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The Best Way To Personalise Your Car?

This post might be a bit of an abrupt left turn following on from the last couple of Awesome Concept Car posts but life’s full of em so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Besides, these made me laugh when I found them which is why I’m sharing.

Every now and then I’l come across a dealer website where they talk about the many ways in which your new car can be tailored to suit you more personally. This will usually involve, say, a certain colour of interior trim or the addition of an MP3 friendly audio system.

With used cars, when the warranty isn’t so much of an issue and taste goes out the window, the results are a lot more entertaining.

Take the Honda Civic. A much loved car that’s been hugely popular for decades now. For some though, its styling isn’t quite complete without the addition of some spoilers, styled bumpers and alloy wheels…..

used honda civic

Not to mention these….

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The Concept: Awesome – Part 2

Toyota seem to have lost their power lately. While the pursuit of the hybrid technology is all well and good but this company once made three great coupe / sports cars – the mighty MR2, the Celica and the much-missed Supra.

Now, there’s always rumours of former great cars making a return to the road, and there’s plenty of sweet concepts floating around for the Supra too, including this:

toyota supra

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The Concept: Awesome

I stumbled across a blog for some bizarre Alfa Romeo concept yesterday and have since been exploring the world of concept cars that go a little further than those that usually find their way to motor shows and – eventually, after being watered down and trimmed of all their awesome features – the road.

What happens when you create a concept that’s “based on the idea of living cell tissue system of a plant, that acts as a transportation unit which carries organic nutrients to all parts of the plant where needed. This concept is the inspiration of a theoretical idea of future technology acting as micro organisms that transport and nourish the world on a global scale.” ?

This – the Volkswagen Pholeum:

Volkswagen Pholeum

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Annoyingly Catchy & Baffling

My car is, currently and lamentably, without an audio system at the moment. I can’t find the radio code. The sad thing is that that means I have to entertain myself on the daily commute. Thankfully I don’t car share with anyone because at the moment – despite hearing so many other things during the day, I keep singing along to this:

I saw this advert for the new Mazda2 in Oxford this weekend (yeah, it was raining so a real great time for a weekend away) and keep hearing snatches of it on the tv while I’m wandering around the apartment. Thanks to the ever-so-annoyingly catchy nature of the song it simply reignites the memory and I feel like I’m stuck on an ongoing cycle doomed forever to be singing Mazda advert soundtracks.

Thing is, I’ve seen plenty of these motoring around lately but I can’t tell you anything about them. Certainly not based on the strength of this ad. All I can tell you is that it reminds me of the video for the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army. Yet another annoyingly catchy song.

Oh, and it makes a lot more sense than this ad for the new SEAT:

Seriously, what are they trying to say: buy the new Ibiza and some hairy biker angel is going to shoot everyone in the vicinity? It makes as much sense as a perfume ad.

VW’s Banned and UnBanned Sense of Humour

I’ve been growing increasingly tired of the current ad campaign that focuses around the whole “like a Golf” idea. I’ve been around a lot of car guys and I’ve not once heard anyone say that. I’ve also bought many a car and not once have I been attracted to any because they’re “like a Golf.”

So I was wondering if Volkswagen had lost their humour. You may now be asking “did they ever have one?” Yes they did, but it was banned:

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Ford Gettting Their Designs From Toys?

Everybody in the UK – I’m sure – remembers the Ford Capri. If only for the infamous Capri Ghia as owned by Del Boy Trotter. Ford’s attempt at the affordable sports car – possibly looking to replicate the Stateside success of the original Mustang – for the discerning British motorist that never quite was and often ended as the butt of jokes instead….

Well, this:

ford capri

Well, there’s been many a rumour lately that the Blue Oval is going to be gracing a new version of the Capri soon and a variet of “official” leaks have dribbled out.

Such as this:

ford capri

Now it’s all very edgy and funky but I can’t help thinking I’ve seen this new Ford in Sussex before…. oh yeah: on my mate’s Hot Wheels Power Loop set !

hot wheelsGranted I wouldn’t mind getting behind the wheel of the new Ford Capri if it looks like that…. I’ll just be checking over my shoulder to make sure there’s no launch button about to propel me out of the garage at high speed.

Quite a Trolley Full

I suppose it’s one way to get shoppers’ attention:

alfa romeo

The idea – as the text says – is to show how easy it is to pick up a MiTo. I’m not about to head down to an Alfa Romeo dealer with a trolley though. It may fit but how would you get it in?  I’m impressed with the bravery of the guy examining it real close… I’d be worried it’d fall out.