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Ex insurance call handler fraudster jailed

Monday, 23 July 2018

Ex insurance call handler fraudster jailed

Fraudster targeted several insurers and made multiple false insurance claims

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Airports to benefit from autonomous technology

Monday, 23 July 2018

Airports to benefit from autonomous technology

A new report commissioned by Aberdeen Standard Investment’s AIPUT fund has highlighted the scale of progress and future potential for the adoption of automated ...

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Beware ‘Black Saturday’

Friday, 20 July 2018

Beware ‘Black Saturday’

Beware of 'Black Saturday' on the roads - Saturday, July 21 at 2.30pm is the time you are most likely to have a crash in Britain this year, according to new Sma...

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Tyre-related incidents peak in August

Friday, 20 July 2018

Tyre-related incidents peak in August

Continental is urging motorists to be prepared for trips either abroad or as part of the Staycation trend, stressing the importance of tyre safety for all motor...

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Bodyshops need united industry information

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Bodyshops need united industry information

Three quarters (75%) of UK bodyshops and repairers believe industry information is fragmented and disparate, according to new research released by Audatex.

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ADAS keeps bodyshops on their toes

Thursday, 19 July 2018

ADAS keeps bodyshops on their toes

Bodyshops must have one eye on the road ahead to optimise the safety and earning potential of ADAS

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GEM wants harsher uninsured driving penalties

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

GEM wants harsher uninsured driving penalties

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is calling for harsher penalties to reduce the problem of driving without insurance.

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Volvo hits highest target

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Volvo hits highest target

Volvo Cars’ XC40 adds another accolade as it receives five stars and top ratings in its 2018 Euro NCAP tests.

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Five-star Ford Focus

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Five-star Ford Focus

The all-new Ford Focus has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by independent crash test authority Euro NCAP

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Motorists embrace future technology

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Motorists embrace future technology

Motorists aged between 25-34 would be the most likely to buy a car via an app according to the results of a survey from automotive data and valuations expert, h...

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Brits rate own driving ability

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Brits rate own driving ability

A Majority of British motorists claim to be better drivers than everyone else on the road.

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Petrol catches up with diesel

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Petrol catches up with diesel

Petrol and diesel were neck and neck for the top spot in consumer searches on Auto Trader in June.

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Volvo product technology course

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Volvo product technology course

Due to a continued response, Volvo Cars UK have made available further dates for its product / technology update course.

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Honda and Panasonic investigate battery sharing

Monday, 16 July 2018

Honda and Panasonic investigate battery sharing

Honda and Panasonic to begin Research experiment on battery sharing using detachable mobile batteries and electric motorcycles in Indonesia.

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Government urged to involve drivers

Friday, 13 July 2018

Government urged to involve drivers

IAM RoadSmart recommends that, in the rush towards utilising high-technology to minimise emissions, we must not lose focus and must continue to encourage people...

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Flying car available next year

Friday, 13 July 2018

Flying car available next year

An all-electric fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) car is said to be available from next year.

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Fast charging lowers grid burden

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Fast charging lowers grid burden

With the popularity of EVs increasing, there have been several concerns regarding fast charging and how this will impact the electricity grid.

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UK Automotive committed to zero emission ambition

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

UK Automotive committed to zero emission ambition

UK Automotive remains committed to the goal of zero emission transport, and will continue to invest massively in the full range of technologies and products

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GT redesigns estimate

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

GT redesigns estimate

GT Motive has released the latest version of GT Estimate, its cloud-based graphical estimating system

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Air-con mistakes reduce reactions

Friday, 06 July 2018

Air-con mistakes reduce reactions

Patience may be a virtue for business drivers who want to remain focused at the wheel as rising temperatures could be impacting their reaction times.

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Government urged to back new-tech diesel

Thursday, 05 July 2018

Government urged to back new-tech diesel

The UK new car market declined moderately in June, with year-on-year demand falling by -3.5%

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New roadmap reveals new challenges

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

New roadmap reveals new challenges

New Automotive Technology Roadmap reveals increasingly complex challenges but also opportunities due to fast changing socio-political needs

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ABI add its name to inclusivity pledge

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

ABI add its name to inclusivity pledge

The Association of British Insurers is among 50 insurers, brokers and industry bodies signing up to a new sector-wide Inclusive Behaviours Pledge this morning.

