The cars are the stars of 2013
I think in many ways we are living through a golden age of car design: new types of car and drivetrain solutions seem to appear every day, but in 2013 I did not get my hands on many of these exciting innovations. Almost the only vehicle I got to test this year was a hovercraft. Obviously this was a lot of fun, but in 2014 I think I need to drive more cars.
High on the list is the new Jaguar F-type Coupé. When I saw the softtop at the Paris motor show I didn’t like it at all, but by putting a roof on the F-type they’ve made it look a lot better. It’s also cheaper and presumably there’s more boot space.
As an Alfa Romeo fan I’m another who is looking forward to the 4C, as well as the BMW 3-series-rivalling Giulia and the facelifted Giulietta, but I do wonder if the company has done any work on improving the dealer network. When I owned an Alfa 166 the place where I got it serviced was actually featured on ITVs Garages From Hell in 2001 – and it wasn’t even the worst of the Alfa garages I’d tried. There’s no point in having great cars if the people who sell and maintain them are below par.
This year cycling has been in the news, but sadly mostly for riders being killed. At least this has prompted a debate about cycling and road safety in general, but more needs to be done.