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The Vauxhall Adam

Many people have passed the Vauxhall Adam off as just a smaller Corsa or simply the replacement for the Agila which is now sold as the Suzuki Splash. But Vaxhall would have you believe that this is their answer to a new fashion conscious breed of car that has spawned the likes of the Fiat 500. And you can see what they mean when they say that, it definitely bears a resemblance.

It is much smaller and compact in size than the kind of car you would find in the supermini MPV class such as the Nissan Note, so it isn’t one of those, and it becomes quite difficult to see where the Vauxhall Adam Fits in. It can’t really be pitched against any of the none mpv superminis either, such as the Ford KA or Hyundai i10 leaving the Adam and the Fiat 500 in a league of their own. Which begs the question of whether or not the Adam was a wise move from Vauxhall, as the Fiat 500 isn’t a car you really want to lock horns with considering the 500 is one of the UKs bestselling cars, and Vauxhall have the gall to price the Adam higher than the Fiat 500.

However as a car in its own right the Vauxhall Adam should be taken very seriously, very seriously indeed. If you are a young driver who isn’t really concerned with luggage space and practicality, you will find that the Vauxhall Adam does everything you need it to, what’s more, it does it all in style. There are only petrol engines available, and they all manage around 50-55 miles per gallon. It has done very well in numerous surveys so you can also expect the Vauxhall Adam to be pretty reliable.

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In closing then, the Adam is aimed at a very niche market of buyers who are fashion conscious and probably without family. But it isn’t just a pretty face, it has plenty of brains to, and is fun to drive, especially on the city roads.

Best of British

Today as a look out of my window at the doom and gloom outside, I fancied perking myself up a bit so I’m going to have a little celebration, a celebration of all my favourite cars that have originated in the one and only Britain.

Jaguar E-Type

The Jaguar E-Type is one of the greatest things to ever come out Britain. It was a 60s icon which provoked kind words form Enzo Ferrari who said it was “the most beautiful in the world” and has since feature in the Austin Powers films as the shaguar. The E-Type was designed by Malcolm Sayer and they were assembled in Coventry. Malcolm Sayer was born in Norfolk and was one of the first designers to apply principles of aerodynamics to car design, an idea that was reflected in the Jaguar E-Type. The E type is such a timeless classic that a restored original would cost you more than £5m now, though after the recent introduction of the Jaguar F-Type (which was meant to be a modern day version) the E-Type is set to make a return, albeit brief, with Jaguar planning on making 6 from scratch, by hand, in Coventry! The sense of nostalgia is overwhelming.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

Second on my list of superior British cars is the Rolls-Royce Phantom, a name that has been used numerous times for different Rolls-Royce cars in the past, all the way back to the Rolls Royce Phantom I in 1925. All have been great, but I thought we should take a trip to the present day with the Phantom and explore the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe which came about in 2008, and underwent assembly at the Goodwood plant in West Sussex. Having said that I think I prefer the 2003 Phantom, it looks a little more old school and like a classic, so that is the picture I’m going to use.

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Lotus Elise

The Lotus Elise is another car that has its origins in Norfolk, but this time Norfolk is where it was assembled. Production began in 1996 and it has been going strong ever since. It may not be up there at quite the same level as the Rolls Royce or the Jag, but it is incredibly unique to look at and I think it has a lot of potential, especially after seeing the third generation concept at the Paris motor show in 2010. I’ve got a feeling that in 50 years time the Elise will be a classic that we reminisce about, with second hand Lotus Elises from today going for millions because they are seen a British classics…. If you haven’t seen it check out the picture of the Lotus Elise Concept below.

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Well that’s all from me, I guess it’s back to staring out the window now whilst wishing I owned one of these. Maybe one day, for now though I will have to be content with my 7 year old Honda Civic… Kelly the KA is no longer with us. Lame.

Cars I have Driven

Hey everyone it’s Code Byter here and I thought I would share my vital statistics in my latest post, I’m not talking about the size of my chest or how tall I am, no, l am in fact talking about the different cars I have been lucky enough to experience, to give you a sense of how serious I am about my driving.

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I’ll get things started with the best car I have ever had the pleasure of driving and that is the one and only Nissan GT-R. I did a track day at Silverstone in the GT-R and it absolutely blew me away, it was the second time I’d had a track so I reckon I was a bit more comfortable than my first one, making me a little more confident and able to enjoy the experience that little bit more. It was also my first time at Silverstone which made it that little bit more special. It does 0.62 in 3 seconds which is quite frankly astonishing, I’d barely had my foot on the pedal and I was already terrified in a good way. Its top speed sits at 193 km/h and whilst I never got to that out of it, the 127 km/h I did manage was more than enough to satisfy my need for speed.

