‘2019 will be the most exciting year yet for vehicles’
My telephone didn’t forestall ringing over Christmas and the New Year as the BBC, Sky TV and different broadcasters sought my perspectives on quite a few most commonly unfavourable car-related tales.
Nissan’s banged-up chairman Carlos Ghosn (unfriendliest automobile man I’ve ever met) was once the guy they desperately sought after to talk about as he languished in prison considering a imaginable 10-year sentence. But, on a much less severe word, why no knighthood for serial F1 international champion Lewis Hamilton in the New Year Honours listing? I want I knew.
Traffic chaos as we drove house for Christmas; the Blue Badge abuse epidemic; middle-lane hogging; overcharging at the pumps; pothole protests; ‘invalid’ automobile insurance coverage insurance policies; MoT mayhem; the Brexit malarkey; huge will increase in sanatorium parking fees; plummeting UK car manufacturing/gross sales – all had been amongst the sizzling subjects manufacturers and presenters hit me with.
There was once yet extra gloom on the already depressing first operating day of the year, with claims from the trade international cool “£100billion was wiped off the world’s top car makers” in fresh months, Mercedes (down £22bn) and Ford (down £13bn) being amongst the greatest losers. Ouch!
Enough of the negativity. This year is shaping as much as be one in every of the most exciting in residing reminiscence. For starters, new automobile consumers will be telling themselves that if 25 in keeping with cent reductions had been to be had on some quantity vehicles in 2018, cuts may be extra beneficiant in 2019 as provides outstrip call for. Alternatively, if you happen to concept the cheap of £7 an afternoon/£49 per week for your subsequent rent automobile intended you’d be not able to pressure a top rate product from a German maker, assume once more. Such a motor is inside of succeed in. Honest.
Also mouth-watering is the EV conflict about to wreck out between wet-behind-the-ears Tesla, up-and-coming JLR, the reinvigorated VW empire, unpredictable BMW and previous stalwart Merc. There will be winners, losers and accidents – one or two deadly, most likely. So make sure to again the proper facet and get in early as ready lists for those new fashions – and present EVs – are already stretching against the finish of this new year.
If you’re in the majority and nonetheless now not in a position to move down the slightly pricey pure-electric or petrol-electric routes, don’t rule out tried-and-tested diesel – and experience 70mpg on leisurely runs. That’s the real-world intake I completed over Christmas, in a large, unusually endearing Peugeot 508. It’s now not the absolute best automobile in the international. But in eco using mode it’s the most frugal massive car I’ve ever pushed. And it’s evidence state-of-the-art diesel tech can nonetheless be a winner – regardless of mentalists and politicians looking to homicide it.
In 2019 we petrol/diesel/electrical/hydrogen heads are in for an exciting, if bumpy, trip. So let’s experience it, whilst reminding any individual who’ll concentrate that HM Treasury and UK PLC proceed to be propped up via the £50bn-plus we drivers pay once a year in highway consumer taxation by myself.
By the method, large congrats to Gordon Murray and Nick Mason (two of the nicest automobile guys I’ve ever met) for making the New Year Honours listing. Both richly deserve their CBE medals.
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