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  1. Tesla updates

    I'm the same I like the idea of a Tesla probably more as a second car for the wife in the future and to use at the weekend. In relation to the dash of the 3 it does seem a bit odd to not have speed in front of you, in the early reveal many expected them to add a fancy HUD to make up for it but no that didn't appear. It doesn't seem right to look sideways and down away from the road the glance up and down for speed is common and works. Can't look at one until 2019 anyway and I have a feeling the German marques are going to come out fighting especially in light of the emissions standards issue. Can only be a good thing for us all in the long run a bit of healthy competition to move the market on.
  2. Woking Grand Prix

    I know its beyond poor, it makes some of the Apprentice videos look polished and enjoyable.
  3. S8 V10

    A guy at the top of the road has an all black S8, looks good and sounds nice. He has a V8 Mustang as well, nice to see some good cars move in.
  4. F1 2017

    Not watched it yet how badly did Palmer do? Did he complain about not having the same level of parts... talent?
  5. New car ordered.......

    So the big release was yesterday. Right hand drive aren't out until 2019 which most expected anyway but thats still a fairly big wait. Two main models the Standard and Long Range I think it was details in the link below. I think the price and bundling of the options have take a few by surprise to say least.
  6. Petrol and diesel cars.....

    Isn't it that they will all need an element of hybrid by then of sorts to help reduce (yeah I know) emissions. I have to say that walking along a busy road these days is not a pleasant experience. The diesel be that from lorries or cars is not nice to breath in at all. Yeah in the past rich running petrols were the bad thing and all that they chucked out. But surely a push to get cars that don't have DPFs off the road would be a good first step to help everyone. I know some people removed them as well, personally I'd like to see that being a bigger offence than it is, draconian maybe but every little step helps. Lastly I know that emissions testing is going to get more stringent but oh my why is it taking so long, surely this is something that should be pushed in PDQ for the benefit of everyone, who cares what the manufactures think. For far too long they have been pushing the boundaries VW group and more and they need to be held to account.
  7. Apple Watch launch

    I have mine on everyday, plenty up here and loads of people have them in work, wife has one too although its not a massive hit for her to be honest, she mostly used it for Apple pay / sleep tracking more than anything. What do I use it for. Activity tracking, walking / running often, swimming occasionally and its pretty accurate. It does make me do more, I try and achieve the move calorie goal each day. Viewing Txt messages and responding to them via speech, smiley or occasionally scribe Sleep tracking app I've been using recently works very well. A gimmick but interesting to see Timers View e-mails as they come in and dismiss them on the watch rather than doing it on the phone. Apple pay a lot, its a second to pay for things, tub, shops etc. etc. very impressive for that alone Alerts for news I like, BBC and Apple news from the sources you want is nice. Alerts from other apps be they anything from parent mail or others again useful in a meeting rather than looking at your phone. Dismissing calls easily Changing watch faces is nice and I use some for certain occasions. The next OS update has a few more including some that are more intelligent Used the mapping for directions when I had my hands full and I didn't want to look like a tourist / lost Battery life on the latest Series 2 GPS model is pretty good I think. I can get a couple of days out of it I have managed to stretched it out to three. That sounds terrible but its no less hassle than charging a phone each day. I still have other watches that I use from time to time on dress occasions but I find myself being lost not being able to check things and know why my phone is vibrating without needing to get it out of my pocket.
  8. Audi stopped from selling Petrol models Europe

    Ouch this isn't good for Audi a blip yes but surely this is something that gets tested to death.
  9. HALO for 2018

    Yeah so did I and it could have had more benefits than the halo, its not like Massas incident with the spring would be stopped with the Halo would it. F1 cars should be a thing of technical marvel and beauty that design is most definitely not either. They should have a brief should stop X, by Y strength not inhibit egress etc. etc. and then leave the designers too it.
  10. Diesel-Gate: Mercedes recall 3million vehicles Its only 700k of cars in the UK and only the 1.5 engine I believe. I thought this was a joint engine with Renault / Nissan wasn't it?!? Either way not good but not quite the all Merc Diesels that the BBC article alludes to.
  11. HALO for 2018

    Yeah and nearly every team said no. I think they should keep the drives in the pits and they do it by remote instead. Fingers crossed we don't get any cars rolling and on-fire heaven forbid how they are going to get out of that thing then.
  12. Company Car Choice - Sensible Head On

