The Vauxhall Viva disappeared from Britain in 1979 and has retained a place in the UKs collective motoring memories ever since, although not always positive memories. Thirty-five years later Vauxhall is ready to bring the name back, attached to the back of a boxy, five-door hatchback based on the ChevroletContinue Reading

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Redefining Vauxhall as a brand is the number one task for new chairman Tim Tozer who took over the post in February. “The job is to work out what the brand is and define it properly. At the moment the brand message is not very well articulated and has beenContinue Reading

Just under ten years ago General Motors announced that they were bringing Chevrolet to Europe and the car geek inside me got quite excited. Chevrolet was an iconic American brand. Even people who knew little about cars had at least heard of Corvette and Camaro, while plenty had fond thoughtsContinue Reading

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If you were watching this year’s Super Bowl for the football, you might just have missed the highlight of the American sporting calendar – the Super Bowl adverts. Just for you, here’s every car manufacturers advert that ran during the event First up is Audi’s Doberhuahua… Next up is ChevroletContinue Reading

The London Congestion Charge is less about making the roads more free flowing and more about reducing pollution, allowing cars in free if they produce less than 100g/km of CO2. However, as manufacturers make ever more efficient motors, that limit has had to drop. From today, therefore, you’ll need toContinue Reading

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Any regular reader will know that I’m a big fan of American cars. Not necessarily the run of the mill motors like the Toyota Camry or Chevrolet Cruze, but the traditional muscle cars with unnecessarily large V8 engines that don’t actually produce that much power.

It’s been a busy year at Front Seat Driver, with the site evolving as we learn exactly what it is that drives people to read these pages.

I’m a big fan of Americana. Regular readers will know that there is an imported Chevrolet Corvette adorning my driveway, while the banger-money Lexus LS400 has been remodelled in to a reasonably acceptable copy of the General Lee.

My last column talked about how timing the sprint zero to sixty miles per hour in a car is a near useless measure of performance, mostly because it’s the quickest way to snap things in your car that should be in one piece. I asked for your alternatives that wouldContinue Reading

My car will get from a standstill to sixty miles an hour in around five and a half seconds. I know this because it says so in the sales brochure and because it’s got a big noisy engine. It’s also completely useless information.

The Austin Allegro has a terrible reputation, but it’s not actually that bad a car. I know this because I bought one two weeks ago and have been using it as my daily vehicle since then.

The most economical cars on the road, at least according to official economy figures, are almost invariably diesel powered superminis. However, petrol engines are getting ever more efficient, cost less to fuel and quieter, and they’re generally less bad for the environment in an urban setting than diesels. So whatContinue Reading

We had the opportunity to head to a secret test facility at a village called Millbrook just off the A428 near Bedford for the annual SMMT Test Day, where manufacturers lay on a massive fleet of cars for us to hurl around private roads. It’s a tough job.