In miserable rain there were celebrations developing in Plymouth as places were settled in the 45th Rolex Fastnet Race, the biennial battle on the briny around a desolate rock off the south-west corner of Ireland.
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Wednesday 10 February 2010
Volvo showed the first pictures of its forthcoming second-generation S60 before Christmas – now it's telling us more about what's under the new car's attractively-styled bodywork.
Sunday 07 February 2010
Matt Francis, 20, has been driving an old Ford Escort for two years. But he now needs something bigger and safer. He has a thing about Volvo V40s, as he has seen several around for less than £3,000, with under 90,000 miles on the clock. Insurance, he says, is reasonable, considering he was paying £2,200 for his first-year , then £1,800 on his second. His quote for a 2002 V40 1.6 is £1,550.
Monday 01 February 2010
Volvo has improved the eco-oriented DRIVe versions of its big S80 saloon and V70 estate. According to official figures, these cars now emit just 119g/km of CO2, beating all but a handful small runabouts; that puts them into Vehicle Excise Duty Band C, which means they attract road tax of only £35. Combined cycle fuel consumption improves from 57.7 to 62.8mpg.
Tuesday 19 January 2010
Forget all usual Hollywood waffle about the actor's craft, what some of us really care about is the actor's dress sense. Fortunately this year's Golden Globes provided us with an entertaining crop of fashion blockbusters, classics and downright turkeys. Herewith, some of the key themes.
Thursday 24 December 2009
Ford has confirmed plans to sell Volvo to the Chinese next year in a deal expected to be worth about £1.25bn.
Saturday 19 December 2009
It took a while, but it now appears that the axe has finally fallen and Saab really is going to die. For the last twenty years, the Swedish car maker has been part of General Motors; it may seem a strange thing to say under the circumstances, but it's quite difficult to be certain whether that has been a bad thing for Saab or not.
Friday 18 December 2009
Volvo will show an electric version of its small C30 coupé at next month's Detroit Motor Show. The Swedish company unveiled its first drivable prototype electric C30 in September this year, but the latest car is a more highly developed product that is much closer to the likely final specification of a fleet of factory produced C30 test vehicles that will be used in trials from 2011.
Friday 11 December 2009
Volvo's C30 1.6D DRIVe with stop/start has been named Green Car of the Year by the website TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk. The Swedish manufacturer's most economical model achieves an impressive 74.3mpg on the official combined cycle fuel consumption tests and emits just 99g/km of CO2, making it one of only a small number of cars to break the 100g/km barrier.
Sunday 06 December 2009
Monday 30 November 2009
Big car, small engine. From a technical point of view, it's an idea whose time has come. The manufacturers have been wringing more and more power and torque out of their engines for years now, and so far, customers seem mainly to have been happy to carry on buying cars with the same sizes of engine as before and to take the bonus in the form of improved performance.
Wednesday 11 November 2009
These are the first official pictures of the forthcoming second-generation mid-sized S60 Volvo saloon. The first S60 made something of an impact when it was first introduced in 2000 but has had a very low profile in recent years, at least since the arrival of the slightly smaller but fresher S40 saloon and V50 estate in 2004.
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