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Innovative system irons out bumps

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Innovative system irons out bumps

Drivers in the UK are facing a ‘pothole crisis’, made worse this year by the ‘Beast from the East’ arctic air-mass, which delivered icy conditions that further ...

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Go on holiday safely

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Go on holiday safely

Summer is the season, when traditionally, millions of drivers hit the road for their long-awaited vacation. A YouGov survey commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman

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Autogas offers LPG trials

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Autogas offers LPG trials

Councils, businesses and fleets around the UK are being invited to experience the environmental benefits, convenience and cost saving opportunity of running the...

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Autocar recognises inspirational women

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Autocar recognises inspirational women

Autocar has named Linda Jackson, Citroën Global CEO, the most influential British woman working in the motor industry

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White van man a myth

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

White van man a myth

IAM RoadSmart has discovered that the myth of ‘white van man’ recklessly tearing his way up and down the country may be just an urban myth after all.

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Peugeot provides perfect pairing

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Peugeot provides perfect pairing

Peugeot has launched an integrated car and electric bike mobility solution, in the form of the all-new Peugeot 5008 SUV and the eF01 electric bike.

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Zap-Map releases EV route planner

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Zap-Map releases EV route planner

Zap-Map has announced the release of an integrated Route Planner within the app platform, designed to help EV drivers find suitable charge stops on their electr...

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77 fraudsters sentenced

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

77 fraudsters sentenced

A series of trials in which a total of 77 fraudsters either pleaded or were found guilty for their role in a major insurance fraud scam has concluded.

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Lighting up vehicle charging

Monday, 18 June 2018

Lighting up vehicle charging

Lampposts could be the answer to electric vehicle charging, thanks to help from researchers at WMG, University of Warwick

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Volvo steps up recycling

Monday, 18 June 2018

Volvo steps up recycling

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today announced its ambition that from 2025 at least 25% of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made ...

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Volvo invests in automotive sensor company

Monday, 18 June 2018

Volvo invests in automotive sensor company

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has completed the first strategic investment via its newly-founded investment fund by taking a stake in Luminar

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UK firms ask for flexible rates

Monday, 18 June 2018

UK firms ask for flexible rates

The UK’s SMEs are overwhelmingly calling for business rates to be made both simpler and more flexible

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Automotive industry should ‘wake up’ to diversity

Friday, 15 June 2018

Automotive industry should ‘wake up’ to diversity

This week, over fifty HR directors, MDs and CEOs from many of the leading automotive retail and manufacturing brands, service providers and industry bodies, agr...

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Anger as killer driver sentences delayed

Friday, 15 June 2018

Anger as killer driver sentences delayed

Road safety campaigners have urged the Government to introduce announced changes to sentencing for killer drivers, as families across the UK await justice.

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Volkswagen fined €1bn

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Volkswagen fined €1bn

Reuters reports that Volkswagen has been fined €1bn by German authorities over the emissions cheating scandal.

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Motorists’ costs run at £162 per month

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Motorists’ costs run at £162 per month

The average UK motorist is spending £162 per month on running their car, or almost £2,000 per year

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Smart jacket shows cyclists’ intentions

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Smart jacket shows cyclists’ intentions

Now, a group of cycle-enthusiast employees at Ford have come up with a unique wearable that enables riders to find their way around more easily, and to more cle...

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Driver training missed by EU proposals

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Driver training missed by EU proposals

A new package of EU transport proposals that promise to revolutionise road safety in coming years have been welcomed by IAM RoadSmart

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Kids march to raise road safety awareness

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Kids march to raise road safety awareness

More than 100,000 kids from across the UK will take to their streets today to raise awareness of the 39 children who are killed or injured on roads in England e...

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‘Autonomous’ is risky language

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

‘Autonomous’ is risky language

Thatcham Research and the ABI (Association of British Insurers) are today issuing an urgent call to carmakers and legislators for greater clarity around the cap...

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Data expert warns of 23% fall in repairs

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Data expert warns of 23% fall in repairs

Data experts ICDP has predicted an average 23% reduction in collision repairs across EU4 countries in 2030.

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Defeat devices found in Daimler vehicles

Monday, 11 June 2018

Defeat devices found in Daimler vehicles

Bild am Sonntag reports that Germany’s road vehicle authority KBA has found five ‘illegal switch-off devices’ in Daimler car engines.

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Kia recalls over airbag fears

Monday, 11 June 2018

Kia recalls over airbag fears

Reuters reports that more than half a million cars have been recalled in the US over an airbag problem.

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Metals recycling event announced

Friday, 08 June 2018

Metals recycling event announced

MRE is the only trade show dedicated to metals recycling.

