UK car and automotive news and reviews

Browsing all posts in July, 2009.

Korean manufacturers and small car makes win from UK scrappage scheme

Korean car manufacturers Hyundai and Kia have experienced the biggest increases as a result of scrappage sales. Orders for Hyundai cars are well over 17,000 while Kia has sold over 16,000.

Bond’s favourite: the Aston Martin Vanquish S

The Aston Martin Vanquish was first designed in 2001 by Ian Callum. The car appeared in many films and other pop culture media, including being named the official car of James Bond in three of his films

UK Scrappage Update: two months on

Now that the US has followed other countries with its own scrappage scheme, charmingly named “cash for clunkers”, we thought we’d take a look at how the UK scrappage was progressing after its launch on the 18th May.

Kia gives teaser of ceed update for 2010

Korean car manufacturer has updated its ceed model with designs by former Audi car designer, Peter Schreyer. In the recent revision, scheduled to make its first appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the car has received a subtle change to its front end

Mitsubishi banks on electric cars for its future

Mitsubishi has jumped squarely into the market and now leads the way with its i-MiEV (“innovative Mitsubishi electric vehicle”) electric car, the world’s first production line electric vehicle from a major car maker.

New Fiat 500 with small car retro appeal

Fun, small, affordable and full of Italian style, the original Fiat 500 was one of the original economic supermini’s, originally launched in 1957.  Along with the cheap Austin Mini, Citroen 2CV and VW Beetle, the Fiat 500 was designed to provide cheap transport for the European population.  Production stopped in 1975, but fifty years later, [...]

Kia is named Car Franchise of the Year by Motor Trader

Motor Trader, a leading car industry magazine has given its coveted Car Franchise of the Year award to Kia Motors during their 19th annual award ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

A look at the Nissan Skyline GTR

The Nissan Skyline GTR has been around for quite some time.  This Japanese sports car first appeared in 1969, and Nissan found that the Skyline was so popular that they produced the car for almost a decade.  In 1977, the last Skyline rolled off the assembly line.  However, in 1989, Nissan revived the Skyline GTR [...]

Mitsubishi Builds its 1,000,000th Car

Mitsubishi’s 1,000,000th car rolls off the production line from it’s NedCar plant in Holland, a Colt ClearTec sporting the manufacturers’ high fuel efficiency modifications such as engine stop-start, a revised gear ratio and low rolling resistance tyres.

Five UK Mid-Sized MPVs Compared

Whether you need to play taxi to ferry the family around or simply to drive from A to B, a mid-sized MPV can be the ideal compromise between a family hatchback or saloon or going for a full blown MPV or people carrier. The saloon or hatchback may have made the grade when you started [...]