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Autonomous vehicles won’t end driving for pleasure

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Autonomous vehicles won’t end driving for pleasure

With the recent announcements about investment in driverless cars there is one automotive manufacturer which thinks differently.

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Growing demand sees ombudsman expand

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Growing demand sees ombudsman expand

The Motor Ombudsman, the Ombudsman for the automotive sector, has expanded its in-house alternative dispute resolution (ADR) team.

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Fading stars

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Fading stars

Today, Euro NCAP rounds off its busiest-ever year with new safety ratings for fifteen more car models.

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Thatcham reveals top ten

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Thatcham reveals top ten

Thatcham Research is today revealing the ten-car longlist for the hotly contested What Car? Safety Award 2018.

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Man sentenced after 13 false insurance claims

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Man sentenced after 13 false insurance claims

The man claimed compensation 13 times, using false invoices and photographs to support each claim

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‘Dash’-ing through the snow

Monday, 11 December 2017

‘Dash’-ing through the snow

The gift of a dash cam could make for cheaper and hassle free motoring.

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Record £160m paid out every day

Thursday, 07 December 2017

Record £160m paid out every day

Last year a record £160m was paid out every day by insurance and long term savings firms to customers

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Volkswagen executive jailed over fraud

Thursday, 07 December 2017

Volkswagen executive jailed over fraud

Reuters reports that a U.S.-based Volkswagen AG executive who oversaw emissions issues has been sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000

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Social media biggest worry for drivers

Thursday, 07 December 2017

Social media biggest worry for drivers

IAM RoadSmart’s third annual Safety Culture Survey , has found that for the third year running their biggest worries are people updating social media or sending text messages while driving, drink or drug driving and mobile phone use.

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Electric cabs hit London

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

Electric cabs hit London

Reuters reports that London’s black cabs are turning electric.

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EV enquiries at 1%

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

EV enquiries at 1%

Just one in 100 car buyers are actively looking at new electric vehicles despite the Government announcing an investment of over £500m in incentives and infrastructure

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New driving test will save lives

Monday, 04 December 2017

New driving test will save lives

IAM RoadSmart says the new look driving test will deliver ‘big safety benefits and save lives’ by including more real life situations and introducing new drivers to the latest technology.

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Relay attacks real possibility

Monday, 04 December 2017

Relay attacks real possibility

96% of motorists surveyed by Tracker are at risk of having their car stolen by criminals using the latest theft technique - a relay attack

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5 star lineup

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

5 star lineup

In a busy November for Euro NCAP’s car safety experts, the month’s second set of crash testing results have been released today

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PSA seeks GM refund of €0.5bn

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

PSA seeks GM refund of €0.5bn

Reuters reports that Peugeot maker PSA Group, is requesting a refund of around €0.5bn after discovering the extent of the CO2 emissions challenges.

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Keyless entry vulnerability

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Keyless entry vulnerability

Following further news coverage of CCTV footage capturing the theft of a car with apparent ease, vehicle security experts Thatcham Research are today offering guidance to worried drivers.

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IMI to meet with DfT

Monday, 27 November 2017

IMI to meet with DfT

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has confirmed a meeting with John Hayes, Minister of State at the Department for Transport

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Speeding result of driver pressure

Friday, 24 November 2017

Speeding result of driver pressure

The UK’s biggest independent motoring charity IAM RoadSmart feels that speeding is still far from being socially unacceptable, as DfT figures released today show speeding offences are now at a six year high.

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£5.5m for illegal phone use

Friday, 24 November 2017

£5.5m for illegal phone use

Police in Britain have handed out over 27,000 fines to drivers for illegally using a mobile phone since March this year, when the penalty for the offence doubled

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IMI calls for electric training funding

Friday, 24 November 2017

IMI calls for electric training funding

Steve Nash, CEO of IMI urges government to focus on those who will work on electric cars as well as the charging infrastructure in Autumn Budget

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Volvo supplies self-driving cars to Uber

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Volvo supplies self-driving cars to Uber

Volvo Cars has signed a framework agreement with Uber, the ride-sharing company, to sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving-compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021.

