Yesterday, 16 September 2013
Nissan Note production begins in UK
The Note supermini has gone into production today at Nissan's Sunderland plant.
For motorists the problem of parking just gets bigger
Drivers who find parking seems to get harder may attribute it to increasing age - but problem most likely lies in their car being too big.
Motorists pay price for scratches as parking spaces get smaller
Frustrated motorists have long complained that parking spaces are getting smaller as they foot the mammoth bill for nicks and scratches on their paintwork. read more
Alexei Sayle: A Stoic's view of transportationread more
Alexei Sayle considers why cycling is so appealing to men of a certain age.
Goodwood Revival: first-timer's view
A novice to the Goodwood Revival describes the intoxicating sights and sounds of the historic motor racing festival. read more
Fiat / Chrysler: Plan Bread more
Dispute between Fiat and the United Auto Workers union retiree trust has forced Sergio Marchionne to talk up the less attractive fallback option
Why GTA V could set a new benchmark for driving games
Cars take centre stage in the latest Grand Theft Auto iteration - here are some of our favourites
It's fair to say I'm more than a little excited about the launch of Grand Theft Auto V.The latest iteration of Rockstar's open-world crime spree sees three protagonists take on an entire county on a map that is bigger, better looking and more diverse than anything we've seen before.Most of all, though, I'm looking forward to the cars.The GTA series has long-since enjoyed poking fun at car manufacturers. Although truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, who can forget the oddly named Coquette in the last game? Or even the, erm, Uranus?The screenshots you can see above are of cars confirmed for the game. First up is the Coil Voltic, a low-slung sports car with the look of a Lotus Elise, or possibly a Tesla Roadster. Thanks to Rockstar completely overhauling the driving mechanics of the game for GTA V, expect it to handle like one too.Then there's the Benefactor Feltzer, a performance coupé that appears to have taken inspiration for its muscular stance from the read more
Quick news: Ford to grow European range, Nissan Note production, LWB VW Upread more
Nissan starts production of the new Note in Sunderland, while Ford promises to increase its range in Europe over the next five years
Ford will bring 25 new vehicles to Europe in the next five years. Ford of Europe president Stephen Odell said the ambitious plan is meant to ensure that when the EU car market recovers, Ford is ready to take advantage. Production of the new Nissan Note has started in Sunderland. Following a £125 million investment from Nissan, the plant has created an extra 2000 jobs in the UK automotive industry. Nissan has already received over 14,000 pre-orders for the car since July.A long-wheelbase version of the Volkswagen Up city car is in development. However, the new model is unlikely to come to all markets and "not China and not Europe". The new model is expected to offer more rear legroom than current three and five-door variants.
First Drive: new Vauxhall Insigniaread more
Facelifted fleet special gets a few revisions to keep it fresh – but are they worth it?
Ex-Nuvolari Alfa racer sells for £5.9 million
A 1935 Scuderia Ferrari racer set a new world record for an Alfa Romeo sold at auction during the Goodwood Revival. read more
The school of sidewaysread more
It's only on the edge where you learn the true properties of a car's handling
Skids. Drifts. Oversteer. Churlish, childish stuff that is inefficient, irresponsible, wears through tyres and slows cars down. All true.A colleague came back to the office the other day and reported that an industry test driver had told him one of the “problems” with car journalists is their obsession with going sideways. True, too, perhaps.This driver, and the company he works for, likes cars that go fast. Flipping fast. If there’s too much lateral slip, too much looking out of the side window, too much smoking of tyre, with knuckles visible through the windscreen to amply demonstrate that you’re quite the helmsman, applying the obligatory ‘dab’, then you ain’t going as fast as you could be. And that’s wrong.Which may be kinda true as well. But what’s also true is that, frankly, oversteer is a giggle. A laugh. And, as one of our hired hands – who held a world record for doing precisely this sort of thing – says, you can find out an awful lot about a car when grip is lost and you start playing with the chassis. That’s when handling really starts. A lot of car companies get that. A lot of chassis engineers understand that. Even a lot of racing drivers – in fact, most of the ones I’ve met – enjoy that. Ferrari is apt to bring a professional driver to road test figuring sessions involving their cars (to advise, help, or demonstrate how fast you could be going – long story). Usually it’s a developmen
Volvo announces development of new platformread more
Volvo is developing a new vehicle platform with Geely Auto, with plans to underpin C-segment vehicles
Volvo has announced a joint venture with Geely Auto to develop an all-new vehicle platform. The new platform will be aimed at the next generation of C-segment vehicles for both companies.The platform should allow Volvo the freedom to push ahead with its XC40 compact SUV. The company previously told Autocar that it would like to build the model, which would rival the Range Rover Evoque, but that it didn't have a suitable engineering architecture.Geely Group says the platform will "help achieve synergies through economies of scale and scope in terms of development, testing, and procurement, without the slightest compromise on brand value."Volvo says the new architecture will not be used to underpin vehicles in an as-yet un-named new brand, which would sit in-between Volvo and Geely.Expected to underpin smaller models in Volvo's range, the new platform will act as a smaller alternative to Volvo's new Scalable Product Architecture platform.The SPA platform, first seen on the Volvo Concept Coupé at the Frankfurt motor show, will eventually underpin eve
Video: Mercedes A-Class expert reviewread more
Video: Mercedes A-Class review
Goodwood Revival 2013: A brief history of aviationread more
Using some of the amazing aircraft on display at the Goodwood Revival, we track the first 50 years of aviation.
