Nextbase

13 Dec 18
G Style Magazine

For most of 2018, the dash cam category has been a pretty close race. Many of the current crop of dash cams all had similar features, just in different packaging. We’re talking full HD recording at 1080p, dual camera set ups, and some with built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and the ability to add GPS if […]

13 Dec 18
The Irish Sun
EVERYONE likes to think they are ahead of the curve. Who is the next big band. Who is the next big Premier League star. The Vauxhall Mokka X will set you back £30,000 What is the next big Netflix hit. What designer label will we wear next. Well, here’s one for you. Here’s a car that won’t be seen for the next 18 months — but I can give you the lowdown now. Officially, it’s called the Vauxhall GTX concept. Except it’s not. It’s the 2020 Mokka X. It’s all-electric with a 50kWh battery and a 200-mile range, enough to keep most people going for a week between charges. Petrol versions will also be available. We are loving seeing the cars of tomorrow hitting the streets today – almost Bold design. Clever use of technology. Small. Jazzy wheels that create a yellow ring of light on the move. There’s a lot to love here. The next-gen Mokka X features Vauxhall’s new family face, best described by Brit designer Mark Adams as a “visor”. Think motorcycle visor. The headlights, cameras and sensors — all the eyes, if you like — are housed behind one full-width panel. Sadly, the illuminated Griffin badge is currently outlawed but the rules might change. Here’s a bit more design-speak for you. This beautifully-designed hi-tech electric motor won’t be seen for another 18 months, but it’s well worth talking about right now That central bonnet crease, combined with the “wing-signature lights”, is called the “compass”. The line continues with the roof antenna and goes down to the vertical fog light in the rear bumper. I like it. Hop inside and the minimalist design continues with the widescreen digital dash, head-up display and not much else. Adams said: “We call it a visual detox. Take away all the stuff you don’t need on the outside as well as digitally inside. That means displaying information simply. Big clear speedo. You don’t need to know whether the fuel gauge is full or empty. That’s BS. The most important thing is my range. How far can I go? The navigation is simple and logical. Mark and Rob open the doors to take a look inside the hi-tech Mokka X “The head-up display is fantastic because you don’t need to take your eyes off the road. We are trying to make things less cluttered, less complicated and less overpowering.” The barn doors and floating seats (attached to the centre tunnel) are purely for show but the digital wing mirrors and Level 3 autonomy could easily make it on to the road car. Adams added: “Technology moves very quickly. What seems exotic today rapidly becomes mainstream. Rob Gill gets the lowdown on the Mokka X’s design from Vauxhall’s Mark Adams I love this little car. At just over four metres long, it has the footprint of a Corsa but the overall character and personality is something much bigger. “This is not overpromising. This is hitting on the high spots that we want to deliver for our future customers. “And we’re not doing it in a way that’s ostentatious and over-done. We’re doing it in a way that’s high quality, stylish but also restrained. “We want people to relate to it and say, ‘ooh that’s really nice’.” [boxout headline=”KEY FACTS”]VAUXHALL MOKKA X Price: £30,000 Power: Electric Performance: 136hp 0-62mph: 9 seconds Top speed: 99mph Range: 200 miles CO2: 0g/km Charging: 80% in 30 mins Out: 2020 [/boxout] Sadly, the illuminated Griffin badge is currently outlawed Just add door handles and build it. NEXT YEAR FROM VAUXHALL: New Corsa and new electric Corsa, new Vivaro, new Vivaro Life, Grandland X plug-in hybrid, Astra facelift, Astra Tourer facelift, Movano facelift. OUT: Adam, Viva. [boxout headline=”Q&A…”]…with Vauxhall design chief Mark Adams Do you have a car collection? “No. I’d love a Lamborghini Miura but I’d never have the time to play with something like that, even if I could afford one.” So what is your daily driver? “My Insignia company car.” Has anyone ever said, “Nice car, mate” not knowing you designed it? “A taxi driver dropped me off at home and he said, ‘Ooh, is that the new Insignia? I’m thinking of getting one of those.’ I didn’t tell him who I was but I walked him round it. I gave him the full sales pitch.” Outside of your Vauxhall bubble, what cars do you most admire? “The Miura and the Jaguar E-Type. Super-clean design and the proportions were so dramatic for the time.” Good answers. But you’re not getting away with classic cars we can’t afford. Who else is doing a good job today? “Volvo. They stand out at the moment. The XC40 is a good example of something that retains the brand values but at the same time is very stylish and contemporary.” What cars are you most proud of? “The Insignia, first generation, for its time, and I’m immensely proud of the new Insignia. If you take off all the badges it can really hold its head up with the premium brands. Market research confirms that. “Then going back a little, the Astra GTC was also a stand-out car because it conveyed a strong emotional quality and played on our sportiness. “And also the Adam. Even to this day people see it as a really cool car but unfortunately they didn’t relate it to the brand strongly enough.” How is life under PSA (also the owner of Peugeot and Citroen)? “Fantastic. It gave us the opportunity to redefine ourselves, to re-sharpen and refocus on what we want to be. We have applied that to the GTX.” And finally, you’re a London boy. What’s your team? “Spurs. It’s all good . . . as long as we don’t lose our manager in the summer.” [/boxout] Tesla Model 3: First drive When Elon Musk unveiled the “$35,000 people’s Tesla” two years ago, the firm took an incredible 325,000 