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Japan sets up checking task force

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Japan sets up checking task force

Reuters reports that a task force to inspect vehicles sold on the domestic market has been set up by Japan’s transport ministry.

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The raid on the responsible must end here

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The raid on the responsible must end here

Ahead of Wednesday’s Budget the Association of British Insurers (ABI) is warning that hard-pressed families and businesses cannot take any more increases in Insurance Premium Tax (IPT)

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HPI launches MOT checker

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

HPI launches MOT checker

Automotive data expert hpi has launched a free and easy online tool to help motorists check a vehicle’s MOT history.

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IMI submits evidence for proposal

Monday, 20 November 2017

IMI submits evidence for proposal

Motor industry body, Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has submitted its closing evidence for Parliament’s consideration regarding a Licence to Practise for vehicle technicians working on the high-voltage systems of electric and hybrid vehicles.

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SEAT reveals ‘guardian angel’ car

Monday, 20 November 2017

SEAT reveals ‘guardian angel’ car

SEAT has pulled the wraps off a ‘Guardian Angel’ safety car at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain.

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Teenagers rate work over university

Monday, 20 November 2017

Teenagers rate work over university

The IMI has found that today's teenagers rate work experience as more important than a degree when finding a job.

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Thatcham applauds compulsory AEB

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Thatcham applauds compulsory AEB

European Parliament has called for standard fitment of key car safety technologies like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).

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HPI launches emissions standard checker

Friday, 10 November 2017

HPI launches emissions standard checker

Commuters face confusion on how they could be affected by the introduction of clean air zones in Britain’s cities.

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Self-driving shuttle bus in crash on first day

Thursday, 09 November 2017

Self-driving shuttle bus in crash on first day

BBC reports that an autonomous shuttle bus in Las Vegas has been involved in a crash on its first day of service.

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Audi champions virtually CO2-neutral e-diesel

Wednesday, 08 November 2017

Audi champions virtually CO2-neutral e-diesel

Audi is systematically building on its e-fuels strategy. Together with its partners Ineratec GmbH and Energiedienst Holding AG, the company has plans for a new pilot facility for the production of e-diesel in Laufenburg, in Canton Aargau (Switzerland)

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XCeedingly good

Wednesday, 08 November 2017

XCeedingly good

Today, Euro NCAP publishes the safety ratings of eight new vehicles

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Alphabet's Waymo to launch robotaxis

Wednesday, 08 November 2017

Alphabet's Waymo to launch robotaxis

Alphabet Inc's Waymo is about to launch its own ride-hailing service with no human behind the steering wheel.

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Insurers clarify ‘automated’ category

Monday, 06 November 2017

Insurers clarify ‘automated’ category

insurers are today answering a question which continues to challenge the automotive industry; exactly what should a vehicle be capable of doing to deserve the title ‘Automated’?

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BMW recall could go global

Monday, 06 November 2017

BMW recall could go global

Reuters reports that BMW has issued two recalls in North America over fire risk.

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Grandparents urged to belt up

Friday, 03 November 2017

Grandparents urged to belt up

Nearly three quarters of a million grandparents drive cars with children incorrectly seated

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Audi issues diesel recall

Thursday, 02 November 2017

Audi issues diesel recall

Reuters reports that Audi has recalled 5,000 cars in Europe.

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Tesla model 3 delayed

Thursday, 02 November 2017

Tesla model 3 delayed

Bloomberg reports that production of Tesla's new Model 3 has been delayed by three months until March 2018.

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HPI saves uninsured supercars

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

HPI saves uninsured supercars

New figures released by automotive experts hpi reveal that its Crushwatch scheme helped recover uninsured supercars and premium vehicles worth almost £1m

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IMI supports licensing case

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

IMI supports licensing case

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has presented members of parliament and the House of Lords with a new research report that underlines the case for regulation around those working on electric and hybrid vehicles.

