Blogs

  • The clue to Volvo’s future

    Yesterday was a big day for Volvo. It made two key announcements: one was a plan that will save it £35m over the next 12 months, and the other was the launch of the new S80L, a version of the company’s flagship saloon that’s been stretched by 140mm between the wheels, and is designed to “provide all the security needed by Chinese governmental and business customers”. The Volvo S80L will be “the most luxurious car Volvo has ever made,” according to Volvo China boss Alexander Klose.

    13 March 2009
    Confidential
  • Time to buy a drop-top

    It is supposed to rain tomorrow. There will be quite a lot of it, according to the weather girl this morning. That means it is a great time to go and get your convertible, before British summertime arrives.</p> That’s usually the theory anyway. Maybe it is the laziest used car cliche ever to say that prices of convertibles rise with the temperature, but it is true.

    13 March 2009
    Anything goes
  • End of the platform show

    Motoring journalists talk a lot about ‘platforms’ and ‘platform strategies’. They’re important, not just because they are the basic building blocks of any car, but because they are also the most expensive part of the car creation process.

    13 March 2009
    Anything goes
  • Don’t write off McLaren

    So McLaren is using special paint to see how the airflow licks the super-sleek bodywork of their new MP4-24s.</p> Actually, let me correct that. Other people are sniggering about stories in the motorsport press that suggest that McLaren is struggling in pre-season testing and may have produced a dud for 2009.

    12 March 2009
    Motorsport
  • LRX: Range Rover makes sense

    11 March 2009
    Confidential
  • Take the long (and cheaper) road

    In the mag hitting the shelves today, you can read Matt Prior’s account of how the new Ford Focus RS fares next to the Renault R26R and Mitsubishi Evo. I won’t spoil the result, but I do have a tale about the test.

    11 March 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • C3 Picasso: looking good

    I had a quick nose around the new C3 Picasso last night and it’s done nothing to change my view that Citroen is currently making some of the most interesting cars available. On the face of it the C3 Picasso is nothing special. Like the Nissan Note, it’s a high-riding hatch with a jacked-up driving position and not that many practicality party tricks.

    11 March 2009
    Anything goes
  • 500 Abarth: fun Fiats are back

    You know the story with the Fiat 500, right? Cute and cuddly body gets put on top of humble Panda. Alarmingly high percentage of Mini drivers say, “Awww, it’s so sweet! I’ve got to have one.” Alarmingly high percentage of Mini drivers are put off by dealer service and a disappointing drive. The end. Or is it? Last weekend I ended up with the keys to the Fiat 500 Abarth, surely the cutest hot hatchback since, er, the Abarth 695 SS in the 1960s.

    10 March 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • Stuttgart? Munich on the line....

    10 March 2009
    Anything goes
  • Common sense on speed

    9 March 2009
    Anything goes

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