Big Car
80 episodes
1 week ago
In the 1950s, as the Cold War was heating up and children were being urged to “duck and cover” from nuclear weapons, car companies seriously proposed powering their cars using lead-lined nuclear reactors. It seems like madness today, but while the...
3 weeks ago
The Volvo 480 shocked the buying public when it launched. Surely Volvo was just boxy, boring cars? What are they doing making a sports coupé? But this was the perfect halo car to entice a younger audience to their showrooms, and Volvo had the perfect...
1 month ago
The Toyota Prius isn’t the coolest car on the block. If you’re ordering a Lyft or an Uber, chances are one of these will turn up to whisk you away. And with the world gravitating towards electric vehicles, the hybrid Prius seems like just another...
1 month ago
Cities continue to jam up with more and more traffic, with many city centres taxing cars or banning them all together. Car manufacturers have produced different types of small city cars that have lower emissions and can fit into tight parking spots, and..
2 months ago
The Volvo 300 series was a common sight on British roads in the 1980s, due to its popularity amongst practical people to buy a safe, affordable car. But many of these slow-driving, flat capped drivers weren’t aware that this car didn’t start out life...
2 months ago
When I grew up the Triumph Dolomite was everywhere. And there’s a good reason why. Triumph was known for its sports cars, and luxury saloons, and the Dolomite, and specifically the Dolomite Sprint carried that sports pedigree into the compact class. It...
2 months ago
Citroën has always been a car maker that’s charted a different course with car design. It’s meant that several times they’ve been ahead of the curve on technical innovations. By getting a steal on the competition, there was always a feeling that if...
2 months ago
The Tata Nano continues in a long line of inexpensive “people’s cars”, designed to push car usage to the masses. Many of these cars succeeded and fuelled both car ownership, and in many cases the standard of living. When the Nano was launched it was...
3 months ago
Surely if 4 wheels are good, then 6 are better? Panther Westwind, maker of the Panther 6 obviously thought so when they produced this crazy car in 1977 to an astonished reaction. How did its owner, a retired clothing company manager find himself launching
3 months ago
This video is an effort to change your mind. I recently asked on a YouTube Community Post what the most boring car from the last 50 years was, and I got a lot of answers! If you’ve read the title of this video you already know what car won, but here’s...
3 months ago
In 1984 PSA, the company that comprised Peugeot, Citroën and Talbot was in a bind. They’d just spent a couple of years designing a car that didn’t fit into their new line-up. Should they scrap it, launch it, or give it away to another car company?...
4 months ago
It’s been a wild ride to 100,000 subscribers, and I thought I’d do a quick video talking about it, with a bit of a look behind the scenes. Follow and Subscribe Above! My second channel - Little Car: https://www.youtube.com/littlecar #bigcar
4 months ago
When the Corrado burst on the scene in the late 80’s I was a massive VW fanboy, but even I was left scratching my head on this one. This car, that looked like a mk2 Golf, from memory, was being sold for more than £20,000 ($27,000 USD, €22,000,...
4 months ago
There’s not many car brands that get a successful second act. There are brands that have such a loyal following that they’re rescued and rise again like a phoenix, but Dacia was just another ex-Communist state car company churning out dated copies of...
5 months ago
There were a lot of letters in the MG XPower SV’s name, and almost all of them were invented by MG’s new management to convince the buying public they were definitely, truly, serious about making highly tuned sports cars. The SV was on the face of it...
5 months ago
Toyota’s best-selling vehicle is the long-running Toyota Corolla, but second is Toyota’s resilient pickup the Hilux that’s been sold for over 50 years. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll likely find one moving up to a ton of cargo down a...
5 months ago
In 1985 Coca Cola released new Coke. In a move that became the poster child for one of the largest catastrophes in marketing history, they ended production of the Coke taste people loved and replaced it with something they didn’t want. Just two years...
6 months ago
Renault’s Project 900 is certainly an odd-looking car, but it’s also a car designed to break new ground. It used innovative new materials and gave class-leading visibility to try to leapfrog the competition. It also seems they were trying to beat...
6 months ago
My enduring image of the Lada Riva from the late 1980s is an old-fashioned car that people bought because it was cheap. With it being the butt of many jokes, it was about as exciting as Steve Davis. But this is like judging a film you’ve missed the...
6 months ago
The Vauxhall Cavalier, along with the smaller Chevette signalled the end of British Vauxhall design and the ascendency of a series of well-put together cars from Opel’s design studio. But UK customers didn’t really mind, in fact they approved with...