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Amazon's new car show featuring the former 'Top Gear' team finally has a name. The show – fronted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, and produced by ex-'Top Gear' producer Andy Wilman – will be called 'The Grand Tour'.

This is apparently a nod to an 18th century rite of passage whereby a young aristocrat would travel around Europe mingling with fellow members of the upper crust.

Announcing the name, Clarkson said in a statement: "We'll be travelling the world hosting each episode in a different country, from a giant tent. It's a sort of 'grand tour', if you like. So we've decided to call it 'The Grand Tour'."

Richard Hammond added: "We are like our pioneering and prospecting forebears, sallying forth into a new frontier of broadcasting, and making our home."

While James May said: "I wanted to call it Nigel or Roger. We needed a name, and they're names."

The trio made fun of their inability to come up with a name for the show, three series of which were bought by Amazon for £160 million. It will air on Amazon Prime Video in the autumn, and will rival the BBC's new-look 'Top Gear', which will be hosted by Chris Evans and Matt Leblanc.

The new 'Top Gear' will air on Amazon's rival Netflix in countries other than the UK.

Source: The Guardian

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