Jonathan Goddard

London is car crime capital

London is car crime capital

By Jonathan Goddard

Three London districts have topped a poll that names and shames the worst areas in the country for car crime. The highest percentage of car crime was recorded in Hackney, followed by fellow London districts Clapham and Leyton, according to insurers Admiral.... Read more

Motor industry may get emissions reprieve

Motor industry may get emissions reprieve

By Jonathan Goddard

The motor industry looks to have secured a reprieve from tough measures designed to rapidly reduce CO2 emissions. EU politicians have proposed a reduction to 125g/km by 2015. The European Commission is now set to be forced to water down its plan to introduce... Read more

Crackdown on uninsured drivers

Crackdown on uninsured drivers

By Jonathan Goddard

At any one time, one in 15 motorists on the road is uninsured, according to new Government figures. Two million vehicles in Britain do not carry insurance so new measures are being introduced to curb repeat offenders. From the start of 2008, insurance... Read more

Honda's hybrid crusade

Honda's hybrid crusade

By Jonathan Goddard

Honda has confirmed plans to put new green cars into production. The FCX hydrogen fuel cell concept car and a lightweight, hybrid sportscar will both be built – with a production version of the FCX making its debut as early as next month. Speaking today,... Read more

Sales rise for most polluting cars

Sales rise for most polluting cars

By Jonathan Goddard

Congestion charges and the recent tax increases on the most polluting vehicles have not deterred Londoners from investing in 4x4 vehicles. Sales of this vehicle type, often large family vehicles, were strongest in Greater London (up 9.4% compared to the... Read more

Motorists set to make use of hard shoulder

Motorists set to make use of hard shoulder

By Jonathan Goddard

Motorists could be allowed to drive on the hard shoulder of the M25 under a scheme being considered by the Government. Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly said that the emergency land could be used as an extra channel on motorways, including the M25, during... Read more

Driving and smoking law confusion

Driving and smoking law confusion

By Jonathan Goddard

New regulations on driving and smoking are not fully understood by the public and little effort is being made to comply with them, claims a new report. The law, in operation since July, requires that vehicles should be smoke free at all times if they... Read more

Camera system "to revolutionise" parking

Camera system "to revolutionise" parking

By Jonathan Goddard

Nissan is set to introduce the world’s first ever system offering the driver a bird’s eye real-time view of the vehicle and its surroundings. Debuting in the new Elgrand, scheduled for introduction at the end of this month, the cool kit will also... Read more

Pivo 2 surfaces

Pivo 2 surfaces

By Jonathan Goddard

This cute little number is the Pivo 2, an advanced electric concept car that will debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Powered by advanced compact lithium-ion batteries and featuring a unique rotating cabin, Pivo 2 has no reverse gear and employs "drive... Read more

Mini Cooper D
3.0 stars

Mini Cooper D

By Jonathan Goddard

Let’s get something important out the way. The diesel Mini is no where near as good as the Cooper, S or even the One. But a small diesel will never (well maybe not never) be as good as a petrol equivalent so that’s not a fair comparison. Importantly,... Read more

Clio 197 Cup is on the way

Clio 197 Cup is on the way

By Jonathan Goddard

Following in the footsteps of the awesome Clio II 172 Cup and the even awesomer 182 Cup, the Clio Renaultsport 197 Cup will be launched next month. Offering the same chassis set-up as the limited-edition 197 F1 Team R27 with its reduced ride height and... Read more

Superfuels "don't equal super savings"

Superfuels "don't equal super savings"

By Jonathan Goddard

Drivers who fill their cars with expensive "superfuels" and expect to see big economy gains should think again, according to a report by What Car? magazine. Real-world tests were carried out for What Car? by the AA’s former senior research engineer,... Read more

Grand Cherokee gets special edition treatment

Grand Cherokee gets special edition treatment

By Jonathan Goddard

Continuing the trend of car manufacturers attempting to garner credibility with affluent coolandthirtysomethings by partnering with clothing brands, Jeep has announced it’s teamed up with Snow+Rock. A new special edition Grand Cherokee, available for... Read more

