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GEM reiterates seatbelt importance

Monday, 26 June 2017

GEM reiterates seatbelt importance

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is keen to remind every vehicle occupant how important it is to wear a seatbelt on every journey.

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Insurance sector benefits UK economy

Monday, 26 June 2017

Insurance sector benefits UK economy

The insurance and long term savings sector is one of the UK’s most productive industries, adding more than £40bn a year to the economy and helping Britain thrive

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Millennials rate insurance low on list

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Millennials rate insurance low on list

Over three quarters of 18-24 year olds admit they buckle to social pressures causing them to make decisions they later regret, new research reveals

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Takata to ‘seek bankruptcy protection’

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Takata to ‘seek bankruptcy protection’

Reuters reports that Takata Corp. will file for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo on Monday.

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Tesla crash driver was warned

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Tesla crash driver was warned

The National transportation Safety Board has released a report on the fatal Tesla crash of May 2016.

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Cheapest runners revealed

Monday, 19 June 2017

Cheapest runners revealed

The latest analysis from automotive data experts, cap hpi, looks at the total cost of ownership (TCO) to reveal the cars with the lowest motoring costs over the first three years.

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Fiat Chrysler recalling 297,000 over air bags

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Fiat Chrysler recalling 297,000 over air bags

Reuters reports that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling 297,000 older minivans in North America because of a wiring problem that can lead to inadvertent air bag deployments

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New salvage code released

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

New salvage code released

The updated insurance industry code of practice for dealing with motor salvage is being published today, ten years after it was last reviewed.

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Laird takes top honour

Friday, 09 June 2017

Laird takes top honour

Automotive experts Laird have been recognised by the legal and insurance industries for its expert witness services.

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Electric vehicles hit new high

Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Electric vehicles hit new high

Reuters reports that the number of electric vehicles on roads worldwide rose to a record high of 2 million last year.

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Thatcham addresses spiralling cost of repair

Tuesday, 06 June 2017

Thatcham addresses spiralling cost of repair

Vehicle manufacturers urged to engage with repair industry, to bring costs under control as average repair bills spiral by 32% over the last three years

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Fraud attempt foiled by IFED

Tuesday, 06 June 2017

Fraud attempt foiled by IFED

A man has been sentenced to six months in prison after he caused a car crash and then tried to claim for damages and a personal injury.

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British motorists increase online purchases

Tuesday, 06 June 2017

British motorists increase online purchases

UK automotive aftermarket increases turnover to £21.6bn as more high tech vehicles hit the road.

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Fake car crash fraudsters sentenced

Tuesday, 06 June 2017

Fake car crash fraudsters sentenced

On Monday 22 May, three men pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court to fraud by false representation, following an investigation by the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED).

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Thatcham recruits new CTO

Tuesday, 06 June 2017

Thatcham recruits new CTO

Richard Billyeald joins Thatcham Research on 14 August 2017 as Chief Technical Officer

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Cutting-edge technologies at ‘Future Lab’

Monday, 05 June 2017

Cutting-edge technologies at ‘Future Lab’

Many fantastic new technological concepts will be on display the new FOS Future Lab feature from 29 June to 2 July.

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Skoda and MINI get top safety ratings

Thursday, 01 June 2017

Skoda and MINI get top safety ratings

Euro NCAP has released the results of four new cars.

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IPT raise puts more pressure on families

Thursday, 01 June 2017

IPT raise puts more pressure on families

Latest hike in Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) could add an extra £47 to the average annual household bill.

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VW Vans set high standard

Thursday, 01 June 2017

VW Vans set high standard

Volkswagen is to become the first commercial vehicle brand to fit all its vans with autonomous emergency braking systems (Front Assist with City Emergency Braking)

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Fiat Chrysler accused of cheating

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Fiat Chrysler accused of cheating

BBC reports that The US government is suing car firm Fiat Chrysler, alleging the firm sold vehicles with "defeat devices" that helped them pass emissions tests.