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Tesla opens specialist bodyshops

Friday, 08 June 2018

Tesla opens specialist bodyshops

According to electrek, Tesla have planned to open its own ‘Tesla bodyshops’ after Tesla owners complained of experiencing excessive wait times after being in ac...

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Tesla 'quite likely' to hit Model 3 target

Thursday, 07 June 2018

Tesla 'quite likely' to hit Model 3 target

Reuters reports that Tesla has ramped up production of its Model 3 vehicle.

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Part worn = part safe

Thursday, 07 June 2018

Part worn = part safe

‘Part worn = part safe’ is the message TyreSafe is sharing with Britain’s motorists as it launches its latest video, Fit & Hope.

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Industry 4.0 training system launched

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Industry 4.0 training system launched

According to Robotics Today, a new research project has been launched to develop a revolutionary Industry 4.0 training system for the automotive collision repai...

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Volvo raises plastic pollution awareness

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Volvo raises plastic pollution awareness

A team from Volvo Car UK joined their colleagues around the world in a global beach-cleaning initiative to raise awareness and help tackle plastic pollution in ...

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Drivers question telematics

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Drivers question telematics

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) received up to 700 complaints about telematics insurance products last year alone.

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Bodyshops realise importance of technology advancements

Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Bodyshops realise importance of technology advancements

Over two thirds (68%) of UK bodyshop decision makers have invested in the adoption of new technologies

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Two thirds of child passengers are unsafe

Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Two thirds of child passengers are unsafe

Almost two-thirds (59%) of children are not as safe as they should be when travelling in a car

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Liquid crystals are autonomous future

Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Liquid crystals are autonomous future

Research led by scientists from the University of Luxembourg has shown the potential of liquid crystal shells as enabling material for a vast array of future ap...

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Hybrids miss targets

Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Hybrids miss targets

Practically every hybrid car on sale in the UK fails to meet its claimed fuel economy

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New motorway lessons a ‘lifesaver’

Monday, 04 June 2018

New motorway lessons a ‘lifesaver’

After many years of campaigning by road safety experts, learner drivers will be allowed on motorways as of today

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Takata’s woes worsen

Monday, 04 June 2018

Takata’s woes worsen

Reuters reports that Honda has confirmed that a Takata air bag inflator ruptured in a fatal car crash last week.

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More competitors enter self-driving race

Friday, 01 June 2018

More competitors enter self-driving race

BBC reports that General Motors and Fiat Chrysler have announced deals to move towards self-driving vehicles.

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Government tackles nuisance calls

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Government tackles nuisance calls

Directors to be made personally liable to stop them evading fines and punishment.

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Amazon expands to insurance

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Amazon expands to insurance

Amazon has made another definitive move into the insurance world by investing $12m into an Indian digital insurance start-up.

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Which? recognises Volvo

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Which? recognises Volvo

Volvo has received the Car Brand of the Year title in the 12th annual Which? Awards.

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Consumers unfazed by latest hybrid news

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Consumers unfazed by latest hybrid news

Fears that consumers could turn their backs on hybrid cars after revelations they may fall under a conventional fuel ban have proved unfounded.

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UK ranked fifth for EV

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

UK ranked fifth for EV

LeasePlan has found that electric vehicles (EVs) are now becoming cost competitive in several European countries, including the UK.

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Potholes put drivers out of pocket

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Potholes put drivers out of pocket

One pothole could cause damage costing almost two months of an average UK salary, according to MotorEasy.

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e-Golf and Zipcar target London

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

e-Golf and Zipcar target London

Zipcar has ordered 325 all-electric e-Golfs.

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Diesel tops used car sales

Friday, 25 May 2018

Diesel tops used car sales

Data from Auto Trader revealed that despite wider market challenges, diesel was the UK’s fastest selling used car fuel type in April.

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Volvo test drives available through Amazon

Friday, 25 May 2018

Volvo test drives available through Amazon

Motorists in the UK can now book test drives through Amazon for the first time

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Police target 'opportunistic' insurance fraudsters

Friday, 25 May 2018

Police target 'opportunistic' insurance fraudsters

22 people were targeted in an operation to clampdown on ‘opportunistic fraud’

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Motor Ombudsman introduces online GDPR training

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Motor Ombudsman introduces online GDPR training

The Motor Ombudsman, the automotive dispute resolution provider, has introduced an online training course on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Smartdriverclub hunts ghost brokers

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Smartdriverclub hunts ghost brokers

Smartdriverclub Insurance has seen a 14% rise in policies that have been ghost-brokered over the past year.

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Tyre safety paramount this bank holiday

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Tyre safety paramount this bank holiday

Tyre safety checks vital on cars, motorhomes and caravans, urges TyreSafe, as Spring Bank Holiday and half term getaway looms

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MK1 Mini shells hot property

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

MK1 Mini shells hot property

British Motor Heritage (BMH) has nevertheless been stunned at the scale of orders since first displaying its prototype shell at the 2016 NEC Classic Motor Show.

