It’s the 1st January and I’m sitting down to write my first blog of 2015. Christmas 2014 is all but a distant memory; memories of 2014 have been filed away with all the other ones.

I’ve read all the “top cars of 2014” lists from all major motoring publications and blogs that I can find. Heck, I’ve even written my own list for Changing Lanes – so I can’t even be too cynical about them.

But we shall look back no more and now hearts and minds are firmly set on 2015.

If you could be granted ten car or motoring related wishes for 2015 (and I don’t mean that BMW i8 you want delivered next week) what would they be?

Here are mine for what it’s worth.

  1. The Alfa Romeo revival WILL finally happen this summer.
  2. Stop teasing Ford – give us that Focus RS before year end in the metal.
  3. There will be some surprises left before the big motor shows, not the drip feed of “reveals” that starts six weeks beforehand.
  4. Press embargoes on spanking new cars will be obeyed by everyone.
  5. Manufacturers – please no more niches with silly names. Give us the cars but not the cringey names.
  6. Press releases and news stories about new cars will refrain from using the popular and catchy phrase “breaks cover” to describe the big reveal of a new, facelifted or revised model. It was good the first time I read it, I’ve probably used it myself and then regretted it and now it just joins the long list of other overused motoring phrases and clichés. Avoid at all costs.
  7. Audi will release a car that actually does not look like every other Audi that ever roamed the planet. The Audi Prologue concept was billed as a “new departure for Audi design” under new design chief Marc Lichte. I was expecting something a bit more radical. It wasn’t.
  8. In a dramatic move, the Irish Government will slash motor tax on all pre 2008 registered cars.
  9. People will only drive with fog lamps on when there is actual fog or really poor visibility.
  10. People will just drive better. Learn how to use roundabouts properly. Indicate. Slow down on rural roads. Put the phone down when driving.

Is that too much to ask?

Caroline Kidd