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VW announces further recalls

Friday, 19 May 2017

VW announces further recalls

Volkswagen Group is recalling nearly 600,000 vehicles in China for safety reasons.

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Tories promise to tackle whiplash fraud

Friday, 19 May 2017

Tories promise to tackle whiplash fraud

ABI comments on the Tory manifesto

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Recall tool sees substantial rise

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Recall tool sees substantial rise

The Motor Ombudsman, the automotive dispute resolution provider, has recorded a substantial 80% rise in the usage of its online Vehicle Recalls tool.

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Volvo halts new diesel production

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Volvo halts new diesel production

Reuters reports that Swedish carmaker Volvo's latest generation of diesel engines could be its last as the cost of reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide is becoming too much

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Cyber attack is ‘wake-up’ call

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Cyber attack is ‘wake-up’ call

The Association of British Insurers has told the crash repair industry that the cyber attacks that hit the NHS and other organisations in more than 150 countries is a ‘wake-up call’ for all businesses.

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IMI receives governmental approval

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

IMI receives governmental approval

Motor industry body, Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has received confirmation from the Department for Education (DfE) that 22 IMI qualifications will be listed on the 2019 Performance Tables

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Flying car is a step closer

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Flying car is a step closer

Toyota is set to back Cartivator group engineers in a bid to develop a flying car.

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Ford 'set to shed 10% of workforce'

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Ford 'set to shed 10% of workforce'

BBC reports that in an effort to boost profits, Ford is planning to cut around 10% of its global workforce

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Production halted by cyber attack

Monday, 15 May 2017

Production halted by cyber attack

Friday 12 May saw carmakers Renault and Nissan affected by a cyber attack that hit their computer systems.

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Keep on course with satnav

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Keep on course with satnav

Satellite navigation systems (sat navs) are a 'must have' these days but many road users fail to use this travel companion in the correct or safe manner.

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Eyes on the road

Tuesday, 09 May 2017

Eyes on the road

Research by Direct Line Car Insurance has revealed that more than 11 million motorists (28%) have been involved in a collision, either because they weren’t looking at the road or because they didn’t check their blind spot.

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AALG set for launch

Tuesday, 09 May 2017

AALG set for launch

The Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group (AALG) is set for its official launch on Tuesday 23 May.

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Diesel scrappage scheme on the cards

Monday, 08 May 2017

Diesel scrappage scheme on the cards

BBC reports that the government's draft clean air plan has been dismissed as ‘toothless’ and ‘weak’ by critics.

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Nissan addresses distracted driving

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Nissan addresses distracted driving

Nissan GB appears to be going where insurers fear to tread by developing a solution to block mobile phone reception in its cars

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Tech giants battle it out

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Tech giants battle it out

Ride-sharing firm Uber and Google’s Waymo are set to face each other in court over accusations of ‘trade secret’ self-driving car technology theft.

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Technology still a mystery to insurers

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Technology still a mystery to insurers

Digital transformation is playing a key role in merger and acquisition strategy in the insurance industry.

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Post roundtable focuses on ADAS

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Post roundtable focuses on ADAS

A recent Post roundtable, in association with National Windscreens focused on ADAS and the implications for insurers, repairers and customers.

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Thatcham takes ADAS to repairer’s fingertips

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Thatcham takes ADAS to repairer’s fingertips

All users of escribe, the UK’s leading repair methods solution, can now instantly identify ADAS fitment and system features

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Mayday is accident hotspot

Friday, 28 April 2017

Mayday is accident hotspot

Bank holiday motorists are heading toward the worst day of the year for accidents, according to the latest statistics from Accident Exchange.

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Deadly Distractions

Friday, 28 April 2017

Deadly Distractions

Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart and Auto Express teamed up to find out which are the deadliest behind-the-wheel distractions with programming a sat-nav found to be the worst.

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New Scientist Live returns for year two

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

New Scientist Live returns for year two

New Scientist Live – crowned ‘Best Consumer Show of 2016’ by Exhibition News, is back for its second year at ExCeL London.

