UK car and automotive news and reviews

Browsing all posts in May, 2009.

Scrappage scheme kicks off with 35,000 sales

Despite much scepticism from many parties, the government scrappage scheme to boost car sales in the UK with a £2,000 incentive has resulted in 35,000 new car sales within the first two weeks.

The Jaguar XJ220

The XJ220 is one of the fastest cars Jaguar has ever built, and it held the top speed of any production car until the McLaren F1 was built in 1994 and was actually a pet project of Jaguar’s top engineer, Jim Randle, and a team of co-workers.

UK Scrappage Scheme launches Monday: Will it work?

The scheme to scrap old cars against the purchase of new, more environmentally friendly models launches officially tomorrow and reactions have been mixed. This report details how the various parties involved will be affected by it’s launch.

The Iconic Mini Reaches it’s 50th Year

The Austin Mini, an icon of the 1960’s has reached 50 years old after its launch in August 1959. There was no intensive market research supporting its release and no guaranteed place in the market making it a brave management move to back a car and present it to a disbelieving world.

A look at the amazing Bugatti Veyron

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 was built by Bugatti Automobiles SAS, a subsidiary of Volkswagen. It became known as the fastest production car in the world, and it currently holds the fastest acceleration record, going from zero to 100 km/h within two and a half seconds.

Toyota calls for scrappage extension

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has welcomed the £2,000 scrappage scheme incentive but the plan needs to be extended beyond the March 2010 deadline, when its £300m funding runs out.

A look at the stunning Lamborghini Diablo

Between 1990 and 2001, Lamborghini built the Lamborghini Diablo as a replacement for the Countach, design work on the Diablo actually began in 1985. The Diablo featured a 5.7 litre, 48-valve modification of the standard Lamborghini V12 engine.