Thursday, October 01, 2020

Isuzu D Max XTR First Look

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We are back with our first vehicle, and it's one that should have arrived far earlier, however it's here now...  it was delivered yesterday and it's a Lifestyle pick up, the Isuzu D-Max XTR.
 
We had the D-Max Blade last year, a very capable pick up with a great price, the XTR capitalises on the D-Max and specs it up, quite literally.
 
XTR is one of the lifestyle variants of the pickup, lots of additions especially in the styling department e.g. the front guard which literally surrounds the grille and headlamps, extended wheel arches and even Kevlar ceramic brake pads, it's 25 mm higher and sports bespoke Pedder suspension.
 
Powered by 1.9 turbodiesel engine and a six speed automatic gearbox, it offers responsive throttle response, yet has short first few gears, makes sense they are made to be work horses primarily. You can also get a manual if you prefer it has on the fly four-wheel-drive and four high four low and descent control.
 
When offroading you want beastly tires, you get 17 inch wheels and 32 inch Pirelli Scorpion tyres, the sidesteps are designed to glance off rocks and there is lots of underside protection too.
 
When it comes its capabilities, on road feels well planeted and we'll find out when we go offroading in the next few days.
 
In a nutshell it can tow upto 3.5T and carry 1.24T on the bed, it comes with a fourcab allowing your passengers to travel in comfort, for this model including VAT it is around £43,000 and you can choose from four colours and they're all complimentary.
 
If this isn't quick enough you can even tune your vehicle for £800, which makes it as fast as a Raptor, it has 161 brake horsepower and 360 nm of torque, granted it's not the quietest engine in the world and its not that fast either hiting 0-60 in around 12 1/2 seconds but that's not what it builts for.
 
It's a very capable pick up with decent economy, superb looks and exceptionally good offroad, and if you want to something less sporty or something more sporty there's a range to choose from.
 
Watch out all this week on our YouTube channel to see what we get up to with the XTR.
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March Update BMW 330e review Sssang Yong Musso road trip and more

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Welcome to planet auto Winter update it’s been a rather hectic time we have now uploaded a number of videos the road trip with the SsangYong Musso, Mitsubishi ASX, Vauhall Astra K, Skoda Kamiq, BMW 330e and more reviews and of course show coverage and some rather interesting vehicles from Goodwood FOS 2919 including some futuristic offerings from Citroen and VW.
 
We have a few cars coming up, starting with on Monday the Kia eNero yes a fully electric vehicle or EV.
 
We will be demonstrating the capabilities, range how to charge this vehicle and giving our general thoughts on the Kia eNero.
 
Expect some interesting challenges, we will also film our regular lives such as a preview and 5 things we love as well including something like a mini road trip, watch our youtube channel for the latest.
 
There is lots of news about the automotive industry at the moment in the news one of those today been the launch of the new Citroen AMI, a micro car that you only have to be 14 years old to drive fully electric and we saw the concept of this model whilst the Goodwood Festival of speed last year with Citroen 19_19.
 
 
We've also heard for the first time ever I think that the Geneva motor show has been cancelled it makes good sense though  wait till the world gets in better shape and then put on all these bigger car events again.
 
As you've likely see from our recent videos we have a number of project cars including the Honda Civic, that being said the Santa pod challenge is back on in April, we will be doing some little things to the car, meeting up with the rest of the channels and hopefully this year doing a couple of runs down the Santa pod Raceway.
 
Last year we had Annabelle's challenges, however looking all good this year.
 
The Mercedes is now home, yes our 230 CE W124 that we picked up wiith the Ssang Yong Musso. The car has now gone on its second adventure gone and into a local Mercedes specialist for some rather heavy duty work including subframe mounts, new shock absorbers, new springs, new brake lines, new discs etc.
 
We expect the vehicle to be in the workshop for up to a month, the challenges that have been revealed are very common on the W124 platorm, for some reason the mounts on the rear of the car seem to separate from the chassis.
 
Mercedes Benz recognised this and made a custom plate that can be welded straight in and goes exactly where the existing one is, you then need to strengthen up the area around it.
 
