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19 February 2015 at 12:23

The SMMT has played down January's slip in car production. The number of cars produced last month fell by 1.2% compared with January 2013. But Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says this was a result of new models being made in UK factories. Some 127,385 cars were made in UK plants in January, but Mr Hawes says the slight dip is a result of major inv...

19 February 2015 at 12:23

New smart technology surprisingly suggests that women are more prone to speeding than men. An in-car telematics device was fitted in over 10,000 hired motors and the results measured across six months.Such gadgets are increasingly becoming attached to privately-run cars to reduce car insurance and business fleets to track costs.The research found that female drivers are typically 17.5% more li...

19 February 2015 at 12:23

Motorists face new council parking charges, a new study warns. Drivers heading to to local authority-run car parks will be asked to help councils balance budgets nationwide.This is according to a poll undertaken by the local council magazine, MJ, and the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU).It said that four in five of the 90 local authorities which answered claimed they would have to rais...

19 February 2015 at 12:23

Three more major car manufacturers have thrown their weight behind a government low-carbon initiative. Audi, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen have joined BMW, Renault, Nissan and Toyota in backing the Go Ultra Low campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness of ultra-low-emission vehicles (ULEVs).All seven manufacturers produce ULEVs - which are kinder on the environment and also come with little or...

19 February 2015 at 12:23

Honda's HR-V is to make a comeback a decade after it was taken out of production. The Japanese manufacturer sees the vehicle as a way back into the compact crossover market, rivalling the Nissan Juke, BMW X1 and Audi Q3. After all, it pretty much invented the 'crossover' body style when it was first released in 1999.Buyers will have the option of 1.5-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines, ...

18 February 2015 at 12:29

Schoolmates of two teenagers who died at an Essex level crossing hope a film they have made will prevent similar tragedies. Joyce Frankland Academy pupils 13-year-old Charlotte Thompson and 14-year-old Olivia Bazlinton were killed at Elsenham station after being hit by a passing train, 10 years ago next December.Pupils at the Saffron Walden school have produced the five-minute movie in a bid t...

18 February 2015 at 12:29

The majority of second-hand car buyers don't do their homework before handing over their money. An RAC report found seven in 10 people buying a car which is pre-owned fail to undertake any checks whatsoever, despite information being more readily available than ever.A quarter of consumers buy solely on sight and 34% ask a family member or friend to carry out inspections. In this study of 2,300...

18 February 2015 at 12:29

A drive out to Woolacombe beach in Devon or Weymouth beach in Dorset could be well worth the petrol.Both beaches have been voted among the best in Europe, rivalling those of the French Riviera and Spain's Costa del Sol.Woolacombe came fourth in a list of top European beaches compiled from travellers' reviews by TripAdvisor, while Weymouth was placed eighth.Rhossili beach in Swansea (11th), St B...

18 February 2015 at 12:29

Ford is providing two of its classic rally cars for the National Motor Museum's motorsport exhibition, A Chequered History. The company is lending the Beaulieu attraction a GT70 and RS2000 from its own heritage collection. The prototype cars were designed and built by Ford to win rally events but they never achieved the success they seemed destined for.Museum manager and chief engineer Doug Hi...

18 February 2015 at 12:29

One of the world's leading luxury car manufacturers have defended a move into the sports utility vehicle (SUV) market. Motorists buying a car from Rolls-Royce will be given the chance to own a hotly-anticipated model, being built in response to demand from customers, particularly in Asia and the Middle-East. Its chief executive John Rishton and chairman Ian Davis have written a joint open let...

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