Archive for Jonathan Goddard

  • Fiat launches new look Fiat Bravo
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    Fiat launches new look Fiat Bravo

    By 27 October 2006

    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
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    Peugeot 4007 becomes company's first 4x4

    By 26 October 2006

    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
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    New Ascari supercar hits 60mph in 2.8 seconds

    By 25 October 2006

    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
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    Scotland voted best place for driving

    By 24 October 2006

    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
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    Harley Davison XR 1200 gets first official outing in Birmingham

    By 23 October 2006

    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
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    Toyota Auris concept car to be on the road by 2008

    By 23 October 2006

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

    By 20 October 2006

    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
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    Citroen named manufacturer of the year by GreenFleet

    By 19 October 2006

    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...

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    Potholes Costing Motorists 320million pounds A Year

    By 19 October 2006

    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
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    Audi unveils the latest TT Roadster

    By 19 October 2006

    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
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    Speed cameras deceived by switching lanes

    By 17 October 2006

    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
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    Cleaner Diesel Hits US Market This Week

    By 16 October 2006

    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
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    2CV Named Ultimate Bond Chase Car? Sacre Bleu

    By 13 October 2006

    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
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    Drop in traffic cops has led to lawless motorists in London

    By 12 October 2006

    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
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    SEAT technology ready to create intelligent cars

    By 12 October 2006

    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...

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    One in six drivers turn down help at breakdowns

    By 11 October 2006

    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
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    Mazda launch Mazda3 Sport

    By 11 October 2006

    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
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    Range Rover's new diesel incapable of accepting petrol

    By 10 October 2006

    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
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    Smart launches the Smart Car Credit Card

    By 9 October 2006

    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
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    Atacama VW concept van sees light of day

    By 9 October 2006

    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
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    Chrysler has announced record sales outside of North America

    By 9 October 2006

    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 review
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    Vauxhall Astra Twin Top 1.6 16v Sport review

    By 7 October 2006

    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 –...

  • Renault teams up with Parrot for integrated Bluetooth
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    Renault teams up with Parrot for integrated Bluetooth

    By 5 October 2006

    Renault is set to begin incorporating cutting-edge in-car Bluetooth technology into new production models. In a strategic partnership, Renault will work with in-car Bluetooth experts Parrot who will provide the kit to be integrated directly into the vehicle’s...

  • Volkswagen launch Golf Match
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    Volkswagen launch Golf Match

    By 4 October 2006

    The ever-expanding Golf range, erm, expands even further with a new Match version. Effectively replacing the SE model, the Match gets all-new 15-inch ten-spoke alloys and body-coloured bumpers, side rubbing strips and door handles. On the inside, punters...

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    Peer pressure shames mobile phone motorists

    By 4 October 2006

    Motorists are not using their mobile phones at the wheel because of peer pressure and not due to concerns about getting collared by the police, according to new research. Using a mobile phone whilst driving has become as anti-social as dropping litter...