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'The Grand Tour' is officially the most popular show to premiere on Amazon Prime Video. Along with Netflix, the streaming service is notoriously secretive about viewing figures, so it didn't reveal how many people have watched it so far. All it would say is that "millions" streamed the first episode.

This meant it leapfrogged Nazi drama 'The Man in the High Castle' to become Amazon's most-watched original premiere.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement: "The guys are back, doing what they do best – the chemistry between Jeremy [Clarkson], Richard [Hammond] and James [May] is what makes 'The Grand Tour' so entertaining.

"Their creativity, along with the amazing production quality and 4K HDR streaming, has Prime members responding in a big way. Kudos and congrats to the whole team."

But not everyone is so thrilled about the new show. Clarkson has already offended members of the travelling community with a quip comparing the peripatetic nature of the show to members of the travelling community.

"We're going to be like gypsies," he said, "only the cars we drive are going to be insured."

Some viewers were also less than impressed with the second episode, which saw the presenters take up arms in order to see off fake terrorists.

Still, it hasn't done anything to harm the show's popularity. In fact, the show is so big that the presenters are launching their own social network for car fans. Called DriveTribe, it launched today.

DriveTribe has been about a year in the making. Clarkson and co have called on vloggers, writers, bloggers, photographers and videographers all over the world to create exclusive content dedicated to adventure.

The network will see motorists of all forms separated into 'tribes'.

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