Cars

The true cost of the convenience economy

24 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Where’s the car?’ said my wife Alice, interrupting my Zoom meeting on Saturday morning. ‘It’s where you left it,’ I…

Will a John Lewis home be up Boris and Carrie’s street?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

The Financial Times carried a curious story at the weekend about ‘the secretive process to elect the Lord Mayor of…

Why has the EU let German car manufacturers off the hook?

9 July 2021 12:40 am

Two billion? Five billion? Perhaps ten billion to make it a nice round number? For colluding on diesel emissions you…

Why I won’t buy a Tesla

3 July 2021 9:00 am

I loved the Ford Mustang Mach-E which I had on loan for four days. It was gorgeous to drive, and…

Suddenly used cars are hot property

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Companies should willingly pay tax wherever they generate profits — this column has long argued — because it’s fair they…

Letters: What happens if interest rates rise?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Spinning plates Sir: Kate Andrews is right to highlight the looming risk of inflation (‘Rishi’s nightmare’, 6 March), but to…

The war on cars is backfiring

6 March 2021 9:00 am

For most London-based politicians, there’s a threat that’s worse than Covid. You’ll begin to notice it as we ease out…

John DeLorean: man of mystery – and full-blown psychopath

30 January 2021 9:00 am

DeLorean: Back from the Future was one of those documentaries — for me at least — that takes a story…

'Smart' motorways are an accident waiting to happen

23 January 2021 5:00 pm

If I could wave a wand and reverse just one government policy it would be the expansion of so-called ‘smart…

Letters: Why lockdown II was necessary

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Cancelled procedures Sir: Your leader (‘A lockdown too far’, 7 November) suggests that the Prime Minister should have shown ‘leadership’…

Why is buying a car such an ordeal?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Why is buying a car such an ordeal?

Whose bright idea was the circuit-breaker?

26 September 2020 9:00 am

It’s electrifying! Who invented the circuit-breaker? Thomas Edison patented it in 1879, realising what damage could be caused to electrical…

The art of street furniture

29 August 2020 9:00 am

On his lockdown rambles, Christopher Howse finds beauty and solace in London’s street furniture

Why I won’t patent my brilliant idea

25 July 2020 9:00 am

In the past 30 years, I have driven about 8,000 miles in France in right-hand-drive cars. And I would be…

Drive-in cinemas are back – but for how long?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Tanya Gold on the rise and fall of drive-in cinema

I wish John Chamberlain was still around to crush this hideous toothpaste-blue Ferrari

4 July 2020 9:00 am

For three months art lovers have had nothing but screens to look at. As one New York dealer complained to…

Cars weren’t invented for transportation, but conversation

20 June 2020 9:00 am

When I first heard Abba’s magnificent 1982 swansong ‘The Day Before You Came’, I’d never come across the Americanised use…

A museum-quality car-boot sale: V&A’s Cars reviewed

7 December 2019 9:00 am

We were looking at a 1956 Fiat Multipla, a charming ergonomic marvel that predicted today’s popular MPVs. Rather grandly, I…

What I learned on my speed awareness course

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Speed is in my blood. My father, grandfather and great-grandfather all used to race cars in their youth. We even…

Slow road marking on a country road

The consequences of the new EU car speed limit

13 April 2019 9:00 am

A once famous question posed to job-seekers at Microsoft was ‘Why are manhole covers round?’ The question was revealing not…

Female unemployment has just hit an all-time low. So yes, Britain is working

23 February 2019 9:00 am

At any other time, news that Honda intends to close its Swindon plant in two years’ time with the loss…

Portrait of the week: Resignations galore, Honda’s announcement and Islamic State’s brides

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Home Seven MPs resigned from the Labour party and sat in the Commons (next to the DUP) as the Independent…

The UK car industry is reversing back to the 1970s

23 February 2019 9:00 am

When I wrote a fortnight ago, in the context of Nissan’s decision not to build its new X-Trail model at…

Why have I bought a car I don’t actually like?

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I am currently in Brittany with the family, having made the 11-hour drive from London on Monday. It sounds like…

Draft of the first Ferrari car, 125 S, designed by Gioachino Colombo, 1945

Ferrari – heavy, expensive, wasteful, dangerous and addictive

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Has a more beautiful machine in all of mankind’s fretful material endeavours ever been made than a ’60 Ferrari 250…