Insurance is one of the biggest outgoings of running a car, but one that cannot be avoided. Many factors affect how much you will pay – such as your age and your occupation. While you have little or no control over some details of your life – nor how they impact your car insurance – you can at least choose a car which will minimise your annual premium.
Over the years, a number of automobiles have been doomed to failure: some have suffered supply-chain issues, others cost too much to make. Some simply misjudged the needs and desires of their target market – and some just looked like the back end of a bus. There are many reasons why some models become doomed to obscurity.
Luxury cars. The chances are, most of us will never own one. But that's not to say buyers of regular cars don’t benefit from top-end automotives at some point.
Many of the world's luxury car brands are owned by mass-production car makers. They invest huge amounts in cutting-edge technology to sell their most prestigious wares – technology which, more often than not, makes it into much more suburban models.
For instance, the Mercedes S-Class of years ago presented us with anti-lock brakes.
Driving – it can turn the most mild-mannered individual into a seething ball of fury. Perhaps it's our increasingly congested roads, or our ever-quickening pace of life, or the fact that road rage seems to breed yet more road rage.
Whatever it is, we can take it far more personally than it was intended. That person cut ME off; he/she wanted to ruin MY morning by failing to notice the lights had turned green.
That said, there are usually some understandable triggers for our anger.
Fuel efficient automotive technologies have come a long way in the last decade or so. Detrimental to both environment and wallet, “gas-guzzlers” are to a large extent a thing of the past. Car firms have become wise to the fact that most consumers want to use less fuel, one reason why the two biggest car makers in the world are Volkswagen and Toyota – leaders in fuel efficient tech (not withstanding VW's diesel rigging troubles).