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10 February 2016 at 14:31

Volkswagen is rolling out a new set of engines to replace the current 1.6-litre and 1.4-litre motors. The new 1.5-litre engines are aimed at meeting tougher emissions standards set to become law in four years' time. VW's new turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine will debut in the company's upgraded Mk7 Golf before 2016 is finished. It will eventually take the place of the 1.4-litre TSI turbo...

09 February 2016 at 10:59

Three cycle superhighways in London that would also help to speed up some car journeys are a step closer to being introduced.Transport for London (TfL) has launched consultation on building the lanes, which Mayor Boris Johnson says would deliver a balance of benefits for motorists.The A40 Westway flyover, between Swiss Cottage and the West End and between Farringdon and King's Cross are the thr...

09 February 2016 at 10:59

Residents close to venues hosting the Six Nations are cashing in by renting out their unused parking spaces to rugby fans.The tournament attracts large crowds, meaning there is a big demand for parking on match days.Savvy homeowners have cottoned on to this demand, earning a little bit of extra income in the process.Grenville Corke, who lives near Twickenham Stadium in London, rents out two spa...

09 February 2016 at 10:59

A skills shortage means that thousands of job vacancies in Britain's car industry are going unfilled, a new report warns. Study author the Automotive Industrial Partnership (AIP) says the research should form the basis of how to address the skills gaps.It warns that a scarcity of fresh talent could undermine the continuing success of the industry in the UK, with engineers especially hard to fi...

08 February 2016 at 13:53

Not being able to drive in old age nearly doubles the risk of developing symptoms of depression, new research suggests.American scientists examined the health and well-being of older adults after they stopped driving, which is known as driver cessation.They found that no longer having access to a car may also lead to faster declines in physical and mental health.Study author Guohua Li, professo...

08 February 2016 at 13:53

Motorists could soon be sharing the streets of London with Google's self-driving cars if the capital's transport chiefs get their way, it has been revealed.Until now extensive testing of the autonomous vehicles has taken place only in the US with most of the on-road trials happening in California.But now transport officials have asked Google to extend their trials to London.Isabel Dedring, Lond...

08 February 2016 at 13:53

Motorists in Scotland will be banned from parking their cars on many pavements if a proposed Bill becomes law.As well as making it illegal to obstruct pavements and dropped kerbs, the Bill would also restrict double parking on Scotland's streets.But the Bill would also allow councils to exempt some areas, where pavement parking does not cause a problem, from the ban.MSPs believe the move would ...

08 February 2016 at 13:53

Drivers are being urged to check the latest weather conditions before setting off as Storm Imogen moves in.High winds and heavy rain are already causing problems on the roads, with further gusts and downpours to come.Forecasters predict Southern England and south Wales will bear the brunt of gales, while almost 60 flood warnings and more than 200 flood alerts are in place across England and Wal...

05 February 2016 at 11:18

Another problem on the Forth Road Bridge has delayed its full reopening by up to a month. Engineers have discovered an issue on the south tower, which is related to movement of truss end links. While it will not cause another breakage - like the crack on the north tower did in December - work is required to strengthen it. Full reopening has now been pushed back to mid-March, a month later than...

05 February 2016 at 11:18

Matt LeBlanc has spoken of his excitement at being named the new co-presenter of Top Gear. The Friends star's appointment on the BBC2 flagship motoring magazine show has shocked pundits.LeBlanc will join Chris Evans when the programme returns this spring.In December BBC officials announced that Top Gear was scheduled for a May 8 return.LeBlanc is a self-confessed Top Gear fan and "car nut".The...

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