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Hyundai invests in Autotalks

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

Hyundai invests in Autotalks

Hyundai Autotalks will collaborate to develop next generation V2X chipset for connected cars

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Green car parts

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

Green car parts

Not always green in colour, these parts are recognised as being an affordable and sustainable source of original manufacturer parts (OEM).

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Allianz Partners and Waze join forces

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

Allianz Partners and Waze join forces

Allianz Partners and Waze have announced an international partnership to launch an updated roadside assistance offering to over 22 million Wazers across Europe.

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Vision Zero for Brake and Continental partnership

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

Vision Zero for Brake and Continental partnership

Brake, the road safety charity, has joined forces with Continental to support the leading tyre manufacturer as it strives to make road crashes a thing of the pa...

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UK now biggest EU market for Korean car brands

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

UK now biggest EU market for Korean car brands

The growing strength of the automotive relationship between the UK and South Korea was highlighted today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT...

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Joined up thinking needed for safety advance

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Joined up thinking needed for safety advance

The EU looks set to fail on reaching its targets to halve the numbers of those killed in road crashes by the end of the decade

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Siemens to make autonomous classic hillclimb

Monday, 02 July 2018

Siemens to make autonomous classic hillclimb

Siemens will attempt an historic autonomous classic car hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018.

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Brits don’t want pavement ban

Monday, 02 July 2018

Brits don’t want pavement ban

A majority of Brits are against a UK wide pavement parking ban despite a possible major shake-up by the Government which could see it being forced on them.

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Brits don’t know the EV facts

Monday, 02 July 2018

Brits don’t know the EV facts

Brits underestimate benefits of switching to a pure electric car, and 42% don’t think you can put one through a car wash

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Car owners unaware of depreciation causes

Friday, 29 June 2018

Car owners unaware of depreciation causes

Cooper Solutions poll reveals 58% of car buyers don’t think fuel type will impact resale values

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DVLA warns holidaying drivers

Friday, 29 June 2018

DVLA warns holidaying drivers

The DVLA has again warned motorists not to take their vehicle abroad without their V5C logbook

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Zero tolerance is best when abroad

Friday, 29 June 2018

Zero tolerance is best when abroad

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging holiday drivers to be mindful of the lower drink-drive limits in force across Europe t...

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Ford hits CO2 target early

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Ford hits CO2 target early

In 2010, Ford’s Environmental Quality Office announced a goal – to reduce the company’s carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing operations by 30% per vehicl...

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US roads introduce platooning

Thursday, 28 June 2018

US roads introduce platooning

Reuters reports that Volvo and FedEx have teamed up to test ‘platooning’ technology on public US roads.

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Be part of the fourth industrial revolution

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Be part of the fourth industrial revolution

Could you create a road surface that heals itself to make it more resilient for the future?

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New data sets provide new possibilities

Thursday, 28 June 2018

New data sets provide new possibilities

Autovista Group have reported staggering growth in demand for its precise vehicle identification and specification data.

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Brake highlights child seat importance

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Brake highlights child seat importance

Road safety charity Brake has created a new short, animated film to help promote the importance of using child seats in cars.

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UK automotive industry urges rethink on Brexit

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

UK automotive industry urges rethink on Brexit

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today called for swifter progress on Brexit and a deal that, as a minimum, maintains customs union members...

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Garages urged to be transparent

Monday, 25 June 2018

Garages urged to be transparent

Dragon2000 is urging garages and workshops to provide transparency via video alongside vehicle health checks (VHCs), to build customer trust following the recen...

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Woman driver celebrates driving ban lift

Monday, 25 June 2018

Woman driver celebrates driving ban lift

Saudi woman racer Aseel Al Hamad commemorates the reversal of the ban on female drivers with a lap of honour in her home country

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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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