The Big Move – newmotoring.com

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We are delighted to say that www.newmotoring.com is now up and running, so all new news articles will be published there!

The transfer means that all new content, and all previous content, is on www.newmotoring.com.

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BMW Sales Record High

BMW Group UK has announced its sales have reached a record high for January.

BMW Group UK (BMW and Mini combined) said that they managed sales of 10,340 cars, a 40.6% increase over the same month last year, with 7,353 vehicles.

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Managing Director of BMW Group UK said that “Despite challenging market conditions, we have seen the best ever start to a year for BMW brand sales.

“We have sold twice as many X Series models compared to January last year with sales from the new X3 model starting to come through and evidence that the poor weather conditions lead to increased demand particularly for the X5.

“However, MINI saw a drop in sales this month due to many of our customers taking advantage of December delivery to beat the VAT increase.”

Mini only sold 1,614 vehicles last month, as opposed to 2,135 in January 2010.

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One-Legged Bentley Driver Banned

A one legged driver from Peterborough has been banned from driving for a year after he was cought speeding.

Michael Smith, 34, was cought doing 119mph on the A47, just outside Peterborough.

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Mr Smith, owner of a mobility aids delivery company, said that if his driving liscence was taken away his business would go into liquidation, but despite this, magistrates at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court found him guilty of speeding and banned him from driving for a year. He was also ordered to pay £270 in costs.

He said afterwards ”I don’t think I was going that fast and I was only speeding for a short amount of time.”

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Tunisian President’s Ferrari Stolen

Following the recent political unrest in Tunisia, and the resultant fleeing of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to Saudi Arabia with his family, various assets of the once President have been ‘looted’.

In amongs these assests was a bright yellow Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano which looters decided was just too good to leave.

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The £200,000 Ferrari was subsequently carried away by a handy forklift truck.

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Better late than never

Despite what many of my peers say, I am, in fact, a man. And as a man, I have various responsibilities.

Now the internet and various books aimed at the male who has no real skills to talk about, books like ’10 things a man must know!’ and ‘tying a bow tie – the essential man skills’, tell us men  that of all of the skills passed down over the last few millenia, skills like lighting a fire without matches, how do build a rudimentary shelter, how to trap, kill and skin a rabbit, and, more recently, how to fix your own car with some level of competence, have been lost.

Instead, the skills that every man ‘must know’ include things like how to erect shelves, how to install a baby seat, and, more worryingly, how to apply hair products to your bonnet and ‘man moisturizer’ to your rather unimpressive face.

The argument these poor and petty excuses for men use in their defence is simply: ‘well women can do these things, so why can’t I?’.

Well the answer is simple. Because you’re a man.

A horse does not wake up after its daily quota of three hours and think ‘I want to be a cow’. Men, you are separate to women. Accept it.

Anyway, as I was saying, men have certain responsibilities and duties that they must uphold until their last breath.

Similarly, as a something of a motoring journalist, I have certain duties to fulfill. One of these duties is that of choosing my car of the year for 2010.

Every motoring resource in the world, at some time since the new year, has decided on what they should crown to be car of the year. I, however, forgot, but I have a number of very valid excuses.

Firstly, I was ill for around six weeks prior to Christmas day and then for another two weeks after all the festivities had ended. Secondly, I couldn’t decide.

There have been a lot of good cars over the past year, in amongst the chafe.

In my opinion, the new Ford Grand C-Max – well, by new I mean reheated leftovers – is the best family car. Although it may not be the best for adults in the back, it is a much better car for the driver and looks much better and much more refined than its rivals.

‘But what about small cars? I hear you shout. Well, I certainly have a lot of choice.

The Hyundi i10 is a wonderful little car and a very worthy contender, as is the new Renault Clio and the Vauxhall Corsa. The new Audi A1 probably would be a contender too, but its way too expensive.

Actually, the best small car of 2010 has to be the Citroën DS3. But, I have to confess I am little bit annoyed that that’s my choice, because every other person who likes cars has come to the same conclusion; I wanted to be different.

But to the wind with being different – I like the DS3. It looks brilliant. There are no two ways about it. It also looks great on the inside and goes very well.

For those of you who like luxury cars, there is only one real choice, the Aston Martin Rapide. I know it’s not as spacious as a Rolls Royce Phantom or Bentley Arnarge. I also know it’s not as fast as a Porsche Panamera, but what do Porsche know about luxury. It looks excellent, has the most amazing, if a bit fiddly, interior, and has a 6 litre V12 engine with that classic Aston howl. It is brilliant.

But now what about best super car? Well, again, I have been spoilt for choice. The Mercedes AMG SLS is a smashing thing to look at with a very modern and impressive interior, but it’s maybe not the coolest of cars, so that’s out.

The car you probably think I will declare as the winner is the Ferrari 458 Italia – I know it is. From the moment it was released, despite the whole catching fire business, people loved it. It was the first really excellent looking Ferrari for a number of years. Add to that its 4.5 litre V8 engine with 570 bhp and you have a Ferrari that people will take photos of, rather than key.

