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Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin to bring Lagonda 'super-saloon' to Europe

Only a few months ago, Aston Martin's gorgeous Lagonda saloon garnered a huge amount of attention at its debut, where it was stated that the "ultimate luxury" saloon would only be available in the Middle East. Now though, it seems Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is changing his mind.

"It is clear from the initial reaction to the car that interest from around the world is extremely high and I can confirm today that we are also evaluating the opportunity to offer this Lagonda in other markets", said Palmer.

Every Lagonda is to be hand built by the 'Q by Aston Martin' special projects division. The Lagonda will available in the Middle East from 2015, and will cost over £400,000. It's an unsurprisingly high cost, for what, admittedly, is a ridiculously luxurious vehicle.

Lagonda Interior

NCAP fails Nissan's "sub-standard" Datsun Go

Nissan's new Datsun Go has scored a cripplingly embarrassing zero-star rating in the Global NCAP's safety tests, becoming one of few cars to ever fail the test. The NCAP is now officially requesting that Nissan remove the new city car from sale.

The NCAP had first disapproved of the Go's lack of airbags - a startling oversight in a modern vehicle - but after testing the car, found that since the bodyshell collapsed so completely, the car was lethal with or without airbags.

Chairman of the NCAP, Max Mosley, criticised Nissan for producing such a dangerous car, "It is extremely disappointing that Nissan has authorised the launch of a brand new model that is so clearly sub-standard. As presently engineered, the Datsun Go will certainly fail to pass the United Nations' frontal impact regulation. I would urge Nissan to withdraw the Datsun Go from sale."

The Go was intended to herald the return of Nissan's Datsun brand after 30 years, and was marketed primarily at burgeoning markets like India and China.

Not for the faint of heart, you can see the Datsun Go failing the crash tests here.

Calls for UK to introduce road safety ratings

Following a critical report of the safety of Britain's major roadways, the Road Safety Foundation is calling for the government to follow the example of some European countries by introducing a five-star safety rating. The study found that most British vehicular deaths are concentrated on a tenth of the road network. Under the road ratings scheme, all motorways, dual carriageways and A-roads would receive a rating, with three stars being the mandatory minimum.

James Bradford, engineering manager for the RSF, urged change, "The busier the road, the more frequently any flaw in layout leads to death and serious injury. Our understanding has grown in the past few years that the risks on each stretch of road can be measured. The in-built safety of road infrastructure, like cars, can be measured and star rated. We should not be driving five-star cars on one and two-star roads."

McLaren's new Sports Series is coming in 2015

McLaren's intended rival to the Porsche 911, previously known only as 'P13', the McLaren Sports Series will be on sale in mid 2015. Declared a "pure McLaren" at its unveiling, the Sports Series will compete for your affection with the new Mercedes AMG GT and the Porsche 911.

Price tags are expected to read around £120,000.

McLaren Sports Series

Two thirds of drivers would fail the current theory test

A recent batch of research, commissioned by Churchill insurance, found that over a third of experienced drivers failed the current theory test. This result lends weight to a recent poll where over half of those asked thought it should be compulsory for motorists to retake the theory test every 10 years.

Churchill’s Steve Barrett insisted, "An inability to read the road properly often leads to hesitant and unsafe driving behaviours, so we'd urge all road users to regularly brush up on their knowledge of road signs and regulation, as these are frequently updated."

Ian McIntosh, CEO of Red Driving School, agreed, "It is very worrying that road illiteracy amongst experienced motorists is so widespread.