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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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Volvo aims for 50% EV’s by 2025

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Volvo aims for 50% EV’s by 2025

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, aims for fully electric cars to make up 50% of its sales by 2025, the company has announced.

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Brake joins UN road safety collaboration

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Brake joins UN road safety collaboration

Brake has been accepted as a member of the UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC)

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Motor industry sets bar high with accreditation

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Motor industry sets bar high with accreditation

IMI F&I Accreditation aims to help motor retailers overcome consumer concerns, with 9 in 10 car buyers saying they would buy add-ons if the dealership was accre...

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Audi introduces e-tron

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Audi introduces e-tron

Simulated electrical storm in parabolic chamber emphasises power and fast charging speed of forerunner to all-electric Audi SUV.

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Britain’s reliance on commercial vehicles highlighted

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Britain’s reliance on commercial vehicles highlighted

The extent of British consumers’ reliance on commercial vehicles (CVs) was revealed today by new research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Tr...

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New connected vehicle unveiled

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

New connected vehicle unveiled

Groupe PSA has built its Connected Vehicle Modular Platform (CVMP) for its connected vehicles, using Huawei’s OceanConnect IoT platform.

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Volvo XC90 is a genuine life-saver

Monday, 23 April 2018

Volvo XC90 is a genuine life-saver

Not a single Volvo XC90 occupant has died in a car-to-car accident in the UK, according to official Government crash figures.

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Connect with your senses

Monday, 23 April 2018

Connect with your senses

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today reveals the S90 Ambience Concept, an industry-first sensory experience that synchronises visuals, sound and scent to re...

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Used diesel prices continue to increase

Friday, 20 April 2018

Used diesel prices continue to increase

According to the latest results from the Auto Trader Retail Price Index, the average price of a second-hand car continued to grow on a year-on-year basis in Mar...

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DRIVEN roll-out driverless vehicles

Friday, 20 April 2018

DRIVEN roll-out driverless vehicles

The DRIVEN group demonstrated for the first time its fleet of autonomous vehicles that interact and ‘talk’ to each other.

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5.3 million diesels need upgrading

Friday, 20 April 2018

5.3 million diesels need upgrading

According to Reuters, German transport minister Andreas Scheuer is requesting carmakers tell him how they plan to complete outstanding software upgrades on dies...

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Aston Martin and SMMT promote women

Friday, 20 April 2018

Aston Martin and SMMT promote women

Aston Martin has partnered with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) to promote career opportunities in the automotive industry for women.

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Motor ombudsman sees applications rocket

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Motor ombudsman sees applications rocket

Volume of independent garages joining The Motor Ombudsman rises 107% during Q1 compared to the same period a year earlier

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Hidden costs of electric vehicles

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Hidden costs of electric vehicles

Charging a plug-in electric vehicle (EV) may cost more than motorists might think, according to What Car?.

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Toyota brings talking cars to the US

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Toyota brings talking cars to the US

According to Reuters, Toyota Motor Corp plans to sell US vehicles that can communicate with one another using short-range wireless technology by 2021.

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Neglected road network spells danger

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Neglected road network spells danger

Road safety and breakdown recovery specialist GEM Motoring Assist is warning motorists of the continued danger posed by the UK’s poorly-maintained roads.

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Company gambles on autonomous learning

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Company gambles on autonomous learning

UK tech company rFpro, has launched the world’s first commercially available platform for the development of autonomous vehicles in a virtual world.

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Key Safety Systems acquires Takata

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Key Safety Systems acquires Takata

Reuters reports that Auto components maker Key Safety Systems has completed a $1.6bn deal to acquire air-bag maker Takata Corp.

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Used EV values rocket

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Used EV values rocket

The first quarter of 2018 has seen the value of used cars rise by an average of 5.3%, according to the latest analysis of vehicles sold on Autorola UK’s online ...

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VW ready for autonomous airport parking

Monday, 16 April 2018

VW ready for autonomous airport parking

Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche testing autonomous parking at Hamburg Airport

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DfT looks to Northern Ireland for GDL example

Monday, 16 April 2018

DfT looks to Northern Ireland for GDL example

IAM RoadSmart has welcomed the Department of Transport commitment to monitor the Northern Ireland Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Scheme as a possible model fo...

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Five in-car distractions named

Monday, 16 April 2018

Five in-car distractions named

We’re all aware of the distractions around us when we’re driving, such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorbikes. But how often do we check what potential distrac...

