Heavy Breathing

by Neil Briscoe on 25 May 2015

I eyed the circle of people arcing out from my left and right hands warily. I'd never been to a meeting like this before and, like so many would be, I was nervous. I'm supposed to be a good public speaker, but as any band or entertainer will tell you, it's the small audiences that are the hardest.

The group leader, a kindly looking man clad in a tweed jacket and surveying the world through neat dark-rimmed glasses, stood and smiled briefly at me before saying a few words. "Good evening everyone..." he said. His accent was local but…

What would (insert your deity of choice) drive?

by Neil Briscoe on 21 May 2015

And lo, it came to pass, that the many should purchase the hordes of Focus, Golf and Auris while the few, the treasured few, would becalm themselves and enter unto the Alfa Romeo dealership, there to place gold into the hands of a seller of Giuliettas.

And much was the wailing and the anguish at the payment of various taxes and nefarious levies. Why, called the crowd to those on high, must we be debased with the scourge…

Could the Chevrolet Bolt be the car to turn the EV tide?

by Paul Healy on 20 May 2015

When Chevrolet announced in 2013 that it was leaving the European market few bothered to raise an eyebrow. Sure we might miss the madness of the likes of the Camaro, but for every muscle car there was a hundred rebadged Opels (Chevy Trax) or bargain basement Aveos.

However, with the unveiling of the Bolt concept at this month's Detroit Auto Show, European markets may be vying to tempt Chevy back, as the idea of a €30,000 electric car that offers a theoretical range of 320 kilometres would be right up a European rue, or strada.

Set to arrive…

Fascination: Bond Baddies' Cars

by Neil Briscoe on 17 May 2015

Let's face it, James Bond wins, in all of his movies, because he has the best cars.

OK, so he doesn't necessarily come through unscathed. He loses his wife, his boss, his co-workers and in the case of Roger Moore chatting up lovelies a third his age in A View to a Kill, all sense of dignity and propriety. However, in the end, he wins and the bad guys lose. Largely, one could suggest, because he has the best cars. After all, when the guy you're trying to foil has an Aston Martin, a Lotus or a BMW Z8,…

Why our future is only going to be partially electric

by Dave Humphreys on 16 May 2015

It doesn't seem like all too long ago that a Jetsons-like car future was being sold to us by a highly-optimistic ESB (now Electric Ireland), predicting that a whopping 10 per cent of all cars on our roads would be electric by 2020. To say that we, as a nation of potential EV buyers, are lagging behind, would be somewhat of an understatement. In all of 2014, just 221 of the 96,343 new cars registered were in fact electrically powered - an additional 25 more were plug-in hybrids. Granted it's an improvement over the measly 49 electric cars registered in…

Friday Find 15th May 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 15 May 2015

So, this week we found out what BMW is doing to update the 3 Series saloon, but to be honest, we were quite happy with the current model as it is. Better still, we managed to find a really tasty one that will cost you buttons to run and costs about as much as a mid-spec new Mondeo.

It's a 2012 316d in SE specification with the desirably Dakota leather trim. Don't be put off by the down-tuned engine either - the 316d may not be the most powerful 3 Series but it's sweeter…