So, President Bush has decided to use a chunk of the funds allocated for banking bailouts to US car makers, principally Chrysler and GM. I suppose it was inevitable. After all, what has Bush got to lose? If it turns out to be a bad move it’s hardly going to tarnish the image of the […]
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Mercedes McLaren has announced that its run-out model, the Mercedes McLaren SLR Stirling Moss, dubbed the McLaren Speedster, will make its début at Detroit. This will certainly brighten up the Detroit Motor Show! After months of speculation, Mercedes McLaren has announced to the world that the spectacular Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR Stirling Moss will be […]
What does a car maker which specialises in ultra-luxurious, powerful and, by definition, thirsty cars do when the world goes mad and starts to see its products as anathema? Bentley finds itself in this ludicrous position. Of course, the current credit problems play a big part in Bentley’s problems, either because buyers need finance to […]
As I’m sure many of you will have seen at the weekend, Clarkson got to play with the Tesla Roadster, an electric sports car based on the Lotus Elise. Made for interesting viewing. It was obvious that the weight of the batteries would compromise the handling, but its actual straight-line speed was a real revelation. […]
The SSC Ultimate Aero, made by Shelby Super Cars in the USA, is an astonishing car. In current guise it puts out 1183bhp and has a top speed higher than the Bugatti Veyron. In fact, it holds the record for the fastest production car in the world. But that doesn’t mean the guys at SSC are resting […]
A few weeks ago, we brought you some teaser images of the upcoming Volvo S60, and we speculated that it would look just like every other Volvo when it arrived. Well, it’s only the concept, but it looks like I might have to eat my shoes – it looks very good, and very un-Volvo like. […]
Just over two weeks ago, we brought you the first pictures of Ford’s hot-hatch, the Focus RS, and speculated that although the Euro price equated to around £32.5k at today’s exchange rate, we expected the UK car price to be about £25k. Well we were out a bit. But only by a fiver! When the […]
Aston Martin has had a chequered financial history. Always the builder of some of the most desirable cars on the planet, and the most beautiful, Aston Martin has lurched from one financial crisis to another. But that seemed to come to an end when Ford bought Aston Martin. But Ford has had its problems long […]
It somehow seems a little odd that car makers are carrying on with new models and updates to existing models when their industry seems to be on the brink of collapse. But of course these plans are long-standing, and it would be foolish to scrap them, so it is nice to see that things are, […]
Now here’s a conundrum. Why do sales of BMW M Cars keep growing, when every other car maker (bar a couple of exceptions like Audi) are seeing sales decimated? Is it because the cars are so good? After all, the M3, M5 and M6 variants do offer an enormous amount of fun and performance for […]