liam bird

I'm Liam Bird, a freelance Motoring Writer based in the South Shropshire Marches. I currently write car reviews and road tests for a number of regional lifestyle magazines and newspapers which are distributed throughout Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, most of Wales and beyond.

As a member of the Welsh Group of Motoring Writers I'm as happy behind the wheel of a super-mini as I am in the latest super-car. I have press accreditation with most of the major motor manufacturers, meaning that as well as always being on the look out for further commissions, I always have a number of cars arriving each month ready to review.

Find out more on my website or Twitter.

03 Apr 2016

 

   “Whatever you do don’t call it a Citroen” said the delivery driver before handing me the keys to what I should correctly refer to as the DS4 Crossback. Or is it a 4 Crossback from DS Automobiles? The truth is I’m still not really quite sure.

   Using the kind of infinite wisdom that only Citroen can, the ever-so slightly out-there and archetypally French manufactuerer des...

10 Mar 2016

 

   Jazz: a type of music, black American in origin which emerged at the beginning of the 20th century, characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and usually a regular or forceful rhythm.

Or automotively speaking…

   Honda Jazz: A small hatchback sub-compact type car Japanese in origin which was first seen in Europe in 2002,...

22 Feb 2016

   One look at what’s parked on your local High Street is probably all it takes to tell you that SUVs (that’s Sports Utility Vehicles) are proving rather popular these days. So popular in fact that for the first time, last year, sales of small and mid-sized SUVs, be they four–wheel drive or just those just pretending, out-sold hatchbacks. SUV registrations rose 24% in 2015 to 3.2 million, and...

02 Feb 2016

 

    The Suzuki Jimny, the smallest SUV on the market I’m reliably informed, has believe it not, been around since 1998 and it’s simple, upright squared-off, wheel-in-each-corner, spare-wheel-on-the-back, Land-Rover Defender-that’s-been boil-washed stance has never really changed. A thorough freshening up in 2013 that saw the Jimny gain a new front bumper, restyled grille and a new...

02 Feb 2016

A vital emergency service in Wales was given a boost to start 2016 with a £500 donation from Welsh Motoring Writers.

Established on St David’s Day 2001, Wales Air Ambulance has launched almost 23,000 emergency flights and one of its three helicopters can reach any part of Wales in 20 minutes – vitally important in capitalising on the crucial window for treatment and recovery.

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15 Jan 2016

 

    I’m not normally one to get too excited upon the news of the launch of a new MPV. I don’t have children, I don’t manage a sports team or claim membership to a club. I don’t run a small business that requires a van. I’ve never felt the urge to take up a “lifestyle” type hobby either – I don’t even have a drum-kit – and seldom do I need a vehicle that can carry seven adults. Anyway...

20 Dec 2015

 

   Just before my brother arrived in 1969, my dad, in need of a family car, bought a Vauxhall Viva HB estate. Four years later when I came along the Viva was still providing reliable transport, and thanks to dad’s careful ownership, cautious driving style, and near religious standards of home servicing, it did so for quite a few years after that.  As time went on though childhood...

29 Nov 2015

 

    Take a browse at Mazda’s website or flick through one of their brochures and it won’t be too long before you stumble upon one of their buzzwords. For quite some time Mazda have been banging on about their KODO – Soul of Motion design philosophy and their award winning SKYACTIV technology. And rightly so. Modern Mazdas are easy on the eye and dare I say it, good to drive, and...

10 Nov 2015

     Despite its chunky bodywork and go-anywhere looks it’s probably fair to say that most BMW X5s were bought more for their perceived safety on the school-run than they ever were for their cross-country abilities. You get the feeling that right from the outset BMW knew that was going to be the case too; they cannily called the X5 a Sports Activity Vehicle  (rather than Sports Utility Vehicle...

26 Oct 2015

   

Superb (adjective). Of excellent quality; very great. splendid, grand.

    You’ve got to be pretty confident if you’re going put a badge on the boot-lid of one of your cars saying that, even if it is your range-topper, but, that’s what Skoda have done, and it’s not the first time either. In the 1930’s even when Skoda were a renowned luxury...

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