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Iran's IKCO to produce fuel efficient cars

Monday, 30 October 2017

Iran's IKCO to produce fuel efficient cars

A member of Mahle Group’s board of directors says cooperation between the group and Iran Khodro is expanding further

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Insurance premiums hit record high

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Insurance premiums hit record high

The cost of the average motor insurance premium has leapt by £45 in the last year to a record high

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Toyota produces 'game changer' EV battery

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Toyota produces 'game changer' EV battery

Reuters reports that Toyota is pushing hard to bring a new battery to market.

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New airbag technology exhibited at Tokyo show

Saturday, 28 October 2017

New airbag technology exhibited at Tokyo show

Reuters reports that Toyoda Gosei has come up with a concept car where its body is protected by airbags.

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Drivers risk tyre incidents

Friday, 20 October 2017

Drivers risk tyre incidents

Drivers are increasing their motoring costs as well as the risk of being involved in an incident by ignoring tyre maintenance, according to TyreSafe.

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Australia’s Holden is no more

Friday, 20 October 2017

Australia’s Holden is no more

BBC reports that Australia has called time on the nation’s production of Holden vehicles.

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Automotive apprentices recognised for their talent

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Automotive apprentices recognised for their talent

Learners from across the motor industry have been recognised at the Institute of the Motor Industry’s (IMI) annual Outstanding Achiever Awards ceremony.

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Daimler recalls 1 million Mercedes-Benz

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Daimler recalls 1 million Mercedes-Benz

Reuters reports that German carmaker Daimler AG is recalling more than 1 million Mercedes-Benz cars and sport utility vehicles globally in order to address airbag issues.

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VW’s plans to fund EVs

Thursday, 12 October 2017

VW’s plans to fund EVs

Reuters reports that Volkswagen has a plan to improve its profitability.

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Demand for new cars declines

Thursday, 05 October 2017

Demand for new cars declines

UK new car market falls for sixth consecutive month in September – down -9.3% to 426,170 units.

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Man sentenced for false injury claims

Thursday, 05 October 2017

Man sentenced for false injury claims

This week, Mohammed Taj, 56 and Shahnaz Zaman, 46 both of Brookhill Road, Birmingham have been sentenced for fraud by false representation and conspiracy to commit fraud

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Are you tyre safe?

Wednesday, 04 October 2017

Are you tyre safe?

Motorists are being given the chance to demonstrate their tyre safety knowledge by taking part in the unique TyreSafe Test.

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Velar scores five stars

Wednesday, 04 October 2017

Velar scores five stars

Range Rover is the latest brand to capitalise on increasing popularity of SUVs in Europe with the launch of the brand new Velar.

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Nissan to recall 1.21m new cars

Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Nissan to recall 1.21m new cars

Reuters reports that Nissan Motor Company Ltd is to recall all new passenger cars it sold in Japan in the last three years. This will equate to 1.2m new cars.

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Nissan's thirst for new technology

Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Nissan's thirst for new technology

BBC reports that Nissan has evolved a technology that will alert the driver if they are showing signs of dehydration.

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Road deaths highest in six years

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Road deaths highest in six years

An increase in the number of vulnerable road users being killed on Britain’s roads shows a need for a renewed push for safety.

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Drivers urged to insist on AEB

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Drivers urged to insist on AEB

IAM RoadSmart, the RAC and a coalition of road safety and motor industry bodies are encouraging private and fleet car buyers to insist on Autonomous Emergency Braking when they buy their next new car

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Daimler buys German ride-sharing service flinc

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Daimler buys German ride-sharing service flinc

Reuters reports that Daimler has bought German ride-sharing firm flinc.

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Modern security no deterrent for thieves

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Modern security no deterrent for thieves

The number of vehicles stolen has risen by nearly a third in the past three years, according to figures seen by RAC Insurance.

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Automakers face big fines for missing targets

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Automakers face big fines for missing targets

PA Consulting’s recent report shows that many major automakers will not meet the European Union’s upcoming carbon dioxide emissions goal, resulting in large fines.