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JLR demands emissions clarity

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

JLR demands emissions clarity

The managing director of Jaguar Land Rover in the UK has accused the government of scaring off car buyers and damaging the motor industry

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Drivers could save on MOT repairs

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Drivers could save on MOT repairs

WhoCanFixMyCar.com’s new MOT repairs calculator could save drivers £1.8bn.

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IMI offers training at Automechanika Frankfurt

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

IMI offers training at Automechanika Frankfurt

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has announced it will be hosting live training seminars for visitors at the world’s leading trade event.

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VW showcases new digital technologies

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

VW showcases new digital technologies

Experts from Volkswagen brand production and Group IT are working on a digital platform to link all the systems and facilities at a plant in one integrated over...

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BMW expands UK vehicle recall

Monday, 21 May 2018

BMW expands UK vehicle recall

Reuters reports that BMW is expanding a recall of vehicles in Britain

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Volvo switches to WLTP

Monday, 21 May 2018

Volvo switches to WLTP

Volvo has become the first car manufacturer in the UK to homologate its entire model range under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP

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Drivers and pedestrians guilty of misjudgement

Monday, 21 May 2018

Drivers and pedestrians guilty of misjudgement

The UK’s biggest independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart is urging drivers to up their game and be more alert for other road users

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EU proposal hopes to save lives

Friday, 18 May 2018

EU proposal hopes to save lives

Developments in the safety of our roads took a huge leap forward yesterday, with a landmark EU proposal to mandate the fitting of lifesaving technologies

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Volvo to ban single-use plastics

Friday, 18 May 2018

Volvo to ban single-use plastics

Volvo Cars will remove single-use plastics from all its offices, canteens and events across the globe by the end of 2019

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ABI not impressed by Small Claims Track limit

Friday, 18 May 2018

ABI not impressed by Small Claims Track limit

‘The conclusions in today’s Justice Select Committee report on the Small Claims Track (SCT) limit read like a shopping list of asks from the claimant lawyers. '...

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Check hayfever medicines before driving

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Check hayfever medicines before driving

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is warning hay fever sufferers to check their medicines carefully before getting behind the wheel

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Do fashion and driving mix?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Do fashion and driving mix?

Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards, provides some useful tips to making sure you’re wearing the right gear when driving

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Automotive careers boosted by new technology

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Automotive careers boosted by new technology

Motor industry body, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has confirmed a bright future for automotive jobs in the UK.

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TfL pursues vehicles over offences

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

TfL pursues vehicles over offences

Innocent motorists could face fines for offences they didn’t commit due to TfL legal loophole.

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Drivers think speed awareness good alternative

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Drivers think speed awareness good alternative

A Recent survey conducted by road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist shows overwhelming support among road users for speed awareness courses

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Keyless cars cause deaths after journeys finish

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Keyless cars cause deaths after journeys finish

BBC reports that keyless cars are killing people through carbon monoxide poisoning after they fail to turn the ignition off.

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Active vehicle safety most effective

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Active vehicle safety most effective

Ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s proposal for new vehicle safety measures later this week, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Associati...

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Former insurance broker turned ghost broker is jailed

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Former insurance broker turned ghost broker is jailed

On Monday 14 May 2018, a man was jailed after he pleaded guilty to acting as a ghost broker and incepting fake car insurance policies for ‘hundreds’ of people.

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SEAT recalls over seatbelt issue

Monday, 14 May 2018

SEAT recalls over seatbelt issue

SEAT has confirmed a technical issue on the new Ibiza (2017 and 2018 models) and Arona (2018 model year)

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Crumbling roads cost taxpayers millions

Monday, 14 May 2018

Crumbling roads cost taxpayers millions

Pothole-related repairs cost motorists and insurers £1m a month according to the AA – a fact that comes as no surprise to the Road Haulage Association.

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Brake calls for more learning

Friday, 11 May 2018

Brake calls for more learning

The Driver & Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland has published its response to the consultation on Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) and changes to the practical ...

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Ireland not ready for automated driving

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ireland not ready for automated driving

39% of Irish adults admitted they wouldn’t trust a self-driving car

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Driver fatigue hits 42% of drivers

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Driver fatigue hits 42% of drivers

42% of motorists have driven while they felt drowsy and were in danger of nodding off

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Mileage fraud hotspots revealed

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Mileage fraud hotspots revealed

Nearly five million cars in the UK may have had their mileage digitally altered

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Emission problems dog Audi

Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Emission problems dog Audi

BBC reports that emission software issues continue to plague Audi with the automaker forced to admit that another 60,000 A6 and A7 models with diesel engines ha...

