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Letter From The UK: It’s All About Influence

Cars today are better than ever, but are they also more bland than ever? And are today’s cars reviews honest? Can you believe what you read online? Geoff Maxted of DriveWrite Automotive Magazine examines in this Letter From The UK. There is absolutely no doubt that almost all cars today are perfectly fine; panel gaps like yawning chasms are a thing of the past and shut lines are millimetre perfect. Car bodies no longer rust away at the first sign of rain and the choice of paint and finish is a...
Tags: UK, London, America, Magazine, Ford, Autos, Fiat, Great Britain, U S government, Trilby, Suzuki Jimny, Geoff Maxted, Letter From the U.K, DriveWrite Automotive Magazine

Freshly Forbidden Fruit: 2019 Ford Fiesta ST Performance Edition

To our collective horror, Ford decided not to sell the new Fiesta ST in North America. Instead, the automaker chose to cull its passenger car lineup during a period of declining demand and profitability in order to focus on higher-margin trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. No one in this office is particularly excited about the idea, but most […] The post Freshly Forbidden Fruit: 2019 Ford Fiesta ST Performance Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: UK, Ford, United Kingdom, Autos, North America, Special Editions, Ford Motor Co, Ford Performance, Fiesta ST, Ford Fiesta, News Blog, Performance Edition, 2019 Ford Fiesta ST, 2019 Ford Fiesta ST Performance Edition

Major Chassis Upgrades For Ford’s New Fiesta ST Performance Edition

Ford has released a limited-edition, UK-only version of its Fiesta ST, and it comes with some pretty interesting changes
Tags: UK, Ford, Autos, Major Chassis Upgrades For Ford

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 7 April, 2019

We’re going from the sublime to the ridiculous this week, kicking off with a stunning Triton from Italy. We’ve also got a new XR1 from Bottpower, a $60,000 electric bike from the company formerly known as Confederate, and a long-lost Vyrus … all 50cc of it. Bott XR1 ‘White Carbon’ We’ve been enamored with the Spanish outfit Bottpower since their early days. The company designs and manufactures kits to radically transform Buell motorcycles. So it’s always exciting to see their parts being p...
Tags: UK, Motorcycles, Italy, Portland Oregon, Smith, Twins, Falcon, Triton, Norton, PAUL, Bott, Easton, Petersen Automotive Museum, Monza, Curtiss, Buell

Letter From The UK: Ford & The Farm Shop

Are today’s cars nothing more than technologically-advanced covered wagons?   As our perspectives change with time, what role does the modern car play in our lives? Geoff Maxted of DriveWrite Automotive Magazine examines in this Letter From The UK. ‘Quaint’ is an old Middle-England word that once meant wise or skillful but, since around the 18th Century, has come to mean oddly picturesque or pleasing in an old fashioned way. Why, you ask, this lesson in Olde English? Well, that’s the kind of p...
Tags: Europe, UK, China, America, European Union, United States, Magazine, Ferrari, Ford, Autos, Focus, Mustang, Brexit, Great Britain, Middle England, Geoff Maxted

Wayve claims ‘world first’ in driving a car autonomously with only its AI and a SatNav

Projects like Google’s Waymo, Uber, Cruise and Aurora are developing autonomous vehicles by throwing engineers at the problem, basing most of their platforms on rule-based systems that try to pre-empt and deal with every edge case, whilst also peppering the cars with more sensors to capture more data. This can work in relatively controlled environments but has the drawback of not being able to flexibly adapt in real-time to fast-changing situations. Despite all this investment and many years ...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, UK, Tech, Automotive, Machine Learning, Jaguar, University of Cambridge, Cto, Aurora, Cambridge UK, Kendall, Alex Kendall, Wayve, Zoubin Ghahramani

A Huracan Performante Has Been Badly Binned At A Supercar Meet

Some supercar owners just get carried away with all their good fortune, like the owner of this UK-registered Lamborghini that ends up an almost certain write-off
Tags: UK, Autos

Underneath, It’s a Jaaaag: The Lister LFT-C

Remember Lister? It was the company that turned a Jag XJS into a 200 mph supercar thirty years ago. At the time, that Lister-Jag was capable of beating the coke-tastic Ferrari Testarossa in a drag race to 60 mph. The company is very much still around, currently owned by UK outfit Warrantywise, and spends its […] The post Underneath, It’s a Jaaaag: The Lister LFT-C appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: UK, Autos, Jaguar, Lister, News Blog, F-type, Jag, Ferrari Testarossa, Lft-666, Lft-c, Lister Jag

Letter From The UK: What Happens To Our Car Industry Now?