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UK sees autonomous fleet trial

Monday, 24 April 2017

UK sees autonomous fleet trial

A consortium of British companies has unveiled a plan to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019.

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Tesla’s risky technology move

Monday, 24 April 2017

Tesla’s risky technology move

Reuters reports that Tesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk took many risks with the technology in his company's cars on the way to surpassing Ford Motor Co's market value.

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Insurance premiums continue to rise

Friday, 21 April 2017

Insurance premiums continue to rise

The rising cost of motor insurance shows no signs of falling, according to the ABI’s Motor Premium Tracker published today.

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Motor industry body welcomes EV licensing

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Motor industry body welcomes EV licensing

Daniel Zeichner MP calls for Licensing of motor industry professionals working on electric vehicles in House of Commons debate.

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MOT failure rates ‘unacceptable’

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

MOT failure rates ‘unacceptable’

Government figures have revealed tyre defects account for over a quarter (27%) of all car MoT failures.

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Virtual testing cuts development time

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Virtual testing cuts development time

This week, the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) Spoke community launched the World’s first network of virtual testing facilities

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Autonomous vehicles are 'life-enhancing'

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Autonomous vehicles are 'life-enhancing'

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will transform the lives of six out of every 10 people in the UK

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Criminal gang sentenced following five year investigation

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Criminal gang sentenced following five year investigation

On Tuesday six people were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court for their involvement in a series of sophisticated frauds that caused companies throughout the UK to lose over half a million pounds.

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Toyota issues airbag recall

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Toyota issues airbag recall

Toyota Motor Corp on Thursday said it was recalling a total of about 2.9 million vehicles in Japan, China, Oceania and other regions

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Britain needs overhaul of eyesight regulations

Friday, 24 March 2017

Britain needs overhaul of eyesight regulations

Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist says better regulation of eyesight tests for drivers would cut collisions and make Britain’s roads safer.

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Ten years to electric flights

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Ten years to electric flights

A new start-up says that it intends to offer an electric-powered commercial flight from London to Paris in 10 years.

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Looking forward

Friday, 17 March 2017

Looking forward

This year's Natioanl Conference is planning to take a look at future technologies, and how this will affect us going forward as an industry

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Autonomous should not = lazy

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Autonomous should not = lazy

IAM RoadSmart has expressed concern that cars with growing levels of autonomy could make motorists lazy and over reliant on gadgets

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‘Much to do’ for CAV future

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

‘Much to do’ for CAV future

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has published its report Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The future? which indicates there is ‘much to do’.

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Britain has potential as a world leader in future technology

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Britain has potential as a world leader in future technology

Government and the UK automotive industry have come together to discuss plans to position Britain as a world leader in electric and connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

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Thatcham hosts new wave

Monday, 13 March 2017

Thatcham hosts new wave

As Apprentice Week finishes celebrating its 10th Anniversary (6 - 10 March), Thatcham Research is continuing to lead the way in closing the skills gap for core occupations

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Volvo Car Ireland shares safety knowledge

Monday, 13 March 2017

Volvo Car Ireland shares safety knowledge

Last week Volvo Car Ireland hosted a unique two day body and technology event with key decision makers from the aftersales industry.

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VW pleads guilty

Monday, 13 March 2017

VW pleads guilty

Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to fraud, obstruction of justice and falsifying statements as part of a £3.5bn settlement reached with the US Justice Department over the diesel emissions scandal.

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IMI launches ‘Vision for the Future’

Thursday, 09 March 2017

IMI launches ‘Vision for the Future’

In a unique communications partnership, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and ITN Productions have launched a news and current affairs-style programme.

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Collective calls for IPT freeze

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Collective calls for IPT freeze

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has joined forces with business, finance and charity groups in an open letter calling on the Government to cancel the planned increase in Insurance Premium Tax (IPT)

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Petition forces parliament discussion on insurance cap

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Petition forces parliament discussion on insurance cap

Parliament will debate a petition to put a £1,200 cap on car insurance for 18-25 year olds.

