Author Profile: Paul Horrell

Armed with a curious mind and a blotchy fountain pen, Horrell sniffs around the car industry pigsty.

Vauxhall: is it MG-Rover all over again?

Posted by Paul Horrell at 3:36 pm on Tuesday August 11, 2009
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It’s depressing to be reminded all over again today of the sad and shabby history of MG-Rover. Much more sad is that it looks dangerously likely that history might repeat itself with Vauxhall-Opel.

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BMW CS lives! Kind of…

Posted by Paul Horrell at 10:25 am on Tuesday July 28, 2009

The lovely BMW CS four-door coupe isn’t dead yet. Or at least, its spirit lives on even though an actual production-car version of the CS concept was canned a few months back.

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VW tucks into Porsche

Posted by Paul Horrell at 11:08 am on Thursday July 23, 2009
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Porsche is, after a titanic batttle, about to become a member of the VW Group. Last year Porsche tried to take over VW. VW struck back. This has been one of the great soap operas of industrial history.

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Red-lining the green Bentley

Posted by Paul Horrell at 11:06 am on Wednesday July 22, 2009
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Just been out for an ‘engineering drive’ in a late prototype of the Bentley Supersports. The one Derek Bell drove at Goodwood. The development chief says it’s a Ferrari 599 rival. Well yes, it was a wet day on difficult Cheshire roads, and I don’t think a 599 would have kept up.

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Mackems lead the electric charge

Posted by Paul Horrell at 10:02 am on Monday July 20, 2009
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There’s something far more important behind the news that Nissan’s Sunderland plant is to lead the charge (ha ha) in battery manufacturing. In 18 months time, you’ll be able to buy a proper full-sized Nissan hatchback powered entirely by batteries.

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Vauxhall’s Astratrix driven

Posted by Paul Horrell at 5:25 pm on Monday July 13, 2009
Astra1

In among all the jiggery-pokery about Vauxhall’s new owners (Russian? Chinese? Italian? Belgian?) the company is still busy churning out new cars. Foreman has driven a prototype of this autumn’s Astra, and it’s a seriously good rival for the Focus or Golf.

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Driven: Porsche Panamera

Posted by Paul Horrell at 9:46 am on Monday June 29, 2009
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‘Jay, you look at the dials,’ I said to my passenger, ‘I’ve got other things to concentrate on.’ We were doing about 270km/h and rising fast.

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Koenigsaab is born

Posted by Paul Horrell at 3:08 pm on Tuesday June 16, 2009
Koenigsegg CCX

Until this morning I couldn’t reliably spell Koenigsegg. It was a little company of fewer than 50 employees making fewer than 20 cars a year. Now it has effectively taken over Saab.

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