The Brexit debate continues with more questions than answers. Threats of tariffs loom for an industry already experiencing a slowdown.  Geoff Maxted of DriveWrite Automotive Magazine examines in this Letter From The UK. Over the last few days, the British public has watched open-mouthed at the antics of their elected representatives in the UK parliament. With just a couple of weeks to go before our nation leaves BY LAW (unless the government passes new legislation or comes to some form of agre...
Tags: Europe, UK, Eu, Turkey, Magazine, Sunderland, Autos, Jaguar, Nissan, Nissan Juke, Brexit, Great Britain, Ground Zero, Canada Japan South Korea, Geoff Maxted, Letter From the U.K

Installation Service at ‘Amazon Approved’ Motorcycle Dealerships

Now You Don’t Have to Install Those Parts Yourself Did you just find the perfect set of new tires for your bike on Amazon? Do you not really want to put them on yourself? Soon you’ll be able to go to an Amazon-approved dealership to have the work done. An article at YouMotorcycle, shed some light on the new service connected to Amazon. Apparently, when you check out at one of the world’s largest online retailers, you’ll soon start seeing the option to select to have the parts installed at a dea...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Australia, Canada, Motorcycles, Motorcycle Maintenance, Motorcycle News, Motorcycle Tires, Installation Service

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla

The Killer: A front wheel drive motorcycle from Rodsmith

The concept of the patron is well established in the world of art. Charles Saatchi is almost a household name in the UK, but before him we had New Yorker Peggy Guggenheim—who anchored the careers of Pollock and Rothko. Parallels are now edging into the modern custom motorcycle scene, and one of the leading lights is Bobby Haas of the Haas Moto Museum in Dallas. Bobby has built up a collection of 130-plus extraordinary motorcycles, and occasionally commissions them too. Hazan is one of his...
Tags: UK, US, Munich, Motorcycles, Dallas, Craig, Charles Saatchi, Midwest, Bobby, Austin Texas, CNC, Peggy Guggenheim, Hazan, Freund, Matt Carroll, Pollock

Infiniti Calls It Quits in Western Europe, Kills Off the QX30 for Everyone Else

Western Europe doesn’t like Infiniti very much, so the Japanese premium brand has decided to hit the road. The brand’s residency in the competitive region only lasted a decade, and middling consumer interest, coupled with increasingly stringent emissions regulations, is all the reason it needs to take a hike. In doing so, Nissan’s premium division […] The post Infiniti Calls It Quits in Western Europe, Kills Off the QX30 for Everyone Else appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, UK, Production, Autos, Infiniti, Nissan, Western Europe, News Blog, Product Planning, Infiniti QX30, Discontinuations

Defect in car security system aids carjackers, thieves

Since 2016, there have been multiple instances of attacks on keyless entry car-locks, and there's a burgeoning industry of expensive ($5000) aftermarket alarm systems that are billed as protecting your car from these radio attacks on its security. Pen-Test Partners evaluated several of these systems and found that the two leading models, Pandora and Viper (AKA "Clifford") were very defective, with a mix of vulnerabilities that allow attackers to track cars in realtime, extract the car and i...
Tags: Security, Video, UK, News, Pandora, Automotive, Infosec, Moscow, Petard, Clifford, Pen Test Partners, Adversarial Computing, There's an App for That, Ken Munro Pen

Transportation Weekly: Waymo unleashes laser bear, Bird spreads its wings, Lyft tightens its belt

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . This is the fifth edition of our newsletter and we love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here, here and here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. (An email subscription is coming).  This week, we explore the world of light detec...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, Elon Musk, UK, Technology, California, France, China, Samsung, Sacramento, Articles, Tech, Tesla