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CMA tackles comparison sites

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

CMA tackles comparison sites

Following an in-depth study, the CMA is setting clear ground rules for all online comparison tools and opening an investigation into one site.

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Volvo’s electric plans recognised by UN

Friday, 22 September 2017

Volvo’s electric plans recognised by UN

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has been recognised by the United Nations for its ground-breaking electrification strategy in the latest report from the UN’s Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

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Continental Tyres addresses Westminster

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Continental Tyres addresses Westminster

Continental Tyres, the global tyre and technology leader, has been selected to share its expertise in the Government’s Parliamentary Review 2016/17.

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Euro NCAP received innovation award

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Euro NCAP received innovation award

Last week at their 20th Anniversary Event, Euro NCAP was presented with the prestigious Innovation Award from Global NCAP in recognition of the continuous evolution of its vehicle rating Roadmap

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Record calls for vehicle sales code

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Record calls for vehicle sales code

The Motor Ombudsman, the automotive dispute resolution provider, has seen nearly 13,000 consumer contacts since the Stage Two Chartered Trading Standards Institute-approved Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Sales, was launched a year ago.

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GEM supports Project EDWARD

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

GEM supports Project EDWARD

GEM supports Project EDWARD Road safety and breakdown recovery provider GEM Motoring Assist is once again proud to be supporting Project EDWARD, the European day Without A Road Death, which is scheduled for this Thursday 21 September.

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Friday, 15 September 2017

IAEA written exams

The Institute’s Education Group have announced that re-sits of section 1 and 2 of the IAEA written exams will be held on Monday 15 January 2018.

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Children are the worst passengers

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Children are the worst passengers

A poll by the UK’s biggest road safety charity IAM RoadSmart of more than 2,300 visitors to our website has lifted the lid on some of the worst motoring distractions drivers have spotted on the road

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MOT fines provide £35m Treasury income

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

MOT fines provide £35m Treasury income

A series of Freedom of Information requested by Carbuyer to the UK’s 45 police forces uncovers big fines for drivers

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House of Lords urged to ban nuisance calls

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

House of Lords urged to ban nuisance calls

Peers must seize an opportunity today to put an end to the scourge of cold calls and texts by personal injury claims management firms, say lawyers

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Continental hopes for the future

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Continental hopes for the future

Continental is introducing two new tyre technology concepts that will make for even greater road safety and comfort in the future.

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Euro NCAP launches Road Map 2025

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Euro NCAP launches Road Map 2025

Euro NCAP launches its Road Map 2025, setting out for the first time the programme’s priorities for the mobility and technological revolution the auto industry is just beginning to experience.

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Consumers quick to change

Thursday, 07 September 2017

Consumers quick to change

Consumers change their cars more often than they do their gadgets and gizmos, according to insight from automotive experts, hpi.

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Occupant protection a side issue for some

Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Occupant protection a side issue for some

Euro NCAP has released safety ratings for nine new cars.

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UK toughens up emissions tests

Friday, 01 September 2017

UK toughens up emissions tests

Toughest ever new car emissions tests come into force today.

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Trade-in schemes launched to attract buyers

Friday, 01 September 2017

Trade-in schemes launched to attract buyers

BBC reports that automakers have stepped up to offer scrappage schemes in order to attract new business.

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VW cleans up for summer

Friday, 01 September 2017

VW cleans up for summer

VW has created ane air conditioning system that uses an air quality sensor and active biogenic filter to keep pollen, fungal spores and particulates out of cars.

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Automakers face global fines

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Automakers face global fines

European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has told Business Insider that VW, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Audi could face ’very high’ fines

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MIB hit by rise in claims for uninsured accidents

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

MIB hit by rise in claims for uninsured accidents

For the first time in more than a decade, MIB is seeing an increase in the number of claims made following accidents with uninsured drivers.

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Solar roof now possible

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Solar roof now possible

Reuters reports that Audi is working with China's Hanergy Thin Film Power Group to integrate solar cells into panoramic glass roofs for an upcoming Audi electric vehicle (EV).

