France

A look back at the Renault 5 (1972 – 1974) 0

There are so few Renault 5s are still on the roads (rust has taken its toll) it’s hard to truly convey to those born after 1984 what a mainstay of UK motoring (yes, I know they’re French) they were only not so long ago. The creation of designer Michel Boue; he would tragically die just(…)

The story behind the Renault badge 0

The first incarnation of Renault’s iconic badge appeared in 1900; far more elaborate than the minimalist diamond we know so well today, it featured an elaborate intertwining of the Renault brothers’ (Louis, Marcel and Fernand) initials.   On the early cars, the badge took pride of place as a raised roundel on the front, allowing(…)

A look back at the Citroen 2CV (1948 – 1990) 0

It’s fair to say the 2CV polarises opinion. Whatever your take on Citroen’s famous ‘Tin Snail’, it’s impossible to argue against the car’s status as a motoring icon. Built between 1948 and 1990, the design of the 2CV was laid down prior to the Second World War. It was designed to be the car that(…)

Peugeot owner reunited with car – 38 years after it was stolen 0

A Peugeot owner has been reunited with her vehicle, 38 years after it was stolen. The Peugeot 104 was found at the bottom of a muddy pond in France and was in surprisingly good condition, despite teaming with Crayfish. The car came to the attention of police in Calons-en-Champagne after the water level in the(…)

A look back at the Peugeot 205 (1983 – 1994) 0

Launched on the 15th February 1983, the Peugeot 205 was the latest in a lengthy line of 2-series Peugeots. What stood the 205 apart from its predecessors was that it looked and felt perfectly ‘right’ for its time; it was the ideal car for drivers who had grown out of their Renault 5s and wanted(…)

Secret 1930s era car collection discovered in France 0

A secret horde of hidden Second World War era cars has been discovered in a small quarry in rural central France. The cars – now heavily rusted and dilapidated – were most likely hidden away in the quarry at the start of the conflict, to prevent the French authorities from requisitioning them. They were most(…)

UK cars are becoming more British – but still lag behind Euro rivals 0

Vehicles manufactured in the UK are steadily becoming more British, justifying the push to increase the amount of domestically produced components. In a new study by the Automotive Council, it was revealed that 44% of the parts and components used to manufacture the 1.7 million cars rolling of UK production lines were also made domestically.(…)

Driving to France this Easter? Display emissions sticker on windscreen – or face £117 fine 0

Thinking of taking the family to France for an Easter break? Those thinking of making the short hop across the channel this month had better be displaying the correct emissions sticker on their windscreen; French police will be swift to slap a £117 penalty fee for those vehicles not showing the correct signage. Several French(…)

France Petrol Warnings 0

Briton’s wishing to cross the channel and visit France over the May bank holiday, the school half term or for the European football tournament should be warned about the fuel crisis occurring right now. Britons driving are warned to plan ahead and prepare for the huge shortages in multiple types of fuel. As a result(…)