News: NEW VEHICLES DRIVE JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO UK SALES SUCCESS

Figures have recently been released regarding the performance of Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest car manufacturer. MotorMartin was allowed access to the following facts and figures when the powers that be announced their best-ever September UK sales, retailing 20,977 vehicles, up 31% on the same period in 2015. Impressive indeed. As anyone with even the vaguest of passing interest in the vehicles around them on the roads today will have noticed the proliferation of Jaguars and Land Rovers as they become ever more popular amongst the more discerning driver. It’s because of this perception of quality and brand image … Continue reading News: NEW VEHICLES DRIVE JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO UK SALES SUCCESS

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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 EFI: I Got You (I Feel Good)

Over the last 20 years or so the motorcycling landscape on this green and pleasant island of ours has seemingly changed beyond recognition. Indeed, when MotorMartin first turned 16 at the back end of the 1980s it was a relatively easy decision to seek out a 50cc powerhouse and take to the roads for adventure and mayhem. 6 months in the company of The Wild One, Easy Rider and BloodRunners was all you needed back then as far as training went whilst looking forward to taking the old part 1 and part 2 if you had managed to make it … Continue reading Royal Enfield Bullet 500 EFI: I Got You (I Feel Good)

News: ENHANCING AN ICON: PEUGEOT UK APPRENTICES RENOVATE 205 GTI WITH APLOMB

Whilst writing for BlackTopMedia recently, reminiscing about the iconic Peugeot 205 GTi and its impact on a rather more youthful MotorMartin, it seemed rather appropriate that Peugeot chose that moment to get in contact with the news that back in 2013, PEUGEOT UK set its apprentices a challenge to develop their skills and to gain experience beyond the brand’s current model line-up by asking them to choose a historic model to restore and enhance. The choice wasn’t a surprise, and despite the car in question being 30 years old and a model from their parent’s generation, the unanimous decision saw … Continue reading News: ENHANCING AN ICON: PEUGEOT UK APPRENTICES RENOVATE 205 GTI WITH APLOMB

Peugeot 205 GTi: Twist And Shout

The following is a re-edit of a recent MotorMartin post on BlackTopMedia, a new site that includes the talents of Tony Yates aka @XInterceptor, Mark Turner aka @BlackTopMediaUK and Yours truly aka @motormartin1 and as such, is well worth checking out. On the mean streets of Chipping Ongar in Essex back in the late eighties, there always appeared to be a number of fast and furious hot hatches racing up and down the high street, whilst looking quite unbelievably cool to a young MotorMartin gazing on from the sidelines and dreaming of better days. From Ford there were the all … Continue reading Peugeot 205 GTi: Twist And Shout

News: COUNTDOWN FOR THE GOLF UPDATE IN NOVEMBER: THE SECOND GOLF – THE DNA OF A WORLDWIDE SUCCESS STORY

There are many cars that we all look at as being memorable, but iconic? That’s a whole different matter. It’s possibly the one word that the motor manufacturs wish to be associated with and that the car buying enthusiast is most likely to find themselves dreaming of. But you know what? In MotorMartin’s opinion, there are very few manufacturers that can truly claim to have created an icon, fewer still that still have that icon in production today. The Golf then, Volkswagen say, is unique, forgery-proof. A design icon which, in November, they will show how this unique gem has … Continue reading News: COUNTDOWN FOR THE GOLF UPDATE IN NOVEMBER: THE SECOND GOLF – THE DNA OF A WORLDWIDE SUCCESS STORY

News: ABARTH 124 SPIDER LEADS THE WAY IN SEPTEMBER SALES LEAP

MotorMartin has been rather looking forward to this car for quite some time now, especially as it looks just so damn good, improving upon the already superb looking, all new Mazda MX-5 upon which it shares its DNA. As is often the way, with the dust hardly having settled from the recent good news regarding the plethora of sales successes raised by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the news desk up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree when Abarth came calling. Once the valves, gears and ticker tape had … Continue reading News: ABARTH 124 SPIDER LEADS THE WAY IN SEPTEMBER SALES LEAP

News: NISSAN QASHQAI RANGE SEES IMPROVED CO2, MPG AND BIK WITH EFFICIENT NEW 18” ALLOY WHEELS

You can’t help but notice the sheer number of Qashqais (is that even a word?) on the highways and byways of this green and pleasant land of ours at the moment, which confirms to MotorMartin that Nissan got it right first time with their ridiculously popular SUV.  Not wanting to rest on their laurels, Nissan have announced to MotorMartin, through the MotorMartin Towers hotline, that they are pleased to announce that Qashqai models specified with 18” alloy wheels will now benefit from factory-fitted low resistance tyres delivering improved efficiency and reduced cost of ownership across the range. Great news indeed. … Continue reading News: NISSAN QASHQAI RANGE SEES IMPROVED CO2, MPG AND BIK WITH EFFICIENT NEW 18” ALLOY WHEELS

News: 3-2-1….THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS TO TEMPTING AUTUMNAL OFFERS FROM SSANGYONG

It’s certainly true to say that here in the U.K., SsangYong’s most definitely riding the crest of a wave at the moment. With much improved products, a raft of positive reviews from the mainstream motoring press and motoring sites, SsangYong are poised to cash in on the goodwill emanating from press and public alike. And so as the nights draw in and the heating goes on, SsangYong is announcing three tempting offers to warm its customers this autumn. Lovely. SsangYong have shared with MotorMartin that their ‘3-2-1’ offer provides three years free servicing, two years’ additional roadside assistance and one … Continue reading News: 3-2-1….THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS TO TEMPTING AUTUMNAL OFFERS FROM SSANGYONG

News: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV SALES TOP 25,000 IN THE UK

Incredible really, all is quiet on the PHEV front for a couple of months and then two stories arrive at MotorMartin Towers all at once. MotorMartin has already discussed the rather excellent news that Mitsubishi and Chargemaster have teamed up to offer a free 3.6kW Chargemaster Homecharge unit and free fitting to owners of new Outlander PHEVs and now MotorMartin has been informed that sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV have topped the 25,000 mark in the UK. Incredibly, this accounts for approximately half of the total number of plug-in hybrids registered in the UK since the very first of … Continue reading News: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV SALES TOP 25,000 IN THE UK

News: FREE HOMECHARGE UNIT FOR NEW MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV

A few months ago, MotorMartin had the immense pleasure of spending a week in a gorgeous Orient Red Outlander PHEV, which was followed up in the post Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX5h: Electric Boogaloo and on MotorMartin’s YouTube review. In fact, there was a sadness around MotorMartin Towers when the extremely impressive PHEV was returned back to the land of Mitsubishi, leaving, as it did, an Outlander shaped hole in MotorMartin’s heart.  So when news arrived up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers regarding a further incentive to encourage you into your Local Mitsubishi dealer then MotorMartin had to awake … Continue reading News: FREE HOMECHARGE UNIT FOR NEW MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV