The Tyre Test, the end of the F1 season, the end of Med Hughes, and the DBS
31 December 2007

Things quietened down a little at Autocar in the tenth month of 2007. October was a time to calm yourself, sit back, take stock. And to change the tyres on your car.Autocar’s Tyre Test made a welcome return, comparing the best sporting tyres on offer from Continental, Pirelli, Michelin, Bridgestone and Goodyear, and concluding there was a clear winning across its inter-disciplinary assessment; the Goodyear Eagle F1. Remind yourself why that was by watching our video here.October’s road tests were of a decidedly mixed bag of new cars. The Renault Twingo GT impressed with its impressive dynamic character and cracking little turbocharged petrol engine; the Dodge Avenger, on the other hand, attracted the poorest rating of the year at just two stars. “This car offers nowhere near the sophistication or satisfaction of the European competition,” our testers wrote, “and the cabin feels at least two decades off the pace.”On the new models front, we saw first pictures of the Hyundai i10 city car, the finished Nissan GT-R, the Subaru Impreza STi, the Audi ‘A1’ concept and the Citroen C5. We also saw the Jensen Interceptor come back from the dead.It was a month of ups and downs for Lewis Hamilton; he escaped a points deduction following his brilliant win at the Japanese GP, went off the track in China, narrowly missed out on the title in Brazil, and then had a street named after him in Stevenage. Only to then announce that he was moving to Switzerland.And October was also the month that did for former head of UK roads policing Meredydd Hughes. Hughes stepped down from him road policing role, and was banned from driving for eight weeks, after being caught doing 90mph in a 60mph limit; he escaped disciplinary action by the Police authorities.It was a good month for the Mercedes C-class. Not only did it serve as an excellent control car for our Tyre Test, but it also saw off the challenge of the new Audi A4 in our Sardinian group test, while the new C63 AMG ran the BMW M3 close enough in our twin test to require a rematch on British soil.And it was the month that forums, blogs and features came back to Autocar.co.uk. We now have a network of 27 expert bloggers, the biggest of its kind.Our video of the month was Chris Harris’ first drive of the Aston Martin DBS; here he is, with the new flagship Aston in all its glory. Enjoy.

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