There’s always those laws that seem to be there purely for us to break, like underage drinking, downloading music and films, and of course going about your business when there isn’t a toilet near by. Whilst I don’t wish to advocate the aforementioned acts, I guess I do sympathise in that I would never consider them to be serious crimes. However worryingly, we seem to have a similar attitude when it comes to our cars.
Whether you drive a brand new beamer or you have a second hand Seat Leon from the 90s, there are certain standards that each and all cars should maintain, not because it looks good, not because it means that you have the latest infotainment technology, but to ensure that your car is safe and road worthy. Whilst this is obviously something every road user should take seriously it would appear we have started getting lazy with recent data from KwikFit which suggests a whopping 3.6 million drivers are driving on tyres which don’t meet the standard. If you are driving on illegal tyres you may have to face a £2,500 fine or taking three points on their license. But worse than both of those they are risking their own lives as well as other drivers.
If you don’t know, the minimum tread depth of your tyres should be 1.6 millimetres and that’s across the central three quarters of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre. “Motorists should realise that responsibility for vehicle health and safety lies directly in their hands,” said KwikFit’s Roger Griggs, and I couldn’t agree more. For more news on road safety laws go to Car Site and visit there news – Motoring Issues section.
According to the SMMT the car industry has grown even further in August which is perhaps more impressive than you may think as the month of august is usually one where new car registrations cool of a bit. This year however August had a 9.6% increase, another reason why this is a pretty big deal is that it marked the 43rd month in a row that new car registrations have been on the up.
Many people believe that the reason for this long term rise lies in the fact that finance deals have become a lot more appealing over the last few years, especially amongst younger markets who haven’t saved enough to buy a new car outright. Gone are the days when you would have to settle for the equivalent of second hand Hyundai Getz for your first car. Now you can get yourself a nice Volkswagen or Audi if you get the right finance deal. There is a suspicion that the increase in new car registrations is a little exaggerated as a result of dealers who pre-register cars to help reach targets.
Somehow, the Ford KA still sells, it is one of the great enigmas in the car industry, for it has never been a good looking car yet many, often teenage girls, are oddly attracted by the weird little egg on wheels. It is most definitely the ugly duckling in the Ford Range, only ever out uglied by a second hand Ford Streetka that I once had the pleasure of looking at for my daughter.
Despite the fact that it looks like a childs fiesta, the third generation KA is going ahead and we are catching the first few glimpses of it online today. To be fair the KA has come on a long way since its first generation which by the way blows my mind, the first generation KA ran from 1996-2008, 12 years! And it looked outdated in 1996, let alone 2008. The second generation generation came about in 2009, with notable improvements, but one huge downside still remained, it still looked like an egg on wheels. Now after 6 years Ford have decided to give the KA a new lease of life with the third generation, which has been spied driving on UK streets
It looks like it will stay pretty true to the concept KA (pictured below) which again is an improvement especially when you refer back to the original KA but it still seems like a lesser Fiesta to me, with so many practical similarities that it isn’t really worth having two separate cars. We wish Ford would get rid of the KA completely and bring back something worthwhile like the Ford Capri, now there’s a car that looks good. We don’t know a great deal of information on this new KA, but we do expect there to be a 1.5 litre diesel engine available which we can expect to be exactly the same as the 74bhp TDCi that is already used in certain Ford Fiesta models.