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07 April 2014 at 14:32

A law banning lighting up in cars containing children would receive the backing of more than half of those who smoke, a new poll suggests.The Auto Trader survey of 1,000 smokers who drive found that 55% would support the legislation that could be in place later this year. Just over a fifth of the poll participants (21%) were undecided over the proposals, while just less than a quarter (24%) cam...

07 April 2014 at 14:32

Congestion in cities can be greatly reduced by smart parking, according to a new academic study.The difficulties faced by the modern urban driver, such as health issues related to higher stress levels, could be alleviated by making parking easier, Dr Therese Cory said.Her research concluded that smart parking systems which help drivers find spaces are a vital way of cutting stress and congestio...

07 April 2014 at 14:32

Honda, along with leading car manufacturers, hydrogen fuel suppliers and energy consultancies have signed a £31 million agreement to develop and demonstrate technology that will help to develop the growth of hydrogen powered vehicles.The HyFIVE project (Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles) will see five manufacturers deploy a total of 110 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at several locations across Eur...

07 April 2014 at 14:32

A new multi-million pound transport scheme is set to benefit motorists in Norwich while helping to create more than 5,000 new jobs in the area.The Department for Transport is committing up to £19 million to enlarge the A47's junction at Postwick to the east of Norwich, local transport minister Baroness Kramer has announced.The improvements will help the Broadland Business Park expand and see th...

07 April 2014 at 14:32

March was a bumper month for car sales, reaching the highest monthly total for 10 years, the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) said. Some 464,824 new cars were registered in March, up 17.7% on the same month last year and the best figure since 466,954 were registered in March 2004, the SMMT said. March also saw the introduction of the new 14 number plate. March 2014 and March 2004 were the ...

04 April 2014 at 09:37

Families with elderly driving relatives worry most about a decline in their cognitive abilities, according to a survey.When asked by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), some 46% of people said they were concerned about things like early dementia affecting their relatives' ability to drive.Of those people who are concerned, some 42% said they had attempted to discuss the matter with their...

04 April 2014 at 09:37

Land Rover will unveil the first glimpse of the new Discovery Vision Concept car at the 2014 New York International Auto Show later this month.The new model will incorporate some of Land Rover's key areas of focus, including an emotive design, strong capabilities, and versatility, with a range of customer-focused technology included in the design.Gerry McGovern, design director and chief creati...

04 April 2014 at 09:37

Skoda has voted its UK operation as its Importer of the Year for the second time in three years.Importers of Skoda cars from all over the world congregated on its Prague headquarters for the awards. The company's Polish and German arms took second and third places, respectively.The company's after-sales award was handed to Skoda Poland, the sales award went to its Czech Republic operation, and ...

04 April 2014 at 09:37

A new conference has been launched to help automotive businesses retain and nurture their employees.The People Conference, which will take place later this year, is the brainchild of Automotive Management and the Institute of the Motor Industry.Jeremy Bennett, editor of the magazine, and Steve Nash, chief executive of the institute, will jointly host the event, which aims to offer an insight in...

04 April 2014 at 09:37

Toyota is set to use gas from a landfill site to power a vehicle production plant in the United States.The Japanese car manufacturer has already set zero waste-to-landfill targets for its operations, and will now look to use the waste of others by generating "green" electricity from a rubbish tip close to its Georgetown, Kentucky factory.Toyota expects the system to be up and running early next...

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