Volvo Cars starts production of its new XC60 mid-size SUV in Gothenburg, Sweden, this month – 90 years after the first-ever Volvo, the ÖV4, saw the light of day on April 14, 1927.
A A total of just 275 vehicles were sold in its lifetime, which was modest even in those days, while the new XC60 replaces one of the best-selling models in Volvo’s history.
The original XC60 became a phenomenon, with climbing sales every year since it was introduced in 2008.
Seven years after it was revealed, it became the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe, and in its ninth year it is still selling in big numbers, accounting for around 30% of Volvo’s total global sales. In fact, April 2017 will see XC60 production exceed 1,000,000.
Volvo’s founder, Assar Gabrielsson, saw an opportunity for car manufacturing in Sweden after observing the growing automotive industries in the US and Europe from his position within sales at the Swedish ball bearing maker SKF – a supplier to the car industry.
He managed to convince SKF to invest in a spin-off car business called AB Volvo and the first mass-produced Swedish car was quite a conventional vehicle, with elements of American car design, a wooden frame made of ash tree and beech, a 1.9-litre side-valve engine and artillery wheels with wooden spokes.
Only one colour combination was available – dark blue with black fenders.
Despite all these changes over the past 90 years, one thing has remained the same and that’s Volvo’s commitment to making the world’s safest cars.
Ever had to peel off soggy jeans after a rainstorm? It was dry and sunny when you left. But then the rain came and now you’re wearing soaked denim leggings. And your legs have turned blue from a combination of the cold and colours running. Well, the new Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket comes with over-trousers in a large rear pocket to prevent that happening again.
The over-trousers aren’t going to get you through a track day. But they will keep you snug and dry if you get caught out by a shower. So while Weise may call it a touring jacket, we’d say it’s as good for short trips and commuting, without having to carry a backpack full of spare kit. Especially when armoured jeans have become more and more popular.
The W-Tex trousers have a full polyester lining, with an elasticated waist and Velcro ankle pull tabs. So they’re easy to wear and should be comfortable.
The Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket itself is your standard all-weather motorcycle jacket. It has a waterproof and breathable drop liner, plus a full-length popper and Velcro storm flap over a YKK zip to keep your top half dry.
There’s a removable 120-gram thermal quilted liner to cope with changing temperatures. And large two-way zipped vents at the cuffs, shoulders and on the back to let cool air in when you need it.
The shell of the Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket is made from tough 600 denier material. And there’s removable Knox Micro-Lock CE-approved armour at the shoulders, elbows and back.
To help you be seen, there is reflective detailing on the arms and back. And you can adjust the collar, waist and torso to get the right fit. The Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket has the large rear pocket for storing your handy over-trousers, and also has four large external pockets and two smaller hand warmer pockets.
The Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket with the W-Tex waterproof jeans included will cost £289.99 and comes in Black (sizes M-5XL) and Black/Stone (sizes M-3XL).
New survey shows what really drives British motorists mad
Driving, it can be the best of times or the worst of times, but in this modern age of congestion and bad drivers it is becoming more frustrating by the day. A new survey by YourParkingSpace into the driving habits of the British has revealed just what drives motorists mad.
The results showed that people not indicating annoyed British motorists the most, while using a mobile phone and bad parking both featured highly on the list. The survey polled 1,028 drivers throughout the UK asking ‘What annoys you the most about being a car driver in the UK?’ the full results are below:
People not indicating (72%)
Talking on a mobile phone (71%)
Bad parking (56%)
Traffic Jams (52%)
Slow drivers (42%)
Not being able to find a parking space (40%)
The data also showed that men were more likely to get annoyed by slow drivers, but both sexes found not indicating and talking on a mobile phone to be equally as irritating. Furthermore 40% of drivers polled stated that trying to find a suitable parking space was frustrating.
Bad parking- grr!
YourParkingSpace wanted to find out more about the issue of parking, so asked those participants who had chosen parking as their most frustrating option how they felt about parking charges in their local area.
48% stated that they thought that parking charges were too expensive, while 29% said that they were reasonable in their local area.
What do you think of parking charges in your local area?
Parking charges are too expensive – 48%
Parking charges are reasonable – 29%
Parking is free – 23%
The data show that parking fee opinions varied greatly depending on location with over 40% of drivers in England stating that parking was too expensive, while only 29% of Scottish drivers felt the same. Coincidentally Scotland seemed to have the highest number of free parking spaces with a third of drivers from north of the border indicating they can park for free.
Managing Director of YourParkingSpace, Harrison Woods, commented on the survey:
“It is interesting to look into the psyche of the British driver, to see what they like and what irritates them about driving. People not indicating and using mobile phones when driving are not only irritating to other road users, but also very dangerous, causing accidents and damage as well as breaking the law. “
“One thing that didn’t surprise us was the fact that 40% of motorists become frustrated when searching for parking spaces and that a large proportion of those questioned felt that parking charges were too expensive. Parking spaces have become a premium commodity in recent years, especially in major cities, and the fact that parking spaces have been getting smaller and cars getting bigger has just exacerbated the situation.”
The motorcycle race season is now well underway. World Superbikes and MotoGP have already started their seasons. And possibly the best national series, the 2017 British Superbike championship, kicks off at Donington on Friday, March 31st.
