Mini’s JCW Countryman Breaks Cover Ahead of Geneva(Mar 03, 2012)@Craig....and Morgan for example, who still make them as they were 50 years ago....my point was, the mini is such an iconic design, and look at the Fiat 500....very popular and looks almost identical to the original and it is that nostalgia factor that sells it.
2013 Jaguar Sportbrake Revealed Ahead of Geneva Debut(Feb 29, 2012)Navid, it's very simple.....if you look at England for example, if you lived in a big house in the country you bought a Range Rover or a Volvo, MB, BMW, etc estate car (wagon). You wanted a prestige brand but needed room for the dogs the size of ponies. It's basically catering for the demographic which for these brands are middle age and above with families normally so it makes sense for them. They want to keep the guy who bought a jag in his 30s when he is in his 40s/50s but his needs have c
Mini’s JCW Countryman Breaks Cover Ahead of Geneva(Feb 29, 2012)Someone needs to take the execs from BMW back to Cowley to where the MINI is from and remind them what it was. I know times change but really apart from a resemblance this is not a mini, the countryman yes as there was a countryman mini, Morris minor etc....but this is just stupid now.
Video: Evo Test Drives 2012 Morgan Plus 8(Feb 28, 2012)Dom that's the point....Morgan make a classic 30s/40s British sports car for the modern age....it's called nostalgia....hand build on an ash wood frame and hand beaten aluminium panels - it is craftsmanship.
Danica Patrick Roller Coaster Week Has Yet to End(Feb 27, 2012)I completely agree Zach, she has not proved to be a very successful driver and the only reason she gets all the attention is because she is female....but wait, in Indy Cars last season with her there were I think another 4 women but I doubt anyone knows their names! Give the attention to someone who deserves it no matter what their gender....by I am sorry, Danica has not done anything in my book o deserve so much attention like she is a great driver having a bad day....she is middle of the pack
Video: Lexus LFA Hits the Track with Driver Alex Wurz(Feb 27, 2012)Top Gear looked at this last year...they said it as a brilliant car, very fast, very responsive etc....but at the end of the day would you rather tell someone you have a Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari.....or Lexus/Toyota. Gone are the days of the boy racer and the NSX and if you can afford this then the badge will probably be as important.
Who Wants Lotus?(Jan 19, 2012)This is a mistake....the advantage Lotus have had is being sub these manufacturers.....if they try and compete I am sad to say they will fail....just like you used to see a fair few Elans, but the MX-5 was better and more popular.....they cannot compete against Aston et al.
Here Comes the Fuel Cell Car(Jan 17, 2012)But when it takes 6 hours to fully recharge the Nissan Leaf....or you can use a 30minute fast charge station that seriously diminishes the fuel cell life they are still not practical. Give me an electric car whose paint is effectively a massive solar panel and it recharges as you drive or when it's just parked and then we have something.
The Best New Production Cars from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show(Jan 14, 2012)Daniel.....som of us care because the wide mouth on the Aston has been their trademark for...well forever. First Jaguar did it and now Ford are doing it and for me it is far too similar to the Aston. I am sure the Ford is a good car as they have been very much improved...but how would they like it if another car maker had a blue oval as their symbol?
Woman Struck by Electric Car She Didn’t Hear Coming(Dec 10, 2011)Miftah is right though....if EVs looked like 'normal' cars AND could b charged without fossil fuels (yes that is right, plugging them in still uses oil, coal or gas people lol) then they are all good but until then, no thanks.
First Look: 2012 Honda Civic(May 19, 2011)Boring boring boring - compare to the euro civic! Honda US have no style IMHO compared to Honda models elsewhere. It's funny the GM and ford are bring in models from global but Honda and Toyota don't change
2012 Toyota FT-86/Scion FR-S Spied(May 19, 2011)The spirals are better than the boxes for us...now you actually see the shape and spirals or not, with light reflections you can pretty well make out all the lines
Video: All-New 2012 Opel Zafira Minivan Revealed(May 19, 2011)Drive an older one in UK a few years ago, fitted 2 adults, 3 teenagers and luggage very well with the flexible seating. If also came out, I think, before the ford and masda mpv's did as well - it's not a minivan but mote fits with uk term MPV
2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Renderings Leaked(May 13, 2011)Prefer the old style A Class that had height like a crossover or minivan but still small - it was a unique design and this just looks like the baby Audi or baby BMW - nothing special now.