Read more about the Ferrari 458 fires and see the pictures.

See pictures of the Ferrari 458 Challenge.

So, to show how in tune I am with car fans, that will be my choice for the best supercar of 2010. But – and it really is a big but – the 458 is £169,545, before you even get to the options list. That is too much. I know its good, but it’s still too much.

So there we have it. A round-up of the best cars of 2010, but by best, I mean they are good at what they do and not necessarily my absolute favorite.

So, to business. The Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SV would be a prime contender, but they don’t make it any more. The 640’s little brother, the brand new Lamborghini Gallardo Convertible – the ‘Performante’ – is another contender, and as a fan of the Gallardo I am tempted, especially as it’s a convertible.

But, one car in particular stood out. Photos of this thing give me goosebumps. It’s the bullet fast hypercar, the Koenigsegg Agera.

With this car, money is no object, with prices starting at over £750,000, which is a lot when you consider it’s a couple of seats strapped to a 900 bhp 4.7 litre supercharged V8.

Read more about the Koenigsegg Agera.

What matters most though is how it makes you feel, and I feel happy and excited just looking at it. This is definitely my favorite car of 2010.

I hope 2011 will present the motoring anorak with lots to talk about, but what I really hope is that I remember to pick my favorite car on time.

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New Pagani Teased

Pagani’s eagerly awaited next hypercar has been teased in a short video named ‘The Shape of the Wind’.

Pictures have also been released of the new Pagani, known internally as the ‘C9’.

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No official details have been released of the C9, but figures are expected to be announced prior to the car’s official launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Click here to see a video of the Pagani Zonda R breaking the Nürburg Ring record.

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Vauxhall Announces Corsa Blue Edition

Vauxhall has revealed its latest addition to the Corsa family: the Corsa VXR Blue Edition.

It costs £19,425, including 20% VAT, and comes with more kit compared to the standard VXR, as well as unique styling changes.

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It also comes with what Vauxhall UK says is ‘a head-turning paintjob, at a price that’ll send its rivals into a spin’.

The color is very impressive, but the main feature is definitely the price; it costs less than both the Citroën DS3 R and the Mini Cooper Works, with prices starting at £23,100 and £22,320 respectively.

As mentioned before, it comes with more kit for your money with the ‘head turning’ Arden Blue metallic paint, 18-inch alloys, dark-tinted glass, bespoke interior air vents and Recaro seats all included as standard, a saving of £445 over the normal car with these options.

It will be powered by the same 1.6 Turbo as the standard car, producing 192 bhp and 260 Nm of torque, with an optional overboost feature, giving it a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed on the exciting side of 140 mph.

Also included is lower sports suspension, uprated brakes and switchable Electronic Stability Programme.

Orders are already being taken but deliveries will not start until late February.

Click here to see images of the Corsa VXR Blue Edition’s bigger brother, the new Astra VXR.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 118 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 924 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 305mb. That’s about 3 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was December 8th with 104 views. The most popular post that day was Mustang Boss 302 Beats BMW M3 Around Laguna Seca.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, ifreestores.com, en.wordpress.com, alphainventions.com, and healthfitnesstherapy.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lancia stratos new, mazda shinari, aston martin one-77, lancia stratos, and mg6.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Mustang Boss 302 Beats BMW M3 Around Laguna Seca August 2010
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Aston Martin One-77 Will Have 750 bhp September 2010

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Paris Motor Show: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept More Pirctures September 2010

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Ferrari 458 Italia Goes Up In Flames in Paris July 2010

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Sportier Maserati Quattroporte

Maserati has announced it will be making a sports package for the Maserati Quattroporte.

Just weeks after a hardcore Maserati GT S was announced, a package has become available that has been specially developed by Maserati’s race department.

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Known as the MC Sport Line Quattroporte, it can be an addition to any normal Quattroporte, however, unlike the package for the GT S that was announced at the PAris Motor Show, the changes are mainly cosmetic.

There are minor suspension changes to make the car harder and a little less comfortable, and changes to the dampers and traction control, but the engine still produces 433 bhp from the 4.7 litre V8.

All the other changes are cosmetic and are seen on the inside of the car, rather than the outside. There will be drilled aluminium pedals, a carbon fibre dashboard and carbon fibre paddle shifters.

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New Gallardo Superleggera Spider Image

A new image of Lamborghini’s Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera Spider, also known as the ‘Performance’, has been released onto the internet.

Revealing little more than the previous image, the new picture is sending Lamborghini fans into a frenzy.

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The new car will cost around £190,000 and be released some time next year.

Click here to read more about the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera Spider ‘Performance’ and see the other picture.

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Mark Webber Out of Korean Grand Prix

Championship leader Mark Webber is out of the first Korean Formula One Grand Prix.

The incident happened on lap 19 of the 55 lap race when Mark Webber went wide into a turn, allowing his wheels to glide onto the grass, pitching the car backwards onto the track where he was then hit by Nico Rosberg, who was also forced to retire.

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The crash will allow Webber’s team mate, Sebastian Vettel, to pull closer in the championship.

Webber is currently on 220 points.

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