You’ve got to admire the Japanese. Here we are, deep in the doom and gloom of car sales in free-fall, and Mitsubishi pops its head above the parapet to announce the 2009 version of the mad-as-a-hatter Mitsubishi Evo X FQ-400! Anyone who saw, or drove, the Evo 9 FQ-400 will know what an absolutely mental […]
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Having spent most of the last twenty years carefully building up a portfolio of Prestige European car makers, including Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Volvo, the last of these, Volvo, has now been put up for sale by Ford. This hardly comes as a surprise when you see the precarious state of Ford. It’s […]
Land Rover has announced that it will be introducing stop-start technology on its Freelander range from May 2009, thus saving around 8% on the Co2 emissions, and taking the Freelander down a group on VED, which should help move a few more Freelanders off forecourts next year. The technology for the stop-start was developed in-house, […]
It’s getting silly out there. Aston Martin has this afternoon announced that it is to cut around a third of jobs at its Gaydon facility. That’s 300 full time and 300 part time. Aston Martin is the most iconic of British Car Brands. To be in this much trouble is really rather worrying. But there […]
Ford has announced today that it is expanding the current range of its mini 4×4, with the introduction of models at the top and bottom of the range. Slotting in as the base model is a 2wd 2.0 TDCi which has a Co2 output of just 159g/km. This is a crucial point for businesses when […]
Lotus has certainly had its ups & downs over the years. Started and run by the legendary Colin Chapman, Lotus has always done its own thing – not always successfully, it has to be said. But the last few years has been something of a renaissance for Lotus, with the extremely able and agile Elise […]
All we seem to have written about recently is the doom and gloom in the car industry. Bail-outs begged for, production shut-downs, low sales and lay-offs. But one manufacturer seems to be defying the odds, and has just posted record sales figures for the year. Rolls Royce sales, in the year to the end of […]
As we reported a few days ago, the Renault Megane succeeded in achieving the joint highest ever score in the Euro NCAP tests. But as we noted then, this was the last bunch of NCAP tests under the existing regulations, and all changes from the New Year. As an introduction to the new tests, NCAP […]
All the big 4x4s are struggling as people perceive them as ‘Devil Cars’ after the recent explosion in fuel prices around the world. And sadly, that sentiment seems to have stuck around, even though oil is now at a price last seen years ago. There’s nought so fickle as folk. So big SUV makers have […]
I think we’re going to have to have a ‘Sign of the Times’ category soon – so many pieces refer to the current economic mess. In yet another ‘Sign of the times’ Skoda has announced that they are now offering ‘VAT Free Octavias’ until the end of the year. No, this is not a tie-up […]