Land Rover Studying Idea For An All-New Defender(May 01, 2011)Drew seriously - farmers all over the place use Defenders as they are 4x4s not SUVs. Also out of interest...in Iraq the US special forces used defenders instead if Hummers because they were far supierior over the desert etc.
Land Rover Studying Idea For An All-New Defender(May 01, 2011)Jeeps and land rovers are the only two 4x4s with pedigree - although some models are sanitized for consumption (LR4, Cherokee, Patriot etc) the 'originals' of the Defender and the Wrangler ate NOT SUVs but proper, bare essentials offroaders
The MINI Bicycle(Apr 28, 2011)Pc np - MINI got a lot bigger after BMW took them iver
No US Bound Lancia Ypsilon(Apr 28, 2011)Yep - both Nissan and Toyota have done the 'middle console' before - I looked at a Yaris once and was told by the saleman that the logic is it takes less time to look sideways than down to see instruments
New York 2011: Mercedes-Benz A-Class(Apr 23, 2011)The current A class is more Luke a mini-mpv being taller than a normal car. Have to say I always liked that so hope they still have it as one of the body styles.
UK Police Expo Sees Vauxhall Present Insignia Police Vehicle(Apr 16, 2011)Not meant to be stealthy - the idea is if it is bright you'll see it and slow down - deterrent is better than conviction always. Plus all the neon reflective stripes make then a he'll of a lot easier to see at night and get out of their way!
First Look: Nissan Quest(Apr 04, 2011)Agree the older one was funky at least...this is squared off just like the others all done.
First Look: Nissan Quest(Apr 04, 2011)Trust me Andy...if you had 4 or 5 kids you'd take a minivan in a heartbeat as that is what they're designed for. It's horses for course, if you only have a couple kids they are not worth it BUT the space and flexibility us unsurpassed.
Liberty Electric Cars Scores Big Deal in Scandinavia(Apr 02, 2011)Until we all have solar panels on our houses and can charge Evs for free we ate still using fossil fuels to make the electricity in the first place - actually better would be panels on car roofs so the battery is always charged
2011 Australian Grand Prix(Mar 28, 2011)Which is why so many of the best drivers in the US single seated and sports car series are non-US - I just don't think the US has the same level of structure with junior series and progression.
2011 Australian Grand Prix(Mar 28, 2011)Andy - the problem is the US drivers who have gone to F1 just have not cut it there. Most if not all the F1 drivers learn to race in the UK/Europe/Asian series and progress. The best US based driver just hasn't had the experience needed.
Viano Avantgard Edition 125(Mar 22, 2011)Trust me....this and the A and B class vehicles are great at what they do - it's horses for courses people - you get this if you have a family....you get a sports car if you have a midlife crisis - simple :)
Geneva 2011: Land Rover Range_e Plug-In Hybrid(Mar 05, 2011)I am all for reducing emissions where possible...but have people forgotten that even if you do not put fossil fuel into the car itself...the power station giving youth electricity to recharge it DOES burn fossil fuels so you are still using them!!!
Geneva 2011: Ford BTCC Focus(Mar 02, 2011)Damn it's fast!!! Last year the older Focus ran on LPG and half way through the season the other teams complained and made them restrict the engine cause it was so efficient.
Geneva 2011: Ford B-Max Concept(Mar 02, 2011)Well it is still only seating for 4 adults and minivans seat 7 BUT proof once again that the non-US arms of US car makers have far better designs and belief in customers.
Britain Gets New Honda Civic Ti Special(Feb 22, 2011)Seriously the Scion looks nothing like this and not as good. This style Civic has been in Europe for atleast 4+ years and looks miles better than the US design.