Saturday, 13 August 2022

30’s the new forté

First launched in Britain in 1983, the Nissan Micra is celebrating its 30th birthday this year.

First launched in Britain in 1983, the Nissan Micra is celebrating its 30th birthday this year.

Nissan says Micra has become an icon for the company and throughout its four generations, it has “remained dependable and affordable”.

This achievement highlights Micra’s longstanding popularity.

Nissan has announced a range of new ‘30’ themed offers for Micra owners. All Micra drivers with more than three years of ownership can now benefit from a MoT for as little as £30.

They can also get their hands on some new accessories, with 30 per cent off tyres and windscreen wiper blades. Continuing the birthday celebrations, 30 per cent can also be saved on Micra brake pads and batteries, now available from £45. All prices include VAT and come with free fitting.

Chris Marsh, Nissan aftersales director said: “Micra’s loyal customers have been instrumental to its success over the past 30 years.

“Nissan has introduced these offers to mark this great achievement and to say a big thank you to all Micra owners.”

nMazda has shot up the popularity charts with its smart Mazda CX-5 SUV crossover making it into fifth place in the top 100 cars in the UK according to the latest customer satisfaction survey.

The Mazda CX-5, crowned ‘Best Crossover’ in last year’s Auto Express New Car Awards, achieved 89.63 per cent in the Auto Express Driver Power Survey, the largest and most comprehensive poll of car owners in the UK, scoring in the top 50 per cent in all categories.

The Mazda CX-5 achieved its highest rankings for in-car technology, ease of driving and ride quality categories.

In addition, the Mazda brand has jumped from 12th last year to fourth place.

n Ford and Schaeffler have demonstrated the Fiesta-based eWheelDrive car, a driveable research vehicle that could lead to improvements in urban mobility and parking by making possible smaller, more agile cars.

Powered by independent electric motors in each of the rear wheels, eWheelDrive technology offers space under the bonnet that in conventional cars is occupied by the engine and transmission, and in electric cars by a central motor.

This technology could in the future support the development of a four-person car that only occupies the space of a two-person car today.

At the same time, eWheelDrive steering system designs could enable vehicles to move sideways into parking spaces a potential breakthrough as cities become more populated and congested.

n The fifth Flying Scotsman Rally, which sees enthusiasts drive from London to Edinburgh in a pre-war car, proved a vintage year with a nail-biting finish that saw two women snatching second place overall, thought to be the highest position for any all-female crew on an international historic rally.

The winning crew of Gareth Burnett and Jeremy Haylock brought their 1934 Talbot 105 across the finish line just seven seconds ahead of Sue Shoosmith and Trina Hartley, who had hauled their big Bentley up the leader-board for nearly 1,000 miles over the three-day event.

The top 10 finishers featured four Bentleys and three Talbot 105 Alpines. Interlopers among the Bentleys and Talbots were an Alfa Romeo 6C, a 1,500cc Riley 12/4 and a Lagonda M45R.

The oldest car taking part, a 1912 Chalmers 10 crewed by Robert Abrey and Brad Webb, boasted the second-largest engine in the event at 7,500cc, just 500cc short of the 8,000cc engine in the ex-Jack Sears 1931 Bentley Speed Six entered by Neil Corner and Dick Crossthwaite.

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