Name that car

Love Machine, Bessey and Muscles. These, for crying out loud, are supposed to be pet names for cars. Apparently in 2003 celebrity names were the top favourites and included Kylie and Charlie. In 2009 it is Buster, Moocher and Boomzilla. Of course, it must be the survey silly season. However, this isn’t something produced by one of those dim celebrity chav mags. Nope, it is those responsible people at HPI who make sure that your next used car isn’t bent, nicked or belongs to a bankrupt financial institution.

4 May 2012
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On the brink

We all knew that GM was in a bad way. After all, it has just presented a ‘viability plan’ to the US government that made clear it would need $30bn (£21bn) in loans to stay upright.

4 May 2012
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The roadworks season

Yesterday evening I drove from Carlisle to Oxford, I counted no fewer than five significant roadworks sites on the M6, two on the M40 and then another on the A34 – where a new bridge is being slotted into place across the Thames. Between all the contraflows, narrow lanes and camera-enforced average-speed zones I reckon that the journey took me about 15 minutes longer than it would have done unhindered.

4 May 2012
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Pump up the volume

4 May 2012
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Big car, small engine

Volvo’s announcement that it is going to send the eco-version of the S80 saloon into battle with an engine that can call on just 1.6 litres of swept capacity, Volvo appears to be breaking new ground.

15 August 2012
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Corsa VXR: exhaustive research

Ah, the wonders of a silly exhaust. I’ve just spent an amusing commute to and from work in the <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/FirstDrives/Vauxhall-Corsa-1.6-VXR-Arctic/238258/" mce_href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/FirstDrives/Vauxhall-Corsa-1.6-VXR-Arctic/238258/">Vauxhall Corsa VXR Arctic we tested last week</a>, whose Remus tailpipe is only marginally less anti-social than a sawn-off hoodie. Seriously, I’ve heard quieter chainsaws. There’s a naughty rasp as you accelerate and a very 1970s touring car pop and splutter on the over-run as you lift off.

4 May 2012
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Bad day for a bailout

4 May 2012
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Honda F1 runs out of track

This week's news that <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/238363/" mce_href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/238363/">Honda's F1 involvement looks to have finally come to an end</a> makes you even more convinced that some senior people within the sport really did not see the credit crunch coming.</p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/racinglines/_64I0922_3ECFE774.jpg" mce_href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/racinglines/_64I0922_3ECFE774.jpg"><img src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/racinglines/_64I0922_thumb_59446013.jpg" title="2008 Honda RA108 Launch Honda Racing F1, Brackley, England. 29th January. RA108 detail. World Copyright: Lorenzo Bellanca/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _64I0922" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; display: inline;" alt="2008 Honda RA108 Launch Honda Racing F1, Brackley, England. 29th January. RA108 detail. World Copyright: Lorenzo Bellanca/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _64I0922" mce_src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/racinglines/_64I0922_thumb_59446013.jpg" align="left" border="0" width="244" height="184"></a> That is my view, at any rate.

4 May 2012
Motorsport

JLR's green future

4 May 2012
Green cars

Sleepwalking towards disaster

It’s fair to say that I wouldn’t number myself as one of Tony Woodley’s biggest fans.

4 May 2012
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