A Very Merry Christmas!

Crimbo again? I don’t know, it can barely be a year since the last one!

2015 has certainly been a busy and prosperous year for British motor manufacturing. Production continues to grow and some key new models launched over the past twelve months have certainly met with good reviews. Jaguar Land Rover announced the opening of their new engine plant in Wolverhampton – a £350 million investment none the less, and it gets better with the new they are to expand it.

We have recently tested the new Discovery Sport fitted with JLR’s all new “Ingenium” 2.0 diesel built at the aforementioned plant. This will be posted very early in the new year, but I’ll let you into a secret… its a damn fine car!

Honda launched a raft of new models including the Brit built Civic and CR-V along with a new Jazz and HR-V (review coming soon on HRV) while at the same time celebrating 50 years of presence in the UK. More Honda-Tastic news though in the form of the all new Type-R being my own drivers car of the year for 2015. This fire breathing five seat supercar is exhilarating and so utterly amazing to drive thanks to an incredible chassis, driver friendly technology and being so simple yet rewarding to operate – congratulations Honda!

Read the Type- R review Here

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The most important volume sector car built in the UK for years – The brilliant 7th generation all new Vauxhall Astra.

 

Another incredible car has to be the all new Vauxhall Astra. In a single blow Vauxhall has turned their 7th generation family hack from a worthy also-ran into a car that stands toe-to-toe with the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Roomy, refined, stylish and efficient, this all new from the ground up car is lighter and better built than ever before. Unmatched in its class for on-board technology, the new Astra is about to embark on a massive TV and billboard ad campaign. I voted this as our best all rounder.

Read the Astra review HERE

Thanks are due to yourself the reader, The site stats have been really impressive and I appreciate you sticking with the show despite a hasty re-brand and re-host last year. I’d like to see more of your stories about your dealings with British cars and the dealers – good or bad too. More comments on the articles would be nice too but at least the viewing figures are looking really good – thanks!

Also, my appreciation goes to the manufacturers themselves. It shows you as a company have confidence in what I do. I genuinely champion the UK car and commercial manufacturers and try to be 100% fair in the reviews. I hope this shows and a new page was added recently listing site supporters with links to the relevant corporate web sites.

But that’s enough of the sycophantic twaddle. All that’s left to say is drive safe and enjoy yourself over this festive period.

We’ll see you on the other side!

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Mike Humble


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