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ABI: Autonomous tech depends on clarity

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

ABI: Autonomous tech depends on clarity

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has said that establishing clear definitions of which vehicles can be safely used in automated mode is going to be a crucial part of bringing this technology successfully onto the UK’s roads.

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Apprenticeship Levy will provide economic boost

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Apprenticeship Levy will provide economic boost

Businesses across England are being urged to take advantage of the new Apprenticeship Levy being introduced next month

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Fires prompt Daimler recall

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Fires prompt Daimler recall

Reuters reports that Daimler AG said it will recall one million newer-model Mercedes-Benz vehicles worldwide due to the risk of fire, after 51 fires were reported.

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Fiat and Ford fall short on safety

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Fiat and Ford fall short on safety

Today, Euro NCAP releases the results of six new cars.

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MIB clarifies Untraced Drivers Agreement

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

MIB clarifies Untraced Drivers Agreement

The new Untraced Drivers Agreement comes into effect for accidents occuring on or after 1 March 2017.

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Drivers face tougher phone penalties

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Drivers face tougher phone penalties

The government has introduced today tougher penalties for those caught using mobile phones when driving

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Government caps whiplash payouts

Friday, 24 February 2017

Government caps whiplash payouts

Justice secretary Elizabeth Truss has unveiled the historic Prisons and Courts Bill, paving the way for the biggest overhaul of prisons in a generation and the delivery of a world-class court system

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ABI DG warns on Discount Rate mistake

Friday, 24 February 2017

ABI DG warns on Discount Rate mistake

The expected move by the Lord Chancellor to change the Discount Rate which is used to calculate compensation payments could see insurance premiums increase for millions

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Google and Uber go to court

Friday, 24 February 2017

Google and Uber go to court

BBC reports that Uber is being sued for stealing trade secrets and technology from Google.

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The most revolutionary car in the world

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The most revolutionary car in the world

From the Ford Model T to the Tesla Model S, Autocar is giving its readers the chance to have their say as part of a poll to crown this year’s Autocar Readers’ Champion.

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Security issues come to light

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Security issues come to light

Car management apps can stay linked to owners’ phones even after the vehicle is sold to someone else, a computer security researcher has warned

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Uber looks to the skies

Thursday, 09 February 2017

Uber looks to the skies

A former Nasa engineer has been hired by taxi-hailing firm Uber to help its research into flying cars.

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Motor insurance premiums take a hike

Friday, 03 February 2017

Motor insurance premiums take a hike

Motor insurance premiums hit their highest recorded levels last quarter and rose more than five times the rate of inflation in 2016

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Euro NCAP marks 20th anniversary

Thursday, 02 February 2017

Euro NCAP marks 20th anniversary

More than 78,000 lives have been saved since Euro NCAP’s tough crash safety tests were launched 20 years ago

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Driver jailed after telematics evidence

Friday, 27 January 2017

Driver jailed after telematics evidence

A speeding driver, Farid Reza, who killed a 21-year-old woman in Kingston, south west London, has been found guilty of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving and Serious Injury at the Old Bailey where telematics data provided vital evidence

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Ford device to boost connectivity

Friday, 27 January 2017

Ford device to boost connectivity

Ford Motor Co said it would sell a plug-in device to enable features like remote start, security alerts, a Wifi hotspot and vehicle location assistance on 2010-2016 model year Ford and Lincoln cars.

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VW introduces climate windscreen

Thursday, 26 January 2017

VW introduces climate windscreen

Volkswagen's climate windscreen heats up without the use of any filament wires, thus providing perfect visibility.

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Volvos throw Mustang serious shade

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Volvos throw Mustang serious shade

Today, Euro NCAP released safety ratings for three cars: the Volvo S90 saloon and the V90 estate both achieve the maximum of five stars, while Ford’s Mustang scores two.

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Ford targets competitor vehicles

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Ford targets competitor vehicles

Ford Motor Co, in a bid for a piece of the rapidly growing global auto parts market, is launching a new brand called Omnicraft to sell parts to Ford dealers and independent repair shops to fix competitors' vehicles.

