Monthly Archives: October 2011

First Drive: Volkswagen up!

Most of Volkswagen’s new cars in the last few years have been replacing old equivalents or resurrecting past glories. The up! is a completely new car, but since the proper name looks terrible in the middle of a sentence, let’s … Continue reading

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997 not out (End of Porsche 911 997-model production)

Time and progress are forces that catch up with everything and everyone, and even the greatest stars will eventually fade. In the motoring world there’s always something brighter and sharper around the corner, but on occasion it is worth paying … Continue reading

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Shell ads banned over fuel claims

Shell has been criticised for exaggerating a promotion for cost-cutting fuels. The company has been banned from using two of its adverts which promote a money-saving fuel because they have been ruled to be misleading. A direct mailing advert, sent … Continue reading

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Driving Wars

Channel Dave is set to drive itself to destruction with a groundbreaking new series, combining the very latest in remote control technology, robotics and high speed video links with some of Britain’s best stunt drivers. Hosted by Colin Murray, Driving … Continue reading

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Four-cylinder engines are killing fun cars

Without a doubt, the biggest single threat to the idea of driving for fun is the perpetual switch to efficient four-cylinder engines. When a car makes a great noise, people love it even if they don’t know much about cars. … Continue reading

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Planes, trains and automobiles

Car launches usually follow a predictable format: you fly somewhere to drive a few cars, talk to some engineering types then fly home, all the time cocooned in a bubble of the manufacturer’s making. And what’s becoming clear in the … Continue reading

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Councils stockpile extra road salt

Councils are already stockpiling thousands of tonnes of extra road salt this year in case of another severe winter. Salt orders have increased to 1.4 million tonnes, the Local Government Association (LGA) said. The association said local authorities in England … Continue reading

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Speed ills

A large can of automotive worms were opened last week when Transport Secretary Philip Hammond floated the idea of raising the speed limit on the UK’s motorways from the current 70mph to 80mph. Part of the problem is that the … Continue reading

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