orders in a week. Everyone was very pleased. The “smaller, simpler, more affordable” Model 3 would ”accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy”. So said the official spiel. This is a beautiful motor but Brits will be paying through the nose for it [bc_video video_id=”5573950722001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Inside the new Tesla Model 3 – the all-electric £30,000 saloon with a range of 310 miles”] Except for one problem. No, two actually. The first was that Tesla couldn’t possibly make an electric car for $35,000. It still can’t. The hardware costs too much. The second was that it didn’t have the factory capacity to mass produce cars. Late next year – more than three years after placing £1,000 deposits – Brits will finally start taking delivery of the first right-hand-drive versions. But only if they ordered the top-end Model 3 Long Range starting at £53,000 or the £63,000 Model 3 Performance. More affordable? I’ll let you answer that. There’s still no word on the standard battery Model 3 at $35,000. Hmmm. You want buttons and dash lights? Look elsewhere – everything here is on the touchscreen That’s not to say the Model 3 isn’t worth the wait. Because it is. It is a beautiful gem of a car with a turbo-powered touchscreen. I surprised myself how much I liked it. Of course, it goes like stink. It’s a Tesla. It can outdrag a Porsche 911. But this is a car for tech-lovers who happen to like speed. There’s NO key. You get a hotel-style door card to tap on the door frame. NO instrument panel. NO buttons (except for the hazard lights in the roof). Not much of anything, really. It is super-minimalist. The speedo, satnav, Spotify, air con, everything you need, is on the 15in touchscreen. The Tesla Model 3 is a car for tech lovers who also like a bit of speed Actually, that’s a fib. The left scroll wheel on the steering wheel adjusts the wing mirrors and steering wheel position – once you’ve activated them via the touchscreen. The right scroll wheel adjusts cruise control speed. Other things to note. There are 21 cameras and sensors on this car. Twenty-one. And I might have tried Autopilot, briefly. Decent load space front and back. Minus points. Ride comfort. It needs more suspension travel and better damping. No head-up display. Whether or not Tesla will ever make one of these motors for $35,000 is open for debate Also, Model S and Model X owners can top up for free at Tesla Superchargers, Model 3 owners have to pay. That said, it is easily my favourite of the three. Especially when they build them at $35,000. [boxout headline=”KEY FACTS”]TESLA MODEL 3 PERFORMANCE Price: £62,000 Battery: 75kWh 0-62mph: 3.7 seconds Top speed: 155mph Range: 330 miles Emissions: 0g/km Out: Late 2019 [/boxout] Phoebe’s engineered a great career Phoebe’s going from strength to strength at Bentley Congratulations to Bentley worker Phoebe Jay, 22, who has just won a global “Best Apprentice” award from VW Group. I met Phoebe at the Crewe factory three years ago and she stood out then. She told me: “More girls should look at a career in engineering. We have that extra attention to detail that guys don’t have.” Give her a nice Christmas bonus. [bc_video video_id=”5745457586001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Take a look at the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid with Intelligent Satellite Navigation”] Fiat falls flat It’s a big fat zero in safety testing for the Fiat Panda If you were considering a Fiat Panda as your next car, DON’T. It got zero stars in Euro NCAP safety tests – with the lowest child protection score ever. The only other zero is the Fiat Punto. Send them all back. [bc_video video_id=”5975862104001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Fiat Panda is only second car ever to score ZERO on Euro NCAP crash test – and around 1,500 Brits are already at risk”] Bloodhound on the trail We’re now at the 11:59th hour for the 1,000mph Bloodhound project. I know road cars are getting faster, but you won’t see anything like this in your local showroom any time soon Administrators have ended a search for £25million funding and pilot Andy Green admitted: “We’re in the last ditch. But it also means the world’s fastest straight-line racing car is now on sale at a tenth of the price you’d have paid for it last week.” Green was vying to beat his own 763mph land speed record. [bc_video video_id=”5625699922001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Bloodhound SSC makes successful first 200mph public test run at Newquay Airport piloted by Andy Green”] Ride of the Valkyrie’s mind-blowing Some astonishing stats about Valkyrie, Aston’s £2.5million F1-inspired road car. Yowza. If you buy one of these, please don’t call it Val The naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 produces 1,000bhp and redlines at 11,100rpm. Dang. The battery hybrid system should add another 150bhp, smashing the golden 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. Bruce Wood, of engine partner Cosworth, said: “It’s way beyond anything seen in a road car.” Over to you, Merc-AMG One. [bc_video video_id=”5571467781001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Aston Martin Valkyrie is the new official name of the AM-RB 001 hypercar”] Put a socket in it Everyone likes socks for Christmas, don’t they? And torches. Socks and torches. And Quality Street? OK, socks, torches and Quality Street. This socket set is one helluva Christmas gift from Halfords But here’s an upgrade. Here’s your chance to win a 200-piece socket and ratchet spanner set worth £185 from Halfords. And, as it’s nearly Christmas, here’s another gift to pop under the tree. Or keep for yourself. It’s a Nextbase 512GW Dash Cam worth £149. Thank you, Halfords. To enter my free draw, simply follow me on Instagram @robgilluk and “like” your preferred prize by 6pm on December 16, 2018. Winners chosen at random. Good luck. [boxout headline=”ICING ON THE CAKE”]Burn off the Christmas lard with free ice skating at Motorpoint Castleford (M62, junction 32) from December 28-30. The outdoor rink is open from 10am-4pm. Free parking, free wifi. Well done, Motorpoint. [/boxout]
