Archive for Jonathan Goddard

  • Jaguar to build all-new saloon
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    Jaguar to build all-new saloon

    By 28 November 2006

    Ailing Jaguar Cars has surprised pundits by announcing that it will be producing a brand new sports saloon next year. The Jaguar XF, which will make its public debut next autumn, replaces the much-derided although rather good S-Type. Designed and developed...

  • Pay As You Drive plans praised
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    Pay As You Drive plans praised

    By 27 November 2006

    Pay as you drive plans could be the answer to all our road ills, according to a new Independent Transport Commission report. Research suggests that charging motorists to travel would raise sufficient cash to fund improvements in infrastructure such as...

  • Duo break Guinness World Record for a two-man stoppie
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    Duo break Guinness World Record for a two-man stoppie

    By 27 November 2006

    For most people, getting on a motorbike is extreme enough. But for Craig Jones and Wing Chui, extreme means extreme. Not content with having set two official Guinness World Records for solo stoppies (when you do a forward motion wheelie on your front...

  • Volkswagen Touareg tows Boeing 747
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    Volkswagen Touareg tows Boeing 747

    By 23 November 2006

    As PR stunts go, getting a Volkswagen Touareg to successfully tow a Boeing 747 is rather impressive. The 155-tonne retired passenger liner - the very same one you can see in the background on Top Gear when they’re testing cars on the track - was hauled...

  • Boy racers use YouTube to boast about street racing
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    Boy racers use YouTube to boast about street racing

    By 22 November 2006

    Boy racers have been driving through quiet suburban streets at more than 100mph and then posting their times on video-sharing website YouTube for others to beat just like you can in computer games. The site describes two leafy residential roads in Cheltenham,...

  • Subaru Honours Burns - with 320bhp Impreza WRX STI
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    Subaru Honours Burns - with 320bhp Impreza WRX STI

    By 22 November 2006

    When Richard Burns succumbed to cancer a year ago, the world of motor racing - and indeed the entire sporting world - lost one of its true greats and a gentleman to boot. In honour of his career, Subaru - the manufacturer for who Burns plied his trade...

  • Nissan updates the Skyline
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    Nissan updates the Skyline

    By 21 November 2006

    A legend has been reborn with Nissan’s decision to produce its latest evolution of the venerated Skyline - the mack daddy of boy racers. Succeeding the V35, the new Skyline with its all-new platform and V6 engine has a longer nose, sharply raked A-pillar,...

  • VW has revealed its latest concept in China - the Neeza
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    VW has revealed its latest concept in China - the Neeza

    By 20 November 2006

    A kind of crossover between a sports coupé and an off-road estate car, the Neeza has been designed in China specifically for the Chinese market - another sign that the Far Eastern superpower is fast becoming the most exciting emerging automotive market...

  • Maybach launches the £340,000 62S
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    Maybach launches the £340,000 62S

    By 17 November 2006

    Maybach’s new flagship model is the world’s most powerful chauffer-driven saloon. Quite why anyone other than Simon Cowell or the leader of a military junta would need a 612bhp V12 luxury car is anyone’s guess. Then again, at a shade over £341,000...

  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster coming soon
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    Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster coming soon

    By 16 November 2006

    The launch of a new Aston Martin is always a moment to savour. The very name evokes more about the beauty of motoring than any other, and that’s set to continue with the unveiling of the new V8 Vantage Roadster at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this...

  • Mazda gives first look at new concept car
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    Mazda gives first look at new concept car

    By 15 November 2006

    Mazda has revealed a rather enigmatic first look at its new concept car. The Nagare will get its first public viewing at a motor show in Los Angeles later this month, and follows 2006 reveals of Mazda concepts Sassou, Senku and Kabura. According to Laurens...

  • Mini Cooper S review
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    Mini Cooper S review

    By 11 November 2006

    Even though the old (new) Mini was a blast, it always failed the acid test, which for almost any car is the answer to the following question: "Would I buy one?" Gloriously, the new (new) Mini - which looks almost exactly like the old (new) Mini but is...