Parking tax set to bite commuters

Parking tax set to bite commuters

By Jonathan Goddard

Commuters face a £350 tax on workplace parking spaces in an attempt to encourage them out of their cars and on to public transport. The tax is being planned as an alternative to congestion charging because it is thought to be much cheaper and easier... Read more

Stiffer penalties for "forgetful" drivers

Stiffer penalties for "forgetful" drivers

By Jonathan Goddard

Drivers who fail to disclose who was behind the wheel when caught speeding will now face stiffer penalties. Motorists convicted of failing to give information about the identity of a speeding driver will receive six penalty points instead of the previous... Read more

Seven out of ten rural road signs "unnecessary"

Seven out of ten rural road signs "unnecessary"

By Jonathan Goddard

Around 70% of road signs in rural areas are unnecessary, according to a new report. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) claims that a limited test on a 10-mile stretch of road in Hampshire proves that seven in ten road signs should be removed... Read more

How to beat unfair motoring charges

How to beat unfair motoring charges

By Jonathan Goddard

Fed up of footballers and TV presenters getting some slimy lawyer to make those stubborn motoring offences disappear? Well now you too can get away with it thanks to a new book. The Fight a Motoring Ticket kit from Lawpack reckons it can help any motorist... Read more

Drivers unsure of what to do after an accident

Drivers unsure of what to do after an accident

By Jonathan Goddard

More than half of Britain’s drivers are unaware of exactly what they should do in the event of a serious road accident. Six out of ten drivers knew roughly what to do in the event of an emergency – but more than 80% were unaware of the eight-point... Read more

New book celebrates bizarre car accessories

New book celebrates bizarre car accessories

By Jonathan Goddard

A new book has gone on sale devoted to quirky car accessories. Nodding Dogs & Vinyl Roofs by Stephen Vokins, and published by car specialist Haynes, contains details about items such as exhaust flamethrowers, tiger tails, bolt-on fins, windscreen wiper... Read more

Rally hero McRae dies

Rally hero McRae dies

By Jonathan Goddard

Former world rally champion Colin McRae has been killed when a helicopter he was piloting crashed in Scotland. Three other people on board the aircraft owned by McRae, including his 5-year-old son and another boy, also died when it came down in a wooded... Read more

Drivers "must be taught to be greener"

Drivers "must be taught to be greener"

By Jonathan Goddard

New driving techniques must be taught to motorists to combat carbon emissions from their vehicles, a report suggests. A report by the Commission for Integrated Transport also suggests new rules to ensure drivers can only buy the most fuel-efficient cars,... Read more

The world's fastest limo

The world's fastest limo

By Jonathan Goddard

How’s this for classy? The ideal way to get to any hen party or underage disco, this is the world’s fastest limo. The quite extraordinary black Ferrari 360 Modena carbon fibre stretch limousine will be unveiled at the European Limousine and Chauffeur... Read more

VW unveils tiny concept car

VW unveils tiny concept car

By Jonathan Goddard

It looks as though Volkswagen could be planning to bring back a rear-engined city car after it unveiled the daftly named up! concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on a brand new platform and drivetrain, and measuring only 3.45m, the engine layout... Read more

One in five lie to their car insurers

One in five lie to their car insurers

By Jonathan Goddard

A fifth of motorists say they have withheld information from their car insurance company for fear of pushing up their premiums. One on five drivers said they would not inform their insurer if they received a motoring conviction or points on their licence,... Read more

Young drivers face a year of lessons

Young drivers face a year of lessons

By Jonathan Goddard

Young motorists may be forced to learn for more than a year before they can pick up their driving licence if new proposals are introduced. The BBC reports that police and motoring chiefs have met in Perth, Scotland, in order to convene over young driver... Read more

