Are your kids learning how to drive? There’s so much to teach them. How do you change a flat tire? How do you put petrol in the vehicle? What’s the right way to park a car? Why shouldn’t you text and drive? How close can you get without hitting something? All of this knowledge is necessary; for them and the car. However, accidents happen, and it won’t alwaysbe your teen’s fault. Let’s look at your options with car insurance so you can make sure your (or their) car is covered. The Legal Minimum Compulsory third party or CTP insurance is the minimum legal requirement to drive a car in Australia. You need it to get your learner’s permit, renew your driver’s license or register your vehicle. This type of insurance isn’t really for your benefit but for the sake of everyone else on the road. It protects people on the road by paying for their medical bills and other damages should you hit them. Third-party property coverage takes it one … [Read more...] about Kids on Their L Plates? Make Sure Your Car is Covered
Elisabeth Moss in the Hulu TV Series “The Handmaid’s Tale”. What cars should appear in the fictional country of Gilead, in the award-winning TV Series The Handmaid’s Tale set in a dystopian near future? This is the type of question that is asked of picture car consultant. Most of the time, that question relates to the past: if the movie is set in, say, France in 1972, what should be the most frequent cars in the streets, and what licence plate numbers should they have to stick to the reality of the time? These elements are capital to ensure the credibility of your work. Some get it beautifully right, such as latest Quentin Tarantino flick Once upon a time in Hollywood, a stunning recreation of 1969 Los Angeles including a 1966 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (pictured below) among no less the 2000 cars of that time, much higher than the average for a film which is between 300 and 500 cars. Some get it awfully wrong – or don’t seem to care – such … [Read more...] about The cars of Gilead, and what is a picture car consultant
Dear BSCB readers, as we endeavour to expand new car sales coverage this site offers we need your help in sourcing official new car sales data for some markets. Depending on the quality and reliability of the data you would be able to provide to us, you may be eligible for a free annual Premium or Platinum Membership for however long you are able to share the data with us. If you think you have what we need, please contact us here and send us an example of the data you have access to. We’ll be in touch if relevant. Many thanks in advance! Here are the markets we need your help on: Turkey monthly all-models data before the end of the following month Belgium monthly all-models data before the end of the following month UK monthly or quarterly all-models data Russia quarterly all-models data Egypt monthly or quarterly brands and models data (Top 10 at least) Malaysia monthly or quarterly all-models data Philippines monthly brands data, quarterly models data (Top 10 at least) … [Read more...] about BSCB needs your help!
It’s thumbs up from me on the BYD Tang EV. I kept the best for last for this last iteration of this China Test Drives 2019 series following the Shanghai Auto Show with the most impressive car I got to drive this year: the BYD Tang EV. BYD (for Build Your Dreams) is having a full-on revival thanks to much improved electric vehicles, be it technology and design-wise, such as the new Tang. The model I am test driving today is priced at 249.900 yuan which is towards the bottom end of the Tang EV range, equivalent to 32.200€ or US$36.300. Although it is by far the most expensive car I drove this year, it’s nowhere near the prices large foreign EV SUVs command. BYD Lijiang dealership. After being told in the BYD Dali dealership to drive 250km to Kunming to try one whereas there was one Tang standing right in front of us, the Lijiang dealership was a lot more accomodating, delighted to experience first hand the reactions of a Westerner driving one of their latest models … [Read more...] about China Test Drives 2019: BYD Tang EV
The Baojun RS-5 in Tongliao, Inner Mongolia. Last year we test drove the extremely successful Baojun 510 and 530, and in 2019 SAIC-GM’s low-cost brand has taken a complete u-turn with a semi-premium stand at the Shanghai Auto Show in April in opposite trajectory with its heritage and DNA. The truth is Baojun has always been two steps ahead in terms of model launches, and with the all-new RS-5 it is pre-empting the progressive sophistication of Chinese customers’ tastes. So far, the success has been mitigated with only one strong month since launch (5.102 wholesales in April) and not much else to report… But what is it like to drive? “Interesting” colour scheme but quality materials inside the RS-5. From the onset, the RS-5 is a vastly different experience than the previous Baojun models I tested. The door clomp is actually excellent, it feels heavy and compact and you can hardly hear the noise of the door. We are at Volkswagen Europe levels. A … [Read more...] about China Test Drives 2019: The Baojun RS-5 autonomous driving