2015 Auto Show Calendar and Barcelona F1

Edmunds.com has a very useful calendar for the major US and International auto shows in 2015 here.

The next big show is the Barcelona International Motor Show, which is cunningly timed to coincide with the F1 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona this weekend.  The show runs from 9th to 17th May, with the Grand Prix weekend starting Friday 8th.

Can you think of a better way to spend the weekend than watching what may well be the watershed race of the season, and then peruse the latest European automotive machinery?

Why is his such an important race?  Three reasons: Ferrari have been nipping at the heals of Mercedes at every race this year after making great gains following the disappointing (for Ferrari) 2014 season.  Traditionally manufacturers release enhancement packages to their cars at the Spanish Grand Prix.  We hear that both Mercedes and Ferrari have new components in their cars this weekend.

It all points to a distinct possibility that Ferrari could win their first race of 2015.

And what could you look forward to the following week at the show?  Seat are  set to reveal their new Neuvo Ibiza ahead of the market launch early 2016. If you are not familiar with the Seat brand, its the Spanish arm of the VW Audi Group.  They specialise in making small, chic and well engineered cars for a reasonable price.

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What Car? Auto Reliability Survey Results

What Car? have issued the results of their 2015 UK warranty survey on the reliability of cars of between 3 to 8 years old.  It showed that autos made by Japanese manufacturers were the most reliable, and (surprisingly) those made by the Germans amongst the worst.

The top three were Top of the poll was Honda, Suzuki and Toyota.  Whilst the worst was the (German owned) Bentley, with Porsche, Mercedes Benz and Audi just above.

It should be noted that repair costs were a factor in the scoring mechanism, and spare parts for a Bentley or a Porsche are going to be a lot more than for a Honda or a Suzuki.

1 Honda
2 Suzuki
3 Toyota
4 Chevrolet / Mazda
6 Ford
7 Lexus
8 Skoda
9 Hyundai / Nissan / Subaru
12 Daewoo / Peugeot
14 Fiat
15 Citroen
16 Smart
17 Mitsubishi
18 Kia
19 Vauxhall
20 Seat
21 Renault
22 Mini
23 Volkswagen
24 Rover
25 Volvo
26 Saab
27 Land Rover
28 BMW / MG
30 Jaguar
31 SsangYong
32 Mercedes-Benz
33 Chrysler
34 Audi
35 Jeep
36 Porsche
37 Bentley