Revealing the Punchline: Kia’s New Sportage

Why do they do this? Yes, everyone has duly reported the story and shown a photo of the new Sportage. But not us.

After five brief years, the current Sportage is leaving us: Kia UK
After five brief years, the current Sportage is leaving us: Kia UK

That’s the current Sportage you see there, courtesy of Kia’s UK website. Continue reading “Revealing the Punchline: Kia’s New Sportage”

World of Interiors: 1997 Volvo S70

We were discussing the merits of various car interiors recently. Here’s an example of putting the passengers’ interests high on the priority list.

Plenty of legroom and velour for everyone: 1997 Volvo S70 2.4 litre 5 cylinder.
Plenty of legroom and velour for everyone: 1997 Volvo S70 2.4 litre 5 cylinder.

In a way Volvo is or was Europe’s Buick, appealing to a certain type of middle-class buyer. The cars aren’t dynamic but are dependable and aim or aimed for comfort over style. Interestingly, Volvos as used cars never seem to end up as pimped wheels or to attract the same clientele as 15 year old BMWs and 20 year old mass-market saloons. They always remain firmly in the bosom of the bourgeoisie.  Continue reading “World of Interiors: 1997 Volvo S70”

Hasta La Vista, Hummer, The JLTV Is On Its Way

Oshkosh Corporation, an American defence supplier, has won a substantial contract to build the replacement for the Hummer.

Oshkosh MATV. It looks like a Peugeot: wikipedia.pl
Oshkosh MATV. It looks like a Peugeot: wikipedia.pl

This isn’t the usual DTW fare, but I thought I would draw your attention to one of the more extreme ends of the wheeled-vehicle spectrum. Defense News  reported that Oshkosh  Corporation have won a $30bn dollar contract to design and build a vehicle capable of replacing the Hummer. Lockheed Martin and AM General also bid for the contract and presumably their lawyers are working around all available clocks to find a way to Continue reading “Hasta La Vista, Hummer, The JLTV Is On Its Way”

Theme : Shutlines – Another Way

Bristol Is A Foreign Country …

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(c) DTW

… They Do Things Differently There.

Here at DTW, we have always held Bristol in great respect. If we haven’t written about them that much over the past couple of years, that’s because neither have they. What, if anything, will come from this silence, who knows, but if and when they re-emerge, will they maintain any of their idiosyncratic past?

Bristol, of course, made much of their aviation heritage. I’ve always felt that should be put into perspective. The Bristol Car Company was always a separate entity from the aviation business and, although there might have been some synergy, it doesn’t follow. In truth the aeronautical heritage was more of a marketing tool but, to consider Bristol’s post war aeronautical output, let’s Continue reading “Theme : Shutlines – Another Way”