Jeremy Clarkson lends voice to TomTom satnav

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Sep 11, 2011

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If you've always wanted Jeremy Clarkson's acerbic commentary to be part of your road trip--and if you happen to live in either Europe, South Africa, New Zealand or the United States--then you're in luck as satellite navigation system manufacturer TomTom has signed up the Top Gear host to be the voice of its latest product.

According to the British Sunday broadsheet, The Sunday Times, where Clarkson is a columnist, instead of the usual "do a U-turn where possible" instruction, Clarkson will be telling the driver to execute a handbrake turn where it is safe to do so.

"It is mostly about the tone of voice I use," Clarkson said in the report. "There's a tone of voice I use when ordering people to do things, so, 'I said left, left, I said left', you know, that kind of thing. It's not a gentle sat nav voice, put it like that."

Besides Clarkson's voice, the new TomTom device will also reportedly have the tame racing driver, the Stig, giving directions.

"You can put it in Stig mode, apparently, which is when nothing happens. It doesn't speak to you at all," Clarkson added. "So you can either have Stig or me and personally I would use the Stig most."

TomTom is also supposedly keen on recruiting Clarkson's Top Gear co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, to make their own recordings for the system. Clarkson, though, thinks it's a bad idea.

"Hammond, well that wouldn't work because he hasn't got the patience. James May genuinely doesn't have a sense of direction. We were in a hotel in Brazil recently and I said good night to him in reception and came down in the morning and he was still wandering about with his suitcase because he couldn't find his room," Clarkson shared.

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Clarkson is the latest addition to TomTom's roster of celebrity voices, joining Roger Moore, Snoop Dogg, Bugs Bunny, KITT and Darth Vader in lending their voices to the satellite navigation system manufacturer.

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