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Female car ownership rises 20% in decade

Monday, 16 April 2018

Female car ownership rises 20% in decade

Female car ownership is now at record levels, hitting 11.8 million in 2017

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Ghost broker who made £321k jailed

Monday, 16 April 2018

Ghost broker who made £321k jailed

The man enticed several victims with offers of cheap car insurance, but the policies he sold were fake

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VW to buy back diesel cars

Thursday, 29 March 2018

VW to buy back diesel cars

BBC reports that Volkswagen has said it will buy back new or nearly new diesel cars in Germany after a German court banned them in some cities.

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Man sentenced after false crash claims

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Man sentenced after false crash claims

On Thursday 22 March 2018, Ahmed Khatib, 24, of Berberis Close, Leicester received an 18 month suspended sentence and 100 hours community service at Leicester C...

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2018 World car of the year announced

Thursday, 29 March 2018

2018 World car of the year announced

The Road to World Car journey concluded today at the New York International Auto Show with the declaration of the VOLVO XC60 as the 2018 World Car of the Year.

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Electric skills shortage addressed

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Electric skills shortage addressed

New benchmark for roadside assistance technician training from Allianz Worldwide Partners UK

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Competitiveness must be a priority for UK

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Competitiveness must be a priority for UK

With one year to go until the UK leaves the EU, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today set out its priorities to assure the UK automotive i...

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Auto makers equip all new cars with eCall

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Auto makers equip all new cars with eCall

As of this Saturday (31 March), automobile manufacturers will equip all new car types with eCall; a system that automatically dials emergency services in the ev...

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Parents fail on safety score

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Parents fail on safety score

Scores of parents are cutting corners on safety when driving with their kids, according to a study.

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Lack of charging points blamed for lower EV take-up

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Lack of charging points blamed for lower EV take-up

London motorists have the most range anxiety, although feel the most confident about doing basic repairs on electric cars.

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Arizona bars Uber from resuming tests

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Arizona bars Uber from resuming tests

BBC reports that the US state of Arizona has banned Uber from resuming its self-driving trials.

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CO2 neutral plant produces full EV

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

CO2 neutral plant produces full EV

Audi’s Brussels plant is producing first series production all-electric Audi model achieves ‘CO2-neutral site’ status – a world first in premium segment

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Uber crash was avoidable: Waymo CEO

Monday, 26 March 2018

Uber crash was avoidable: Waymo CEO

CEO of Waymo, Google’s self-driving car project, John Krafcik said the recent fatality involving a self-driving Uber said that the company has ‘a lot of confide...

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Nissan targets electric market

Monday, 26 March 2018

Nissan targets electric market

Nissan M.O.V.E to 2022 midterm plan targets technology evolution with electric vehicle leadership, autonomous driving expansion and the delivery of mobility ser...

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Child seat claims don’t stack up

Monday, 26 March 2018

Child seat claims don’t stack up

Only half of the cars claiming to accommodate three child car seats at once can actually fit them in, according to new research by What Car?

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New technology could solve parking problem

Thursday, 22 March 2018

New technology could solve parking problem

The stress of searching for elusive empty bays in busy car parks may one day be a thing of the past

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Focus on the proven safety measures

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Focus on the proven safety measures

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is calling on policy makers to focus on the most effective vehicle safety measures with the strongest ...

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Manufacturer MPG discrepancies uncovered

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Manufacturer MPG discrepancies uncovered

Recent falls in oil prices will be a welcome relief for UK motorists as data shows drivers could be burning through as much as 75% more fuel than stated by manu...

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Millennials confident at repairs

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Millennials confident at repairs

New research released today from LV=, the UK’s third largest car insurer, has revealed that there is a large car maintenance skills gap between generation Z and...

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LowCVP gears up for ‘decade of change’

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

LowCVP gears up for ‘decade of change’

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) announced its first ever three-year strategic work programme at a packed reception in Parliament yesterday

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Potholes cost drivers £915m

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Potholes cost drivers £915m

New research lays bare the financial burden which is being placed on the nation’s motorists by the condition of the road network

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BVRLA and members fight terrorism

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

BVRLA and members fight terrorism

The BVRLA and its members are supporting the new national ACT campaign (Action Counters Terrorism)

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ABI welcomes new Civil Liability Bill

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

ABI welcomes new Civil Liability Bill

Welcoming the Government announcement that it will introduce a Bill to reform the law relating to whiplash claims and the way in which the personal injury Disco...

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Uber pauses autonomous testing after fatal crash

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Uber pauses autonomous testing after fatal crash

Reuters reports that Uber Technologies Inc. has halted its autonomous vehicle trials after a pedestrian was killed by one of its cars in Tempe, Arizona.

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VW opens new safety centre

Monday, 19 March 2018

VW opens new safety centre

With its new safety centre, Volkswagen is bringing together its vehicle safety expertise at a single location

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Keyless van theft increases

Monday, 19 March 2018

Keyless van theft increases

According to 2017 recovery figures from Tracker (part of the Tantalum Corporation,) 82% of Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) were stolen without the owner’s keys...

