DACIA continues to prove that value still has a place in the hi-tech motoring world. In just five years in the UK, the Renault-owned budget brand has flogged 150,000 cars. And as other firms such as Skoda, Kia and Hyundai move ever closer to Ford and Vauxhall and push up prices, Dacia has been left with the new car bargain sector almost entirely to itself. City cars cost £10,000 these days, superminis from £14,000 and a mid-spec family hatchback will set you back around £25,000. So when the supermini-sized Dacia Sandero starts at £6,995, the Logan estate opens at £8,495 and the Duster SUV is yours from £9,995, it’s a refreshing reminder of what real value for money is all about. Things look just as tempting if you lease or rent, with prices from £70 a month for a Sandero and from £109 for a Duster. Admittedly, the entry models are fairly basic but more than capable of doing the daily commute.Pay a couple of thousand more and you get a Dacia … [Read more...] about Dacia Duster proves value cars can be comfortable and packed with gadgets
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In the manicured grounds of a public library in Chandler, Arizona, Liisa Walimaa is waiting for a robot to take her to Macy’s. For a year Walimaa has been a participant in a closely guarded experiment being run by Waymo, a division of Alphabet (née Google), in this suburb of Phoenix that could change the face of global transportation on a scale unseen since we ditched horses for cars. Automated vehicles offer the promise of fewer road fatalities, cheaper rides and greater mobility for the blind and otherwise disabled. They could also cost millions of jobs, threaten public transport spending and upend insurance. Technology companies may love to talk about “disruption”, but what is happening in Chandler is genuinely worthy of the word. There have been setbacks (there will be more) and progress has been slower than first promised, but Walimaa thinks that in five or 10 years, autonomous vehicles will be as viable an option as taking a bike, calling a regular taxi or … [Read more...] about ‘I’m so done with driving’: is the robot car revolution finally near?
A massive collection of 110 muscle cars that has been hidden away for nearly 40 years will be auctioned in Iowa in the fall. Since the age of 16, Coyote Johnson, now 65, has been collecting some of America's most desirable cars, including a 1978 Pontiac 'Smokey and the Bandit-Style' Trans AM. He bought his first car from his grandfather and spent many days drag racing his beloved 1969 Road Runner. His collection has never been seen by the public until now. Since the age of 16, Coyote Johnson, now 65, has been collecting some of America's most desirable cars (pictured), including a 1978 Pontiac 'Smokey and the Bandit-Style' Trans AM Johnson bought his first car from his grandfather and spent many days drag racing his beloved 1969 Road Runner. His collection has never been seen by the public until now. Pictured on the right is a Pontiac Firebird VanDerbrink Auctions made the announcement this week, saying Johnson would 'get those classifieds and buy all the … [Read more...] about Muscle memory: Stunning collection of 110 vintage American muscle cars, including a 1978 Pontiac ‘Smokey and the Bandit-Style’ Trans AM, will be auctioned in the fall after being hidden for 40 years
“Oh, I rarely use those,” said Manoj Varathodiyil, gesturing at a pair of public electric car chargers at a West Midlands service station. Instead, the GP has plugged his car into a “supercharger”, one of a network built by US electric carmaker Tesla, exclusively for the use of the firm’s customers. Varathodiyil, who went electric because of concerns over air pollution and fossil fuels, is one of Britain’s vanguard of 160,000 early adopters learning to live with a plug-in car. Most of those drivers charge at home (87%) and work (8%). But the government wants to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 and recently laid out its Road to zero plan for getting there, envisaging “a massive expansion” of public chargers. For the 43% of households without off-street parking, that infrastructure will be vital if electric cars are to become the future norm. But what about today? Is the road to zero riddled with potholes? To test the state … [Read more...] about One man and his Tesla: an electric car’s journey from Brighton to Edinburgh
Petrol head Ron Hackenberger began collecting cars when he was aged just 15, buying a 1948 Studebaker, with money borrowed from his grandfather. The married father-of-six has now amassed more than 700 cars - with an estimated 250 Studebakers. Now he is selling the entire collection at auction, with each of the cars going across the block with no reserve. Hackenberger, who marred Eunice in 1962, started his own trucking business which helped fund his obsession. Ron Hackenberger has put his entire collection of more than 700 cars up for auction Among some of the more exotic cars is this mid-1970s De Tomaso Panterra II Hackenberger is a particular fan of Studabakers and has more than 200 of them, including this example, in his collection Among the collection is a tiny BMW Isetta, a Nash Metropolitan as well as a DeLorean. He kept his amazing collection at his home in Norwalk, Ohio. For those seeking a bit of old-school muscle, there is a 1965 Ford … [Read more...] about Wheel deals! Petrol head puts his 700-vehicle collection – from Studebakers to tractors to a swimming car – up for auction with NO RESERVE