Like a phoenix rising from the ashes - the British Motor Show returns!

 
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.
 

2020 MG ZS EV Review & Road Test

 
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

PSA and FCA Merger talks underway - LATEST Merger 50/50 going ahead

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. 

 

Tokyo Motor Show 2019 Highlights

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. 
 

2019 Subaru Levorg Review Week

The Subaru Levorg starts at just under £30,000 however this model that we have is the 2L i GT model powered by a flat for Boxer engine coupled to a lineartronic gearbox, an economical impressive drive, as you know by now the lineartronic has advanced since the earlier models this is a great looking practical estate car.

 

 

Can I Jetwash my EV and Hybrid?

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.

Updates October 2019 and the Subaru e-Boxer

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.

 

Updates October

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.

 

Updates and the Future of Planet Auto

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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