Hot Wheels Happy Birthday

In 1959 Mattel stormed the market with its best seller Barbie , from this they wanted to capture the boy market and went into the already busy market of the toy car , with a big but they created not mere replicas of the everyday car but of exciting custom cars.

They created drag racers, surfers , hot rodders , they drafted in designer and allowed them to go wild with ideas and the packaging was clear so the toy could be seen and appeal to their target market , with a low affordable price tag.

From their collectors have emerged with some rare models being bought and sold for many thousands of pounds

 

 

hot wheels

Which Fuel ?

petrol pump

There is a general confusion on which fuel , with consumers confused over which is better in terms of CO2 emissions , with diesel being made the villain of the piece when in fact the new diesel models in some cases proving better for the environment than their petrol counterparts.

Whilst the green push on electric cars is being hindered by the reduction in grants, while it can be argued a move away from the grants at the lower level for cars with the lower range makes sense but why not increase the amount available for the longer range models rather than the £1000 cut.

green car

Black Friday

 

 

Black FridayBlack Friday is coming to the UK’s car sales  this year, as French car maker Renault announces £500 off its small cars until the end of the month.

Black Friday a USA import , were American  goes shopping the day after Thanksgiving and the discounts offered to boost Christmas sales, usually more know for discounted TV and jostling for the best bargains.

Now car makers are getting on board, with Renault offering £500 off certain Renault Twingo, Renault Clio and Renault Captur cars between now and the end of November. The offer applies to models bought through PCP, when the £500 will be taken off the deposit amount.B

Ghost Brokers

 

 

driving scam

Drivers  are being warned they could have their car crushed if they fall prey to so-called ‘ghost brokers’.
Figures show that unwittingly drivers have been conned out of £165,000 over the last four years by fraudsters posing as insurance brokers, leaving them driving without cover.

Police  warn that drivers with fake insurance policies also face unlimited fines, up to eight penalty points, and could be left without protection in the event of an accident.

Driving organisations have  welcomed the warning, which forms part of the Motor Insurer’s Bureau’s (MIB) Operation Drive campaign to crack down on the number of uninsured drivers on UK roads.

Car Wash

 

 

car wash The Environmental Audit Committee has been conducting an enquiry into fears that cheap hand car washes exploit workers and damage the environment.

MPs said more than a quarter of calls to the Modern Slavery Helpline were from car wash workers.

Cheap hand car washes now account for 80% of the sector in the UK.

They have grown rapidly over the past 15 years, and are often in supermarket car parks and on disused forecourts.

The MPs said government should have a trial licensing scheme and review whether the Modern Slavery Act could be updated to cover businesses as small as the hand car wash operators.

Committee chair Mary Creagh said: “Hand car washes are a common sight in our towns and cities. Yet they hide the widespread exploitation of workers through illegally low pay, poor working conditions and, in some cases, forced labour.”

Bus Lane

 

 

 

 

bus lane

A driver who successfully won an appeal against the council for driving in a bus lane could inspire change for thousands of other motorists.

Keith Stevenson, 56, took Bristol City Council to a tribunal after being slapped with a £30 penalty charge notice for using the city’s  Metrobus-only slip-road in June.

The Bristol motorist admitted he accidentally used the slip road during heavy traffic because he became distracted by a driver in front of him.

And although he expected the council to send him a warning, Keith said he was appalled when he was issued with a fine on August 4.

A Bristol City Council spokesperson has since confirmed the slip-road design is now being reviewed in light of the tribunal judgement.

Hydrogen Fuel cell

Hyundai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Artic

 

The Nikola Motor Company has revealed their hydrogen fuel cell lorry , designed for the European market , the articulated truck call the Nikola Tre , has a range of between 500 and 1200 kilometres .

There are several axle options and the designs will align with European HGV Categories and testing is due to start in 2020 , with production 2022 to 2023 .

The hydrogen cell  converts stored hydrogen into electricity by an on board fuel cell, the emission are totally clean drinkable water and hydrogen can be produced through electrolysis which can be powered by green renewable energy .

New Cars Of 2018

 

 

 

new cars of 2018

The round up for cars arriving in 2018 , the obvious manufacturers VW and Ford have a banquet on offer , but the smaller players Subaru and Suzuki, also have some courses on offer.

With new designs , cutting edge technology break through , with of course the endeavour to increase economy of use.

There is a deluge of  new sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossovers, including the electric Jaguar I-Pace, rugged Jeep Wrangler and practical Honda CR-V.

Family cars not forgotten with a hi-tech Mercedes A Class Peugeot 508 and a new Ford Focus.

There are plenty of electric options joining the Jaguar I-Pace, including the battery-powered Hyundai Kona. Already on sale is the new Nissan Leaf, with a much larger range, which could tempt more buyers into electric cars, as could the first electric hot hatchback – the BMW i3S.

The Ford Fiesta ST and VW Polo GTI offering the fun end of the market and for those with a bit more pocket money , Ferrari 488 Pista or Mercedes AMG new four door supercar.

 

 

Back to Basics

Citroen 2 CV

A recent survey of millennials and generation z , found that they have moved away from cars in favour of cycling or using public transport and Ubers. This is in part due to the cost of purchasing , insuring and repairing a car.

Apart from the Dacia , there are not basic no frills cars out there , comparing back to the billy basic 2CV , it combined money-saving features with a quirky look , like the roll back roof , flap down window , no carpets which meant you could wash the floors and the back seats all came out giving you a small van.

The designers now seem to play the  one-upmanship with features , some of which are questionable like heated arm rest , whose arm gets chilly  and indeed many that drivers have no idea are there, and if Audi give four options of lights on the dash then the boys at BMW will want five.

There is a big market for a quirky basic but more importantly cheap car .

 

Skoda Citigo Hatchback

yellow Skoda Citigo Hatch

The Skoda Citigo , is a favourite with young drivers , not only been very economical, but some models fall into insurance group one, , so it is one of  the cheapest cars to insure..

The Citigo , is nice and stylish and has the same underpinnings and the Volkswagen upand SEAT Mii, but the edge is it is the cheapest.