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The “Swatchmobile" ABANDONED by its creators (ft. Techmoan). The Smart Fortwo Story
27:12
The “Swatchmobile" ABANDONED by its creators (ft. Techmoan). The Smart Fortwo Story
5 days ago

If a car is wildly successful, it’s a recipe for printing money. If it’s an abject failure, the manufacturer licks their wounds and moves on. What’s maybe worse is when a car just does OK, especially when this car kicks off a whole new brand. Should...

The height of Lexury? The Lexus LS Story
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The height of Lexury? The Lexus LS Story
1 month ago

It’s rare that a car company sets out to build “the best car in the world”. But with an almost limitless budget, Toyota had a better shot than most. The car they created, the LS400, was a statement of intent, and an engineering marvel. It was also...

The Scénic route to success - the Renault Scénic Story
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The Scénic route to success - the Renault Scénic Story
1 month ago

Not many cars can be credited with funding the purchase of an entire car company, but Renault’s President said they couldn’t have purchased Nissan in the late 1990s without the success of the Renault Scénic. It was a bold, innovative design, making...

Live chat - The Hillman Imp Story
32:20
Live chat - The Hillman Imp Story
1 month ago

If you'd like to support what I do, and get early access to advert-free videos and exclusive channel updates, please consider supporting the channel from just $1 or 80p a month: http://patreon.com/bigcar Support me using PayPal:...

The IMPact of poor choices - the Hillman Imp Story
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The IMPact of poor choices - the Hillman Imp Story
2 months ago

The Imp is a car of contradictions. While it sported a cutting edge, aluminium engine with a motorsport pedigree, it was mounted at the back when the rest of the car industry was moving to front wheel drive. It was built in a brand-new facility with the..

The forgotten Rover - a mini SD1 - the Rover Quintet
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The forgotten Rover - a mini SD1 - the Rover Quintet
2 months ago

A quick history of the Rover Quintet, released in Australia in the 1980s. A quick shout out to "On The Rhodes" YT channel that graciously allowed me to use a clip of their Rover Quintet video: https://youtu.be/nncZVbyZPD4 If you'd like to support what I

This is why the Mazda MX-5 is so good
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This is why the Mazda MX-5 is so good
2 months ago

Everyone knows the MX-5. It’s that fun little roadster that you always promised yourself, and so much has been written about it already. But it’s hard to over emphasise the impact this car had when it launched. At a time when cars were focusing on...

Nissan UK's last stand - the Qashqai story
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Nissan UK's last stand - the Qashqai story
3 months ago

When the Qashqai was introduced to Australia, Nissan changed the name because they were worried it would be called the Nissan “Cash Cow”. But that’s precisely what the Qashqai has become – a runaway success, and a breakout hit for Nissan’s...

Is it just me? Are Parking Spaces getting Smaller?
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Is it just me? Are Parking Spaces getting Smaller?
3 months ago

Around the world, car parking spaces seem to be getting smaller, leading to a new gymnastic discipline, getting out of the car through the door crack without denting the car next to you! It’s causing increasing frustration in car parks not just for...

Live Chat - The Hindustan Ambassador Story
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Live Chat - The Hindustan Ambassador Story
3 months ago

Livestream chat discussing the Hindustan Ambassador video. If you want to ask me about the video or my opinions on subjects raised, then drop in and we'll have a chat! If you'd like to support what I do, and get early access to advert-free videos and...

Live Chat - The Mitsubishi Story
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Live Chat - The Mitsubishi Story
4 months ago

I thought I'd try a livestream chat discussing the Mitsubishi video. Now I'm not that educated on the specifics of Mitsubishi, but I did a bit of research for the video, so if you want to ask me about the video or my opinions on subjects raised, then drop

Why did Mitsubishi Motors FAIL?
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Why did Mitsubishi Motors FAIL?
4 months ago

Mitsubishi should be the dominant Japanese car producer. It was backed by a large parent company, it didn’t come to producing vehicles late in the game, and it produced good, dependable cars. Yet Mitsubishi Motors is essentially owned by one of those...

Are 3-Wheelers DANGEROUS???
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Are 3-Wheelers DANGEROUS???
4 months ago

Despite what you might have seen on Top Gear, Reliant Robins aren’t death traps, and this little stunt was staged by monkeying around with the differential. But cars with only three wheels seem less safe. Surely it makes sense to put a wheel on each...

Ford’s pursuit of Speed – RS in the 60s, 70s & 80s
19:35
Ford’s pursuit of Speed – RS in the 60s, 70s & 80s
5 months ago

Letters on the back of a car can evoke a wealth of emotions. “D” usually means diesel, “L” and “GL” on your company car show where you are on the corporate pecking order. But for petrolheads there are other letters that spark interest. Letters...

The Car that got Poland Moving - the Fiat 126 Story
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The Car that got Poland Moving - the Fiat 126 Story
5 months ago

You may have noticed that car parking spaces are shrinking. Or rather, our cars are getting wider. Fiat had the answer to the parking spot blues in 1972 when the new Fiat 126 burst on the scene. At just 1.4m wide it’s 28cm or almost a foot narrower than..

Why was MyFord Touch a DISASTER?!?
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Why was MyFord Touch a DISASTER?!?
5 months ago

This video is going to be a little different to my normal ones. I usually need to do lots of research to get the story straight. But not this one – this was basically a brain dump! If you don’t know, I once, many moons ago, worked for Microsoft in the...

Why the 👑 Queen drives an Indian Daimler
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Why the 👑 Queen drives an Indian Daimler
6 months ago

When you think of Daimler, you think of Mercedes-Benz, and that’s perfectly understandable. Up until recently Mercedes parent company was known as Daimler-Benz. The name comes from Gottlieb Daimler, a German engineer who was a pioneer in early internal...

Just an old Mercedes SLK? The Chrysler Crossfire Story
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Just an old Mercedes SLK? The Chrysler Crossfire Story
6 months ago

You might love the Crossfire’s design, or you might hate it, and that’s just what Chrysler wanted. The Chrysler Crossfire was a bold design from a revitalised company, buoyed up with thoughts of world domination with its new partner Daimler. Yet...

Hyundai's Origin Car - the Pony
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Hyundai's Origin Car - the Pony
7 months ago

The Hyundai Pony isn’t held in much regard by the west, but in South Korea it’s celebrated as the beginning of Hyundai’s ascendancy as a global car manufacturer. It may have rusted to nothing in some of the more extreme places it was exported to,...

Was the Ford Ka's WILD style a hit, and where did it all go wrong?!?
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Was the Ford Ka's WILD style a hit, and where did it all go wrong?!?
7 months ago

If you’re lucky enough to get the chance to name a car, you should pick a name that’s obvious to pronounce. Even though Ford picked a car name with just two letters (probably a record unless you count cars like the Ford Model T), people have found...