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Automotive industry assembles to assess Brexit effect

Friday, 16 March 2018

Automotive industry assembles to assess Brexit effect

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) yesterday brought together automotive manufacturers, suppliers and government officials from across the So...

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Bad debt Britain

Friday, 16 March 2018

Bad debt Britain

Latest ABI figures show that claims paid by trade credit insurers are running at over £4m every week - their highest level since 2009.

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GM plans Airbnb type car rental scheme

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

GM plans Airbnb type car rental scheme

Bloomberg reports that General Motors is planning to start trials of a car rental scheme in the same vein as Airbnb.

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VW expands EV production

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

VW expands EV production

The Volkswagen Group is driving forward with the transformation to e-mobility.

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Wintery weather expands SUV popularity into February

Monday, 12 March 2018

Wintery weather expands SUV popularity into February

Last month's wintery weather conditions meant that second, third and fourth places on the national top ten list of vehicle sales were taken by hardy SUVs.

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Average motor insurance claim at a record level

Monday, 12 March 2018

Average motor insurance claim at a record level

Figures published on Friday by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) highlight that the average cost of a motor insurance claim has risen to the highest lev...

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JLR appeals to ex-armed forces

Friday, 09 March 2018

JLR appeals to ex-armed forces

Jaguar Land Rover is helping ex-servicemen and women find new careers as technicians in its UK retailer network.

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Search for industry’s top 100 great British women

Friday, 09 March 2018

Search for industry’s top 100 great British women

The nationwide search is on for the UK Automotive industry’s most successful women, as nominations were launched on International Women’s Day.

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Number of insurers offering apprenticeships increases by 47%

Friday, 09 March 2018

Number of insurers offering apprenticeships increases by 47%

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week in the UK – the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has today revealed that the number of its members offering appre...

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Drivers want segregated cycle routes

Thursday, 08 March 2018

Drivers want segregated cycle routes

The UK’s single-carriageway A roads are not fit for cyclists a new survey of over 1,000 drivers for Brake and Direct Line has found.

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Volvo offers opportunity for 60 apprentices

Thursday, 08 March 2018

Volvo offers opportunity for 60 apprentices

During National Apprenticeship Week 2018, and as part of an ongoing recruitment drive, Volvo Car UK is encouraging school and college leavers looking for career...

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Extreme weather causes 4X4 accident upsurge

Thursday, 08 March 2018

Extreme weather causes 4X4 accident upsurge

Accidents involving 4x4s soared by 37% last week as the ‘Beast from the East’ battered Britain, according to analysis by Accident Exchange.

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Toyota accused of using substandard metal

Wednesday, 07 March 2018

Toyota accused of using substandard metal

Reuters reports that Toyota Motor Corp and Kobe Steel Ltd have been hit by a lawsuit in the US accusing them of using substandard metal components in vehicles.

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Allianz launches digital accident recovery solution

Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Allianz launches digital accident recovery solution

Allianz Worldwide Partners continues to utilise the latest technology with the launch of a digital end-to-end accident management and recovery solution for the ...

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Apprenticeships less likely in London

Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Apprenticeships less likely in London

Young people in the South West and the North West of England have a considerably greater chance of securing an apprenticeship than their contemporaries in Londo...

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CLEPA set for ‘disruptive trends’

Tuesday, 06 March 2018

CLEPA set for ‘disruptive trends’

The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) has again secured high-level speakers to offer insights on the state of the economic environment, techn...

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Driving through red weather alerts

Friday, 02 March 2018

Driving through red weather alerts

ABI advice

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Learners allowed on motorways from June

Friday, 02 March 2018

Learners allowed on motorways from June

The Government has announced that learner drivers will be allowed on motorways from 4 June this year

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Toyota invests heavily in automated-driving software

Friday, 02 March 2018

Toyota invests heavily in automated-driving software

Toyota Motor Corp has said it will invest $2.8bn (£2.03bn) in automated-driving software in order to get ahead in the battle to produce automated cars.

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Apprenticeships aren’t a second class career route

Thursday, 01 March 2018

Apprenticeships aren’t a second class career route

Motor industry body urges schools and businesses to tackle ignorance surrounding apprenticeships as only one in five 11-15 year olds would choose this route aft...

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Court rules on diesel ban

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Court rules on diesel ban

Reuters reports that Germany's federal administrative court has rules that German cities can ban the most heavily polluting diesel cars from their streets.