13 Dec 18
The Scottish Sun
EVERYONE likes to think they are ahead of the curve. Who is the next big band. Who is the next big Premier League star. The Vauxhall Mokka X will set you back £30,000 What is the next big Netflix hit. What designer label will we wear next. Well, here’s one for you. Here’s a car that won’t be seen for the next 18 months — but I can give you the lowdown now. Officially, it’s called the Vauxhall GTX concept. Except it’s not. It’s the 2020 Mokka X. It’s all-electric with a 50kWh battery and a 200-mile range, enough to keep most people going for a week between charges. Petrol versions will also be available. We are loving seeing the cars of tomorrow hitting the streets today – almost Bold design. Clever use of technology. Small. Jazzy wheels that create a yellow ring of light on the move. There’s a lot to love here. The next-gen Mokka X features Vauxhall’s new family face, best described by Brit designer Mark Adams as a “visor”. Think motorcycle visor. The headlights, cameras and sensors — all the eyes, if you like — are housed behind one full-width panel. Sadly, the illuminated Griffin badge is currently outlawed but the rules might change. Here’s a bit more design-speak for you. This beautifully-designed hi-tech electric motor won’t be seen for another 18 months, but it’s well worth talking about right now That central bonnet crease, combined with the “wing-signature lights”, is called the “compass”. The line continues with the roof antenna and goes down to the vertical fog light in the rear bumper. I like it. Hop inside and the minimalist design continues with the widescreen digital dash, head-up display and not much else. Adams said: “We call it a visual detox. Take away all the stuff you don’t need on the outside as well as digitally inside. That means displaying information simply. Big clear speedo. You don’t need to know whether the fuel gauge is full or empty. That’s BS. The most important thing is my range. How far can I go? The navigation is simple and logical. Mark and Rob open the doors to take a look inside the hi-tech Mokka X “The head-up display is fantastic because you don’t need to take your eyes off the road. We are trying to make things less cluttered, less complicated and less overpowering.” The barn doors and floating seats (attached to the centre tunnel) are purely for show but the digital wing mirrors and Level 3 autonomy could easily make it on to the road car. Adams added: “Technology moves very quickly. What seems exotic today rapidly becomes mainstream. Rob Gill gets the lowdown on the Mokka X’s design from Vauxhall’s Mark Adams I love this little car. At just over four metres long, it has the footprint of a Corsa but the overall character and personality is something much bigger. “This is not overpromising. This is hitting on the high spots that we want to deliver for our future customers. “And we’re not doing it in a way that’s ostentatious and over-done. We’re doing it in a way that’s high quality, stylish but also restrained. “We want people to relate to it and say, ‘ooh that’s really nice’.” [boxout headline=”KEY FACTS”]VAUXHALL MOKKA X Price: £30,000 Power: Electric Performance: 136hp 0-62mph: 9 seconds Top speed: 99mph Range: 200 miles CO2: 0g/km Charging: 80% in 30 mins Out: 2020 [/boxout] Sadly, the illuminated Griffin badge is currently outlawed Just add door handles and build it. NEXT YEAR FROM VAUXHALL: New Corsa and new electric Corsa, new Vivaro, new Vivaro Life, Grandland X plug-in hybrid, Astra facelift, Astra Tourer facelift, Movano facelift. OUT: Adam, Viva. [boxout headline=”Q&A…”]…with Vauxhall design chief Mark Adams Do you have a car collection? “No. I’d love a Lamborghini Miura but I’d never have the time to play with something like that, even if I could afford one.” So what is your daily driver? “My Insignia company car.” Has anyone ever said, “Nice car, mate” not knowing you designed it? “A taxi driver dropped me off at home and he said, ‘Ooh, is that the new Insignia? I’m thinking of getting one of those.’ I didn’t tell him who I was but I walked him round it. I gave him the full sales pitch.” Outside of your Vauxhall bubble, what cars do you most admire? “The Miura and the Jaguar E-Type. Super-clean design and the proportions were so dramatic for the time.” Good answers. But you’re not getting away with classic cars we can’t afford. Who else is doing a good job today? “Volvo. They stand out at the moment. The XC40 is a good example of something that retains the brand values but at the same time is very stylish and contemporary.” What cars are you most proud of? “The Insignia, first generation, for its time, and I’m immensely proud of the new Insignia. If you take off all the badges it can really hold its head up with the premium brands. Market research confirms that. “Then going back a little, the Astra GTC was also a stand-out car because it conveyed a strong emotional quality and played on our sportiness. “And also the Adam. Even to this day people see it as a really cool car but unfortunately they didn’t relate it to the brand strongly enough.” How is life under PSA (also the owner of Peugeot and Citroen)? “Fantastic. It gave us the opportunity to redefine ourselves, to re-sharpen and refocus on what we want to be. We have applied that to the GTX.” And finally, you’re a London boy. What’s your team? “Spurs. It’s all good . . . as long as we don’t lose our manager in the summer.” [/boxout] Tesla Model 3: First drive When Elon Musk unveiled the “$35,000 people’s Tesla” two years ago, the firm took an incredible 325,000 orders in a week. Everyone was very pleased. The “smaller, simpler, more affordable” Model 3 would ”accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy”. So