The entry list includes multiple champion Shane Byrne and team-mate Glenn Irwin on the Be Wiser Ducatis. Leon Haslam and Luke Mossey are on the JG Speedfit Kawasakis. Honda will again field Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran. And Tyco BMW riders Christian Iddon and Davide Giugliano will both be capable of running at the front.
Then there’s the returning Josh Brookes on the Anvil Hire Yamaha, John Hopkins on the Moto Rapido Ducati, James Ellison and Michael Laverty on the McAms Yamahas, and the Bennetts Suzuki team of Sylvain Guintoli and Taylor Mackenzie. And also the debut of Bradley Ray on the Buildbase Suzuki.
Basically, out of a field of 25 riders, you wouldn’t bet against about 17 of them having a chance of winning.
What’s the Donington Park British Superbikes Timetable?
The weekend kicks off at 9am on Friday, March 31st. Free practice for all classes takes place throughout the day, and there are qualifying sessions for the KTM RC Cup at 3.45pm, and the Ducati TriOptions Cup at 5.45pm.
On Saturday, the morning is largely taken up with qualifying sessions and the final free practice for the BSB boys.
For entry, gates open at 7.30am
12.30: Ducati performance TriOptions Cup 8 Laps
13:00: Pirelli National Superstock 1000 2 x 18 laps
14:30: British Motostar Championship 10 laps
15:05: KTM RC Cup 8 laps
15:35: Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup 10 laps
16:02: BSB Qualifying and Superpole
17:20: British Supersport Championship Sprint Race 10 laps
Sunday is race day, with all the competing classes getting a morning warm up session. Then racing begins at 10:30am. There are also Suzuki Donington 40th Anniversary parade laps taking place during lunch at 1pm.
10:30: KTC RC Cup 8 laps
11.05: Ducati TriOptions Cup 10 laps
12:35 National Superstock 600 14 laps
13:30: British Superbikes 20 laps
14:15: National Superstock 1000 16 laps
14:55: British Motostar Championship 14 laps
15:40 British Supersport Championship Feature Race 18 laps
16:30: British Superbikes 20 laps
17:15: KTM RC Cup 8 laps
How much does Donington British Superbikes 2017 cost?
Advance ticket sales have now ended, so it’s full price on the gate. Children age 13 and under are free, and parking is free for the British Superbikes. Plus you can get 50% off adult entry for the Donington Park museum on the day.
The paddock will be open. And disabled spectators access is located at Coppice Corner with an elevated viewing and parking area. You’ll need to be displaying your blue badge to get in.
Ticket prices for the weekend are:
£25 – race day only
There are a few limited camping spots left for those deciding to stay at the last minute. Weekend admission with camping starts at £75 for those over 14 years of age.
How to Watch Donington BSB 2017 on TV:
Not able to make it to Donington Park? Here’s how to watch on TV and online.
15:45: Live Qualifying and Supersport Sprint Race (Until 6pm) – Eurosport 2
21:00: Qualifying and Supersport Sprint Race Highlights – Eurosport 2
Sunday April 2:
13:00: Live British Superbikes (Until 6pm) – Eurosport 2
21:00: Race Highlights – Eurosport 2
22:00: British Superbikes Extra – Eurosport 2
Monday April 3:
13.15: Race Highlights – Eurosport 2
14:15: British Superbikes Extra – Eurosport 2
17:30: Race Highlights – Eurosport 1
Eurosport is available via Sky, Virgin Media and BT TV. Or online via the Eurosport Player, which is £5.99 for a one day pass, or £29.99 for access until December 31st, 2017 (Which also includes World Superbikes). That’s a special offer running until April 30th, 2017.
The Reasons for Lexus’ Growing Success and Popularity
In recent times, Lexus has become Japan’s largest-selling make of premium cars and established themselves as pioneers in the luxury car sector. The luxury vehicle division of Toyota was first developed in the early 1980’s as a secret project to build the world’s best car, but they are now one of the most recognisable and successful automobile manufacturers around.
In fact, Lexus led the U.S luxury car market for an impressive 11 straight years before a Tsunami and an earthquake hit production in 2011. After falling behind Mercedes-Benz and BMW, they now are clawing their way back and recently posted a global sales record in 2016 and their fourth consecutive record year of sales.
Reasons for Success
So, what can be attributed to this success? One of the main reasons is that they have managed to find great success in the United States – a major consumer in the luxury car market. Lexus has always struggled to replicate this success in Europe, largely due to the fact that the European market as not as receptive to “new” brands as other areas of the world.
Another key reason is the fact that their vehicles are known to be extremely reliable, solid and well-engineered – this makes them a great choice for long-term ownership, which is an important factor for consumers when purchasing high-end automobiles. This also makes them the logical and intelligent purchase to make for any motorists in the market for this kind of vehicle, with specialist suppliers like RRG Group being the best place to turn.
Lexus has also manufactured a handful of hybrid vehicles in recent years. This has made them more popular throughout the world as there is a shift in attitude towards eco-friendly driving, but particularly in Europe where they have previously struggled to sell. This is not too much of a surprise, as their parent company Toyota are famed for being world leaders in hybrid technology. As a result, hybrid Lexus cars combine the strengths of petrol engines with all the benefits of electric power.
This success for the Japanese manufacturer only looks set to continue, as they are growing in popularity around the world whilst also maintaining their image in the United States. Essentially, their success can be attributed to their core values being inline with that of a modern day consumer. They are a brand about innovation, reliability, technology and eco-friendly motoring whilst also maintaining a luxury performance and sleek design.