The London Motor Show 2018,

Kia to Koenigsegg

 

The London Motor Show 2018 had nearly everything, from a Koenigsegg to the very latest Kia Ceed.

 

Having relocated from Battersea Park to ExCel in Docklands, there was scope for a much larger event. Although I have to say it was biased towards the higher end. London dealers H R Owen had an array of top end vehicles including the new Lamborghini Urus. In the mid ground (relatively speaking) Jaguar were showing off the all electric I-Pace for the first time to the general public. There was even a couple of real tractors, probably to show the Chelsea set what a proper one looks like.  
Classic car fans had the opportunity to look over some models from yesteryear including a 60’s Morris Minor that has been converted to electric power, and the first showing of the new all electric Mini Make, resplendent in white with a Union flag soft roof.

 

In the opposite hall, and making a dreadful racket, was Paul Swift's stunt team along with the Mercedes-Benz silver arrows team. On a more sedate note it was possible to take a ride in one of the new near silent electric London taxi’s.

 

Honda had their latest version of the Civic Type R they call it the R GT, perhaps being near to the West Country it should be the Civic Type Arrr, it makes more sense if you put on a mock pirate accent).

 

Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

 

Alfa Romeo Selvio, named after the pass through the Alps this is AR's first venture into the SUV sector. Entering such a competitive sector can be risky, but given the size of the market and its growing popularity its one that can't be ignored.
But can it be an Alfa and an SUV? Is it merely a Giulia on stilts or can it be exciting to drive and be practical. A sunny day at Silverstone was my opportunity to find out. And I wasn't disappointed.

A full report will be added here very soon.

 

 

Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV.

 

If you're one of those people who must have the best of everything, then your choice of car is probably very important. Top luxury 4X4's from the west midlands are likely to be common place so what can you have to stand out and show your discernment and taste? Worry no more, today, 8th May 2018, the Rolls Royce Cullinan (as in the big diamond of the British Crown jewels) was launched.

Stated to be the ultimate luxurous SUV. Giving a magic carpet ride, with the capability to go anywhere - from desert dunes to snow covered roads, and garner respect at the worlds top venues. All combined with a craftsman led interior design for exquisite comfort.

Its creators wanted to produce a vehicle that was; Effortless Everywhere, and on first sighting they appear to have achieved their goal.

THE NEW MINI 3-DOOR HATCH, MINI 5-DOOR HATCH AND MINI CONVERTIBLE.

For 2018 the iconic Mini gets a range of performance, connectivity and styling updates. 

Performance is enhanced through a reduction in weight, engine revisions, with transmission from either a 6-speed manual gearbox across the range or a new 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch with an electronic selector lever.

Connectivity enhancements result in a smarter use of technology. An example is that by linking the Sat-Nav to the eco-friendly Stop-Start function it can identify situations when it is preferable not to switch off the engine: e.g. when stopping briefly at a junction or entering a roundabout.

It's in the styling area that I think they've made the biggest impact, with one area that will be of particular note, although it may turn  out (no pun intended) to be controversial. The rear indicators now incorporate a stylised portion of the 'Union Jack'. To some (me included) it's an inspired design that embodies all that's British about the Mini, but in the current times I'm also sure some will find reason to dislike it.

We're aiming to bring a more detailed report after having experienced it for our selves.

The new cars will be launched in UK Mini retailers on March 17th 2018.For more details go to; www.mini.co.uk.

Why not go along to see for yourself and take a test drive.