said the official spiel. This is a beautiful motor but Brits will be paying through the nose for it [bc_video video_id=”5573950722001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Inside the new Tesla Model 3 – the all-electric £30,000 saloon with a range of 310 miles”] Except for one problem. No, two actually. The first was that Tesla couldn’t possibly make an electric car for $35,000. It still can’t. The hardware costs too much. The second was that it didn’t have the factory capacity to mass produce cars. Late next year – more than three years after placing £1,000 deposits – Brits will finally start taking delivery of the first right-hand-drive versions. But only if they ordered the top-end Model 3 Long Range starting at £53,000 or the £63,000 Model 3 Performance. More affordable? I’ll let you answer that. There’s still no word on the standard battery Model 3 at $35,000. Hmmm. You want buttons and dash lights? Look elsewhere – everything here is on the touchscreen That’s not to say the Model 3 isn’t worth the wait. Because it is. It is a beautiful gem of a car with a turbo-powered touchscreen. I surprised myself how much I liked it. Of course, it goes like stink. It’s a Tesla. It can outdrag a Porsche 911. But this is a car for tech-lovers who happen to like speed. There’s NO key. You get a hotel-style door card to tap on the door frame. NO instrument panel. NO buttons (except for the hazard lights in the roof). Not much of anything, really. It is super-minimalist. The speedo, satnav, Spotify, air con, everything you need, is on the 15in touchscreen. The Tesla Model 3 is a car for tech lovers who also like a bit of speed Actually, that’s a fib. The left scroll wheel on the steering wheel adjusts the wing mirrors and steering wheel position – once you’ve activated them via the touchscreen. The right scroll wheel adjusts cruise control speed. Other things to note. There are 21 cameras and sensors on this car. Twenty-one. And I might have tried Autopilot, briefly. Decent load space front and back. Minus points. Ride comfort. It needs more suspension travel and better damping. No head-up display. Whether or not Tesla will ever make one of these motors for $35,000 is open for debate Also, Model S and Model X owners can top up for free at Tesla Superchargers, Model 3 owners have to pay. That said, it is easily my favourite of the three. Especially when they build them at $35,000. [boxout headline=”KEY FACTS”]TESLA MODEL 3 PERFORMANCE Price: £62,000 Battery: 75kWh 0-62mph: 3.7 seconds Top speed: 155mph Range: 330 miles Emissions: 0g/km Out: Late 2019 [/boxout] Phoebe’s engineered a great career Phoebe’s going from strength to strength at Bentley Congratulations to Bentley worker Phoebe Jay, 22, who has just won a global “Best Apprentice” award from VW Group. I met Phoebe at the Crewe factory three years ago and she stood out then. She told me: “More girls should look at a career in engineering. We have that extra attention to detail that guys don’t have.” Give her a nice Christmas bonus. [bc_video video_id=”5745457586001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Take a look at the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid with Intelligent Satellite Navigation”] Fiat falls flat It’s a big fat zero in safety testing for the Fiat Panda If you were considering a Fiat Panda as your next car, DON’T. It got zero stars in Euro NCAP safety tests – with the lowest child protection score ever. The only other zero is the Fiat Punto. Send them all back. [bc_video video_id=”5975862104001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Fiat Panda is only second car ever to score ZERO on Euro NCAP crash test – and around 1,500 Brits are already at risk”] Bloodhound on the trail We’re now at the 11:59th hour for the 1,000mph Bloodhound project. I know road cars are getting faster, but you won’t see anything like this in your local showroom any time soon Administrators have ended a search for £25million funding and pilot Andy Green admitted: “We’re in the last ditch. But it also means the world’s fastest straight-line racing car is now on sale at a tenth of the price you’d have paid for it last week.” Green was vying to beat his own 763mph land speed record. [bc_video video_id=”5625699922001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Bloodhound SSC makes successful first 200mph public test run at Newquay Airport piloted by Andy Green”] Ride of the Valkyrie’s mind-blowing Some astonishing stats about Valkyrie, Aston’s £2.5million F1-inspired road car. Yowza. If you buy one of these, please don’t call it Val The naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 produces 1,000bhp and redlines at 11,100rpm. Dang. The battery hybrid system should add another 150bhp, smashing the golden 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. Bruce Wood, of engine partner Cosworth, said: “It’s way beyond anything seen in a road car.” Over to you, Merc-AMG One. [bc_video video_id=”5571467781001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Aston Martin Valkyrie is the new official name of the AM-RB 001 hypercar”] Put a socket in it Everyone likes socks for Christmas, don’t they? And torches. Socks and torches. And Quality Street? OK, socks, torches and Quality Street. This socket set is one helluva Christmas gift from Halfords But here’s an upgrade. Here’s your chance to win a 200-piece socket and ratchet spanner set worth £185 from Halfords. And, as it’s nearly Christmas, here’s another gift to pop under the tree. Or keep for yourself. It’s a Nextbase 512GW Dash Cam worth £149. Thank you, Halfords. To enter my free draw, simply follow me on Instagram @robgilluk and “like” your preferred prize by 6pm on December 16, 2018. Winners chosen at random. Good luck. [boxout headline=”ICING ON THE CAKE”]Burn off the Christmas lard with free ice skating at Motorpoint Castleford (M62, junction 32) from December 28-30. The outdoor rink is open from 10am-4pm. Free parking, free wifi. Well done, Motorpoint. [/boxout]
