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A look back at the Ferrari 500 Superfast (1964 – 1966) 0

The 1964 Geneva Motor Show was the venue for the unveiling of the Ferrari 500 Superfast; the new model was met with universal acclaim from all and sundry. Initially created as a replacement for the 400 Superamerica, the 500 was powered by a tidy 4962 cc engine, which was a hybrid developed from the Colombo(…)

Drop in car production hits UK industrial output 0

UK industrial production dropped in the second half of 2017, the latest figures have revealed. The numbers, revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), saw industrial output fall by 0.4%, most due to a 0.6% drop in production. This was primarily down to a 3.6% drop in the production of transport equipment, including motor(…)

The top ten hybrids to buy in 2017 – #10 Volvo XC90 T8 0

With the news that the UK government are to ban all petrol and diesel sales from 2040, we thought we’d have a look at the best hybrid and electric cars on the market at the moment. Okay, this lot might be looking a bit long in the tooth in twenty-three years but it’s good to(…)

The top ten hybrids to buy in 2017 – #8 Audi A3 e-tron 0

With the news that the UK government are to ban all petrol and diesel sales from 2040, we thought we’d have a look at the best hybrid and electric cars on the market at the moment. Okay, this lot might be looking a bit long in the tooth twenty-three years from now but it’s good(…)

BMW and MINI offer owners of pre-2005 vehicles scrappage incentive 0

BMW and MINI have offered owners of their pre-2005 diesels a discount of up to £1,700 as part of a new ‘scrappage scheme’ incentive introduced throughout the EU. The “fleet renewal campaign” is targeted at owners of cars that fall at the Euro 4 emissions standard or below. The majority of diesels built before January(…)

Mercedes boss drops hints towards new concept car 0

  Mercedes Chief Design Officer, Gordon Wagener, has given the most tantalising hint yet via his Instagram that a new Mercedes concept car is in the pipeline, coming “pretty soon” and that the new vehicle will be a “big surprise” and an “icon” when it arrives. That was pretty much all that was revealed about(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Victor FB (1961 – 1964) 0

Following a decade that had seen a procession of its cars borrowing style nods from the more gregarious American offerings, the Victor FB was Vauxhall returning to a more conservative outlook. Aesthetically, the FB was actually a massive progression. Designed by one of Britain’s top car designers, Gerald Palmer (formally of Jowett and Riley), the(…)

Banning ALL cars only answer to air pollution, claims expert 0

One of the leading advisors to the government has claimed the only way to effectively beat the UK’s air pollution problem is to ban ALL cars. Ministers recently announced that the sale of all petrol and diesel vehicles would become illegal from 2040, a move that caused uproar amongst environmentalist groups who believe that the(…)

Motorists consider true cost of Brexit 0

For UK motorists, Brexit has opened a can of worms. Inevitably, EU trade tariffs will see the cost of cars rise, along with service and repair bills, but many motorists also believe the UK’s departure from the EU will see a whole lot of other expenses increase in price. A new survey by online car(…)

1980s Ford Sierra sells for £115,000 – six times the original cost 0

A Ford Sierra has sold for £115,000 – six times the amount in cost when new in 1987. Initially expected to fetch around £70,000, a bidding frenzy resulted in the price inflating to the final, whopping figure. The Sierra originally cost £20,000 when new; the early 1990s saw its value drop to around £10k. Always(…)