Archives for May 2014

European sales 2014-Q1 Passenger Van segment

Volkswagen-Caddy-Life-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeSales of small van-derived cars (or Ludospace in French) in Europe are up 3% in the first three months of 2014, after a slight decline of 4% over the full year 2013. Traditionally, the cargo versions of these cars sell much better than their passenger versions, but there is a loyal and happy customer base of people looking for an affordable and spacious no-frills car, and who don’t mind the lack of refinement and the utilitarian looks.

The ranking is relatively stable, as the top six has stayed in the same position as they were at the end of last year. That means the Volkswagen Caddy Life is still in the lead after the Citroën Berlingo Multispace enjoyed a short stint at the top position in the beginning of 2013. The margin between the numbers one and two is less than 100 sales, so it should be interesting to see if the Berlingo can keep up this pace until the end of December.

The Peugeot Partner Tepee is still in third, down 5% and threatened by the Renault Kangoo which sees sales increase 21% thanks to its facelift. … Continue Reading …

Automotive Mother’s Day gift ideas

As a true automotive enthusiast, you wouldn’t fob off the most important woman in your life with just another cook book or bath pearls for Mother’s Day, would you? Of course you wouldn’t! You’d get your mom something special, something that shows her how you appreciate everything she’s done for you. I know it’s hard to find something that does all those things, so here are 10 fine examples of automotive Mother’s Day gifts. Just pick your favorite and be the best son or daughter you can be!

1. All women love shoes. Some need to expand their house just to create enough storage space for their shoe collection. But there’s always that one special pair missing. Here’s your chance to surprise your mother with this pair of Maserati MC12 sneakers. Including the characteristic Maserati fender ports. Yours for just € 165,- / $ 206.30Maserati-MC12-sneakers-mothers-day-gift-ideaContinue Reading …

Ayrton Senna: five unforgettable moments

It’s the twentieth anniversary of the horrible weekend that shook the Formula 1 community and fans around the world, because of the tragic deaths of two drivers, Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna. The Austrian was only in his third Grand Prix weekend when he crashed into the concrete barriers at 315 km/h during Saturday’s qualifying session. He died on impact. One day later, the legendary Brazilian, three times F1 world champion and universally praised for his driving style and his attitude both on and off track, crashed off the track just a few laps into the race. He was fatally injured, and taken to a nearby hospital by helicopter, but wouldn’t make it to the end of the day.

To keep his spirit alive, here a five video’s of unforgettable moments on the track, which show his superiority in wet driving conditions, his devotion to win and his continuous dedication towards driver safety.… Continue Reading …