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British drivers pay for governmental delay

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

British drivers pay for governmental delay

Britain’s motorists are paying a heavy price for delays in the Government implementing its proposals to reform how personal injury compensation is calculated

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UK could miss new Co2 targets

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

UK could miss new Co2 targets

The UK automotive industry today called for realistic policies from the government to support the transition to a low carbon future

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Software mix up prompts BMW recall

Monday, 26 February 2018

Software mix up prompts BMW recall

Reuters reports that BMW will recall 11,700 vehicles to fix their engine management software after its 5 and 7 series models were discovered to have been given ...

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UK drivers undeterred by mobile fines

Monday, 26 February 2018

UK drivers undeterred by mobile fines

Many UK motorists remain undeterred by fines for mobile phone use with almost 12,000 drivers a year still being prosecuted for the offence

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Winter weather returns warns GEM

Friday, 23 February 2018

Winter weather returns warns GEM

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging motorists to take extra care as winter weather and plunging temperatures are predicted from...

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Takata reaches US settlement

Friday, 23 February 2018

Takata reaches US settlement

BBC reports that the US arm of Japanese manufacturer Takata has reached a settlement with 44 US state attorneys-general.

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Ford’s US president departs after investigation

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ford’s US president departs after investigation

Ford Motor Company today announced that Raj Nair, executive vice president and president, North America, is departing from Ford effective immediately.

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German court to rule on diesel fate

Thursday, 22 February 2018

German court to rule on diesel fate

Major German cities will soon discover whether they are able to ban heavily polluting diesel cars.

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Experts show concern for AI

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Experts show concern for AI

BBC reports that experts are concerned that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be exploited by criminals.

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Dash cam tips for drivers

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Dash cam tips for drivers

Dash cams have the potential to make a significant contribution to road safety and to save you money on your car insurance, according to GEM Motoring Assist.

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Toyota minimises metal magnet use

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Toyota minimises metal magnet use

Reuters reports that Toyota Motor Corp has been able to reduce the amount of neodymium used in magnets for electric car motors.

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US investigates Daimler software claims

Monday, 19 February 2018

US investigates Daimler software claims

Reuters reports that Mercedes maker Daimler is being investigated by the US after claims that their diesel cars had been fitted with software to help them pass ...

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Renault upgrades Zoe’s power

Monday, 19 February 2018

Renault upgrades Zoe’s power

Renault has revealed its new 2018 model-year ZOE, featuring the new R110 electric motor

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Fourth London bus route turns all-electric

Monday, 19 February 2018

Fourth London bus route turns all-electric

A fourth London bus route has turned all-electric, thanks to a partnership between BYD and ADL, Go Ahead London and Transport for London.

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Ford expands pickup truck warning

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Ford expands pickup truck warning

Reuters reports that Ford Motor Co has had to warn a further 33,000 owners of pickup trucks in North America that they contain potentially defective Takata air ...

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Could EVs give power back?

Thursday, 08 February 2018

Could EVs give power back?

SMMT reports that vehicle-to-grid technology could be the next big thing for plug-in commercial vehicles.

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Insurers pave the way for trade deal

Thursday, 08 February 2018

Insurers pave the way for trade deal

A template for future trade agreements with non-EU countries is being proposed by the Association of British Insurers (ABI)

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Drivers do not heed road

Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Drivers do not heed road

Car drivers take their eyes off the road for over two miles in a one hour journey whilst driving in urban traffic, according to new eye-tracking research conduc...

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Young drivers pay heavily for the privilege

Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Young drivers pay heavily for the privilege

Further evidence on the need for reforms to help stem rising motor insurance premiums is published today by the ABI.

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Cost of car insurance fraud to victims revealed

Monday, 05 February 2018

Cost of car insurance fraud to victims revealed

The City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) has launched a national awareness campaign today to warn motorists about the dangers o...

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Fraudsters sentenced over £95k car insurance scam

Thursday, 01 February 2018

Fraudsters sentenced over £95k car insurance scam

A criminal gang have been sentenced for conspiracy to defraud insurance company 1ST CENTRAL and money laundering offences, after each claimed refunds on several...

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UK to see 200-mile driverless journey

Thursday, 01 February 2018

UK to see 200-mile driverless journey

BBC reports that the HumanDrive project is set to put an autonomous car on a 200-mile journey around the UK in December 2019.

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Electric vehicles a safe investment

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Electric vehicles a safe investment

Analysis from automotive data experts hpi shows that savvy motorists could already be making a profit on a vehicle they bought just 12 months ago.

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VW hit by diesel controversy again

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

VW hit by diesel controversy again

Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks has called Volkswagen’s emissions tests using animals and people ‘irresponsible’.

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Government should accelerate apprenticeship investment

Monday, 29 January 2018

Government should accelerate apprenticeship investment

The IMI is calling for government to take action to address the existing shortfall in apprentices by accelerating their proposed investment in careers advice in schools.

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