Vauxhall Mokka: Milk and two sugars or as it comes?

There was a time not that long ago that Vauxhall’s lineup was seen as stodgy, well meaning and just a little bit dull (alright, alot.) Cars like the Vectra and the Astra were the mainstay of the fleet managers who were in charge of choosing value over excitement and generally sticking two fingers up at the reps who had to spend hours and hours each day surrounded by horrible dark plastics and looking on in envy as a Mondeo or Focus flew past. Looking out from their own personal Vauxhall shaped hell, the Ford man appeared as if from another … Continue reading Vauxhall Mokka: Milk and two sugars or as it comes?

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News: ALL-NEW ASTRA IN VAUXHALL SHOWROOMS FROM OCTOBER

Vauxhall have finally responded to the threat posed by the facelifted Ford Focus with the news that the new Astra is now on sale, with the first cars arriving in Vauxhall showrooms this October. Vauxhall are justifiably proud of the impact of the Astra on the British public reminding us that almost three million have been sold in the UK over the last 36 years, including 50,000 in the last 12 months. More than 25 per cent of British motorists have either owned or driven an Astra, so reaction to a new model will always be felt across the market, … Continue reading News: ALL-NEW ASTRA IN VAUXHALL SHOWROOMS FROM OCTOBER

News: FORD REVEALS ALL-NEW FOCUS RS SPRINTS TO 62MPH IN 4.7 SECONDS AND HITS 165MPH

Exciting news on the future of the new Ford Focus RS was shared with the automotive press and public in Frankfurt, Germany, 16 September, 2015 –  where it was announced that the all-new Focus RS will sprint from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, making the high-performance hatchback the fastest accelerating RS model ever. The Focus RS will reach a top speed of 165mph powered by a specially engineered version of Ford’s new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine delivering maximum power output of 350PS. Ford also announced that the Focus RS is now available to order with prices from £28,940. Watch “All-new Ford Focus RS: … Continue reading News: FORD REVEALS ALL-NEW FOCUS RS SPRINTS TO 62MPH IN 4.7 SECONDS AND HITS 165MPH

News: SSANGYONG TIVOLI NOMINATED FOR WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR

SangYong proudly shared the following achievement with @MotorMartin1 and the rest of the motoring press with the release of the following news last Thursday where they stated that the newly launched SsangYong Tivoli compact SUV has been nominated for World Car of the Year (WCOTY) 2016, the first ever nomination for SangYong. SsangYong go on to say that just 20 new cars have been nominated for the 2016 World Car of the Year title, which is independently recognised as the number one car award in the world. Now in its eleventh year, WCOTY was established in 2005, and the 2016 … Continue reading News: SSANGYONG TIVOLI NOMINATED FOR WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR

MK1.5 Ford Focus Zetec: The long and winding road.

Before the advent of the car travelling around the country was difficult, not impossible, but time consuming and dangerous. Early cart sharing schemes were a disaster, backseat drivers would offer hints and tips to the horses who would generally do what they wanted anyway. Maps were rare and if you could read one, warned of mysterious beasts around every corner. Highwaymen and women lurked at the sides of the road ready to relieve you of your valuables and not all had a social conscience like that of Nottingham’s Robin Hood. Times changed, roads were put down, the horse and cart … Continue reading MK1.5 Ford Focus Zetec: The long and winding road.

MK1.5 Ford Focus Zetec: Chipping Ongar and back, an odyssey.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven…… This could go on for hours, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve etc. Every journey in a Mk 1 or 1.5 Ford Focus, (check out Mk1.5 Ford Focus Zetec: An introduction. For part 1.) reinforces the fact that between 1998 and 2004 Ford sold rather a lot of MK1 Focus’ worldwide. In the UK alone, it was consistently at or near the top of the bestseller lists throughout its production lifetime. This is not a car that you would chose if you wanted to stand out from the crowd. As stated in part 1 the … Continue reading MK1.5 Ford Focus Zetec: Chipping Ongar and back, an odyssey.

Mk1.5 Ford Focus Zetec: An introduction.

On the 16 September 1998, The Union Jack dress worn by the Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, sold at Sotheby’s for £41,320, an astonishing sum for a piece of contemporary pop memorabilia. Whilst this momentous event had stolen the world’s attention a smaller, yet no less significant event had occurred. There has been much love for the Original Ford Escort since the first Mk1 was launched way back in 1968. Legions of Fans of the blue oval watched with interest as the Escort took on all comers on the roads of the UK and the tarmac and dirt tracks of the World, becoming successful … Continue reading Mk1.5 Ford Focus Zetec: An introduction.