Survey Says

Do you name your car? If you do, you're not alone

Skoda recently sponsored a poll of 2,000 U.K. car owners to find out what they've named their vehicle.

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Rhonda the Honda? Jack the Cadillac? Mamba the Mazda? Bullet the Mustang? Some of us have chosen to name our cars just for the fun of it while others have been pushed into it by registering their vehicle with the manufacturer's website to schedule maintenance.

A March 2020 poll of 2,000 motorists in the U.K. revealed that nearly a third of respondents have named their car. Thirty-two percent said that they have given their car a name, with a quarter of those saying that they have named three or more vehicles in their lifetime.

GOodyear car name generator graphic Goodyear has provided a helpful car name generator.Photo country of Goodyear

Some of the respondents divulged their vehicle names with 450 examples given. Some were repeats including: Betty, Freddie, Daisy, and Rosie. Other answers were more unique with Beyoncé, Harrison Ford, and Elvis Presley all being listed. Bubbles, Beast, The Brussel Sprout, Zorro, and Ketchup were also shared.

Other owners revealed that they had named their vehicles after family members or loved ones.

Why did they choose the names? The most popular reasons given was simply because it made the car owner chuckle (29 percent). Twenty percent of drivers picked a name because they thought the car looked like that particular name.

The survey also found that female drivers were almost twice as likely as male drivers to name their car, meanwhile, men were much more likely to use the name of a loved one or relative (12 percent) compared to women (six percent).

Where people live dictates how likely they were to give their vehicle a nickname. Thirty-seven percent of those living in the West Midlands named their model while 25 percent of those living in Scotland and Wales were likely to have the same behavior.

It's not unusual for owners to be attached to their vehicles but 10 percent of motorists surveyed said that they love their car more than their spouse or partner. One in seven said that the love of their vehicle superseded their love for their parents or siblings.

The survey was sponsored by Skoda.

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The Land Rover Defender Hard Top is designed to help with fleet tasks.

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The Land Rover Defender is once again getting the commercial vehicle treatment. The company will restore the Hard Top name to its lineup for versions of the Defender 90 and 100 later this year. The Hard Top are dates back to 1950 the the introduction of demountable Hard Tops gave early Series Land Rovers added security and protection from the elements.

The new model is slated to be as tough as the traditional Defender, which offers 4x4 capability beneath its technologically advanced yet ruggedly styled body. It will share its fixed metal roof and silhouette with the iconic original.

2021 Land Rover Defender Hard Top The Defender Hard Top revives a name first introduced 70 years ago.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

"We will maximize the functionality and usability of New Defender's cargo area, with tough materials and clever storage solutions to ensure it surpasses the capability of any previous Defender Hard Top," said Michael van der Sande, Managing Director, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations.

Both Hard Top models will feature an independent coil-sprung suspension with an advanced electronic air suspension available on the 110 model. Both the 90 and 110 will have off-road chops - a ground clearance of 291mm, while the 110 Hard Top will have approach, breakover and departure angles of up to 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively (in Off-Road height). Full technical details will be confirmed later this year.

"New Defender 90 and 110 Hard Top will be the toughest, most capable and most connected commercial 4x4s we have ever produced," said Nick Collins, Land Rover Vehicle Line Director. "They have been engineered to meet global safety standards and deliver impressive long-haul comfort, giving businesses and professionals the best of all worlds."

2021 Land Rover Defender Hard Top Land Rover will carry over the Defender's traditional capability into the new model.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

The models will have a towing capacity of 3,500 kg. Hard Top models haven no second- or third-row seats. A first-row jump seat will be available, which would bring up the seating capacity from two to three.

The interior of the models won't skimp on amenities, offering the same infotainment, safety, and driver assist technology as the traditional Defender.

Fleet owners can use the Remote smartphone app to track of the location, fuel level and journey history of their vehicle remotely, for ultimate peace of mind and security.

Land Rover is pricing the model from £35,500 (plus VAT) in the UK. Additional information will be available later this year.

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BBR has upgraded the offerings of their Super 220 package with the new Super 225 package.

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UK-based Mazda tuner BBR Motorsports has announced a new tuning upgrade for all 2005 and younger third-generation (NC) MX-5 Miatas with 2.0-liter engines. The modification is part of the new Super 225 package.

The upgrade builds on BBR's previously available Super 200 conversion. It gives the car an additional 67 bhp and 36 pound-feet of torque. In a car that only weighs 2,400 pounds off the line, that's a significant boost.

"The main challenge for our development program was optimising the intake side of the engine by switching to bespoke independent throttle bodies (ITB's,)" said BBR's Neil McKay, "while retaining the standard Mazda Denso engine management system and under bonnet layout."

2005 Mazda MX-5 Miata The car only weigh around 2,400 pound initially so the horsepower upgrade is substantial.Photo courtesy of BBR

Each modification is completely reversible.

"To maximise performance the OEM Mazda MAF sensor and plenum chamber are dispensed with for the Super 225 conversion, but the original factory drive by wire throttle configuration is retained and integrated into the BBR independent throttle body set up. Here is where BBR's close partnership with EcuTek enabled us to develop an ECU calibration to accommodate this new hardware, which entailed a considerable amount of dyno time and road testing to accumulate mileage and refine the end package," McKay said.

In the end, the MX-5 ends up with 224 bhp and 174 pound-feet of torque. Over 170 pound-feet of that torque is available from 4,000-6,000 rpm, with more than 150 pound-feet available from 3000 rpm all the way up to the 7800 rpm rev limiter.

BBR has ensured that the Super 225 upgrade is fully UK MOT emissions compliant. Following the upgrade, the car can run on either 98 or 95 octane fuel, while an optional BBR air filter is advisable for everyday use.

2005 Mazda MX-5 Miata All modifications are fully UK MOT emissions compliant.Photo courtesy of BBR

BBR Super 225 package includes:

  • BBR stainless steel 4 into 1 exhaust manifold
  • BBR high performance intake and exhaust camshafts
  • BBR 3.5 - inch diameter branded tailpipes with stainless steel clamps
  • BBR badges for front wings and boot lid
  • Drive by wire controlled direct to head billet 45mm DCOE throttle body assemblies
  • Bespoke BBR aluminium ram pipe support/backing plate (carbon-fibre option available)
  • Bespoke BBR DBW system – complete OEM ECU integration
  • Bespoke BBR air rail for MAP and servo feed
  • Alloy inlet ram pipe curved extensions
  • CNC machined 20mm alloy inlet ram pipes - black and silver anodised for OEM style discrete appearance
  • Optional BBR foam air filter available

Priced at £3495.00 for a DIY package option, or £4295.00 for a drive-in, drive-out installation at BBR's Brackley HQ, the BBR Super 225 package is on-sale now. Owners of BBR Super 200 converted cars can migrate to this new level of performance for just £2495.00 fitted.

The Super 225's BBR independent drive by wire throttle body package hardware is also available in isolation for any Mazda MX-5 NC engine, priced from just £1795.00 with optional BBR foam air filter at £65.00 excluding VAT.

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