We should hear back early next week to see what needs doing in more detail.
 
Our Mk2 Golf GTI is well underway as well, the 16 valve ABF engine is in and in a word it's running, the exhaust needs fully connecting up, the driveshafts need reconnecting and then the rest of the car needs building up the electrics but in backing and things like that but we've overcome the first hurdle of getting the engine actually running we've also noticed a touch of welding that needs doing on the driver's side sill and into that floorpan of the front seat's.
 
After the Mercedes returns home the Golf will be going on a trip to the same place to get the welding completed.
 
We visited Micks Garage last week when we drove the Mercedes through at around 20 miles an hour due to its delicate predicament, its also booked in for an MOT, it literally took an hour to do a trip that should take around 22 minutes however she got there all safe and sound and looks fantastic.
 
Micks Garage just outside Kirby Lonsdale was the perfect place, Ben has used Mick at a previous gargage when he owned his C180 and used to look after that, we did some research and found he was still local and worked on classic cars as was the ideal as he's a Mercedes specialist coveted over many a Mercedes Forum.
 
When we arrived we saw a W124  estate parked on the pavement, and that sealed it.
 
Mick has already carried out this subframe mount challenge, literally it's a case you could be looking at the car one day and jack the vehicle up the next day and the mount will have be separate and there is no warning.
 
Our project cars are all well on the way we also have a number of review vehicles coming up including the Ford Ranger Raptor the Mercedes eVito and a number of others.
 
Spring will be with us very soon, we've started to see Sun already, also it is a leap day today, a day that only comes once every four years and with that we send our best wishes and don't forget to check out the Planet Auto YouTube channel and subscribe if you enjoy our content.
 
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What's new for Planet Auto in 2020

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It's that time of the year again - we've been awarded third place in the best UK automotive blog awards by Car Money: the car finance ninjas. It is quite staggering what has changed in the last year, as we also achieved third place last year. The way we're going, we may well be in first place next year! 
It's been a rather busy couple of months, as you no doubt have noticed, now that we've retrieved our Mercedes-Benz from our former partner. We've also driven a fair few vehicles as well, including the Skoda Kamiq, the BMW 330e, and - obviously - the SsangYong Musso, which we used to tow the Mercedes back, and drop into Autosport International as well.
 
Coming up, we've got the Subaru e-Boxer XV, the Kia e-Niro, the Ford Ranger Raptor, and the Suzuki Ignis...and that's just the tip of the iceberg! 
However, we've also got a car show to go to at the London Olympia, as well as a restoration in the Classic Car and Restoration Show at the Birmingham NEC. 
 
Currently, Annabelle and I are both working on videos - I am putting together a video comparing the J and the K Astra, as well as a review for the 330e, a review for the Musso, and 30 years of premium luxury, watch the video above, where we compare the BMW 330e with the Mercedes W124 - it is quite staggering how advanced our Mercedes was for the time! Both retail for around £48,000.
 
What is coming up this month?  Well, our aim is to put a blog out probably twice a month, just to keep you updated on what we're doing. If you want to watch most of our content, why not go to YouTube and search Planet Auto and you'll find our latest videos. 
 
We have live broadcasts, cinematics, previews, walkabouts around the latest vehicles including the VW ID Buzz, and don't forget we also do put up some content with classic cars: for example the Peel P50. 
We're also going to be uploading a video of the Frisky and lots more show content will be unveiled over the coming weeks.
 
Our YouTube subscribers are flying, with 4,593 subscribers and it goes up daily...we are getting well over 500,000 minutes watched a month, which is around 138,000 views...everything is increasing, it really is!
Watch out for work on our Mk2 Golf, and our 230CE project is well underway. 
 
We've also got something coming up at Santa Pod as well with the Civic - more on that later..
There you go, that's January and February for you!
 
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Like a phoenix rising from the ashes - the British Motor Show returns!

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In August 2020 the British Motor Show will return - in its new home: the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre – which is a great modern and spaceous location. It’s close to London and caters to the M3 corridor in the South, however we believe it will draw people in from all over the UK.
 