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New technology slashes engine emissions

Thursday, 24 August 2017

New technology slashes engine emissions

British manufacturer CGON has released a revolutionary new range of hydrogen additive products that can reduce engine emissions by up to 80% and offer fuel savings of up to 20%.

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Insurance for lawnmowers?

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Insurance for lawnmowers?

Owners of vehicles like golf buggies and motorised lawnmowers could be forced to take out third party insurance following a ruling by the European Court of Justice.

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GM accused of threats and meddling

Friday, 18 August 2017

GM accused of threats and meddling

Reuters reports that General Motors Co (GM) has been accused of meddling in settlement talks and issuing threats that led to the cancelling of an agreement.

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Full connection needed

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Full connection needed

The UK’s biggest independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart maintains that we will not gain the full safety benefits of self-driving cars until every car on the road is connected to each other

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Drivers urged to 'back off'

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Drivers urged to 'back off'

Motorists who drive too close to the car in front are the target of a campaign to reduce the number of road traffic injuries.

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Plenham appoints Moseley as CEO

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Plenham appoints Moseley as CEO

Jason Moseley has been appointed as the new chief executive officer at Plenham Ltd.

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Connected cars under threat despite government protection

Monday, 14 August 2017

Connected cars under threat despite government protection

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) welcomes government guidelines to reduce the hacking risk of internet-connected cars, but urges focus on the technicians that work on the vehicles too.

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Thieves turn to keyless ‘relay attack’

Monday, 14 August 2017

Thieves turn to keyless ‘relay attack’

As September’s plate change looms, a reminder is served that more cars are stolen without keys as criminals exploit weaknesses in security technology.

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Motorists in mobile phone ignorance

Thursday, 03 August 2017

Motorists in mobile phone ignorance

Many motorists are still flouting the law and putting their lives, and those of other road users, at risk

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Porsche to recall 22,000 cars

Friday, 28 July 2017

Porsche to recall 22,000 cars

22,000 Porsche cars are due to be recalled in order to remove illegal emissions-controlling software.

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Industry ‘not ready’ to scrap petrol and diesel

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Industry ‘not ready’ to scrap petrol and diesel

Electric and hybrid cars have seen a 47% growth this year

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Audi issues emissions software

Friday, 21 July 2017

Audi issues emissions software

Audi is offering the owners of 850,000 diesel cars a software upgrade to ‘improve emissions behaviour

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Motorists blind to tread depth

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Motorists blind to tread depth

A new survey from Venson Automotive Solutions reveals that 69% of motorists don’t know the correct legal tyre tread depth limit of 1.6mm

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Motor premiums rising at fastest rate ever

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Motor premiums rising at fastest rate ever

11% year on year increase as Discount Rate and Insurance Premium Tax take effect

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Zurich’s investigation uncovers ‘sophisticated’ fraud

Friday, 14 July 2017

Zurich’s investigation uncovers ‘sophisticated’ fraud

Zurich Insurance and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) have investigated recent suspicious claims and found that there is an ‘organised and sophisticated Eastern European fraud ring’

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Premiums at record levels

Monday, 10 July 2017

Premiums at record levels

Drivers in nearly all age groups are paying record amounts for their car insurance

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Dishonest claims worth £1.3bn in 2016

Friday, 07 July 2017

Dishonest claims worth £1.3bn in 2016

Organised insurance fraud, such as ‘crash for cash’ staged accidents, down as the industry turns up the heat on criminal gangs.

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Volvo to go all electric

Thursday, 06 July 2017

Volvo to go all electric

Volvo Cars has announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor

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Euro NCAP releases more 5 * ratings

Thursday, 06 July 2017

Euro NCAP releases more 5 * ratings

Euro NCAP has published the safety ratings of six new cars and the rating of the Ford Mustang facelift.

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Ocado trials self-driving vehicles

Tuesday, 04 July 2017

Ocado trials self-driving vehicles

Reuters reports that Ocado has been trialling self-driving vehicles over the past two weeks.

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