Archive for February, 2013

News : Land Rover unveils electric Defender for Geneva


Keith Adams Land Rover is unveiling seven new electric Defender models at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The research vehicle’s standard diesel engine and gearbox have been replaced by a 70kW (94bhp), 330Nm electric motor twinned with a 300-volt, lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 27kWh, giving a claimed range of more than 50 miles. […]

News : Range Rover Evoque gets nine-speeds


Land Rover is to show the first passenger car to be fitted with a nine-speed gearbox at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The automatic gearbox, developed by ZF, will be fitted initially to the Range Rover Evoque, and should offer improved economy, reduced emissions and a quieter ride. It also has the benefit of offering […]

Buying guide : Austin/MG Metro

Austin Metro (1)

Fancy a Metro? Here’s Dale Turley’s guide to what to look out for… Years produced: 1980-1990 Body style: 3 and 5 door ‘Supermini’ hatchback, 3 door hatchback ‘van’ Engine options: 998cc and 1275cc A+ Series, 1275cc A+ Series (turbocharged) Transmission options: Four-speed manual and four-speed automatic, front wheel drive Brief overview The Austin Metro is […]

First Drive : MINI Clubvan Cooper D

Clubvan and Austin 1300 (1)

Keith Adams takes a trip to Reims in France to see if the Clubvan makes a convincing case for itself as the ultimate lifestyle light commercial vehicle. And, of course, whether it’s suited to Champagne deliveries… Club Express As assignments go, this is not a bad one. We’re to pick up a new MINI Clubvan […]

Commercial Vehicles : Your help needed

t45 cab

Mike Humble They say that time flies, and how true is that sentiment? This month marks the 20th anniversary of the collapse of Europe’s largest truck builder – Leyland DAF. Way back in 1987, the two brands of DAF and Leyland were merged into one following the Conservative Government’s decision to start privatising the State owned-Rover […]

Our cars : Renault 18 – 500 miles on

Renault 18 (5)

Keith Adams A few weeks back, and after much prevarication, I bought myself a lime green Renault 18TS. My rationale for buying such a car was simple – I wanted a vaguely classic shaped car from the late 1970s that I could press into daily use – and practice what I preach about old car […]

News : Ashok Leyland to open R&D facility in the UK

Optare Rapta

Mike Humble/Bus and Coach magazine Ashok Leyland, the owner of Optare, is to open a Research and Development Centre at the MIRA Technology Park in Nuneaton, creating 30 jobs. The decision was confirmed during this week’s visit to India by prime minister David Cameron. Ashok Leyland increased its shareholding in the Yorkshire-based Optare group which was […]

Events : We Made it, at the Birmingham Science Museum


It’s official – the Rover SD1 is a museum piece. It features in a new ‘We Made It – nuts, bolts, gadgets and gizmos’ exhibition has opened at the Think Tank Science Museum in Birmingham. The exciting new gallery uncovers the fascinating science of materials, manufacturing and reducing waste in the region. We made it […]

News : Range Rover L405 keeps on winning

Range Rover L405 (1)

The Range Rover L405 has notched up 10 international awards in the three months since production began. The world’s first aluminium SUV’s most recent honour came from the AUTOBEST group of motoring writers, naming the all-new Range Rover ‘TECHNOBEST 2012’. Recent awards also include ‘Dream Machine’ from MotorWeek, ‘Luxury Car of the Year’ from both […]

Events : Goodwood recycles its ‘waist’


The Goodwood Revival – along with the annual Festival of Speed and Glorious Goodwood – are the very first motor sport events in the world to successfully be certified to the International Standard for Event Sustainability Management, ISO 20121. To mark the exceptional achievement of its ISO 20121 certification, Goodwood has commissioned leading independent South […]