Has the middle ground in Brexit been lost? How do automotive manufacturers respond? Geoff Maxted examines in his latest Letter From The UK. Whichever way a British individual voted – to leave or remain within the European Union – the sense of an ending is the same: Brexit is like waiting to die. You don’t know when and you don’t know how; all you know is that it will happen and that it probably won’t be a fairy tale ending. It’s ‘The Fear’ you see, not unlike the Millennium Fear that gripped the world just prior to the start of this Century. Y2K Paranoia Remember that? Computers would cease to function and the global machine would stop. Aeroplanes would fall from the sky as the systems shut down. All the fast food fryers would stop for want of electricity. It didn’t happen and life went on, as did the fast food industry. Brexit comes with the same fear, only worse. By and large it is made worse by a hyperactive … [Read more...] about Letter From The UK: Britain’s Brexit: The Long Last Leg
With so much to do in a given day, we often drive with purpose instead of for pleasure. Maybe it’s time to take a road trip? A slow drive with someone special to just enjoy the scenery? Geoff Maxted packs up a modest Ford Galaxy with his wife for a journey into the UK’s rich history. Great Britain is a country of contrasts. From blue remembered hills to golden shores; the dangerous, rocky coasts to rugged open moorland, there is so much to explore on a relatively small island and, crucially, almost all of it is accessible by road. From Lands End in the South to Cape Wrath at the Northernmost point, the car is an essential tool for getting about. This begs the question: Which Car? You see, for most of my time I am yearning tragically for high-performance experiences I will probably never have. Recently I have written about the new Porsche Speedster and the Aston Martin Valkyrie, for example. Both hugely desirable, neither are at all suitable for … [Read more...] about Letter From The UK: When Speed Isn’t Everything
Does the modern SUV over-promise and under-deliver? Do we really need all that fancy tech stuff in today’s vehicles? Geoff Maxted goes back to the basis in his latest Letter From The UK. At the time of writing this, I’m driving my own car for once. No press vehicles for me for a couple of weeks and I have to say it is quite refreshing. The reasons for this are clear in my mind: My own small car is pleasingly devoid of the latest, happening now, this-will-change-your-life technology but it does have some thoughtful and sensible touches applied by me. To my mind, that’s the important thing. On My Cloud For example, there’s a ticket holder on the windscreen. Big deal, you might reasonably say, but you have to admit that it is useful every time you utilise, here in the UK at least, a pay and display car park. No more worrying if it will slip off the dashboard or be carried away to one of those dark, mysterious corners of the car, where small coins go to … [Read more...] about Letter From The UK: Is The SUV Bubble Going To Burst?
Some people sing of being born on the 4th of July; others wax lyrical about being born with a smile on their face whilst some poor benighted souls were born under a bad sign. If however, you were born on the back seat of a beaten-up Mk1 British-built Ford Mondeo you’ll probably want to keep it to yourself. Shaping Your Future This sort of happenstance of birth can shape a person. It can dictate your life. With your father laboring under the name of Mondeo Man because of his life on the business car highway, imagine spending your days forever known as “Mondeo Boy.” Being conceived on the back seat of a car is one thing, but to greet the world smelling of stale sweat and burgers is quite another. Now, if an infant is born on the back seat of a Maserati Quattroporte somewhere along the Italian Amalfi Coast with a nice view of the Isle of Capri in the azure distance, then he or she will undoubtedly be a golden child destined for great things; especially if the … [Read more...] about Letter From The UK: Born On The Back Seat
It’s seems like every generation in the United States has caught sport utility vehicle fever. SUVs sell like hotcakes and it makes sense. SUVs are that super-practical, do-anything machine for the 21st century. It’s not uncommon to hear about baby boomers getting a small SUV in the interest of downsizing, or GenXers opting for something larger and more luxurious as they move through their prime earning years. Millennials are no exception either as they pass into their formative earning and family-raising years. And while large, luxurious SUVs have their appeal, their smaller counterparts – often referred to as compact utility vehicles – are catching on with younger buyers. “We see the emerging entry CUV segment growing at a very fast rate and the industry has seen customers looking for CUV body styles over sedans,” said Tyler Graves, Planner – Chief Marketing Manager, Nissan North America. “CUVs offer the fuel efficiency of small … [Read more...] about The Battle For Generation Z In The Small SUV Market