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Illegal tyres still on the road

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Illegal tyres still on the road

TyreSafe is urging Britain’s motorists to be extremely vigilant if considering used and not new tyres.

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Paris hopes colour-code will beat smog

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Paris hopes colour-code will beat smog

Paris launched a new colour-coded sticker scheme to restrict car use in its latest attempt to reduce air pollution many citizens blame for coughing fits, eye irritation and runny noses.

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VW EVs will debut 5G

Monday, 23 January 2017

VW EVs will debut 5G

Volkswagen plans to equip its family of I.D. electric cars with next-generation 5G mobile connectivity and cellular vehicle-to-everything communication standards

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MOT proposal sees one year added

Monday, 23 January 2017

MOT proposal sees one year added

The time new cars are allowed on Britain's roads before requiring an MOT could rise from three to four years, under government proposals.

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Tesla avoids recall after Autopilot crash death

Friday, 20 January 2017

Tesla avoids recall after Autopilot crash death

Tesla will not be ordered to recall its semi-autonomous cars in the US, following a fatal crash in May 2016.

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Singapore’s first-ever hypercar

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Singapore’s first-ever hypercar

A fully electric revolution is heading to this year’s Geneva Motor Show in the shape of the Dendrobium, Singapore’s first-ever hypercar.

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Nissan announces autonomous testing in Europe

Friday, 13 January 2017

Nissan announces autonomous testing in Europe

Nissan will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to Britain next month.

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UK asks for Fiat probe details

Friday, 13 January 2017

UK asks for Fiat probe details

BBC reports that the UK Department for Transport has asked for details of a US probe into Fiat Chrysler diesel emissions software as a matter of urgency.

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New uninsured driver’s agreement

Friday, 13 January 2017

New uninsured driver’s agreement

From 1 March 2017 MIB will be required to pay a claim for the damage to an uninsured driver’s car when it has been caused by another uninsured or a ‘hit and run’ driver.

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Car insurance costs continue to accelerate

Friday, 13 January 2017

Car insurance costs continue to accelerate

The cost of motoring continues to rise as the Confused.com car insurance price index Q4 2016 reveals a year-on-year price increase of 14%

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New VED rules hit motorists hard

Friday, 13 January 2017

New VED rules hit motorists hard

The majority of new car buyers will lose out when new road tax rules come into force on 1 April, according to latest research from HonestJohn.co.uk.

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‘Hit and runs’ increase for second time

Thursday, 12 January 2017

‘Hit and runs’ increase for second time

This is the second year in succession showing an increase in 'hit and run' accidents, reversing the trend seen over the past decade.

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Sentence announced for false claim

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Sentence announced for false claim

On Wednesday 4 January 2017 a man was sentenced at London Inner Crown Court for one count of fraud by false representation and one count of failing to disclose information

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VW confirms U.S. settlement

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

VW confirms U.S. settlement

Reuters and Bloomberg report that Volkswagen Group has negotiated a $4.3bn concrete draft settlement with U.S. regulators to resolve its diesel emissions issues.

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Attack of the clones

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Attack of the clones

Rogue engine tuners who use cloned tools in an attempt to boost a car’s performance are wrecking thousands of engine ECUs a year with repair and replacement costs setting owners back up to £2,000 each.

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BMW wants YOU

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

BMW wants YOU

Young people with a passion for the automotive industry are being encouraged to apply for a place on BMW Group’s apprenticeship programme in the UK.

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IMI invests in MOT IT system

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

IMI invests in MOT IT system

The IMI, the motor industry’s awarding body, has invested in a significant IT upgrade to service the huge surge in demand from MOT testers for DVSA assessment and training.

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Uber’s data could ease congestion

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Uber’s data could ease congestion

Uber is launching a website outlining how its cars move around cities, in an effort to appease city authorities who have long called for more data sharing

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VW heads to UK court

Monday, 09 January 2017

VW heads to UK court

Reuters reports that a British law firm has launched legal action against Volkswagen

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