Blogs

  • Maximum Bob is back

    Bob Lutz, GM&#8217;s veteran product chief, has been uncharacteristically quiet of late while his company teeters on the brink of collapse.</p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/WindowsLiveWriter/Boblives_E5C0/untitled_2.jpg"><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="168" alt="untitled" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/WindowsLiveWriter/Boblives_E5C0/untitled_thumb.jpg" width="252" align="left" border="0" /></a> This is very surprising.

    9 December 2008
    Anything goes
  • Hot and bothered

    When is some forward-thinking car company going to &#8216;uninvent&#8217; climate control?</p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/WindowsLiveWriter/Hotandbothered_AB3E/Vovlo_2.jpg"><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="196" alt="Vovlo" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/WindowsLiveWriter/Hotandbothered_AB3E/Vovlo_thumb.jpg" width="294" align="left" border="0" /></a> I&#8217;m asking after spending two mornings being broiled by the over-keen system in our new Volvo XC60.

    9 December 2008
    Anything goes
  • Prepare for six giant car makers

    9 December 2008
    Confidential
  • Games, strains and automobiles

    If your idea of exercise is getting up from the couch to fetch the remote, then you'll cringe at the thought of the Land Rover G4 Challenge. With off-road driving at its core, the exciting global adventure race, run in conjunction with the British Red Cross Society, tests competitors' mental and physical abilities

    8 December 2008
    Anything goes
  • Are big F1 salaries for the chop?

    </p> Like soap on a rope, F1 driver retainers look like being the one area where the sport’s powerbrokers could struggle to get a firm grip and cut costs. <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/racinglines/WindowsLiveWriter/ArebigF1salariesforthechop_9A9F/Kimi2%5B5%5D.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="159" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/racinglines/WindowsLiveWriter/ArebigF1salariesforthechop_9A9F/Kimi2_thumb%5B1%5D.jpg" width="240" align="left" border="0"></a> This week both the FIA president Max Mosley and team owner Sir Frank Williams warned that the issue of driver salaries would become the next F1 battleground after the Honda team’s demise proved that even the most glamorous sport in the world was not immune from&nbsp; the effects of the global economic crisis.

    8 December 2008
    Motorsport
  • The motorway - 50 years on

    This morning, Transport minister Andrew Adonis opened the final section of the London to Glasgow motorway.

    5 December 2008
    Anything goes
  • F1 must change or die

    Honda’s decision to sell or shut its F1 operation is a tragedy for the 1000 or so people in Britain alone whose employment directly or indirectly depended on the team’s survival.

    5 December 2008
    Motorsport
  • Who will save Saab and Volvo?

    It looks very much as if the Detroit Big Three are going to get the $36bn in loan guarantees they say they need from the US government to stay in business. The conditions attached are certain to be numerous and arduous, and are certain to include lots of government intervention in future management decisions.

    5 December 2008
    Anything goes
  • Fisker Karma: the elephant in the room

    </p> Fisker has just released pictures of the road-going version of its Karma. If you&#8217;re struggling to see how this car is different from the ones they made earlier, don&#8217;t worry; it&#8217;s not you.</p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/WindowsLiveWriter/FiskerKarmatheelephantintheroom_D4C0/karma1_4.jpg"><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="163" alt="karma1" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/WindowsLiveWriter/FiskerKarmatheelephantintheroom_D4C0/karma1_thumb_1.jpg" width="244" align="left" border="0" /></a> It&#8217;s because the Karma hasn&#8217;t changed much. The exterior design of this car has been effectively &#8216;locked in&#8217; for months now.

    5 December 2008
    Anything goes
  • The MG TF - it's still got it

    When the gates were closed at Longbridge a few years ago, it really did seem like the end of the line for Rover. Having allegedly been fleeced and then run into the ground by four rather greedy men, Rover’s future went up in smoke and with it went all sorts of perfectly good cars, one of which was the MG TF.

    5 December 2008
    Tester’s notes

Driven this week

  • Peugeot 308 e-THP 130 first drive review

    Peugeot 308 e-THP 130 first drive review

    First drive
    23 April 2014

    New three-cylinder petrol performs well in the 308, adding extra appeal to this stylish and upmarket family hatch

  • Audi R8 e-tron

    Audi R8 e-tron

    Car review
    23 April 2014

    We test the prototype all-electric Audi R8 that's capable of 0-62mph in 4.2sec, with an optimum range of 124 miles and a charging time of less than one hour

  • 2014 Volkswagen Polo first drive review

    2014 Volkswagen Polo first drive review

    First drive
    22 April 2014

    Clever tech makes the Polo more economical, cleaner and safer, while new engines offer greater refinement but no more driving involvement

  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

    Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

    Car review
    17 April 2014

    Can this plug-in hybrid SUV do more than just cut your tax bill?

  • Volvo V60 Polestar first drive review

    Volvo V60 Polestar first drive review

    First drive
    17 April 2014

    Volvo V60 Polestar lacks edge, but offers a glimpse of more advanced performance Volvos to come from Polestar