Friday 9 December 2016

Is it 'Sixteen One' or 'One Six One' for car reg numbers? Are posters air brushed?

Published 17/02/2016 | 02:30

'Tuition' from a team of racing drivers in Abu Dhabi.
'Tuition' from a team of racing drivers in Abu Dhabi.

I know there is a lot of talk about election posters blocking views at busy junctions and I've seen a good few of them around.

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But have you looked closely (when safe to do so of course) at the pictures themselves?

Put it this way; you'd feel like giving some seasoned old campaigners a few euro for their Confirmation they look so young. I know there's a lot of hot air in politics but these photos have been airbrushed to within an inch of their lives.

Just listening to Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show (no I wasn't present) on Friday as he was outlining how Renault are giving away a car (a Clio). He said it was a brand new 'Sixteen One" Clio. Most of us say "One-Six-One". Which is correct? Have you any opinions on it?

Germany is talking about carrying out unannounced emissions tests on all automakers - just like athletes.

I think it would help restore confidence. Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt, who has been prominent in the Volkswagen scandal says: "There will be controls on vehicles in the style of doping tests [for athletes]. Unannounced and every year."

It is reported they could use cars at rental companies. Sounds like a sensible idea.

How the other half lives . . . I see where the first owners of the Aston Martin Vulcan travelled to Abu Dhabi last week for 'tuition' from a team of racing drivers, pictured) including the marque's Racing works' driver Darren Turner.

The owners got tuition in the V12 Vantage S road car and the Vantage GT4 race car. And they took their own cars (with 7-litre 820bhp V12 engines) onto the Formula 1 circuit. There was 'passenger-side tuition' on every lap. According to Aston Martin "the customer's skills were tested throughout the day and into the night". I'm sure they were.

Mercedes is all excited about its new 4cyl diesel engine. It says its first all-aluminium powerplant marks the debut of a ground-breaking family of engines. Good to hear that because, truth be told, some of their older diesels are beginning to sound their age.

However, I love its claim: "Exemplary efficiency and emissions ensure that the premium diesel is future-proof while underlining the key role to be played by the diesel engine in achieving the challenging global climate targets."

And here's one for the books. Prof Thomas Weber, a member of the Daimler Board of Management, says: "In our opinion, the diesel engine is indispensable in trucks and cars if we want to further reduce the CO2 emissions from traffic."

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