Thursday, 16 February 2017

Peugeot Splashing The Cash

At the weekend, it emerged that Peugeot were buying the Ambassador brand - that is the Hindustan Ambassador -
 - not the Austin Ambassador -
The BBC story is here.

It doesn't say whether or not they are taking on the whole Hindustan Company, factories etc.  I suspect they are not which is a shame because they could restart manufacture and maybe restyle it on a more modern car than its original base which was the 1950s Morris Oxford:
A Peugeot 404 perhaps?
I imagine labour is a bit cheaper in India than Europe - they may wish to start building the other ranges they've just purchased there too.  Check out this story that has been building all week.

It looks like Peugeot are involved in negotiations to take over Vauxhall and Opel.

This would given them Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Vauxhall, Opel & Ambassador - and probably too many factories - not good news - especially since they have had financial problems over the last few years while Vauxhall & Opel have been losing money.

Although, allegedly, Peugeot shares are doing quite well at the moment.  They may be hoping to do a Fiat who had their own problems not that long ago.

In any case, I would be worried by that sudden Indian connection.  I'll just stick with my Jaguar in the meantime.

Tata for now.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Bad Couple of Days for Corsa Owners

Although this picture is a red herring because it is from an old 2014 BBC News item.

The poor Corsa owners I am referring to here are from more recent BBC News stories.

This elderly gent has had his Corsa vandalised because of its colour:
The story is here.  He parks his car outside his cottage in a very picturesque Gloucestershire village where it has come under criticism for spoiling the view with its "ugly" bright yellow paintwork.  I say some people ought to get a life. 

Defiant 84-year-old Peter Maddox said if the car was too expensive to repair, he would buy a replacement - in lime green.  Good on him, although I would add the proviso that the replacement was a particularly tatty old car in lime green - just so that it would further infuriate those concerned about the aesthetics and also so that further vandalism would have little effect.

The article does not mention whether or not the Police were involved but maybe he wouldn't want them involved after what happened to an unfortunate Corsa driver who was taken ill in Workington, Cumbria.

That BBC story is here.

The bomb squad were called after concerns about an unattended Vauxhall Corsa at Workington police station.  The building was evacuated, a 100m cordon put in place and the vehicle blown up.

They had carried out a controlled explosion on the vehicle that had been left there by a some of their own officers who had earlier come to the aid of its poorly driver.

They apologised to the owner.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Eccles Kayak

OK - it's not happened in Eccles.

But it's nearer to Eccles than to Dundee or Genoa or Madeira or other places famous for cake.
It's a bit of a non-story really - a motorway obstruction for half-an-hour early on a Sunday morning.

But I'm a bit surprised at the BBC headline - "Canoe in M1 fast lane stops traffic flow"

Firstly, I don't believe flow was stopped (apart from briefly when they physically moved the boat)

- but calling it "The Fast Lane"!?

There is no such thing as "The Fast Lane"

May I suggest, "Canoe in M1 third overtaking lane causes minor disruption to traffic flow".

Told you it was a non-story.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Bye Bye Bernie, Bernie Bye Bye

Well,

It's finally happened!

Good riddance to the horrible little man.
I bet they thought he would be there forever.  He's 86 and still going strong.

But not as chief executive officer running Formula 1 any more.

I can see what he was trying to do - make Formula 1 (and himself) richer and richer by various means including expanding it out to larger markets.  But to do that, he was alienating the existing markets.

Like the UK.

Obviously I've made no secret of my dislike of him - or his deal to take F1 off free-to-air - which brought in more Sky money but lost F1 many UK viewers.  Similar things have happened abroad.  I've pointed out his lack of morals.  I've also reported on his bribery charge.

But the five foot two-and-a-half inches tall dictator seems to be able to get away with stuff.

Unlike this six foot seven inch prat from Newcastle:
 
The story is here.

"I'm an excellent driver but I was advised to plead guilty to get it over with."

Yeah, right!

The court heard Elliott had 12 previous convictions for driving while disqualified.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Talking of Charging...

Which I was with my previous post.

Anyway, it looks like I'm going to have to pay to see yet another good car show that was always free to view.  Variety have the story here about how Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is going over to Netflix.

Bugger.

I watched the latest episode today involving someone called Cedric The Entertainer and a 1958 Bentley.  I am not familiar with Cedric but he did indeed seem entertaining.  Last week it was Norm MacDonald - I am a big fan of Norm and his work but was a bit shocked how old and portly (great word that) that he has become:
I've always watched Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee via the Website - I suspect Netflix won't permit that in future and I don't envisage myself getting a subscription.  Mind you, I have successfully watched all of The Grand Tour so far using free trials - I fear I may have to stump up £5.99 for the rest of it though.

I think I can afford that.

But it would be easier if Netflix bought my blog.