13 Dec 18
The Sun
EVERYONE likes to think they are ahead of the curve. Who is the next big band. Who is the next big Premier League star. The Vauxhall Mokka X will set you back £30,000 What is the next big Netflix hit. What designer label will we wear next. Well, here’s one for you. Here’s a car that won’t be seen for the next 18 months — but I can give you the lowdown now. Officially, it’s called the Vauxhall GTX concept. Except it’s not. It’s the 2020 Mokka X. It’s all-electric with a 50kWh battery and a 200-mile range, enough to keep most people going for a week between charges. Petrol versions will also be available. We are loving seeing the cars of tomorrow hitting the streets today – almost Bold design. Clever use of technology. Small. Jazzy wheels that create a yellow ring of light on the move. There’s a lot to love here. The next-gen Mokka X features Vauxhall’s new family face, best described by Brit designer Mark Adams as a “visor”. Think motorcycle visor. The headlights, cameras and sensors — all the eyes, if you like — are housed behind one full-width panel. Sadly, the illuminated Griffin badge is currently outlawed but the rules might change. Here’s a bit more design-speak for you. This beautifully-designed hi-tech electric motor won’t be seen for another 18 months, but it’s well worth talking about right now That central bonnet crease, combined with the “wing-signature lights”, is called the “compass”. The line continues with the roof antenna and goes down to the vertical fog light in the rear bumper. I like it. Hop inside and the minimalist design continues with the widescreen digital dash, head-up display and not much else. Adams said: “We call it a visual detox. Take away all the stuff you don’t need on the outside as well as digitally inside. That means displaying information simply. Big clear speedo. You don’t need to know whether the fuel gauge is full or empty. That’s BS. The most important thing is my range. How far can I go? The navigation is simple and logical. Mark and Rob open the doors to take a look inside the hi-tech Mokka X “The head-up display is fantastic because you don’t need to take your eyes off the road. We are trying to make things less cluttered, less complicated and less overpowering.” The barn doors and floating seats (attached to the centre tunnel) are purely for show but the digital wing mirrors and Level 3 autonomy could easily make it on to the road car. Adams added: “Technology moves very quickly. What seems exotic today rapidly becomes mainstream. Rob Gill gets the lowdown on the Mokka X’s design from Vauxhall’s Mark Adams I love this little car. At just over four metres long, it has the footprint of a Corsa but the overall character and personality is something much bigger. “This is not overpromising. This is hitting on the high spots that we want to deliver for our future customers. “And we’re not doing it in a way that’s ostentatious and over-done. We’re doing it in a way that’s high quality, stylish but also restrained. “We want people to relate to it and say, ‘ooh that’s really nice’.” [boxout headline=”KEY FACTS”]VAUXHALL MOKKA X Price: £30,000 Power: Electric Performance: 136hp 0-62mph: 9 seconds Top speed: 99mph Range: 200 miles CO2: 0g/km Charging: 80% in 30 mins Out: 2020 [/boxout] Sadly, the illuminated Griffin badge is currently outlawed Just add door handles and build it. NEXT YEAR FROM VAUXHALL: New Corsa and new electric Corsa, new Vivaro, new Vivaro Life, Grandland X plug-in hybrid, Astra facelift, Astra Tourer facelift, Movano facelift. OUT: Adam, Viva. [boxout headline=”Q&A…”]…with Vauxhall design chief Mark Adams Do you have a car collection? “No. I’d love a Lamborghini Miura but I’d never have the time to play with something like that, even if I could afford one.” So what is your daily driver? “My Insignia company car.” Has anyone ever said, “Nice car, mate” not knowing you designed it? “A taxi driver dropped me off at home and he said, ‘Ooh, is that the new Insignia? I’m thinking of getting one of those.’ I didn’t tell him who I was but I walked him round it. I gave him the full sales pitch.” Outside of your Vauxhall bubble, what cars do you most admire? “The Miura and the Jaguar E-Type. Super-clean design and the proportions were so dramatic for the time.” Good answers. But you’re not getting away with classic cars we can’t afford. Who else is doing a good job today? “Volvo. They stand out at the moment. The XC40 is a good example of something that retains the brand values but at the same time is very stylish and contemporary.” What cars are you most proud of? “The Insignia, first generation, for its time, and I’m immensely proud of the new Insignia. If you take off all the badges it can really hold its head up with the premium brands. Market research confirms that. “Then going back a little, the Astra GTC was also a stand-out car because it conveyed a strong emotional quality and played on our sportiness. “And also the Adam. Even to this day people see it as a really cool car but unfortunately they didn’t relate it to the brand strongly enough.” How is life under PSA (also the owner of Peugeot and Citroen)? “Fantastic. It gave us the opportunity to redefine ourselves, to re-sharpen and refocus on what we want to be. We have applied that to the GTX.” And finally, you’re a London boy. What’s your team? “Spurs. It’s all good . . . as long as we don’t lose our manager in the summer.” [/boxout] Tesla Model 3: First drive When Elon Musk unveiled the “$35,000 people’s Tesla” two years ago, the firm took an incredible 325,000 orders in a week. Everyone was very pleased. The “smaller, simpler, more affordable” Model 3 would ”accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy”. So said the official spiel. This is a beautiful motor but Brits will be paying through the nose for it [bc_video