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Recent news stories
Confounding newspaper reports of a slowdown in car sales generally, BCA Auction Prices reached record levels in September as traders and dealers outbid each other for stock.
This week’s emissive missives concern servicing services, tyre sizes, expanding families, Car Play and in Part 2 we look into all-season tyres, superfuels, getting blown away, selling on consignment and quite a lot more.
In Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 19-10-2019 Part 2 we look into all-season tyres, superfuels, getting blown away, selling on consignment and quite a lot more.
This week’s motoring miscellany involves sudden seizures, tackling TfL, noisy tyres, brand loyalty and in Part 2 we return to the vexed question of left-foot braking, ponder zero emissions by 2050, try to right a write off, advise on dangerous safety equipment and get stuck in to a lot more.
Recent road tests
Meet the new 52kWh Renault Zoe II with an increased EV range of up to 247 miles in WLTP tests. It succeeds the previous 41kWh version, offering either 107HP and 225Nm torque or 135HP and 245Nm torque.
Driving the KIA XCeed 1.0TGDI 2 Spec gave the opportunity to try it on 205/60 R16 tyres. And, rather than the ‘cornering on rails', yet somewhat dead feeling we’re all used to these days from low profile tyres, on the 205/60s it becomes alive.
This is a test of two parts: first the new F40 BMW 118i DCT; and secondly the F40 BMW M135i Steptronic. The new front-drive or xDrive 4WD 1 Series are 5mm shorter than the previous rear-drive F20 1-Series, but with transverse engines are much more spacious inside, with 33mm extra rear legroom and a decent 380 litre load capacity.
The Volvo XC40 B4 Inscription is just one electrified model with which Volvo intends to continue disrupting the new car market. And it’s a strategy that is working. Volvo’s UK sales this year are already 27% up on the same period last year, against a general fall of 3%. Buy a Volvo these days and you’re backing a winner.
 

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