News: LAST OF THE LINE, TIME WARP SAAB AT CCA’S CHRISTMAS SALE

MotorMartin is excited to share the following news about a very special and rare 1978 Saab 96L Souvenir V4, the very last made for the UK market, which will be going under the hammer next weekend in Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) Christmas Sale, taking place on Saturday 5th December at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa. Number 150 of 150 right-hand drive model 96 V4s produced for the UK, this important 1978 Saab has a certificate present from Saab themselves to confirm this. It has covered a mere 3,010 miles from new in total, with the present vendor enjoying a pleasurable … Continue reading News: LAST OF THE LINE, TIME WARP SAAB AT CCA’S CHRISTMAS SALE

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News: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV IS NAMED PLUG-IN VEHICLE OF THE YEAR BY THE SCOTSMAN

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a 4 x 4 with a conscience, the 4 x 4 that you can, quite literally, look down on other drivers from. There haven’t been too many times in the past when an off road driver would be looking through the motoring press to see if their vehicle had won another environmental award but this is now where the Outlander driver finds themselves. This is a particularly strong time for Mitsubishi at the moment as Outlander PHEVs are flying out of the showrooms whilst the new technology invested in the vehicle is gaining recognition from … Continue reading News: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV IS NAMED PLUG-IN VEHICLE OF THE YEAR BY THE SCOTSMAN

News: NT SHAW OF LOUTH IS FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS

It seems like here at MotorMartin there’s not a week that goes by without news from MG about their continued UK expansion plans or exciting information regarding revamps of their existing models. Today we find out that the latest dealer to join the MG Motor UK network not only comes with almost 40 years experience, but a life-saving dealer principal too. NT Shaw of Louth, Lincolnshire, will be the 63rd dealer to become part of the MG franchise when it goes live next week (30th November).  Dealer Principal Nigel Shaw, an on-call Watch Manager for Louth Fire Station, has been … Continue reading News: NT SHAW OF LOUTH IS FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS

News: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV IS SUV OF THE YEAR AT 2015 NEXT GREEN CAR AWARDS

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a sales phenomenon here in the UK where the key figures, as supplied by Mitsubishi, give us many of the reasons behind its success. Unlike purely electric vehicles (EVs) which still suffer from a lack of serious range the Outlander should keep going for over 500 miles before filling up. The official figure of 156mpg is up on the 2015 model whilst emissions of 42g/km CO2 are excellent for a vehicle of this size and stature. Is it really any surprise that the Mitsubishi has captured the public’s imagination in quite such a way? And … Continue reading News: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV IS SUV OF THE YEAR AT 2015 NEXT GREEN CAR AWARDS

News: DEMAND FOR NEW FORD FOCUS ST MORE THAN DOUBLES AS DIESEL POWERSHIFT DEBUTS

The latest news shared with MotorMartin from Ford’s European headquarters at Brentwood, Essex is that Ford Focus ST sales have leapt by a quite stunning 270 per cent since the introduction of new petrol and diesel powertrains. This has led to almost 6,700 diesel and petrol Focus STs being sold in the UK so far this year, compared with 2,460 for the whole of last year. Amazing! Yet with the very latest diesel engines offering an equal mix of incredible torque and power whilst remaining quiet and civilised, demand in Britain is perhaps not so surprisingly split evenly between the … Continue reading News: DEMAND FOR NEW FORD FOCUS ST MORE THAN DOUBLES AS DIESEL POWERSHIFT DEBUTS

News: CELEBRATING DAMON HILL’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

F1 fans of a certain age will always remember where they were when Damon Hill finally won his F1 World Championship and now we can think back to Murray Walker’s famous commentary as Race Retro are putting on a show that will celebrate the career of Damon Hill to mark the 20thanniversary of his World Championship win and his time with Williams, when it returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February 2016. MotorMartin has been informed that a variety of guests from Williams have been invited to appear throughout the weekend, which will culminate with a confirmed … Continue reading News: CELEBRATING DAMON HILL’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

Citroën Cactus: Needles and Pins

This green and pleasant land of ours is truly amazing. As MotorMartin gets older it has become easier to appreciate the variety that we have on our doorstep. The contrast between newly redeveloped glass and steel town centres and the older and more traditional terraced houses can be wondrous to behold. Whilst just outside City boundaries are the fields and forests of an ancient, more distant past. But how long will it remain so. The larger conurbations are gradually spreading out and devouring the countryside in their never ending quest to create larger and larger urban environments. The green belt, … Continue reading Citroën Cactus: Needles and Pins

News: RECORDS TUMBLE AT SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE

Back in the day, MotorMartin paid £350 for my dream car, a slightly tired C-reg Ford Capri 2.0 Laser, nothing strange in that you might say other than buying a reasonable 2.0 Laser today will set you back around £4-5000 and it will still need plenty of money spending on it before it gets to a decent standard. When the Capri was no longer a going concern (and it still hurts) its replacement was another C-reg Ford but this time an Orion 1.6i Ghia for £300. A quick scan of the internet later and we find the 1.6i Ghia currently … Continue reading News: RECORDS TUMBLE AT SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE

News: WEC FINALE: AUDI TO BATTLE FOR THIRD TITLE

In what is to be the eighth race of an extremely exciting FIA World Endurance Championship the title will only be decided after a further six hours of mechanically tortuous racing. The link between the WEC and the average road car has been discussed by MotorMartin back in October https://motormartin.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/news-audi-ready-for-intense-final-stage-in-wec-title-race/ and provides a window into the future of new car technology right before our eyes. The introduction last year of the Porshe 919 Hybrid LMP1 and Nissan’s decision to introduce their innovative GT-R LM NISMO at Le Mans before competing in the entire Championship from 2016, reiterates how important the … Continue reading News: WEC FINALE: AUDI TO BATTLE FOR THIRD TITLE

News: FIRST RIGHT HAND DRIVE PRODUCTION JAGUAR E-TYPE DRIVEN TO THE MAX?

In more classic Jaguar news it was certainly exciting for MotorMartin to be informed that the 1961 Jaguar E-Type chassis 860001, the very first right-hand-drive production Fixed Head Coupé restored by Classic Motor Cars Ltd (CMC), has been driven to 146 mph on a German autobahn by British Hill Climb Champion, David Franklin. David was recreating for Octane magazine’s 150th issue one of the most famous road tests ever undertaken, attempting to match the 150 mph a Jaguar E-Type reached on a Belgian motorway in 1961, and he nearly made it! David said:  “I saw 146mph and it was still accelerating … Continue reading News: FIRST RIGHT HAND DRIVE PRODUCTION JAGUAR E-TYPE DRIVEN TO THE MAX?