The second car I’ve drove worthy of mentioning is the McLaren MP4-12C which was the car I took for a spin on my first ever track day at Blyton Park. Again it was a superb experience but I was just getting used to it when my 3 laps where up and I felt that I hadn’t achieved my full potential that day. The MP4 12C isn’t quite as quick off the mark as the GT-R capable of 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, but that was more than enough acceleration for my first track experience.

Another personal favourite was the Toyota GT86 that I got to have a go in at the Goodwood Drift experience which was super fun and allowed you to drive a car in a way that you never have before, on a low grip surface to really put your handling skills to the test. I wasn’t exactly a natural at the drifting but I got the idea after a while and it is something I would definitely give another go as it did make a nice change to the way I usually drive.

I have also been lucky enough to do a rally day at Silverstone where you go out in a Subaru Impreza and do 10 laps. This was much better than when I went out in the fiesta on a similar rally day (see first post). Driving the Impreza gave me a whole new appreciation for rally driving as I’ve never really enjoyed it too much as a sport, but having a go at it myself made me realise just how skilled these drivers are. It was another great experience despite some pretty poor weather conditions, and another thing I’d have another go at in a heartbeat. In fact I’m looking at booking another rally experience now in a second hand Subaru WRX.

download (1)Another car I am proud to say I have driven is the Maserati Grancabrio which was in a bit of a different setting to the others. I have a friend who works at a used car dealers that specialises in prestigious sports cars and they had one of these in stock, next thing I know he’s outside my house in it and we spent the whole day taking turns driving it and I must say it was a head turner. The Maserati Grancabrio did for me what countless hours in front of a mirror applying hair gel and buying new clothes couldn’t in seconds, the amount of heads we turned was phenomenal.

We also did the same thing in a second hand Lotus Exige they were selling as they had to take it across country to deliver it to a different garage, once again I was taken along for the ride and got the chance to give it a little drive. The experience wasn’t quite as special as the Maserati Grancabrio but in this case it wasn’t really about the car, I have no doubt that the Lotus Exige was better to drive that the Maserati, but there was just something about cruising around in a high end drop top in the sunshine.

Hyundai i10 Prices Revealed

Hyundai has revealed prices for its new i10, which will go on sale in the UK towards the end of January 2014.

hyundi010The second generation i10 will be 80mm longer, 65mm wider and 50mm lower than its predecessor. It will be offered with two petrol engines: a 1.0-litre unit which will allow for acceleration from 0 – 62mph in 14.9 seconds, and a 1.2-litre unit which will complete the same run in 12.3 seconds. Top speeds will be 96mph and 106mph respectively.

There are three trim levels to choose from, with the entry-level S model costing from £8,345. It comes with 14-inch steel wheels, central locking, cloth trim, electric front windows, a CD player with USB input, daytime-running lights and a tilt adjust steering wheel.

Upgrading to SE trim, which is priced from £9,295, will get you remote central locking, electric rear windows, electric heated door mirrors, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, driver’s seat height adjustment and a black B-pillar.

hyundaii102014intTop-spec Premium trim cars start from £9,995, with the range-topping model costing £10,495. They’re equipped with 14-inch alloys, Bluetooth with voice recognition, steering wheel controls, LED daytime-running lights, front fog lights, rear speakers, door mirror indicators and a leather steering wheel.

Overall, the new Hyundai i10 will be slightly more expensive than the current model, but its release should also contribute to a fall in the price of used i10 vehicles. Listings are at CarVillage.co.uk and CarDealerLocator.co.uk.

Welcome

Kelly the Ka's 13th birthday

Kelly the Ka’s 13th birthday

Good day, my (nick) name is The Code Byter! I plan on keeping this blog running in order to discuss my true passion… Cars. I am your typical petrol head and I drive a second hand Ford Ka, sure it’s not the most reliable car in the world but it offers much more in the way of personality and character and constantly keeps me on my toes in the garage, something which I welcome rather than begrudge.

I am obtaining many skills thanks to the demands of my Ka, I have mastered all the basics and can now replace my own headlights, air-filter, spark plugs and I am sure my Ka will force me to learn something new before too long.

It has passed its MOT check over 10 times and it fills me with pride to think that when I bought it, the previous owner slashed the cost and warned me that it probably wouldn’t last too long.