video_id=”5573950722001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Inside the new Tesla Model 3 – the all-electric £30,000 saloon with a range of 310 miles”] Except for one problem. No, two actually. The first was that Tesla couldn’t possibly make an electric car for $35,000. It still can’t. The hardware costs too much. The second was that it didn’t have the factory capacity to mass produce cars. Late next year – more than three years after placing £1,000 deposits – Brits will finally start taking delivery of the first right-hand-drive versions. But only if they ordered the top-end Model 3 Long Range starting at £53,000 or the £63,000 Model 3 Performance. More affordable? I’ll let you answer that. There’s still no word on the standard battery Model 3 at $35,000. Hmmm. You want buttons and dash lights? Look elsewhere – everything here is on the touchscreen That’s not to say the Model 3 isn’t worth the wait. Because it is. It is a beautiful gem of a car with a turbo-powered touchscreen. I surprised myself how much I liked it. Of course, it goes like stink. It’s a Tesla. It can outdrag a Porsche 911. But this is a car for tech-lovers who happen to like speed. There’s NO key. You get a hotel-style door card to tap on the door frame. NO instrument panel. NO buttons (except for the hazard lights in the roof). Not much of anything, really. It is super-minimalist. The speedo, satnav, Spotify, air con, everything you need, is on the 15in touchscreen. The Tesla Model 3 is a car for tech lovers who also like a bit of speed Actually, that’s a fib. The left scroll wheel on the steering wheel adjusts the wing mirrors and steering wheel position – once you’ve activated them via the touchscreen. The right scroll wheel adjusts cruise control speed. Other things to note. There are 21 cameras and sensors on this car. Twenty-one. And I might have tried Autopilot, briefly. Decent load space front and back. Minus points. Ride comfort. It needs more suspension travel and better damping. No head-up display. Whether or not Tesla will ever make one of these motors for $35,000 is open for debate Also, Model S and Model X owners can top up for free at Tesla Superchargers, Model 3 owners have to pay. That said, it is easily my favourite of the three. Especially when they build them at $35,000. [boxout headline=”KEY FACTS”]TESLA MODEL 3 PERFORMANCE Price: £62,000 Battery: 75kWh 0-62mph: 3.7 seconds Top speed: 155mph Range: 330 miles Emissions: 0g/km Out: Late 2019 [/boxout] Phoebe’s engineered a great career Phoebe’s going from strength to strength at Bentley Congratulations to Bentley worker Phoebe Jay, 22, who has just won a global “Best Apprentice” award from VW Group. I met Phoebe at the Crewe factory three years ago and she stood out then. She told me: “More girls should look at a career in engineering. We have that extra attention to detail that guys don’t have.” Give her a nice Christmas bonus. [bc_video video_id=”5745457586001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Take a look at the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid with Intelligent Satellite Navigation”] Fiat falls flat It’s a big fat zero in safety testing for the Fiat Panda If you were considering a Fiat Panda as your next car, DON’T. It got zero stars in Euro NCAP safety tests – with the lowest child protection score ever. The only other zero is the Fiat Punto. Send them all back. [bc_video video_id=”5975862104001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Fiat Panda is only second car ever to score ZERO on Euro NCAP crash test – and around 1,500 Brits are already at risk”] Bloodhound on the trail We’re now at the 11:59th hour for the 1,000mph Bloodhound project. I know road cars are getting faster, but you won’t see anything like this in your local showroom any time soon Administrators have ended a search for £25million funding and pilot Andy Green admitted: “We’re in the last ditch. But it also means the world’s fastest straight-line racing car is now on sale at a tenth of the price you’d have paid for it last week.” Green was vying to beat his own 763mph land speed record. [bc_video video_id=”5625699922001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Bloodhound SSC makes successful first 200mph public test run at Newquay Airport piloted by Andy Green”] Ride of the Valkyrie’s mind-blowing Some astonishing stats about Valkyrie, Aston’s £2.5million F1-inspired road car. Yowza. If you buy one of these, please don’t call it Val The naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 produces 1,000bhp and redlines at 11,100rpm. Dang. The battery hybrid system should add another 150bhp, smashing the golden 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. Bruce Wood, of engine partner Cosworth, said: “It’s way beyond anything seen in a road car.” Over to you, Merc-AMG One. [bc_video video_id=”5571467781001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Aston Martin Valkyrie is the new official name of the AM-RB 001 hypercar”] Put a socket in it Everyone likes socks for Christmas, don’t they? And torches. Socks and torches. And Quality Street? OK, socks, torches and Quality Street. This socket set is one helluva Christmas gift from Halfords But here’s an upgrade. Here’s your chance to win a 200-piece socket and ratchet spanner set worth £185 from Halfords. And, as it’s nearly Christmas, here’s another gift to pop under the tree. Or keep for yourself. It’s a Nextbase 512GW Dash Cam worth £149. Thank you, Halfords. To enter my free draw, simply follow me on Instagram @robgilluk and “like” your preferred prize by 6pm on December 16, 2018. Winners chosen at random. Good luck. [boxout headline=”ICING ON THE CAKE”]Burn off the Christmas lard with free ice skating at Motorpoint Castleford (M62, junction 32) from December 28-30. The outdoor rink is open from 10am-4pm. Free parking, free wifi. Well done, Motorpoint. [/boxout]
11 Dec 18
MarketResearchNest Reports

