12
September

Vauxhall introduce the Viva

Vauxhall have recently confirmed their under £7,000 pound city car will be going ahead. The confirmation has come with the first teaser image for the Viva which is below, there is also a pretty strong chance that the Viva will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015. You probably won’t remember but the Viva has been around before from 1963 to 1979.

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The new Viva is modelled on the up and coming Chevrolet Spark and will focus on space and comfort rather than style which is reserved for the Vauxhall Adam. Speaking of cars with human names, in Europe Opel are marketing the Viva as the Opel Karl, which we found a little odd to be honest, I wouldn’t fancy pulling on my Karl’s gearstick, same goes for Vauxhall Adam really.

The Viva is said to feature soft suspension and a well packaged, refined cabin, so there you have it, if you live in Europe and not in the UK; Karl has a great package. When it comes to what’s under the Viva/Karl’s bonnet, you can expect a three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine which will hopefully emit less than 100g/km of CO2.

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26
August

My Vehicle History

My names Troy and I’m very much into my motors, so I thought it would be nice to give my followers a brief history of all the different cars I have owned over the years. Now don’t get me wrong, they aren’t too exciting but I get a lot of people expecting me to pull up in a Porsche or something but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The first car I owned was a second hand Vauxhall Zafira unfortunately, I was not happy about but it was a present from my parents so I couldn’t be too ungrateful, plus it was my uncles old car so I knew it had a good history. Whilst I had to force a smile when I saw the Zafira on the drive, it did turn out to be a bit of a gem. It may not be every teens dream first car but the amount of times it came in handy for me and my mates. After 6 years in the Zafira I finally had enough money to get myself a different one that I felt reflected my character a little more and my choice was a nice jet black second hand Peugeot 308, though despite it being used it was still a relatively new car, as 308’s have only been around since 2007 or something like that.

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I enjoyed the 308 a lot but I’ve recently put it on the used car market, it’s in pretty good knick so I should get a pretty decent return on it, maybe around £3,000. Only now am I looking for something a little more sporty and performance oriented, SEAT Ibiza leasing is looking very tempting and I’m very, very excited about it.

I don’t know who my girlfriend thinks she is but she’s trying to tell me which car I should get, and I swear I wouldn’t mind but she’s trying to get me to buy some second hand Mini Clubman because her mate form work is trying to sell their one. I’d probably be interested if it was the Mini Coupe or something but the Clubman is definitely not the route I am looking to go down.  So whilst hopefully I will own a car that is worthy of bragging about, and matches my passion for cars, for now my vehicle history has been pretty dull.

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31
July

LTXLY Sports Cars: TVR T-350

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The T350 is an exciting sports car that offers top-notch levels of performance. TVR does not focus on creature comforts and sensibility; they focus on outright performance and speed and wrap it up in a very stylish and desirable exterior design.

The car’s hand-built interior design provides plenty of cool features and enhances the supercar’s sporty feel, but some of the edges are a little rough. The cabin provides seating for two with plenty of passenger space.

Wind noise can get fairly loud at times and air conditioning is offered as an optional extra. The car comes standard with a multi-functional display, and some of the most attractive paint colours are offered as cost-options.

The car’s 3.6-litre provides 350bhp and boasts superior performance. Steering is fast and handling can be a little difficult due to the car’s rear-wheel drive. There is no traction control, but the car’s long travel throttle pedal helps out a lot.

The car’s attractive aerodynamic design assists in delivering superior performance. The car is attractively priced given the amount of performance and style that is on hand.

Practicality

The T350 is an expensive car to purchase, but when compared to rival brands the TVR T350 looks fairly reasonable given the equipment and performance on offer. Insurance rates and fuel economy will be high, and running costs and maintenance are likely to be high as well.

The T350 is not big on space, but passengers do have ample space. The car was not designed to be a cargo carrier or people carrier. It was designed for speed and delivering a good driving experience. The car only provides two seats and a small boot.

The car’s controls and dials are functional and sturdy. They appear to be of a good quality and feel. The cabin looks the part of a sports car and delivers an excellent and sporty atmosphere. The cabin provides an overall high quality, sporty feel.

The T350 delivers a decent amount of comfort. This isn’t a luxury car by any means, but the seats are supportive and comfortable for the most part. Buyers who opt for the T350 will be more concerned with the car’s performance than comfort or practicality.

Accessibility is one area where the T350 could score better. Passengers must climb down into the seats. Once in though, the seats are comfortable and provide plenty of support. The car’s boot is easily accessible and shouldn’t pose any problems.

Parking can be difficult mostly due to the low seating position. The low drive position limits visibility and can make parking a little difficult. It is also difficult to judge the car’s extremities and care should be taken when reverse parking.

Life Style

 The T350 provides an excellent, fast, fun and exciting driving experience. The car looks great and handles well. The car is fast enough to take to the tracks and stylish and refined enough to cruise around town. The T350 provides an amazing driving experience.

This isn’t a family car in any sense of the word. Children will not fit well in the car’s seats. Limited cabin and boot space make it unsuitable to perform any family duties. It could be used as a third car for a family just to have around for fun.

The T350 is definitely not a good first car. It is too expensive and would be impossible for a new driver to insure. There is too much power on hand for a novice driver and parking can be tricky.

The TVR T350 has a great image; it’s fast and beautifully designed. The T350 boasts a better build quality than previous TVR’s and comes with a decent warranty. This will help to boost the firm’s reputation for poor build quality and reliability.

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Safety and Security

The T350 is an excellent sports car, and will attract a lot of attention. The car will need a comprehensive security system to keep it safe; unfortunately, the car’s security kit is very lacking. The car comes equipped with an alarm and an engine immobilizer. This is not likely to be enough security for the T350.

The car’s safety kit is very lacking. The car doesn’t include airbags or ABS, and the result is that if you crash, you’re pretty much on your own. This clearly isn’t enough safety kit given the car’s performance capabilities.

 The Finishing Touches

 The car’s standard audio system includes a radio and CD player. The standard unit provides good sound quality.

The T350 interior is of good quality. The car does not come standard with leather seats. Also some metallic paints are also available as a cost-option. Other creature comforts can be selected as cost-options as well.

 Summary

 The T350 offers 350bhp and is a supercar by any standard. Insurance and running costs will be high but the car is being offered for a very reasonable price for a car in this class. Other than the disappointing level of safety and security being offered, the T350 provides a very fast ride with fast handling.

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