    What about an X1? They are far better inside, the X1 / 2 Series interior is better than the 3 series inside for me. Just a though if you wanted to go BMW that is. As Scotty says its all a case of what you want, I can entirely see that an Audi would tick more boxes as a company car than an ageing in cycle BMW.
  13. Great shots and thanks for sharing looks like you had a great time. I always find I appreciate what we have in the UK more when I go to places that are less fortunate. I often think it would be worthwhile sending some to these countries to see how good they have it. We are so miserable but have so much I find it very frustrating at times. I want to do more travelling but not really the time to do it with two young kids.
  14. It they are losing money then maybe the price of having F1 is too much for them. Yeah its posturing to get them to lower the Bernie bill and the timing is unfortunate. Far far too many sports and entertainment are too expensive already. We pay nearly double the cost of US venues to watch a gig I'm sure the F1 is the same. Wasn't it you could get across to Spa and watch for the weekend including hotels for less than just the cost of the F1 tickets alone in the UK.
  15. Volvo

    Don't forget the way they are driving it's charge overnight, then get the car to do a pre-warm (it was winter when he got it) again still attached to the mains and then drive a 30-40mile round trip half after the morning pre-heat. They get home and it still has charge left as its hardly used on the motorway and I've seen the app that showed their daily figures and average and its all bang on no smoke and mirrors. Don't forget some of the expense is moving to electricity costs an amount he didn't have clear at the time. As I say if you don't drive / charge in that way for a daily commute to work then a diesel is almost certainly better, but that is not their normal usage so it does work. For 90% plus of my driving it would work very well. My 535d GT is doing just under 40mpg since I got it, I'd expect a very good figure on a hybrid. I hardly ever put my foot down on my commute due to traffic, the power is almost pointless 'most' of the time, but it is very smooth and its nice to have on those occasions I get the chance.
  16. Volvo

    Tipex have you been at the sniffing salts again. Cars in the 70s had far inferior MPG than they do today. Longer heat up times, carbs that ran rich all day long most of the time, they are incompatible to the latest turbo engines today in efficiency and power that they generate. Yes cars today are heavier undoubtedly but even that is starting to go into reverse at least with new models sometimes 100-180Kg less than the previous model even with an increased spec and size. I personally wouldn't be against a hybrid next time, my current journey is perfect for it. A crawl at the start and end of the journey that could be on battery and use the engine on the motorway. The negatives would be worse overall consumption on the longer journeys by they are rare for me. A couple of colleagues have 330e and 350e and they are both seeing over 100mpg regularly for their commutes and they are enjoying the greater refinement, oh and a warm car on a winters morning. There is a lot to like.
  17. Two top spots

    So one was a guy actually opening his car with a key, I mean how often do you see someone insert their key into a door to open a car. The second spot some would say is more note worthy was a Bugatti Chiron on the way home in Black and Grey two tone paint. Didn't catch the plate but there can't be made of those on the road in the UK.
  18. Home Radio/MP3 player

    I'm sure he will love it.
  19. Home Radio/MP3 player

    Yeah I saw that I'm sure it does I mean buttons to go straight to the station. It was on this morning it really is very very nice to listen to.
  20. Home Radio/MP3 player

    I looked at that one and went for this (use it in the kitchen), I had a Roberts before it but it failed for no particular reason and it wasn't that old thus partly why I switched. It sounds fantastic and I have some pretty expensive hifi. A really good well rounded sound and a bass unit on the back that gives it real depth. It doesn't have DLNA though but does have bluetooth, so could serve music from a phone or tablet from a NAS and easier to control. Only downside I've found is no station presets. Its £200 on Ted Baker site but noticed below its only £99 on Amazon. But £99 on Amazon reviews seem pretty good. I'm sure he will be happy with either.
  21. Company Car Choice - Sensible Head On

    Is the Merc 350e around the same cost as I think the tax is much lower. Might end up being an option if it is?
  22. Post a pic of your car

    My car resembles that comment....
  23. F1 2017

    Its a cracking watch, I will let you judge whose fault you think it was. It wasn't Hamiltons fault or toys being thrown this time.
  24. F1 2017

    Cracking race today many twists and turns. Probably Joylon Palmers best race of the season so far
  25. Post a pic of your car

    Everyone make sure you are sitting down when you look at the sheer elegant beauty of the ......... 5 Series Gran Turismo, Ok I will try to not post anymore.