing in Birmingham

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Harley-Davidsons are for fat, grizzled, middle-aged weirdy beardies, right? Hogs may have their Hell’s Angels image, but that hasn’t stopped the world’s most famous motorbike manufacturer having a go at something different. The high-performance... >>

Toyota Auris concept car to be on the road by 2008

Toyota Auris concept car to be on the road by 2008

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Revealed as a concept at the Paris Motor Show last month, it seems Toyota’s new Auris will be pushed into European service sooner than expected. Details of the new C-segment vehicle were announced today, demonstrating a startling similarity in looks... >>

New top-of-the-range Panda to be unveiled at the MPH '06 show

New top-of-the-range Panda to be unveiled at the MPH '06 show

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Italian, powerful and iconic … it’s either a Ferrari or Jake La Motta, si? Actually it’s the Panda 100HP … the new range-topping city car in the Fiat catalogue. The 100bhp "goliath" is making it’s debut at the MPH’06 show later this month,... >>

Citroen named manufacturer of the year by GreenFleet

Citroen named manufacturer of the year by GreenFleet

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Coal mine, coal mine in the valley, who’s the greenest car manufacturer of all? It’s Citroen, apparently. The GreenFleet awards, designed to increase ecological awareness among those responsible for transport procurement (car fleet managers, to you... >>

Potholes Costing Motorists 320million pounds A Year

Potholes Costing Motorists 320million pounds A Year

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Poorly maintained roads are accounting for one in five of all car failures in some parts of the country, according to a new study. Warranty Direct shames Scotland as having some of the poorest quality roads in the UK, while just 8% of car breakdowns are... >>

Audi unveils the latest TT Roadster

Audi unveils the latest TT Roadster

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Audi has unveiled its new TT Roadster – and the good news is that it looks even better than the coupé and it’s choca with technology. This thing even has magnetic suspension. Like the coupé, the new Roadster has an advanced hybrid Audi Space Frame... >>

Speed cameras deceived by switching lanes

Speed cameras deceived by switching lanes

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Despite it’s oh-so clever name, the new generations of SPECS cameras can’t actually see very well. Designed to calculate a vehicle’s average speed over a long distance, the "hi-tech" cameras can apparently be fooled by the incredibly fiendish tactic... >>

Cleaner Diesel Hits US Market This Week

Cleaner Diesel Hits US Market This Week

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The cleanest commercially available diesel fuel yet goes on sale in the US this week, which is likely to encourage a massive surge in diesel-powered vehicle sales. The new fuel, limited to a sulphur content of no more than 15 parts per million, promises... >>

2CV Named Ultimate Bond Chase Car? Sacre Bleu

2CV Named Ultimate Bond Chase Car? Sacre Bleu

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We Brits sure are an unpatriotic lot, after voting a French sardine can on wheels as the best ever James Bond movie chase car. Now pardon moi, but the Citroen 2CV barely qualifies as a voiture let alone being considered in the same category as an Aston... >>

Drop in traffic cops has led to lawless motorists in London

Drop in traffic cops has led to lawless motorists in London

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London’s roads are "lawless", according to the Mayor’s official road safety czar. Jenny Jones said the massive drop in the number of traffic police in the capital was “disastrous” and that the Met had become “heavily over-reliant” on technology... >>

SEAT technology ready to create intelligent cars

SEAT technology ready to create intelligent cars

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The boffins at SEAT haven’t been shirking, it appears, after the Spanish car firm announced significant advances in vehicle-generated information technology. Demonstrated at the ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) Congress in London, SEAT today... >>

One in six drivers turn down help at breakdowns

One in six drivers turn down help at breakdowns

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One in every six motorists who have stopped to aid drivers that have suffered a breakdown has been turned away, according to new research. The rejection of so-called "charitable motorists" is fuelled by growing distrust of other people in society, and... >>

Mazda launch Mazda3 Sport

Mazda launch Mazda3 Sport

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Mazda – possibly the manufacturer least likely to produce the world’s first genuine super hatch. So, kudos to the Ford-owned Japanese marque for tearing up the rule book and doing just that with the quite unbelievable Mazda3 MPS. When it goes on sale... >>

Range Rover's new diesel incapable of accepting petrol

Range Rover's new diesel incapable of accepting petrol

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Range Rover’s new flagship diesel version will be the first production car to have a special system built in to prevent drivers filling the tank with petrol instead of diesel. With modern diesel cars behaving more like petrol-powered vehicles than ever... >>

Smart launches the Smart Car Credit Card

Smart launches the Smart Car Credit Card

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A great reason to buy a Smart Fortwo is the fact that as petrol-powered motors go, it’s pretty green. Sure, you have to put up with some atrocious handling and a car that’s beginning to show its age - but if green motoring on a budget appeals, there... >>

Atacama VW concept van sees light of day

Atacama VW concept van sees light of day

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Yes, it’s a van. But, lordy, what a van. It’s unlikely you’ll have heard of the Crafter - VW’s new load carrier - unless you work in the trade, but it’s conceptual sister is the Atacama, and it looks great. The four-wheel drive concept is the... >>

Chrysler has announced record sales outside of North America

Chrysler has announced record sales outside of North America

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Although homegrown motors are facing a crisis in the States, Chrysler Group has announced record sales outside of North America. Continuing Grand Voyager and Grand Cherokee sales, couple with addition of fresh models such as the 300C and Dodge Caliber... >>

Vauxhall Astra Twin Top 1.6 16v Sport
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Vauxhall Astra Twin Top 1.6 16v Sport

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Peugeot did it first, and now everyone seems to be having a crack. No, we're not talking about building cars that fall apart in a brisk wind, but the current fascination with churning out hard-roof drop-tops – or coupe-cabriolets as they are known –... >>