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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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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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