Author: petrolheadia

A Brief History of Sh*!e, Cool and Weird Small Luxury Cars – My Top 11:

For some strange reason I have been thinking a lot lately about Ford giving the Vignale treatment to the humble Fiesta. It will be no  small feat if it manages to make a Prestige car in a pint sized package. Small luxury cars are nothing new to the industry, and I’m not talking posh polo

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Save the analogue car, buy a motorbike.

The news of late has not been that great for the petrolhead, there has been a lot of talk about the outright ban on petrol sales in the not too distant future and City bans even sooner than that. The demise of the internal combustion engine is sad, but to me, it all pales in

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The Korean Killer: How Hyundai captured the West

In December of this year (2017), the Hyundai motor corporation will be blowing 50 candles from its cake, an absolutely coffee-spitting achievement when you think they now have an empire that stands as the 4th largest automotive business in the world. So how did a company from Seoul do it? well heres my very abridged

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Cool Video: Alfa Romeo factories in the 60’s

This weeks video follows the story of the completion of the then new (1966) Arese Alfa car plant north of Milan that would slowly replace the ageing original Factory in portello. The video is in Italian but it’s a great watch just to see the classic 1960’s proper Alfas like the Giulia and Gt being

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Cool Video: Reliant- Trouble at the top

Reliant is a company that has cemented itself in British culture. They built a car that we love to laugh at, with the Trotters and Jasper Carrot, a car that we also love to misname constantly to the point where people genuinely believe it is a Robin Reliant, never the less the three wheeled Reliant is

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Vauxhall-Opel Sale (A Positive spin)

With the shock news that GM has agreed to sell its European arm to the PSA (Peugeot-Citroen) group, there has been a lot of doom and gloom about the future of the two companies especially  Vauxhall. The news outlets have already started to mention job fears before Peugeot had the chance to set out its

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Failed opportunity: The Jensen Sv8

Jensen sv8 Against the odds; The motoring industry is not one noted for its newcomers, or at least successful ones, there’s not much more than the old guard that were lucky enough to survive the tumultuous birth and evolution of the modern automobile. The sector is very much about the establishment which many of whom

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pedalheadia – the weird relationship between cars and bicycles

There’s a tall tale often spoken about that’s become a lot more relevant this year, you know the one about that power struggle between the light and dark side of the force, that one about those million or so evil guys trying to take over the galaxy with those thousand or so weird hippies led

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Why did the french lose their je n’est c’est quoi? and how can they regain it?

It feels odd that one of the stories gathering the most steam from the Frankfurt motor-show is the excitement over Renault’s new talisman estate, which on looks alone seems to be a very pretty and well thought out design. This must be the first time in years that a none small car from the Boulogne

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