Monday, April 06, 2020

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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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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Can I Jetwash my EV and Hybrid?

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Should I use a garage forecourt car wash for my Hybrid and EV? In a word yes, Istobal have put together answer and info sheet.

 

How to wash an electric or hybrid car, there has been a lot of controversy about this, namely washing any vehicles with electrical sysytems, motors or batteries.

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Updates October 2019 and the Subaru e-Boxer

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Our latest Subaru e-boxer videos for the Forester and XV from Latvia

 

What a great day namely for one of our cars, we'll get to that though - It's time for an update first things first our 1999 Honda Civic ek4 or Santa pod challenge car as its been dubbed has passed its MOT, it received one advisory for a tire that could do replacing sooner rather than later, not dnagerous though.

 

Mind you that doesn't matter because we are fitting some BBSs from the Mk2 Golf to it next week, they'll look cool combined with the livery, and apart from that it's all go at planet auto HQ.

 

We've lots of things coming up including:-

 

  • Subaru Levorg early next week and a roadtrip to Farnbrough.
  • Forester and XV e-Boxer models Latvia special Michaels last content for the channel
  • Youtube car Reviews being released ASAP are the MG ZS EV, Swift Attitude and New Subaru Forester

 

There's also lots of other cars coming up before Christmas including Mitsubishi, Honda, Vauxhall and Subaru as well as some heritage Honda cars to look forward to.

 

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Updates October

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Coming up we have a number of vehicles on review, including Subaru, SsangYong, Peugeot, MG and more.

We are also catching up on our video content too, you'll find these and more on our Planetauto Youtube channel - videos include

MG ZS EV Road Trip Part One

MG ZS  EV Road Trip Part Two

MG ZS EV Road Trip Part Three

Concours Of Elegance Hampton Court 2019

Mercedes Sprinter Van 116 CDI Review

Part one of the ZS S Electric vehicle 400 mile road trip will follow.

 

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Updates and the Future of Planet Auto

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Well what a few months it's been,there are a couple of announcements however let's get to the cool things first.
 
As you've seen we've had lots of car reviews coming in and we've had commercial vehicles as well from Mercedes-Benz, now there's lots more commercials coming as well as a range of cars & SUVs and you name it.
 
This year has been the most jam packed yet, we've been Goodwood FOS, Concours of Elegance at HAC and Hampton Court, Salon Prive at Bleheim and Goodwood Revival, and of course launches including Ssang Yong and Subaru our first international one.
 
Now we've been quiet for a while however there is a reason for that, three is now 2 and it's just Ben and Annabelle now, Michael has left to explore other things.
 
This hasn't stopped us, instead we've done the opposite and gone full steam ahead, expect more updates and video reviews posted to the site as well as updates and do you us on youtube too.
 
Infact in the last few weeks we've had more traffic than ever with our MG ZS EV road trip trilogy and we attended SMMT and got lots of content too, we also have a backlog of videos coming out over the coming weeks, we aim to put one video out a day, as well as review car bits.
 
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