Motor Mouth articles 2012

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Hatchbacks to the fore in awards list

PARK the futuristic electric cars and hybrids at the roadside, ditch the aluminium and the outlandish – the judges for the 2013 European Car of the Year contest have come into line with public priorities. Whittling down the 32 contenders, all of which will be on sale in Europe during 2013, to a shortlist of … Continue reading

Camper nears the end of the road

AFTER a journey of almost 63 years, the end of the road is finally in sight for one of the motoring world’s all-time classic vehicles, the Volkswagen Camper. The old VW, beloved of hippies, surfers and travelling types from Cornwall to California, is finally to cease production at the end of next year. Formally known … Continue reading

Time travel in a 1950 Humber

HUMBER – it’s one of those names that instantly evoke waves of nostalgia among people of a certain age. They were big, impressive cars, like great ocean-going cruise ships. They shared the narrow streets of 1940s and 1950s Britain with the likes of Wolseley, Riley, Hillman, Singer, Sunbeam, Standard and Triumph. In 1950s London, our … Continue reading

Lancer tops the reliability chart

IF you’re looking for a second-hand car and reliability comes ahead of everything else in your list of requirements, then go and find yourself a nice Mitsubishi Lancer, built between 2005 and 2008. This unspectacular model has been revealed as the most reliable car during the past 15 years in which Warranty Direct, the leading … Continue reading

The hi-tech key to safer driving

“CAN I borrow the car tonight, Dad?” It’s the dreaded question that has made many a parent’s blood run cold over the years. Do you say no and trigger a teenage tantrum and a week-long sulk? Or do you agree and spend the evening waiting anxiously for the phone call from A & E, the … Continue reading

Night-glow roads get the green light

NECESSITY is the mother of invention, it’s said, and a good example of it may be about to herald the biggest road safety breakthrough since Percy Shaw, of Halifax, Yorkshire, invented cat’s eyes. Fears of increased night-time road danger and casualties in the wake of the mass switch-off of street lights right across Europe as … Continue reading

Woman fails driving theory test 105 times

IT’S well-known that some people just can’t do exams. They’re bright and capable when it comes to day-to-day life but slap an exam paper in front of them and they panic and freeze. That, perhaps, is what afflicts an unnamed woman from Ilford, Essex, when it comes to her driving theory test – because she … Continue reading

Make way for the blue light brigade

SIREN screaming, lights flashing, an emergency vehicle is heading your way at speed and it may be a matter of life or death. So what do you do? If you’re at traffic lights, they’re showing red so you ease past them to allow the ambulance, fire engine or police car to get through, you are … Continue reading

Japanese giant with its roots in Oldham

TOYOTA, the biggest maker of cars in the world, is 75 years old this year and boasts a history of almost unbroken success. But it’s a little-known fact that a crucial role in its foundation was played by a Lancashire mill town. Kiichiro Toyoda, the Japanese giant’s founding father, was only able to realise his … Continue reading

Motoring history under the hammer

TWO cars with contrasting but fascinating histories – the world’s oldest surviving Vauxhall and a runabout that was once owned by David Cameron – are coming up for sale in November. The Vauxhall is a real little gem: it is a 1903 5hp two-seater which was ordered new by Vauxhall’s managing director Percy Kidner, who … Continue reading