I think it’s fair to say that MotorMartin enjoys technology in a car, with the gradual integration of Bluetooth, music streaming and built in Sat Nav, not to mention stalwarts such as cruise control, the interior fixtures and fittings of today’s car are becoming the new battleground between manufacturers. Now would appear to be a technological golden age for the motorist. It wasn’t that long ago that all of the interesting bits and pieces that you or I aspired to have, would only be present on the very high end motor cars such as the Mercedes S Class or 7 … Continue reading Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: Don’t Stop Me Now.
In the bad old days of yore, cars, no matter where they were built, would usually break down, perhaps not straight away, but definitely at some point relatively soon. There were always certain precautions that you could take, not buying British was always a good start, anything Italian was to be avoided, especially if you lived on the coast or somewhere damp for example (The UK). But over the years, manufacturers began to realise that if their products were ‘reliable’ they’d be very popular indeed and sell lots and lots to the blackened, bruised and greasy fingered consumer. And then … Continue reading News: GRAND CHEROKEE AMONG ‘TOP 10 BEST CARS TO OWN’ AS JEEP IS NAMED UK’S ‘MOST IMPROVED BRAND’
Over the years, MotorMartin has had the good fortune to have had a 2.0 Laser Capri, 1.6i Orion Ghia, Mondeo and Focus sat on the drive here at MotorMartin Towers at one point or another and as such, it’s always particularly satisfying when new Ford news arrives. Further to https://motormartin.com/2016/02/17/simply-ford-sunday-1st-may-2016/ posted recently, MotorMartin has the following additional information. A staggering 800 Fords are already booked to take part in Simply Ford at Beaulieu this weekend (Sunday May 1st) with even more owners expected to join the rally with their treasured cars. MotorMartin has been informed that tickets are selling fast for this … Continue reading News: MORE THAN 800 FORDS AT BEAULIEU’S BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND RALLY
One of the issues that MotorMartin has regarding Electric Vehicles (EV) is highlighted in https://motormartin.com/2016/04/24/mitsubishi-outlander-phev-are-friends-electric/ and yet here, a story has arrived where ‘range anxiety’ is not a phrase that’s been heard of before. MotorMartin certainly admires those who are at the front of the queue when new technology is released, especially when the customer is essentially an extended test driver. But the Nissan LEAF? A car so alien and different when first released in 2011 that it’s only now, in 2016, becoming a slightly more regular site charging at the services up and down the Country. And now, news … Continue reading News: PLUG IN ADVENTURES COMPLETES NORTH COAST 500 – A 516-MILE JOURNEY AROUND THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS IN THE NEW LEAF 30KWH
You’ll need to be quick to take advantage of the latest news to hot foot it across to MotorMartin Towers as following the huge success of their special Easter promotion, SsangYong dealers will be offering further savings on specific vehicles in stock this May bank holiday weekend. SsangYong Korando SsangYong Turismo SsangYong Rexton SsangYong Tivoli Across the range of Korean built SUVs, 4x4s and the seven-seater Turismo MPV, this is a special opportunity to save for a limited period of time only. SsangYong have informed MotorMartin that savings of up to £1,500 are available on a Korando ELX4, £2,250 on … Continue reading News: MAY BANK HOLIDAY SAVINGS FROM SSANGYONG THIS WEEKEND ONLY
You know it was only the other day that MotorMartin was worrying about the Bentley Mulsanne and it’s place out here in the modern world. So it was with great relief that the following news arrived soon after and MotorMartin’s fears for the future of the Mulsanne could be put to bed. The reason? Well, news has arrived at MotorMartin Towers which finally confirms that Bentley is to be enhancing its new Mulsanne range at the Beijing Auto Show with the global debut of the highly exclusive Mulsanne First Edition. Thank goodness. Handcrafted in Crewe, as expected, and featuring a … Continue reading News: LUXURY, PERFORMANCE AND BESPOKE CRAFTSMANSHIP: BENTLEY AT THE BEIJING AUTO SHOW 2016
MotorMartin loves Motorsport and MotorMartin loves Bentley, so when the two combine it becomes news that automatically gets moved to the top of the pile and marked with an impressive looking red stamp ready to be posted as soon as possible. Which means that the following news about Bentley’s performance in 2016s Blancpain series was of great interest. Bentley have shared with MotorMartin that Bentley Motorsport has continued its strong start to the 2016 Blancpain GT Series race with a third-place finish in Monza, Italy. The #8 Continental GT3, of Andy Soucek (ES), Maxime Soulet (BE) and latest Bentley Boy … Continue reading News: BENTLEY TAKES BLANCPAIN GT SERIES PODIUM IN MONZA
Mazda are on a roll at the moment with record breaking sales in March https://motormartin.com/2016/04/08/news-mazda-uk-achieves-the-biggest-sales-month-in-its-history-with-record-breaking-march/ following on from the news of the new MX-5 winning the best roadster category in the respected Sunday Times Top 100 Cars Survey https://motormartin.com/2016/01/03/news-all-new-mazda-mx-5-wins-best-roadster-and-spider-in-the-sunday-times-top-100-cars/. MotorMartin has previously spoken about the excitement that Mazda are seemingly able to engineer into their cars and how impressive the results are from Mazda’s holistic design approach using their impressive SKYACTIV technology. Which all brings us, rather nicely, to news of a quite staggering nature. A clue is shown in the excellent short film below, kindly provided by Mazda’s own … Continue reading News: MAZDA UK TO CELEBRATE THE ONE-MILLIONTH MX-5 AT THE 2016 GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
The history of the Electric vehicle is a story that has a great deal more twists and turns that you may at first think. In fact we need to go all the way back to the late 1800s to see how early EVs built upon their popularity to get to a situation where they were outselling the internal combustion engine by significant numbers, with some historians suggesting a figure of 10 to 1 in favour of the EV. So for those of you out there that see battery power and its derivatives as being based upon new technologies and therefore, … Continue reading Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: Are Friends Electric?
It can be a difficult and lonely time sat up on the top tier of MotorMartin Towers waiting for the daily motoring news to arrive. Anxiety over manufacturers trying out a new, untested direction or worry regarding styling tweaks on a hitherto beautiful motor can dominate the thoughts, making all other activities virtually impossible. So when I heard that Nissan were planning to enhance their successful X-Trail Crossover the panic began to set in. After all, the X-Trail isn’t exactly the ugly duckling of the Nissan range *. And now MotorMartin has been made aware that Nissan has introduced a … Continue reading News: STYLE COMES AS STANDARD ON THE X-TRAIL STYLE EDITION