The Monday Morning Round Up – May 21st 2012

Every Monday morning, here at VCARs, we’ll give you a quick round-up of the motoring news from the weekend papers and links to read more. That means, instead of returning from the newsagents laden with papers, you can wait until Monday morning and catch the lot!

The Telegraph reports that British Motorists are set to benefit from cheaper petrol!

Sainsbury’s have announced further price cuts on unleaded petrol and diesel of 3p per litre and will offer a 5p off per litre voucher for customers spending £50 in-store or online. Good news but the cuts should be even deeper according to the AA: the average price of a litre of unleaded petrol is currently 138.4p, down from 142.5p in April. The AA said, when taking the reduction is price of wholesale fuel into consideration, petrol should be 6p lower.

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

Top Gear reports that Martin Scorcese and Richard Attenborough will join forces to make a film about Rolls-Royce’s Silver Ghost.

According to former chairman Sir Ralph Robins: “Silver Ghost covers the thrilling and tragic events throughout which one of the greatest engineering names in the planet was produced.” It is rumoured that Christian Bale will star.

Car News reports that the dying wish of Apple founder Steve Jobs was to build and design the iCar. Apple board member Mickey Drexler confirmed: “Look at the automobile sector it is a tragedy in America. Who is designing the cars. Steve’s dream just before he died was to design an iCar.” Jobs passed away in October of 2011.

The Guardian is tackling problems with Tom Toms. Their readers’ questions section threw up the following nugget of information:

I have had three new TomToms, none of which worked – until I read the small print about a downloadable fix. Two weeks ago I purchased a new TomTom from John Lewis in Rushden. It didn’t work so I took it back and they gave me another. That one didn’t work either. When I opened a third I noticed a small round label – about 2cm across – mostly obscured by a sticky stock control label. It said that I had to download a fix to make it work. Halfords in Northampton thought that it was something to do with the leap year. I eventually downloaded the fix.” MF, Northants

The Metro reports that an Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupe, one of just four ever made, has been sold for £1.23m at the manufacturer’s Newport Pagnell home.

More than 2,000 people packed into the newly re-launched facility to see the sale of the car once owned by Tony Smith, Manager of musician Phil Collins.

James Knight, the international managing director of collectors cars at Bonhams, said: “With only four Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction IIs made, ‘0198/R’ represented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire one of these fabulous cars, which will become increasingly collectible. This sale once again shows the steady rise of interest in Aston Martin cars that we have seen since we started these sales at Aston Martin Works.”

The Daily Mail reports on an amazing bit of ambush marketing. Clever staff at Fiat have used Google Street View to get one over arch rivals Volkswagen.

Fiat workers spotted the Google Street view car, which captures panoramic views of locations around the world with a roof camera, driving past its offices and quickly drove to Södertälje 45 minutes away to Volkswagen’s head office. A staff member driving a red Fiat 500 car, parked right in front of the Volkswagen’s Swedish headquarters’ front entrance just as the Google street view car drove past. The image will stay online for at least a year, the amount of time it takes for Google to update their Street View.


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