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Quiz: Brilliant and not-so brilliant British cars

Quiz: Brilliant and not-so brilliant British cars

Just how great is the British car industry? And what about the cars it produces? Britain, like any other nation, has enjoyed its fair share of ups and downs. There have been success stories, and then there have been British cars that have ruined their makers and reduced grown men to tears.

To test your knowledge of the landmark cars and places that have shaped the jigsaw of the British car industry over the years, we’ve devised a devilishly difficult quiz – well, difficult for those that can’t picture the difference between a Mini and a Maxi.

So without further delay, put on your thinking cap and see how much you know about Britain’s brilliant and not-so brilliant cars.

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England wins the Euros… for cars. Mini beats Belgium’s Land Rover

Euros for cars Group B original Mini

The Euros for Cars has been decided. And just like the real thing there was a surprise in store with the winner coming from a nation unused to winning football tournaments, after thousands of votes were cast on Twitter for Green Flag’s car shootout. The winner of the Euros for Cars 2016 was… England!

In order to triumph, England ‑ represented by the original Mini ‑ had to overcome a strong challenge from Belgium which had the Minerva Land Rover Series I wearing its colours.

The final, voted for on Twitter #Eurocars2016 was a cagey affair. And it’s probably fair to say that like the Euro 2016 football competition, it needed extra time to decide the result thanks to two competitors who were so evenly matched. When the counting was over, England came out on top. But only just. The Mini recorded 57 per cent of the vote compared to 43 per cent for the Minerva Land Rover. Continue reading

Euros for Cars semi-finals: Spain’s bullish Seat Leon takes on England’s mighty Mini. Vote now!

Euros for Cars 2016 Seat Leon vs Mini

Can England beat Spain in Green Flag’s Euros for Cars 2016? Follow the semi-final clash on Twitter, using #Eurocars2016

The line-up for the Euros for Cars 2016 semi-finals has been decided, and it promises closely fought, wheel-to-wheel action which anyone using Twitter can get involved in. Tonight, from 7pm, Spain’s bullish Leon hatchback will take on England and everybody’s favourite classic car, the plucky pint-size Mini.

The action doesn’t stop there. Tomorrow night Albania will tackle Belgium, in a clash between the robust Mercedes E-Class, which makes for a hard working taxi in Albania, and the even more rugged Minerva, a Land Rover that was built under licence in Belgium for the nation’s armed forces.

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Euros for Cars Group B: Meet the contenders

Euros for cars Group B

Here are the cars for Group B in our Euros for Cars contest. The idea is simple. You vote for your favourite car on Twitter using #Eurocars2016 when the two countries play each other in the Euro 2016 football tournament. As in the real Euros, the cars then get three points for winning the most votes, one point if it’s a draw and nothing for losing. The cars with the most points progress through to the knock-out stages.

Over the next few days we’ll be publishing an outline of the cars that are taking part. For each of the 24 countries in Euro 2016, we’ve selected a car that we think best represents each country. Of course not all the nations have a car industry. For those that don’t we’ve chosen cars popular or made in that country, or in some cases, cars that were once built or will be built there.

In the run up to the first games of the tournament here are the cars in Group B.

England

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Used car buying guide: cars that make you laugh out loud. Why the Mazda MX-5, Mini Cooper S and Toyota GT86 are the best £15,000 fun cars

 

£15,000 fun cars

The Mini Cooper S is one of the most fun used cars for £15,000 (Picture © Mini)

When was the last time you laughed out loud while driving? If the answer’s no, you’ll be needing one of our £15,000 fun cars.

Admit it, the fun has all but vanished from driving. Or has it? Don’t let torturous traffic, potholes the size of a swimming pool, and wearisome weather get you down. Change your car for one that will make you laugh out loud, and open your eyes and mind to how getting from A to B can be a pleasure rather than a chore.

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Video: Car makers rev up their adverts for the 2016 Super Bowl 50

Serena Williams 2016 Super Bowl Mini advert

This Sunday, NFL’s Super Bowl 50 kicks off and touches down on televisions, laptops and smartphones in hundreds of million of homes around the world. American football’s game of the year gets underway at 23.30 (GMT) on Sunday, with Brits able to watch it on BBC2. And because it pulls in huge audiences, there’s an equally huge amount of advertising surrounding it – especially from car companies. So even if you don’t like American football, the ad breaks are well worth a watch.

Last year, more than 114 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl on TV – in North America alone. And judging by some of the statistics flying around the 50th Super Bowl, that means more than a billion chicken wings will be devoured, a whole lot of Bud’ will be guzzled and one or two over-eager fans will regret trying to impersonate the cheerleaders of the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

All the stops are pulled out by advertising creatives for Super Bowl, even more so for this year’s Super Bowl 50. But we won’t get to see the ads on the BBC. So here they are…

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