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26 January 2012
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Introducing the Hiriko Electric Car | A City Car That Folds Itself

Sometimes I can be very smug, very self-satisfied. This is one of those occasions!
For literally years I have been saying that car brands ought to produce a car that “folds” when parked. One that you feel comfortable driving (we have no time for tiny cars that make you feel cramped or awkward …

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24 January 2012
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Petroplus File For Bankruptcy | What This Means For Motorists

Today Petroplus, one of Britain’s biggest fuel refineries, went bust. The Swiss firm, who took over the  UK Coryton refinery from the government in 2007 for $1.4bn (£900m), had been in trouble for a while, but talks with the UK government and other funding sources regarding lifelines and monetary injections have as of yet fallen …

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22 December 2011
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Guest Blog | The History Of The Car

In the week where Google have developed their driverless car so that it can now park itself in a tight spot, it’s worth taking a look back at how cars have come on leaps and bounds since the first one was test driven by the wife of car designer Karl …

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16 December 2011
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Would You Trust a Driverless Car? | Google’s New Patent, Discussed

The automotive and techy worlds have been full of chatter about Google’s interesting new patent for a driver-less car.
Who's driving?
Sounding like something out of iRobot, the patent lays out a variety of self-drive options for a potential future car, including details on when the car will go in autonomous mode, how the technology could work (GPS, QR codes and sensors are all …

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8 December 2011
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Developing the “Perfect Car, Part 2 | The Sports Car

First off, read Part 1!
So for the 1st article proper, we’ll start with the car type that, probably more than any other, needs to be the perfect combination of objective dynamic ability and subjective feel. In other words, a car that a racing driver might be able to drive around …

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7 December 2011
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smart forus Pick-Up Concept | Sketches Released in Advance of Detroit Motor Show

smart cars. The whole brand is based on one basic concept – size. Well, the marketers would probably like us to believe that the concept is happiness, or dreams, but the unifying quality in these bright, fun and silly cars really is the fact that they are compact. The original, the fortwo, actually …

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2 December 2011
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Jeremy Clarkson’s Most Complained About Quotes

It’s Friday, we’re all tired, and we want some easy (and illicitly amusing) reading. Something pretty and colourful is probably best, so our over-frazzled brain cells can understand it with the smallest amount of actual brain power. Well, that’s what I feel like at least, 4 coffees down and headache …

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1 December 2011
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Audi A1 Sportback | Does 6mm of Space a Sportback Make?!

We are used to car manufacturers desperately scrabbling around in the dirt to come up with new and customer-tempting names for their latest models and concepts. The current trend, it seems, is either to give your car a name derived of numbers and letters that implies just how much complicated …

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24 November 2011
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Developing the “Perfect” Car, Part 1 | What is “Soul”?

This is the start of a new short series on this writer’s view of how to make the best Sports/Saloon/City/Hot Hatch/Green/GT Car. They are recipes, open to personalisation to suit different tastes – but without these basic elements the end result will be like watery packet gravy, looking about right …

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23 November 2011
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Porsche Goes Metallic | The New 911 with Magnesium Frame Soft Top

Sorry about the lack of posts on this blog guys. I was off on a three month sabbatical, and in lieu of my usual posting we had to make do with some temps and scheduled posts. The quality was still there, but we’ve been a little shoddy with the regularity. Still, I am back in …

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