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  2. Correct, there are no public public companies that ultimately belong to one country. Private companies is a different story of course. It contributes to the German economy because of the taxes paid in Germany, the wages paid and then spent onwards in Germany and the all the transactions and economic activities that the German operations and their employees carry out because of that companies existence. In the same way a JLR factory in Liverpool also has these effects for the UK economy and that's why governments are not fussed about registered headquarters locations on inwards investors.
  3. I have to challenge that view, which is very common in the UK it seems. Look, what's your goal in buying a British vehicle? I'm guessing that it's to buy a product of British engineering, according to a British philosophy and perhaps even that it be built in the UK and create UK jobs. Very few people care about where the money goes since that doesn't affect any of these things. Still fewer people seem to grasp what they are talking about when it comes to "foreign owned" either. Major foreign car companies are publicy listed. That means that if you are concerned about ownership then you ha
  4. Fantastic car and fantastic colour, although I would say that... Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
  5. Bibs, I bought one of these, diesel and all for my mother this time last year. Not sure if that a recommendation or not! She wanted a practical small car that would be good on fuel and looking at Kia Cee'ds and the like. All very well and good value for money but not exactly fun. Once she had a go in the DS3 the deal was done. It's a fun little car to run about in ( which I did for a couple of weeks). Great looking, lots of toys and it's a good steer. Quicker, more direct steering than the various minis I've had, nice gearbox and enough shove to have fun. Silly mpg too. I'd have one mysel
  6. So my car is at B and C for the recall and I asked them to sort a refurb on one of my rears. Right now Phil is stumped, unable to find anyone who can do it. Not the usual ones they use and not Lepsons. Trying to find out from Lotus what to do as it stands. Problem seems to the wheel being 2 different colours.
  7. That would be me. It was Tom Purves car in fact. It is Empire Green with sand leather, no Union Jack on the back though.
  8. Us London Evora owners do exist, apart from me u regularly see another Evora is a snazzy blue round my area.
  9. Saward right. You have got to be joking. I'll concede he was right that Tony would pay his wages if he did as he was told.
  10. The Aston has a fantastic sense of solidity and quality inside. What looks like metal is metal, what looks like a piano black plastic facia is lovely piece of veneered wood, everything is lovely to touch and smell. You can't beat it this side of a Bentley really. My Evora is a bit of a tarts boudour example, extra leather cladding, gold stitching etc. I think I read somewhere that Lotus had some help from Astons craftsmen when thinking about improving interior quality, that makes sense to me looking at my car and also the my12. Very similar slap everything in leather and stitching approach.
  11. I've just come from a Vantage to an Evora S (they said it would never happen!). The Vantage is a great feel good car, a fantastic place to be. Once you get used to it, you'll find it really is a fun thing to drive too with a lovely noise. The Astons have a sense of weight and heft engineered into the controls, sometimes people coming from other marques mistake this for a lack of agility or speed which is really not the case once you appreciate what it's about. Make sure you have the gearbox mod on an early car to stop the sticky 1st to 2nd shift and you need premium audio for resale. I had
  12. When I was first able to buy a real sports car, after driving not so hot hatches as a lad, I bought a VX220. I had fancied an Elan m100 for ages, my first decent job let me get just enough money for a VX though and not enough for an Elise. I loved that car, everything I had read about balance, steering feel etc was right there. I felt quite the lad driving about in that car, roof off, driving just for fun. I sold it to by furniture for my first place and it was a mistake. Since then I've had various faster, more expensive cars. I berated people on other sites slamming the Evora and Lotus si
  13. Lotus Evora S (2011) Date Added: 06 July 2012 - 08:35 PM Owner: Cathalm Short Description: Ex Tom Purves Evora S (advisory council bloke, ex Rolls Royce cars boss). It's a special projects car in empire green, supposedly the colour of the Lotus Carlton but I'm told it's not the same. The car is a 2+0 with a full sand leather interior with gold stiching. The leather is apparently unusually done with areas like the sills, console bottom, windscreen base panel and boot panel covered in lovely soft leather. Full leather doors inc. soft touch MY12 style door handles. MY12 shift cables,
  14. Christ, my first post is about naming cars. The Mrs is a great enthusiast of naming everything not just cars. Recent names for cars have included: VX220: Dicky Mini: Biff Second Mini: Kiff (I dunno) Alfa: Fonso TVR: Roly Aston: Roger And my new Evora S which I have had less than a week has already been named.......Jim But then, my Mrs is a strange beast. She also calls her hair Tony and despite my dog being called Wellington, she insists on calling him bungle chops. She's Chinese, I blame that.
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