FIFTY SHADES OF GREAT. Auto Fabrica’s Monochrome ‘Type 10B’ BMW R65

Written by Martin Hodgson When it comes to customising a motorcycle the ‘what’ hasn’t changed for more than 100 years; speed, sight and sound. But the ‘how’ has been constantly evolving and we regularly feature those at the cutting edge. One such firm is UK-based Auto Fabrica, who entered the scene six years ago firing on all cylinders and continue to refine their incredible designs. Brothers Bujar and Gazmend Muharremi can do it all under one roof and utilising the latest technology deliver ...
Tags: UK, England, Motorcycles, Bmw, Richard, Classic, Southend, Fábrica, Brembo, Malcolm, Martin Hodgson, Auto Fabrica, Hagon, Bujar, Roadster, R65

Letter From The UK: Tech & Innovation Continue Despite Brexit

Could torque vectoring technology be the answer to range anxiety?  Despite the impact of Brexit, the automotive industry continues to innovate.  Geoff Maxted of DriveWrite Automotive Magazine examines in this Letter From The UK. Over the past few months, one recurring theme of ‘Letter from The UK’ has been Brexit; Great Britain leaving the horror show that is the European Union on the 29th March this year. Every man and his dog have an opinion. Neighbour has turned upon neighbour as the accusa...
Tags: Europe, Usa, UK, Sweden, America, Magazine, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Great Britain, Gkn, Honda Ridgeline, Car Talk, Geoff Maxted, Letter From the U.K, DriveWrite Automotive Magazine

In Another Blow to National Pride, Britain’s Morgan Motor Company Bought by Italian Firm

We’re a long way from the days when the United Kingdom not only hosted a slew of independent automakers, it owned some of them. For decades, brands fell away as most of the remaining automakers found new parents living on the wrong side of the English Channel. Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Mini, Lotus, and […] The post In Another Blow to National Pride, Britain’s Morgan Motor Company Bought by Italian Firm appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: UK, Britain, United Kingdom, Autos, Morgan, Morgan Motor Company, News Blog, Foreign Ownership, Morgan Plus Six, Jaguar Land Rover Rolls Royce Bentley Mini Lotus

PIPEBURN EXCLUSIVE: A Behind The Scenes Look At Royal Enfield’s New 650 Twins

Written by Andrew Jones It’s September 26th, 2017. Through a series of events I still don’t quite understand, I’m sitting in the boardroom of the new Royal Enfield Technical Centre at Bruntingthorpe, near Leicester in the UK. Next to me is Siddharth Lal who’s the son of Vikram Lal, one of India’s richest men. ‘Sid’, as he’s called, is the CEO of Royal Enfield. Also here is Englishman Mark Wells who is their design guru and American Paul Ventura who does the thinking behind the company’s new p...
Tags: UK, Review, California, India, America, Motorcycles, Sydney, Leicester, Pacific, Classic, Newton, Continental, Bosch, Interceptor, Ventura, Yamaha

Did The Polestar 2 Just Challenge The Tesla Model 3?

Polestar will reveal their next model at the Geneva International Motor Show. The Polestar 2 will compete with other high performance EVs, including the Tesla Model 3.  BOOM! That sound you heard was a huge warning shot right across the bow of Elon Musk’s yacht. To quote directly from Polestar: “Polestar 2 is the first electric car to compete in the marketplace around the Tesla Model 3, with the range starting at a guide price of 39,900 euros.” You best get your ducks in a row Elon. First Audi...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, UK, China, Tesla, Porsche, Autos, Bmw, Google Maps, Audi, Volvo, Chevy Bolt, Merc, Brembo, Europe North America, Ohlins

Matrix Alpha Streetfighter Helmet Hands-On Review

Some Less Than Pleasant Surprises I was really looking forward to testing this helmet due to the lightness. I am religious about wearing a full face helmet and the lighter the better. I also was very interested in the airflow thinking that the Matrix Alpha Streetfighter had the potential to be my go-to helmet for the hot summers here in Phoenix. The Alpha Streetfighter offers a large chin bar with two large vent openings on each side of the helmet. Most helmets offer a single vent in the center...
Tags: UK, China, United States, Motorcycles, Vietnam, Phoenix, Chin, Matrix, Alpha Streetfighter

