Drivers in Plymouth are being watched by a new mobile spy camera.
The Devon and Cornwall Safety Camera Partnership is using a Toyota IQ fitted with a telescopic camera system to look for drivers committing traffic offences such as jumping red lights and talking on the phone while driving. Continue reading →
Chevrolet tried an imaginative method of drawing our attention to the virtues of their new Spark while we were on the launch last week.
Me and co-driver Tom Webster tackled their challenge to see how quickly we could pack several crates of bananas in the boot, secure three monkeys on the back bench, get in the front and close the doors.
The record time of the day was 34 seconds – we were a full ten seconds off the best time. Watch the video above to see how we got on (apologies for the poor quality, it was filmed on a phone). Continue reading →
Six generations of the BMW 5 Series (click to enlarge)
A new BMW 5 Series has been unveiled, leading to a predictable argument among the Auto Trader editorial staff today about whether its conservative new design is an improvement over its divisive predecessor.
The sixth-generation 5 Series harks back to the plainer look of past BMWs. For some BMW devotees this will be a welcome change after the Chris Bangle-designed E60/E61 model.
But not me. I was a big fan of the last BMW’s looks and although I can’t say I dislike the new model, it is rather staid compared to the last car. Continue reading →
It’s two decades since Ferrari first introduced a paddle-shift semi-automatic gearbox on its F1 car – the 640 raced by Nigel Mansell in 1989.
Now Ferrari has phased out manual gearboxes entirely in the 458 Italia – its replacement for the F430. Has the onward march of technology needlessly sacrificed the joy of swapping cogs with your own hands and feet?