RAY MASSEY: LDV’s family-friendly electric van
An all-electric people carrier that would make a great runaround for a family of up to seven was arguably the star of a show aimed at ‘white van man’ this week.
With rear sliding doors for easy access, big, comfortable seats, six-speed automatic gearbox and a panoramic sunroof, LDV’s zero-emissions EG10 handles ideally for the school run, says the firm.
It will fast-charge in 90 minutes, has a claimed range of 100 miles and a top speed of 94mph.
Van-tastic: LDV’s zero-emissions EG10 will fast-charge in 90 minutes, has a claimed range of 100 miles and a top speed of 94mph
Its launch during the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC Birmingham marked a return home for LDV — once known as Leyland Daf Vans — whose vehicles used to be built in the city until the company went bust in 2009.
It is now owned by Chinese automotive giant SAIC and the vehicles are distributed in the UK and Ireland by the Harris Group. Petrol and diesel variants are also planned.
Mickey Mouse motor hits London
Mickey Mouse’s Hot Doggin Hot Rod will be at the London Motor show
For next week’s London Motor Show, organisers promise there won’t be any ‘Mickey Mouse’ cars on display. That said, one, dubbed the The Hot Doggin Hot Rod, was spotted in the capital this week.
Created by a team of eight engineers to help launch Disney Junior’s new animated children’s series, Mickey And The Roadster Racers, the model car took eight weeks to build. It will appear in a London-themed episode on Disney channels aired next month.
The hot rod features a ’28’ on the side, the year Mickey first appeared on screen 89 years ago. If I were the show organisers, I’d ring Mickey’s mates at Disney and invite Hot Doggin along.
n The London Motor Show, May 4-7. Tickets from £15, thelondonmotorshow.co.uk.
Honda’s front-wheel drive road rocket
The British-built Honda Civic Type R has become the fastest front-wheel drive car on the planet.
The 170 mph car, built at Honda’s Swindon factory and dubbed ‘the people’s supercar’, set a new record at the Nurburgring’s 13-mile Nordschleife track, in Germany, by lapping it in just 7 minutes 43.8 seconds.
It beat the previous record holder — the Volkswagen Golf GTi Clubsport S, which achieved the feat in 7 minutes 47.19 secs — by more than three seconds.
Civic pride: Honda’s latest British built Type R smashed the Nurburgring record for front wheel drive cars
It also slashed seven seconds off the lap time of the earlier Civic Type R.
Powered by a revised 320 bhp two-litre VTEC turbo petrol engine, acceleration from rest to 62 mph is about 5.7 seconds.
The car will be exported worldwide, including to Japan. Production begins in summer for UK deliveries in autumn, priced from £30,000.
It is being built alongside the more mainstream tenth-generation Civic hatchback.
Why it always pays to haggle
Motorists are missing out on new car discounts worth thousands because they fail to haggle hard enough — with women the worst offenders.
According to new research from Sainsbury’s Bank, only just over half of those thinking of buying over the next six months will haggle at all, with only one in six intending to haggle ‘hard’ over the price and around a third to haggle ‘fairly hard’.
Six in ten men questioned say they will haggle compared with 43 per cent of women.
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