Eterniti... a storm is brewing...

Simply put, there is a new luxury brand coming to market, and they've only announced they are called Eterniti Motors London.  

After a little digging I have found out that when talking 'luxury', Eterniti are looking at the plus £100k price-bracket and in the follow up to Frankfurt we will be hearing from them a few more times just to tease us

Nothing more released apart from this little teaser of a website and a little sketch of what we can expect from the newest brand in the motoring industry.



Ssangyong is back with an all new attitude

So many years ago you may or may not remember Rich testing the Ssangyong Rexton 4x4.  It left him a little dissapointed to say the very least - but now it seems the Ssangyong team are planning to make a splash when the land into the UK with their new model line-up, the first of which is the rather more understated Korando.

A crossover that will see the brand aiming at a new market, the Korando is compact and a lot better looking than anything else the Ssangyong have produced, so best of luck, and maybe we will see one on the road from September 2011.

Back in the Driving Seat

Happy Independence Day and a final farewell to America! today we are taking down the red white and blue bunting and going back to normality here in the UK a big thanks once again to Mazda for letting us take the CX-9 and the lovely people we ment throughout our journey, a special mention for Linda and her Lesbians :)


But it's time to catch-up on some stories that we didn't cover because we weren't here...


First up it's Renault and the announcements of such cars like the Fluence Z.E.  We covered the Z.E. range including concept ZOE at Paris last year and the Fluence was definitely one to watch.  Well Renault have announced Prices for the electric saloon and it seems a lot more affordable than the Mitsubishi iMiev we currently have sat on the drive... and does 40 more miles to a full charge too.

From a mere £20 pre-order deposit (non-refundable) you can reserve a Fluence that will set you back just £17,850 after receiving the government incentive of £5,000.  However Renault are leasing rather than selling the battery at a cost of £75 a month (based on 6,000 miles a year on a three year agreement) making the buying process of the Fluence a rather confusing one.  More details here


Next up, quite clearly to compete with our 4,000 mile trip across America, Jaguar took one of it's new 2.2 diesel XF's and managed 816 miles over 4 countries, using just one tank of fuel!  Very impressive Jaguar!  Averaging 57mpg the XF drove across motorways, country bends and urban traffic to achieve an accurate and fair test... lovely.




Audi made a lot of noise at Elton's recent bash by putting a chrome R8 Spyder up for auction.  Raising money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the mirrored monster fetched a tidy sum of £620,000.





Jeep next and a lot of noise seems to have been made about the new Grand Cherokee.  I haven't seen any official press releases, but my inbox is swamped with pictures of the sexy new car.  So one assumed it's officially launched and on sale - plus if it's anything like the US spec Cherokee, otherwise known as the Laredo, it will be very nice indeed.




Finally, last but by no means least whatsoever is the news that MINI are doing the concept coupé.  From only £16,650 OTR, the new MINI Coupé is the fifth model to join the range - featuring four engines from launch and only two seats!  Although described to me during it's concept phases as looking like a baseball cap, I (Marcus) think the new coupé looks great and will be thinking of any excuse to jump in one early and see how it drives.




So that's just a few highlights from the past three/four weeks but I will no doubt pick-up a few more stories over the next week or so, plus take a deeper look into the MINI Coupé and the topic of electric vehicles, focusing on the little Mitsubishi iMiev we are currently bobbing about town in.

Disney / Pixar 'Cars 2' Characters to Appear at Goodwood

The festival of speed usually sees the likes of the wacky races among other 'car'-toons getting a good wax coating to make an appearance at the grounds, however this year sees Disney / Pixar's latest animation, Cars 2, characters Lightning McQueen and secret agent Finn McMissile greeting crowds to celebrate the release of the film on July 22nd.


Your personal Uno transformer can now be pre-ordered


Uno 3 imageWhat began as a high school science fair project has quickly turned into an international sensation. The innovative self-balancing two-wheeled Uno 3scooter can now be pre-ordered. Dubbed as the “world’s first real transformer,” the Uno 3 combines the reduced parking footprint of a Segway with all the benefits of a conventional motorcycle.

The Uno 3 can balance solely on its rear wheels in “Uno mode,” enabling unmatched nimbleness with an extremely tight turning radius. This alone will make it ideal for urban settings. When higher speeds are needed, the middle wheel can drop down in front and the outer wheels shift backwards — transforming the Uno 3 into a full street bike.

Inspired by the congested streets of China, the design not only makes it collapsible to allow it to fit easily into an elevator, but the Uno 3 also produces zero tailpipe emissions.

“At low speeds, the Uno is similar to a unicycle, for high-speed travel, the Uno transforms into a full motorcycle,” says Benjamin Gulak, head of BPG Motors. “This transitioning design allows the Uno to be compact and nimble for weaving through traffic, bringing indoors and parking, while at the same time, having all the benefits of a conventional motorcycle at high-speed.”

BPG Motors is accepting refundable deposits of $250 for Uno orders. The company says that pricing will be similar to other high-end scooters, so expect $5,000-$7,500.

Uno 3 motorcycle image

See how the Uno was developed along with running footage of the scooter below.


Tesco Launch - Tesco Cars

Now you can earn clubcard points while buying your new car! Tesco have launched Tesco Cars (www.tescocars.com)  to take the pain out of buying nearly new and used cars.

I've had a play with their new website, and it's very easy to use, giving you choices like 'room to fit a big shop' and 'room for a dog'.  Alter body style, price bracket and transmission to find your perfect ride and either buy it there and then, or use Tescos finance options.  To top it all off, there's 2000 Clubcard points waiting to be had.