About MSN Cars
Welcome to MSN Cars. MSN Cars is one of the most popular motoring websites in the UK, with independent figures suggesting the site receives over one million unique users per month.
In July 2009, judges from throughout the motor industry voted MSN Cars 'automotive website of the year' in the Headline Auto awards. Judges liked "the sheer reach of MSN Cars... they are well placed to bring different stories to different audiences and do so in an engaging way. It has an energetic vibe that projects enthusiasm."
In December 2011, a number of staff on MSN Cars and its freelancers won awards at the annual Guild of Motoring Writers awards, including the New Media award (for the second time) for Ian Dickson and Editor of the Year for Tom Evans.
As well as all the news, reviews, galleries and video you would expect from a leading car website, we also have the most comprehensive coverage on the web of all the major motor shows including Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Geneva and Detroit, with real-time coverage on unveilings during the first day of the shows with photo galleries, streaming video and interactive video together with top quality editorial coverage.
We also offer motorsport coverage from our partners crash.net, packed photo galleries and wallpapers, and offer access to maps and journey planning tools. We have commercial partnerships with some class leaders in their fields such as Auto Trader (for used cars), Love Money (for insurance), Warranty Direct (for car warranties), and Reg Transfers (for number plates).
We strive to offer excellent, timely content, and have become one of the UK's leading motoring websites. If you have any queries, comments or complaints about MSN Cars, or would like to advertise on our site or form a partnership do please let us know:
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The MSN Cars team
Tim Pollard - Managing Editor
Tim edits MSN Cars and is responsible for the content and strategy of the site. A lifelong motoring fan, he’s been lucky enough to combine his love of cars and journalism for the past 15 years – and still can’t quite believe he’s paid to write about cars every day of the year. He worked his way up from local newspapers through the ranks of Autocar and What Car? to become associate editor of CAR magazine, where he worked for six years before joining MSN in 2013. In 2007 he was named the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Journalist of the Year.
Current car: Normally found in a different test car, but owns a Mini Cooper
All-time favourite car: Porsche Cayman (pictured right). “Preferably a 2.9 on 17in rims please”
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Ian Dickson - Senior Editor
Ian is the senior editor of MSN Cars, deputising for the managing editor and helping to run the site on a daily basis, hunting out the latest news and writing reviews and features.Before this he worked on Test Drive magazine where he was a features writer, and before that spent two years on the consumer and roadtest desks of What Car? He has won the Newspress New Media Award twice in the Guild of Motoring Writers Awards.In his spare time, Ian has written for Auto Express, Jack, T3 and the Fifth Gear website, and started his journalism life in the more sober role of editor in an internal communications agency.
Current car: I've been running a Jaguar XF 2.2d for the last six months
All time favourite car: "Where do I start? My all time favourite real-world car is a BMW 335d, alongisde which I would park a Porsche 911 (997) Turbo, a Ferrari 599GTB (pictured right), an Audi RS4 and a '70s 911."
Steve Walker - Content Editor
As an MSN Cars content editor, Steve's job involves writing news and features for the site editing content and building web pages. He has over a decade of experience covering cars and the motor industry as a journalist and editor, contributing to a varied range of titles from the Wall Street Journal to Coach and Bus Week.
"I'm between cars at the moment. Sharing my wife's elderly SEAT Ibiza, to her on-going annoyance, and contemplating a bold and irresponsible used car purchase."
All-time favourite car:
"It's a tricky one. The BMW 535d Touring has always struck me as borderline perfect as an all-rounder and the Nissan GT-R is incredible, for its engineering if not its looks. I guess we're talking money and practicality no-object here though, so I'll just have a Lamborghini Murciélago. Please."
Vicki Butler-Henderson - regular contributor
Vicki is a founding-presenter for Channel Five's Fifth Gear, a motoring journalist and a racing driver.
She has previously presented the BBC's Top Gear and been a Road Tester for Auto Express and What Car? magazines, as well as writing for many other publications since the age of 17.
Range Rover HSE, Mk II VW Golf GTI, Ducati Monster 750 motorbike.