November Customs’ Ducati Scrambler 350 Restomod

Most custom shops have a bike or two quietly lurking in the corner. They’re usually personal projects that only get attention during gaps between ‘real’ jobs. And that’s the story of this charming 1974 Ducati Scrambler 350. Paul and Linda—the husband and wife team at November Customs—first spotted the Ducati when a nearby shop imported it from Spain. They literally bought it as it was being off-loaded, with the intention of giving it a light sprucing. But once they had it road legal and regis...
Tags: UK, England, Spain, Motorcycles, Ducati, Smiths, Jaguar, Customs, Firestone, Scrambler, PAUL, Linda, KTM, Custom Motorcycles, Ducati Scrambler, Restomod

European Parliament Mandates Speed Limiters on All New Cars

Since speed limits were introduced, people who don’t really “get” driving have wondered why a car’s power isn’t restricted so it can’t exceed those selfsame speed limits. For most drivers, that’s a nightmare scenario, but it appears to becoming reality for European drivers. UK based is reporting that, after approval by key members of […] The post European Parliament Mandates Speed Limiters on All New Cars appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: UK, Government, Autos, European Parliament, Evo, News Blog, European Transport Safety Council, Data Loggers, Speed Limiters, European Parliament Mandates Speed Limiters, Parliament Mandates Speed Limiters

Polestar unveils its all-electric response to the Tesla Model 3

Volvo’s standalone electric performance brand Polestar introduced Wednesday its first all-electric vehicle — a five-door fastback that is gunning for the Tesla Model 3. In the past few years, every time an electric vehicle — concept, prototype, or production version — has been unveiled, the term “Tesla killer” has been tossed about regardless of whether that car will ever even come to market. In the case of Polestar 2, it’s unclear if it will be the “Tesla killer.” It’s possible that an entir...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play Store, Transportation, Europe, UK, China, Tech, Tesla, Canada, Automotive, Linux, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Volvo, Car Sharing

Honda to North America: Build Your Own Civics

Truth be told, North American Honda plants do build the lion’s share of Civics sold in the region. However, last week’s announcement of the impending closure of the automaker’s sole UK facility means a 100-percent locally sourced crop of compacts in the future. Honda insists the decision to close its Swindon assembly plant in 2021 […] The post Honda to North America: Build Your Own Civics appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: UK, Production, Autos, Swindon, Honda, North America, Honda Civic, News Blog

The Hassle-Free Guide to Scrapping your Car

If you’re considering selling an old or damaged vehicle for scrap, you may have a few questions about the process:  What’s a fair price for my car?  Can I drive my car to a scrap yard?  How do I tie up all my paperwork? Scrapping a car is an area that’s surrounded by some strict laws – so, it’s important to get it right. We’ll explain exactly what you need to do – and help you avoid some frequently made mistakes. Finding the right price Scrap car prices can vary enormousl...
Tags: UK, General, Autos, DVLA, ATF

Letter From The UK: Mini At Sixty: A Personal View

Geoff Maxted, founder of DriveWrite Automotive, examines how one tiny car changed the course of history.  After World War II, it became apparent that the cars of Britain were dated in both technology and design at a time when petrol was still rationed and people were recovering from the horror of conflict. As a nation we needed cheering up. The big, black behemoths of the automotive pre-war years were starting to look their age and consumed scarce fuel at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, across the ...
Tags: UK, Britain, Magazine, Autos, Elvis Presley, Michael Caine, Bmw, Mini, Cooper, BMW Group, Carnaby Street, Ricky Nelson, Car Talk, Mary Quant, Alec Issigonis, Geoff Maxted

2-seat Mitsubishi Pajero Sport variant launched in the UK

Market-specific needs have called for a no rear-seat option in the Mitsubishi...
Tags: UK, Autos, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Honda Announces Closure of Sole UK Plant

The sole production site of the Honda Civic Hatchback and Type R will close by the end of 2021, Honda told UK employees on Tuesday. Honda’s Swindon facility, built on the site of a former WW2 aircraft factory, began building Accords for the UK and European markets in 1992, adding the popular Civic to the […] The post Honda Announces Closure of Sole UK Plant appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: UK, Production, Autos, Swindon, Honda, Assembly, Honda Civic, News Blog, UK Plant

Honda Will Close Its UK And Turkish Factories As It Goes Electric

Japanese car maker Honda is to close both its British and Turkish factories in an effort to streamline budgets for a big spend on electrification
Tags: UK, Autos, Honda

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