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Dave Leggett | 17 November 2003

Yesterday's Sunday Times motoring section carries an interesting review by Jeremy Clarkson of the Peugeot 307 CC. He really wades into Peugeot for making such a big and heavy car and giving it an underpowered engine. Peugeot people won't enjoy reading the review. Clarkson is pretty influential and his BBC Top Gear programme is very popular in Britain. I've come to like Clarkson's style although his writing (and presenting) style is sometimes a little laboured with all the metaphors he loves to shoehorn in. He can come across as a bit smug too, but at least he's basically honest and people can see that. His columns - automotive and non-automotive - are never dull and always worth a read. The targets of his sarcasm usually deserve it too - although I suspect there are people at Vauxhall/Opel who would disagree with that.

Occasionally, people who work as journalists at the consumer end of this business like to find an outlet for industry stuff they pick up that wouldn't sit well in a consumer context. Wonder if JC would like to write an occasional column for just-auto? I'll drop him a line. His ex-BBC colleague Quentin Wilson has done so before, but these guys tend to be pretty busy and that's the main problem.


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