2014 Volvo S60 T6 Geartronic first drive reviewread more
Clean-living Volvo S60 T6 is as virtuous as low-alcohol lager, and about as much fun
Fiat 500L MPW pricesread more
16 Sep, 2013
Fiat 500L MPW seven-seater is on sale now with prices starting from £15,795
Racing driver wrestles Ford GT40read more
Watch Kenny Bräck try and tame a very sideways old Ford at the Goodwood Revival
2014 Volvo V60 D4 first drive reviewread more
Volvo V60 still can’t top the class, but its new engine – in the S60 – might come close
BYD F5 Suri gets five-star safety ratingread more
C-NCAP awards the BYD F5 Suri top marks in safety tests
The BYD F5 Suri has been awarded a five-star safety rating in the C-NCAP test, China's equivalent of the Euro-NCAP.The F5 has also set a new record for home-grown Chinese brands with its score, which has also beaten rivals from Western brands like Ford and Volkswagen. In particular, testers praised the F5's front seatbelt pre-tensioners, front airbags and air curtain. The car also performed well during impacts, with testers noting that the F5 maintained its basic shape with no noticeable deformation to both the A and B pillars.It is understood that the C-NCAP test is broadly similar to the Euro-NCAP equivalent, although small differences in testing methods are expected. C-NCAP is just one of a number of vehicle testing organisations using the NCAP banner, with similar groups covering Australia and New Zealand with ANCAP, and the Latin NCAP covering Latin America.BYD says it currently has no plans to bring the F5 to the UK. However, a fleet of BYD E6 electric vehicles are already on trial with several UK fleet operators.
Australian driver tries to pay parking ticket in small change
Footage uploaded to YouTube by an irate motorist from Adelaide shows the man enterting a council office and attempt to pay a $60 fine in 1,200 five cent coins. read more
Price cut to jolt Vauxhall Ampera salesread more
Vauxhall hopes an Ampera price cut can kick start the range extender’s slow sales
Vauxhall says the £3,000 price cut for the Ampera has to be seen in the context of the whole electric vehicle market, which is only running at 30 per cent of the expected level.The company maintains that the whole market is disappointing, rather than representing a specific problem with the Ampera, which is now available from £28,750.However, even in relative terms, Vauxhall Ampera sales have been disappointing. It is outsold by the Nissan Leaf by more than five to one in the UK. Nissan's EV sold 530 units in the first half of 2013. By comparison, less than 100 private buyers purchased a Chevrolet Volt, Vauxhall Ampera or Renault Fluence in the same period.As one manufacturer put it at the Frankfurt motor show, “The public thinks emissions are a problem, but they think it is a problem for the industry, not for them. They see no reason why they should pay extra to reduce CO2”. Model / starting price 2012 / starting price 2013 / Total first half sales 2013Chevrolet Volt: £30,225 (2012), £27,255* (2013), Sales: 23
GT40 at Goodwood: Time For Tea?read more
The most impressive/terrifying onboard you've ever seen? Quite possibly
Hennessey McLaren 12C HPE700read more
Texan tuners follow up twin-turbo Ferrari 458 conversion with comparable upgrade for McLaren 12C
Maserati Ghibli Previewread more
Join us at PHHQ for an exclusive preview of this exciting new car
Toyota GT86: PH Carpoolread more
You know what we think about the GT86 but what about the owners? One PHer tells all!
MotoGP San Marino & WSB Turkeyread more
New tech for the Yamaha boys in MotoGP; 'Tiger Toni' Elias joins WSB
My first Goodwood Revival: PH Blogread more
Satorial SNAFU aside even the rain doesn't dampen Matt's first Goodwood
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