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Traffic offence convictions continue to rise

Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Traffic offence convictions continue to rise

Convictions for traffic offences on the rise again in England and Wales in the past three years, finds road safety experts IAM RoadSmart.

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Insurance industry tackles premium-renewal discrepancies

Tuesday, 08 May 2018

Insurance industry tackles premium-renewal discrepancies

Insurers and brokers have today announced a new plan to help tackle excessive premium differences between long standing and new customers.

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Fleets urged to check vehicle safety recalls

Tuesday, 08 May 2018

Fleets urged to check vehicle safety recalls

Fleets and retailers urged to check vehicles for outstanding safety recalls or risk a £20,000 fine or prison.

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Car industry on alert over hybrid ban

Tuesday, 08 May 2018

Car industry on alert over hybrid ban

BBC reports that the government is planning to target hybrid vehicles in an emissions crackdown.

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Volvo goes live

Tuesday, 08 May 2018

Volvo goes live

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and leading truck maker Volvo Trucks will share real-time data to expand coverage of the companies’ connected safety technolo...

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Volvo embeds Google into Sensus

Tuesday, 08 May 2018

Volvo embeds Google into Sensus

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today announced it is working with Google to embed the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and ...

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Ex-VW CEO charged over diesel scandal

Friday, 04 May 2018

Ex-VW CEO charged over diesel scandal

Reuters reports that the U.S. Justice Department has filed criminal charges against former Volkswagen AG chief executive Martin Winterkorn

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Motorists don’t realise their vehicle’s potential

Friday, 04 May 2018

Motorists don’t realise their vehicle’s potential

Motorists are paying thousands of pounds for high-tech car features they don’t even realise that they have.

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New apprenticeship standard celebrates 1000th registration

Friday, 04 May 2018

New apprenticeship standard celebrates 1000th registration

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has announced their 1000th registration on the new Apprenticeship Standard.

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Honest John names Car of the Year

Friday, 04 May 2018

Honest John names Car of the Year

Named by the readers of HonestJohn.co.uk as the Car of the Year for 2018, the Kodiaq has beaten all its rivals with a combination of practicality, quality and g...

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GM lightens up with 3D printing

Thursday, 03 May 2018

GM lightens up with 3D printing

Reuters reports that General Motors Co is using lightweight 3D-printed parts on its alternative-fuel vehicles.

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Ford technology opens up possibilities

Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Ford technology opens up possibilities

BBC reports that visually impaired passengers could soon experience the passing views thanks to a new car window being developed by Ford. Passengers would be a...

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Thieves find the key to vehicle theft

Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Thieves find the key to vehicle theft

The RAC have shared new figures that showed an increase in vehicle thefts, prompting concern about the security of keyless technology.

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DfT and IMI discuss EV technician regulation

Wednesday, 02 May 2018

DfT and IMI discuss EV technician regulation

Parliamentary secretary of state for the DfT met with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), to discuss the regulation of vehicle technicians working on ele...

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Mixed news for motor premiums

Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Mixed news for motor premiums

Highest ever Q1 premium highlights need to fix broken system to help millions of motorists

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One step closer for mankind

Monday, 30 April 2018

One step closer for mankind

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who owns Blue Origin, has seen the company’s eighth rocket test flight launched at the weekend.

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Volkswagen to offer electrified Golf

Friday, 27 April 2018

Volkswagen to offer electrified Golf

Volkswagen is to launch an electric version of its globally best-selling vehicle – the Volkswagen Golf

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Cross-Atlantic agreement finalised

Friday, 27 April 2018

Cross-Atlantic agreement finalised

A deal signed this week will see organisations in the UK and America work together to develop the skills required to repair self-driving cars.

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New drivers would benefit from earlier training

Thursday, 26 April 2018

New drivers would benefit from earlier training

Head-to-head- debate by Quentin Willson and Professor Frank McKenna shows audience in favour of teaching under 17s to drive

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Driving your career

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Driving your career

ŠKODA fleet’s latest research into the habits of company car drivers has revealed they will spend the equivalent of nearly three years of their working life in ...

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Thatcham announces updates to security standards

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Thatcham announces updates to security standards

Thatcham Research has announced forthcoming updates to the New Vehicle Security Assessment (NVSA) programme

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Electric vehicles leap by 128%

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Electric vehicles leap by 128%

The number of electric vehicles on Britain’s roads has leapt 128% since 2015, according to automotive data experts cap hpi.

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LEAF gets full marks in updated safety tests

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

LEAF gets full marks in updated safety tests

Results for the first car to go through the Euro NCAP test programme this year have been released, with the zero-emission Nissan LEAF achieving a five-star Euro...

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Gem supports global road safety week

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Gem supports global road safety week

GEM supports calls for more effective action to reduce deaths and injuries caused by speeding drivers

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