MarketResearchNest.com adds “Global Dashboard Cameras Market Research Report 2018” new report to its research database. The report spread across 141 pages with multiple tables and figures in it. This report studies the global Dashboard Cameras market status and forecast, categorizes the global Dashboard Cameras market size (value and volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region. […]

09 Dec 18
Traveldrop.org

By Paul Johnson on Dec 09, 2018 in Accessories, Canada, Clothing, Featured, Gadgets, Luggage, North America, Photography, Regions, Travel Equipment, USA Can’t think want to buy him this Christmas? Don’t despair… help is at hand! With our gift guide for the festive season, you’ll find all manner of ideas of the man in your life […]

06 Dec 18
Beauty Box Obsessed

Hey loves I know it has been awhile but i thought i would share with you some of my fave bits out there for Christmas this year. (Disclaimer some of the items featured have been gifted to me but all thoughts & opinions are my own) Bradley’s Fossil Rose Gold studs are to die for. […]

03 Dec 18
Ev Fleet Show

In-cab camera manufacturer Nextbase has launched the National Dash Cam Safety Portal to target dangerous driving. from Latest Fleet News news https://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/fleet-industry-news/2018/12/03/nextbase-launches-national-dash-cam-safety-portal

23 Nov 18
The Sun
BRITISH drivers know they will have to pay the penalty if they break road laws in front of police or a speed camera. But a new scheme will mean motorists can be caught out even if there are no cops or traffic cameras in sight. Drivers will soon have more chance of being caught out if they break the law Government recently announced a new two-year plan to help combat road rage and improve road safety. And on the back of the Department for Transport’s plans, a new police unit will be set up to analyse footage from dash cams and helmet cams submitted by other road users. The development will mean motorists can be handed penalty notices for offences caught on camera long after they occurred. Official reports claim an initial £100,000 will be dedicated to the “national back office function”, as footage from the general public is used to assist in the crackdown on dangerous driving offences. [boxout headline=”Offences you caught be charged with even if you aren’t caught by a traffic camera or pulled over by cops” intro=”If police review footage of you committing any of the following offences on another road user’s dash cam, you could be charged:”] Dangerous driving Careless driving Using a mobile phone Not wearing a seat belt Contravening a red traffic light Contravening solid white lines Offences where the driver is clearly not in proper control of the vehicle and which could lead to collisions [/boxout] Members of the public will be able to send dash cam footage into police for review Under the new scheme, drivers could be charged with a range of offences if police find video evidence of them breaking the law. The main focus will be on catching those guilty of dangerous and careless driving, both of which can attract unlimited fines and even a disqualification in the most serious cases. But drivers using their phones behind the wheel, not wearing seat belts and running red lights could also be brought to justice. Government hopes the project will lead to “an increase in detection rates without significant extra enforcement cost”. [article-rail-section title=”latest motors news” posts_category=”10448″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”recent” /] Details on how the public will be able to submit footage are yet to be released, but it’s likely the process will follow suit with the recent “Operation Snap”, where motorists uploaded dash cam clips online. Set up by North Wales Police in 2016, “Operation Snap” was designed to give members of the public “the power to assist forces in taking action against those who put other road users at risk”. A National Dash Cam Safety Portal was also set up earlier this year by camera manufacturer, Nextbase, linking police forces and the public via a single online hub. 
23 Nov 18
The Scottish Sun
BRITISH drivers know they will have to pay the penalty if they break road laws in front of police or a speed camera. But a new scheme will mean motorists can be caught out even if there are no cops or traffic cameras in sight. Drivers will soon have more chance of being caught out if they break the law Government recently announced a new two-year plan to help combat road rage and improve road safety. And on the back of the Department for Transport’s plans, a new police unit will be set up to analyse footage from dash cams and helmet cams submitted by other road users. The development will mean motorists can be handed penalty notices for offences caught on camera long after they occurred. Official reports claim an initial £100,000 will be dedicated to the “national back office function”, as footage from the general public is used to assist in the crackdown on dangerous driving offences. [boxout headline=”Offences you caught be charged with even if you aren’t caught by a traffic camera or pulled over by cops” intro=”If police review footage of you committing any of the following offences on another road user’s dash cam, you could be charged:”] Dangerous driving Careless driving Using a mobile phone Not wearing a seat belt Contravening a red traffic light Contravening solid white lines Offences where the driver is clearly not in proper control of the vehicle and which could lead to collisions [/boxout] Members of the public will be able to send dash cam footage into police for review Under the new scheme, drivers could be