Episode 24 – Badge Engineering? Who Are You Kidding?

CAR NEWS – NOVEMBER 2017

What a month for car news! The new Tesla Roadster and Truck has caused so much butt-hurtery with fossil fuel fans, but traditionalists can be happy the new Jeep Wrangler is only 0.1% different than the old one. Corvette have gone from poor man’s Lamborghini to full on Lamborghini while Lamborghini themselves have gone old-skool Lamborghini. But then Konnegseg have gone an done 277mph done an old road in Nevada. We’re living in crazy times and perhaps the new new Discovery number plate position is a sign of that.

CAN WE GIVE ASIA ITS EV DUES?

While we’ve all been having a good laugh at the Toyota Prius over the years, it’s time to acknowledge it’s been fighting the EV fight now for two decades. Asia has led us into a new era kicking and screaming and it’s all too easy to fawn over Teslas and follow ze Germans. Toyota normalised the electric car and, if you’ve got a taxi in the last year, you’ve probably felt the benefit.

BADGE ENGINEERING? WHO ARE YOU KIDDING?

We’re going to stick our necks out here and dare to suggest there’s something a bit wrong with sticking Bentley badges on your 300C. We also think that putting M-badges on non M-Sport BMWs is a bit naff too. Badge engineering has spun so far out of control now even the manufacturers are in on it.

IS A CAR AN OBJECT OR AN EXPERIENCE?

You know we’re not scared of getting a bit philosophical and we ask the ultimate question here, should a car be a material possession or a form of theatre. The fact is driving and car ownership gives us something very special beyond the usual consumerism but we still easily lose our way. We also have to respect that the person we see driving an expensive sports car may be in it for the pleasure and not the ostentation.

Episode 22 – Is Tribalism Getting Worse For Cars?

The Swedes are in the lead. The Koenigsegg Agera RS has done a run from 0-400-0 faster than you can read this description. Meanwhile, there’s some weird changes coming to the UK driving test, we might all be driving around in vacuum cleaners soon, and Andrew gets far too excited about wool interiors. We also don’t get why people are squealing about the new UP Gti like One Direction Fans. We ask if something’s gone horribly wrong when you see a Rolls Royce Phantom and aren’t sure if it’s a Chinese knockoff or not. Plus, we ponder, with more and more people getting into cars, is bringing out just as much bad in human behaviour as good.

Episode 16 – Good Guy Volvo

Volvo, one of the coolest car brands ever in our opinion. We shine the spotlight on their altruistic pursuit of safety and practical implementation of power. After those niceties, we say our piece about the GT86/BRZ and the constant argument about lacking power for a new segment we’re calling Riddle Me This. We have another new segment for you too, Highway Humbuggery, with the topic of just who is right when it comes to the dreaded lane merge. As for the future, well it’s looking a little bleak as our rights to own and maintain a car may be eroding away faster than an old Rover on a wet salted b-road.