  • Smart shows off new look Fortwo
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    Smart shows off new look Fortwo

    By 10 November 2006

    Smart has given the world the first glimpse of its new fortwo, which will hit showrooms in autumn 2007. Launched back in 1998, the original Smart Fortwo (the City Coupe as it was known) revolutionised the way people viewed urban driving, despite weak...

  • Bristol builds 1012bhp Fighter T sports car
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    Bristol builds 1012bhp Fighter T sports car

    By 9 November 2006

    The Bugatti Veyron is the world’s only 1000+bhp sports car, right? Not any more it isn’t after venerable British carmaker Bristol announced that its new Fighter T is capable of churning out a quite staggering 1012bhp. It’s rare to see any Bristol...

  • Report finds brake failure widespread
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    Report finds brake failure widespread

    By 9 November 2006

    The brakes on a third of all cars could fail without notice, a new report warns. Tests carried out by independent service garages on behalf of car care company Comma found half of all motorists had defective braking systems, with 29% of them so poor they...

  • Campaign to increase driving age to 18 gets boost
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    Campaign to increase driving age to 18 gets boost

    By 7 November 2006

    The campaign for raising the driving age to 18 has been boosted by the news that a much higher number of teenagers are driving or being driven in cars that are untaxed, uninsured and unroadworthy than previously thought. And according to Thisislondon.co.uk,...

  • Bang & Olufsen named best sound system for cars
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    Bang & Olufsen named best sound system for cars

    By 7 November 2006

    Bang & Olufsen’s quite extraordinary in-car audio system has been named best sound system in the automotive world. Judges at the annual Interior of the Year awards in the US heaped praise on the B&O Advanced Sound System, which is available only for...

  • Pay-As-You Drive Plans Could Be Costly
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    Pay-As-You Drive Plans Could Be Costly

    By 5 November 2006

    Introducing the controversial pay-as-you-drive scheme could cost the average British family more than £3000 extra a year, according to the Sunday Telegraph. The Government plans, aimed at improving traffic flow but cutting the amount of time people spend...

  • Chrysler 300C CRD Touring review
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    Chrysler 300C CRD Touring review

    By 4 November 2006

    Chrysler, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge ... no, we’re not on the long straight highways that criss-cross the USA. We’re on sedate country lanes in Berkshire, Cheshire, Somerset and Lancashire. The Americans are invading. In a country once almost entirely...

  • Classic mini dragsters go up for auction
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    Classic mini dragsters go up for auction

    By 1 November 2006

    Stuck for an idea what to buy your car-loving sprog or sprogette for Crimbo? Well how about a mini dragster? Engineer Brian Eyre, one of the founders of kart racing in Britain, designed the so-called "bathtub hotrods" nearly two decades ago. His grandchildren...

  • Volkswagen looks to the future with Nanospyder concept
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    Volkswagen looks to the future with Nanospyder concept

    By 1 November 2006

    Rating about a 9.6 on the what-the-f*ck-is that-ometer, the new Volkswagen Nanospyder concept might just be a little too way-out there for even the most optimistic future gazers among us. Futuristic nanotechnology supported by hydrogen fuel cells, solar...

  • BMW unveils new BMW 3 Series
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    BMW unveils new BMW 3 Series

    By 30 October 2006

    The new BMW 3 Series convertible has been revealed - and Pocket-Lint is sad to say that it’s one of the most ghastly vehicles to come out Germany since the Tiger tank. The bizarre-looking creation, with its slabby sides, fat arse and ludicrous rear...

  • New survey finds Hackney full of hit and runners
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    New survey finds Hackney full of hit and runners

    By 30 October 2006

    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 review
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    Porsche 997 Carrera S cabrio review

    By 28 October 2006

    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
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    Kremlin to sell off G8 golf carts

    By 27 October 2006

    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...