charged with a range of offences if police find video evidence of them breaking the law. The main focus will be on catching those guilty of dangerous and careless driving, both of which can attract unlimited fines and even a disqualification in the most serious cases. But drivers using their phones behind the wheel, not wearing seat belts and running red lights could also be brought to justice. Government hopes the project will lead to “an increase in detection rates without significant extra enforcement cost”. [article-rail-section title=”latest motors news” posts_category=”5725″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”recent” /] Details on how the public will be able to submit footage are yet to be released, but it’s likely the process will follow suit with the recent “Operation Snap”, where motorists uploaded dash cam clips online. Set up by North Wales Police in 2016, “Operation Snap” was designed to give members of the public “the power to assist forces in taking action against those who put other road users at risk”. A National Dash Cam Safety Portal was also set up earlier this year by camera manufacturer, Nextbase, linking police forces and the public via a single online hub. 
23 Nov 18
The Irish Sun
BRITISH drivers know they will have to pay the penalty if they break road laws in front of police or a speed camera. But a new scheme will mean motorists can be caught out even if there are no cops or traffic cameras in sight. Drivers will soon have more chance of being caught out if they break the law Government recently announced a new two-year plan to help combat road rage and improve road safety. And on the back of the Department for Transport’s plans, a new police unit will be set up to analyse footage from dash cams and helmet cams submitted by other road users. The development will mean motorists can be handed penalty notices for offences caught on camera long after they occurred. Official reports claim an initial £100,000 will be dedicated to the “national back office function”, as footage from the general public is used to assist in the crackdown on dangerous driving offences. [boxout headline=”Offences you caught be charged with even if you aren’t caught by a traffic camera or pulled over by cops” intro=”If police review footage of you committing any of the following offences on another road user’s dash cam, you could be charged:”] Dangerous driving Careless driving Using a mobile phone Not wearing a seat belt Contravening a red traffic light Contravening solid white lines Offences where the driver is clearly not in proper control of the vehicle and which could lead to collisions [/boxout] Members of the public will be able to send dash cam footage into police for review Under the new scheme, drivers could be charged with a range of offences if police find video evidence of them breaking the law. The main focus will be on catching those guilty of dangerous and careless driving, both of which can attract unlimited fines and even a disqualification in the most serious cases. But drivers using their phones behind the wheel, not wearing seat belts and running red lights could also be brought to justice. Government hopes the project will lead to “an increase in detection rates without significant extra enforcement cost”. [article-rail-section title=”latest motors news” posts_category=”4843″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”recent” /] Details on how the public will be able to submit footage are yet to be released, but it’s likely the process will follow suit with the recent “Operation Snap”, where motorists uploaded dash cam clips online. Set up by North Wales Police in 2016, “Operation Snap” was designed to give members of the public “the power to assist forces in taking action against those who put other road users at risk”. A National Dash Cam Safety Portal was also set up earlier this year by camera manufacturer, Nextbase, linking police forces and the public via a single online hub. 
23 Nov 18
A Life Of Lovely

What do you buy for the men in your life?  Here are some ideas, if you’re stuck. 112 Dash Cam MrLovely has looked at this already and he’s very impressed with all its features.  This dash cam weighs just 360 grams. Next Base has the fantastic “Click&Go” powered mount. No more suction pads falling off […]

21 Nov 18
Dashcam.ie

Nextbase Dash Cam for Commercial & Fleet vehicles If driving is your job, then it’s also your livelihood. The 380GW protects the professionals. The 380GW is the dash cam solution for commercial and fleet market vehicles to protect both your business and your drivers. Developed with the requirements and preferences of those for whom the […]

19 Nov 18
fashionandstylepolice

Christmas is around the corner and the decorations have started going up. I walked around our town centre today and I saw loads of beautiful Christmas decorations up already and I am loving the season. Christmas makes me feel like a little kid. I love everything about the season and I am glad it is […]

16 Nov 18
On The Tools

We’re back and so is our main man Andy Taylor for another fabulous episode of Quids In! This week, we were sponsored by the brilliant Checkatrade and had a whole heap of prizes to give away. Alongside this, we also had news, top tips, heroes and shoutouts. But what was first? Well, we kicked the […]

15 Nov 18
InsuranceCanvas

New info uncovered as Kia, Hyundai CEOs refuse to testify before Senate committee on 2018-11-15 at 09:00… information about Kia and Hyundai car fires has been uncovered on … News investigation into hundreds of car fires. Certain Kia and Hyundai … Data Institute. That review examined insurance claims for vehicle fires and […] LETTERS: Insurance […]