Tag Archives: Oliver Hammond

It’s Nearly Here: Out with 2013 and In with 2014

Well, it’s the last blog of the year for us at Simon’s Car Spots and what a year it has been. We have seen literally 1000s of amazing cars, we have had masses of superb @simoncarspots Twitter interaction and we … Continue reading

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Oliver Hammond at SMMT Test Day 2013

Waking up on what would be my second SMMT Test Day down at the iconic and really rather surreal and wonderful Millbrook Proving Ground (the place Fifth Gear and Top Gear often use) in Bedfordshire, I was just as excited … Continue reading

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YouTube Video Footage of the Audi B8 RS4 Avant at Millbrook Proving Ground SMMT Test Day 2013 – Acceleration Engine Noise on Red High Speed Bowl

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Ford Focus Zetec S EcoBoost 1-litre 125PS Hatchback road test review by Oliver Hammond

You’re right. Twelve months ago, we did indeed conduct a week-long test of another Ford with ‘Eco’ in its name. That was the 1.6-litre diesel ECOnetic Mondeo. You’re also quite right that we reviewed a Ford Focus earlier this year, … Continue reading

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Fiat 500 1.3 Multijet diesel Lounge road test review by Oliver Hammond

Go on – admit it. The Fiat 500 is one cute car. Even if you share my preference for large cars, you can’t deny that this little chap looks delightful. Many of my regular readers kept excitedly asking me when … Continue reading

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New Kia Rio 1.4 CRDi 3 EcoDynamics 3-door road test review by Oliver Hammond

The new Rio marks the fourth generation in the lineage of this popular model from Korean firm Kia. For the first time in the Rio’s history, a 3-door is available. The all-new Rio faces stiff opposition from the Fiesta, Clio, … Continue reading

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Alfa Romeo 166 V6 spot photo from @renaultvelsatis

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New 2012 SEAT Ibiza 5dr FR 2.0 TDI 143PS road test review by Oliver Hammond

Having had a SEAT in our household fleet for over four years, my desire to put the Iberian firm’s new, revised Ibiza in range-topping FR guise through its paces was high – especially in light of the impressive headline figures … Continue reading

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Peugeot 308CC Coupe Cabriolet e-HDi 1.6 Diesel 112 Active Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

The weather in the UK had been atrocious for the past couple of months, but although an amphibious vehicle might have been more apt for my next review car, I was quite excited at the prospect of the new, revised … Continue reading

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Ford Fiesta Metal 1.6 TiVCT Duratec 134PS Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

Think Ford and chances are that a lot of you may well think Fiesta. Since its launch in 1976 the Fiesta has enjoyed a fantastically successful life – and still does to this day. The year 1980 heralded the first … Continue reading

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White Volkswagen VW Phaeton diesel with red badge

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BMW 1-Series 1M Coupe from @renaultvelsatis

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2012 Suzuki Swift Sport Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

The Original Suzuki Swift Sport went down a treat in 2006, attracting acclaim and respect from virtually everybody who drove one. But for me, popping my Suzuki Swift Sport cherry with this, the all-new 2012 model, how did I rate … Continue reading

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