New driver information system for M25

New driver information system for M25

By Jonathan Goddard

Drivers on the M25 can now see real-time information on how long their journey will take on electronic roadside signs as a new service is rolled out across England. This new service follows a trial in the West Midlands and South West which has proved... Read more

Jeep Cherokee arriving in 2008

Jeep Cherokee arriving in 2008

By Jonathan Goddard

Old dogs never die, and that’s no truer than with the Jeep Cherokee. The all-new, and even uglier, daddy of US 4x4s will be unleashed in 2008 and will be seen for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show next week. Chrysler promises that on-road ride... Read more

Ford brings new crossover SUV to Europe

Ford brings new crossover SUV to Europe

By Jonathan Goddard

This is the Kuga, Ford's new crossover SUV, which will be offered with a "soft" four-wheel drive and cost from around £20,000. It's set to rival the Toyota RAV 4, the forthcoming VW Tiguan and the Nissan Qashqai when it goes on sale next year in 134bhp... Read more

Citroen shows of C-Cactus concept car

Citroen shows of C-Cactus concept car

By Jonathan Goddard

Citroën’s big concept at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, which kicks off next week, is this – the bizarrely named C-Cactus. At once cute and deranged, the C-Cactus is eco-friendly (natch) and packed with technology. A diesel hybrid engine returns... Read more

Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi Laurin & Klement
4.5 stars

Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi Laurin & Klement

By Jonathan Goddard

Skoda has been getting a lot of good press in the past few years. As a manufacturer it has topped customer the JD Power and Top Gear satisfaction surveys, and the Octavia has won a variety of "car of the year" accolades all over Europe. But is it all... Read more

Clarkson's Cossie for sale

Clarkson's Cossie for sale

By Jonathan Goddard

A car once owned by Jeremy Clarkson is for sale on Auto Trader. Described by the Top Gear presenter as "one of my all-time favourite cars" and "the ultimate hot hatch", the 1993 Cossie packs some serious punch with its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, 227bhp... Read more

Fiat 500 smallest car to achieve 5-star safety

Fiat 500 smallest car to achieve 5-star safety

By Jonathan Goddard

The impossibly cute new Fiat 500 has become the first ever car of its size to achieve top marks for accident safety. The Euro NCAP five-star crash safety rating, which looks at all aspects of driver and passenger protection, is reserved for only the sturdiest... Read more

New car demand soars

New car demand soars

By Jonathan Goddard

Demand for new registration cars has risen by almost a quarter in the last year despite interest rate hikes, according to new research from AA Personal Loans. The Deals on Wheels reports also show that motorists have not been put off brand new car purchases... Read more

Jaguar XF launched

Jaguar XF launched

By Jonathan Goddard

The new Jaguar XF will cost from £33,900 in the UK, it was revealed today. Buyers of Jaguar’s XF will also enjoy class-leading residual values in addition to owning a very well-equipped vehicle with a driving experience that matches the excitement... Read more

Petrol stations on the decline

Petrol stations on the decline

By Jonathan Goddard

There are now fewer petrol filling stations in the UK than almost a century ago, thanks to a surge in closures this year. 150 forecourts have already closed this year, according to figures released by oil industry body Catalist. There are now less than... Read more

147 gets sportier

147 gets sportier

By Jonathan Goddard

Alfa Romeo is releasing a limited number of stunning special edition Alfa 147 Sport and Sport Q2 models in the UK. The new Alfa 147 Sport features a number of enhancements to the Alfa’s exterior styling. New 17in five-spoke wheels add poise, while satin-effect... Read more

Infiniti coming to the UK

Infiniti coming to the UK

By Jonathan Goddard

The all-new 2008 Infiniti EX coupe crossover, shown for the first time this week, will form part of a four model premium range that will be launched across Europe starting in a year's time. The EX is a new addition to the global Infiniti range not previously... Read more

Women can't get enough of company cars

Women can't get enough of company cars

By Jonathan Goddard

Women workers now value a company car more highly than men in the workplace, ranking it above a pension scheme when it comes to employee perks. The Bank of Scotland Drivers’ Report 2007/8 claims this is points to a growing "live-now" attitude among... Read more

