• Driving tests and refresher courses

    December brings with it a change to the standard driving test, with it now including new sections such as using a satnav to reach a certain destination and testing different manoeuvres. Although change is always a bit of a shock for people, it is beneficial in a world where we rely more and more on technology. Drivers tend to pick up bad habits once passing their test, and with these new changes perhaps more people could be inspired to take refresher courses. They are often associated with people who have not driven in a long while or are getting older and want to make sure their skills are not falling behind, but they could be a good bonding opportunity for friends and family while making sure that they have maintained all of their abilities. People regularly joke about ‘back seat…
  • Driverless cars – are they the future?

    Certainly the technology is already there, and a lot of it is creeping into your car without you really noticing it. Lane departure warning has been with us for years, so it’s no stretch to teach the car to steer you away from danger. Autonomous parking can take any fiddly manoeuvres right out of your hands. Most major manufacturers now have tested mules that can talk to each other and interact. You may have heard of the Google car – it’s a rapidly developing domain. Slowly the car is taking over more and more of our driving, until ultimately we will drive no more, except for entertainment, confined to enthusiasts on tracks. If you don’t control the car, you could simply order it to collect and deposit you at will, and pay on demand. As all the cars interact, you…
  • New Skoda Fabia Release

    Skoda are due to release the new Fabia shortly with its newly modelled body shape making it wider and less tall in a bid to make it appeal to younger buyers. The previous model was not known for its great beauty and although improvements to the cars appearance have been made its still no prince charming! The new Fabia will include the latest range of VW engines starting with the 1 litre unit found in the VW Up, with 1.2 and 1.4 petrol options also likely to feature along with the new 1.4 TDI Diesel unit. The colour options are yet to be released but are likely to follow the other VW group cars. In keeping with recent trends, expect most models to feature Bluetooth and touch screens with Sat Nav included on upper trims. Overall an improved version of…
  • NEWS: LA Auto Show: VW Beetle Cabriolet

    The new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet has made its debut on the L. a. Auto Show, and jointly is offered to reserve within the UK in advance of the primary cars arriving in April. It’s the most recent chapter in a singular automotive story that started with the unique Beetle Convertible in 1949 and continued with the recent Beetle Cabriolet of 2002. Over 330,000 original Beetle Cabriolet cars were constructed from 1949 to 1980, and over 230,000 New Beetle Cabriolets were in-built just eight years. In creating the newest Beetle Cabriolet, Volkswagen has reinterpreted its timeless design, making a silhouette that may be straight away instantly recognisable and yet sportier and more dynamic. At 1,473 mm tall, 4,278 mm long and 1,808 wide (excluding mirrors), the newest Beetle Cabriolet is 29 mm lower, 152 mm longer and 84 mm wider than…
  • NEWS: LA Auto Show: Porsche Cayman

    Porsche has taken the wraps off the third generation Cayman on the L. a. Auto Show; its longer wheelbase, all-new chassis and lower weight further optimising the established dynamic credentials of the mid-engined sports coupe. Since its debut in 2005, the Cayman has earned a distinctive reputation as a driver’s car. For the newest model, the 2-seater was newly-developed from the bottom up and – after the 911 Carrera and Boxster roadster – is the third sports car model series from Porsche to add innovative lightweight body design. Consequently, the recent Cayman is as much as 30 kg lighter than the prior model, counting on the explicit version and kit, and gives as much as 15 per cent greater fuel efficiency- despite its increased engine output and driving performance. The new Cayman is more distinctive than ever. Its proportions are…