All time favourite car:
"Lamborghini Diablo GT (pictured). The last of the great supercars in my opinion - a proper rear-drive, V12-powered 200mph+ machine that demanded my full attention to drive it hard."
Peter Burgess - Motoring Journalist
Peter's been a motoring journalist for some 30 years, starting off on Motoring Which? after a period as a mechanical engineer. He left which to become a presenter on Top Gear for a couple of series and since then has written about almost every car on the planet as editor of the Daily Express World Car Guide as well as producing his own title, the UK Car Catalogue. He helped launch MSN Cars in 2001, a juror on the World Car of the Year Awards, and a former chairman of the Guild of Motoring Writers.
Current car: Porsche 911. "It's a 1991 964 Carrera 4 coupe, which I've had since 1999. I keep looking at 'better' 911's but my car is such a peach I might never change it."
All time favourite car: "For a long time I would have said the Ferrari Dino 246 coupe. It certainly wasn't a disappointment when I drive one for a day in 2006. But I also have a soft spot for old Lotus, and having owned four, I have recently added yet another baby Elan (right) to sit nicely alongside the 911."
Richard Aucock - Motoring Journalist
Richard writes editorial for all areas of the site, including news, road tests, features and reports from the major motor shows. He has been writing since 1998, after winning a motor writing prize for aspiring young journalists while still at University.
Working at Motoring Research since 2001, Richard won the Saab Young Motoring Journalist of the Year award in December 2005 and the Headline Auto 'rising star of the year' award in 2009.
Golf GTI Mk 2 (right). "It remains great, even after 18 years."
Christopher Hubbard - Motoring Journalist
Christopher began working at editorial agency Motoring Research soon after graduating from Coventry University's MA in Automotive Journalism in 2006. So far he hasn't crashed anything and is thoroughly enjoying fulfilling the ambition he's always had to become a motoring writer. Don't ask him about working in retail though, or he might start to twitch...
"Ford SportKa. Best. Gearbox. Ever. BMW E34 520i. "£800 three years ago and still going. Just."
All-time favourite car: "No such thing - that's like asking for a single favourite film. Realistically, I think I'd like an R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R (right) - enough performance to smoke most supercars out of sight."
James Ruppert - Used Car Expert
James Ruppert sold BMWs in the '80s, then wrote the seminal Dealing with Car Dealers which revealed for the first time how the car trade operated.
As a journalist he's had an 18 year stint with Car Magazine as their used car guru, is still an Agony Uncle for the Independent on Sunday and a Special Correspondent for Autocar, as well as now a used car contributor to MSN Cars. At MSN he has overseen a new section around his love of high quality but good value used cars, called Bangernomics, and regularly answers users' motoring questions on his message board.
He is founder of vehicle inspection company Used Car Checks and he's also done telly and radio with a spectacular lack of success. He has recently published The British Car Industry: Our Part in its Downfall, a wry and well-received look at the demise of British Leyland and its sundry constituent parts. James has four vehicles with current MOTs and at his time of life quite fancies a Bristol, or Jensen Interceptor (right).
Jamie Cullen - Web Producer
Jamie is the web producer for MSN Cars, which involves building web pages and other web systems, writing headlines, editing copy and images, promoting the site through social media and too many other things to count. He came here after spending three years as a production editor on Channel 4's 4Car site, where his greatest achievement was to be given an Xbox 360 for reviewing driving games on, one month before the site closed down forever.
Before entering the world of cars he worked for the NHS, a landscape modelling company, Southern Railways, several colleges and a waste disposal firm in Sheffield.
Zora Suleman - Video Presenter
Zora is an accomplished broadcaster who presents many of our "drive story" coverage and videos of motoring events like the British Motor Show. She has been working in the media since the age of 11, and recent assignments include reading the news for leading London radio stations Capital FM and Capital Gold, and on Channel 4's breakfast-TV show RI:SE.
The MSN Cars team write a regular blog - visit it here
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Steve Walker: 0203 425 1085