The show hasn't been seen since 2008 when it was last held at the London ExCel centre and was hosted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
 
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2020 MG ZS EV Review & Road Test

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The brand new MG ZS EV, this is one seriously teched out car.
 
It has an electric motor that generates 143ps a 44.5 kW watercooled lithium battery and pulls 0-62 in 8.5 seconds.
 
Now when I say tech this is far advanced to the previous version, for a start the previous model was NCAP 3, this is aimed at being 4 to 5.
 
It has something called MG pilot which gives you active cruise control with traffic jam assist, cross traffic, pedestrian detection amongst other things.
 
It’s comfortable looks great and can perform too, it features an all new cockpit style layout with a floating dashboard.
 
When it comes to range you have 163 miles on urban adventures which increases to 231 in city environments.
 
Lots of charging options too with a home charger, fast charger and a rapid charger it's got 3 driving modes Eco, Normal and Sport also it features regen too, KERS - 3 levels.
 
With grants and MG matched the excite is around £21,500
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PSA and FCA Merger talks underway - LATEST Merger 50/50 going ahead

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Big Automotive news today, the possibility of a massive merger combing the forces Fiat Chrysler Automobiles or FCA and PSA Groupe. That's right, talks are being are held again with the possibility of merger talks with PSA who own Citroen, Peugeot, DS and recently acquired Vauxhall - Opel know, these car companies have been in talks over the last few months previously.

 

FCA has been trying to grow the empire and have held talks with Renault Groupe, talks broke down when neither of the firms could reach an agreement.

 
This merger possibility would build a car giant with a worth of around £40 billiion, a combo of many of world’s biggest car brands. Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Maserati, Lancia, Ram, Chrysler - while Groupe PSA who have recently upped their game with vehicles like the
 The French company owns Citroën, DS, Peugeot and Vauxhall-Opel.
 
 
PSA have also expressed interest in JLR, Jaguar Land Rover and also previously held talks with FCA. Carlos Tavares PSA Boss lead the buy of Vauxhall Opel, and is looking to expand the company.
 

PSA issued a statement this morning saying: “Following recent reports on a possible business combination between Groupe PSA and FCA Group, Groupe PSA confirms there are ongoing discussions aimed at creating one of the world’s leading automotive groups.

 

The merger has been approved and FCA and PSA are going in on a 50/50. It'll be interesting to see how this evolves the automotive giant. 

 

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Tokyo Motor Show 2019 Highlights

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Subaru Levorg Prototype

This isn't one we've not attended yet, mind you the cars they unveiled would have made it well worth while.

 
The Tokyo motor show showcases many cars, perfect for the automotive enthusiast, as you probably seen we've got the Subaru Levorg on review currently, well Subaru have just unveiled a brand new Levorg prototype and it looks fabulous ,very sporty it has a big bonnet scoop sporty sloping roof line and it does look like the perfect wagon or estate car as we call it in the UK.
 
The powerful styling and the conceptual design really do work for it and with the chnace of it being powered by a 1.8 Turbo, hopefully a manual gearbox, or an even newer breed of the Lineartronic. The thing with concepts is they change quite radically, with the exception of a few cars including the BMW i8, Subaru make this great, please.
 

New Honda Jazz

Another one of the cars that has interested many is the brand-new Honda Jazz,  it's got some really distinct design styling, love or hate it comes to mind, it's got more of a look the Civic with a more distinct front, it's it's an interesting one it's styling lends it self more to a mini van style it seems to have a more sharper front.

 
It looks like a modern version of the early Jazz, with futuristic tweaks, a bit like the top windows on the new Land Rover Defender echoing the Series 1 design style.
 
 
The New Honda Jazz has gone back to its roots, after two successive generations, the last one we loved mind you it surprised many a car on a back road.
 
It' a cooler looking car, with cabin features incuding more tech and quality materials and a sporty smaller steering wheel, as you'd expect its extremely practical, like the last one then, mind you this one has opted for a two-motor hybrid system great for urban adventures. 
 
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