New Fabia Estate incoming

New Fabia Estate incoming

By Jonathan Goddard

Contain your excitement, motoring fans - Skoda has released pictures of its new Fabia Estate. With not a cake in sight, the new Czech load lugger is fractionally larger than the one it replace. Boot capacity has grown by an impressive 54 litres (up to... Read more

MPH makes 200mph kings of the show

MPH makes 200mph kings of the show

By Jonathan Goddard

This year’s MPH motor show extravaganza will for the first time ever assemble every 200mph+ car ever made under one roof. The Jeremy Clarkson-fronted event, which runs in November in both London and Birmingham, will feature the fusrt ever 200mph+ car... Read more

New Impreza set for Frankfurt debut

New Impreza set for Frankfurt debut

By Jonathan Goddard

Subaru will debut its all new Impreza at September’s Frankfurt International Motor Show. As well as the 15. and 2.0 five-door hatch, the World Rally Car concept Impreza, the facelifted Tribeca SUV, the new Justy supermini and the R1e electric car will... Read more

Tyres put to the test

Tyres put to the test

By Jonathan Goddard

Wider tyres improve braking but are noisier and offer less roadholding in wet conditions, according to new tests. Germany's ADAC motoring association looked at five different Michelin tyres with rims of between 15in and 18in, all on the same Kia Cee'd.... Read more

C-Charge set for big changes

C-Charge set for big changes

By Jonathan Goddard

The capital's Congestion Charge is set for a shake-up, linking a new incremental system to a car’s C02 emissions as well as ending the automatic hybrid exclusion. Models that emit 120g/km or less will be exempt from the £8-a-day charge, while those... Read more

UK motorists can't read road maps

UK motorists can't read road maps

By Jonathan Goddard

New research suggests 11million motorists cannot read a basic road map. Over a third of motorists polled struggled to read a four-figure grid reference and a 83% couldn’t identify the map symbol for a motorway. More than a thousand UK drivers were tested... Read more

Fiat warms up its Grande Punto

Fiat warms up its Grande Punto

By Jonathan Goddard

Fiat has added a hot (more like warm) hatch to its Grande Punto lineup. The 1.4 T-Jet 120 Sporting features a turbo-charged petrol engine without compromising too hard on emissions and fuel consumption. Available in both three- and five-door versions,... Read more

Nissan shows off anti-drink concept car

Nissan shows off anti-drink concept car

By Jonathan Goddard

Nissan has showcased a new concept car featuring multiple preventative features designed to tackle drink-driving. The various technologies are designed to detect the driver's state of sobriety and to activate a range of preventive measures including immobilisation... Read more

Special edition Santa Fe on the way

Special edition Santa Fe on the way

By Jonathan Goddard

A new Hyundai Santa Fe limited edition model will offer around a grand's worth of additional equipment over the usual CDX model. Diesel powered, the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited is available as either a 5 seater for £23,795 or a 7 seater for £24,895, with... Read more

Bentley hits the magic 200mph mark

Bentley hits the magic 200mph mark

By Jonathan Goddard

Bentley has announced its first ever 200mph car. The Continental GT Speed is the most powerful production Bentley ever. A potent addition to the company’s Continental series, the GT Speed gets a wider, lower air intake and more upright radiator grille... Read more

Peugeot shows off new coupe concept

Peugeot shows off new coupe concept

By Jonathan Goddard

Peugeot has lifted the conceptual lid on its latest sexy little number - the 308 RC Z. A 2+2 coupé, the stylish design at the front is taken directly from the standard 308 but has been given a sharper and sportier lower panel incorporating the single... Read more

Steering wheel developed for drifters

Steering wheel developed for drifters

By Jonathan Goddard

MOMO has answered the ongoing buzz surrounding the Japanese drifting trend by specially designing two steering wheels specifically for people who like to drive sideways. The Drifting steering wheel comes in two versions – racing and tuning – and features... Read more