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My Toyota Hilux

We’ve all seen the Top Gear episodes on the indestructibility of the Toyota Hilux, and I’m sure new car leads for the Hilux went through the roof every time that episode was aired… If you have never seen it, first of all where have you been, secondly… Watch it! The first chance I got after seeing that I was online looking to get one for cheap, under the impression that no matter which one I went for it would be reliable and a work horse which is exactly what I needed, nothing more.

It was for work, I am relatively fit and don’t really mind a trade off of saving a few quid for comfort. My line of work means rough terrain and lots of it, it is always noisy so again I wasn’t concerned over the cars sound system or whether it had bluetooth connectivity or not. I literally wanted a wheels and a friggin motor. So that is what I got, it set me back around £3,000 for a 1997 model and it has served me well for 2 year now. It has never let me down, and the amount of times I’ve come to a point of terrain where someone or and onlooker has vouched that ‘no car get through/over/around that’ , only to have the trusty second hand Toyota Hilux prove them wrong is uncanny. I absolutely love its willingness to go absolutely anywhere you point it.

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Overall I am not surprised that even Jeremy Clarkson could not bring the Hilux to its knees, it is an absolute stallion that doesn’t know the word no. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a laborer that laughs in the face of wet mud and uneven surfaces, not to mention falling caravans, demolished tower blocks and flooding. Now I have a Hilux that can take on any Mammoth task that I throw at it, as well as nice bike I bought from Harley of Bellingham, that’s all any man needs on his drive!

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My Second hand Mercedes Benz CLS

Back in 2013 I made the decision to get myself a second hand Mercedes Benz CLS which was a pretty big call for me as up until then I had only ever had hatchbacks so obviously the size difference was quite a shock to the system and I was a little worried about it at first but it didn’t take long at all for me to get used to it, especially thanks to having the parking sensors.

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After I got over my fears of driving what I considered to be a beast, I started to enjoy the second hand Mercedes Benz CLS. And boy was I glad that I made that jump in the end. I feel like I am at the wheel of a supercar, the acceleration is absolutely nuts, I don’t know if its just me overreacting and playing up to my own excitement but whenever I put my foot on the accelerator I feel the back of my head push against the head rest as if I was on a roller coaster with an outrageous amount of G Force. On the other hand driving the Mercedes Benz CLS can also be a really nice calm and relaxing experience, if you are cruising down the motorway. I bloody love it, and so far it has been as reliable as you would expect from a German manufacturer!

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Toyota Urbancruiser

I have had my Urbancruiser for the best part of 8 months now and I’m not going to lie to you it is bang average. I’ve had a fair few problems since I bought it which I have felt were unnecessarily hard to resolve. For example my fob thing started playing up, so I went to the Toyota dealer about it with the suspicion that the battery had simply ran out. However the dealership wouldn’t just replace the battery but instead insisted on replacing the whole fob which was much more long winded and of course costly. I then went to a local shop, got a battery for a fiver and it started working fine.

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In terms of diving it is just alright, one thing that annoys me is how long it seems to take to pull off! I’m sure it is just a split second difference in comparison to the last car I owned but it isn’t half annoying, I feel like a right sloth behind the wheel. Another comparison that annoys me when I think of my old car is the space, one of the main reasons I traded it in for the second hand Toyota Urbancruiser was because I was attracted by the fact that it was a similar size yet was billed as a car with more luggage space, but its not even much better. I bought something the other day and couldn’t fit it in and I’m sure I bought something the exact same size when I was in my old car and was able to fit it in.

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Introducing Qoros

This year’s Geneva Motor Show Offers many treats, one of which is the arrival of a new brand from China: Qoros. Three is the magic number, and there shall be a trio of cars for us to look at come March, three variants of the Qoros 3 model; the 3 Sedan, the 3 Cross Hybrid and the 3 Estate, all of which use 1.6-litre petrol engines.

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The new cars will utilise an 8 inch touchscreen system to prevent the clutter from switches and buttons, the touchscreen will also feature sat nav, web connectivity and a car health monitor which should help you reduce servicing costs.

The Qoros is of a similar size to the Ford Focus and it should be going on sale late in 2013 though we don’t have any clues to how much it will cost as of yet. They are also providing two concept models to the Geneva Motor Show to give us a better idea of the brands design direction

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Oxford’s Driverless Car

Some clever chaps from Oxford University have developed its own version of the driverless car that caused a buzz in the motor world courtesy of Google. It appears that they have made a better job of it also, overcoming some problems which blighted Google’s driverless project. The main problem was that the Google car couldn’t effectively deal with adverse weather conditions, but the Oxford system, which has been fitted onto a Nissan Leaf seems to have mastered the weather and is able to adapt to different conditions automatically.
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The car was apparently able to stop automatically for pedestrians using 3D scanning technology from a camera on the car roof, which is meant to be more competent than only using GPS which can struggle as satellite signals bounce off objects causing confusion.

The system hasn’t been developed to completely take over, but rather to aid the driver when it is deemed safe to do so, taking over in heavy traffic etc. It could also help reduce service and maintenance costs, as it should help improve your driving style which contributes to the overall welfare of the vehicle.

All in all it is a very exciting and interesting prospect that I shall be keeping my eye on, as this could become very common in the future, with researchers suggesting it could cost as low as £100 for installation in the future, whilst it would cost £5000 today.

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