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19 May 2015 at 15:52

New European car sales grew by 6.9% last month, according to the latest figures. The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) data showed that there were 80,000 more people buying a car in Europe in April 2015 than April 2014.The rise from 1.13 million to 1.21 million relates to motorists in the EFTA, a free-trade association comprising Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenste...

18 May 2015 at 16:32

Motorists in Bristol are the least likely to be hoodwinked by unscrupulous car salesmen, according to new RAC research. Bristolians beat off second-place Oxford and third-placed Birmingham to top a new table of the nation's savviest second-hand car buyers.It seems the West Country city's drivers check vehicle histories more frequently than anywhere else in the country before buying a car that ...

18 May 2015 at 16:32

Google's purpose-built driverless cars will soon be appearing on public roads in California.The autonomous vehicles have been limited to testing on private tracks so far. But all that will change this summer after the technology giant was granted licencing to test them alongside regular traffic.Roads in the Californian city of Mountain View, where the company is head-quartered, will be the new ...

18 May 2015 at 16:32

Most British motorists ignore fuel economy warnings and use their vehicles to store junk, according to a new survey. A new poll suggests 5% do so because their properties are not big enough to house all their clutter.Michelin says the additional weight of unnecessary in-boot items potentially offsets any fuel economy gains made by modern motors.In fact, the RAC claims that each 50kg will, on a...

18 May 2015 at 16:32

A newly-independent offshoot of Citroen is constructing an exclusive stable of models to commemorate 60 years of the French manufacturer's DS. DS's 1955 Edition update also marks the company's emergence in its own right - after breaking away from parent firm.In honour of the special 60th anniversary, DS plans to make only 1,955 DS 3 Cabrios and DS 3s.In addition, a further 955 DS 5s and 955 DS...

15 May 2015 at 15:43

Mercedes-Benz has created an innovative film to celebrate the best-ever run at the Mille Miglia race which places those watching it in the thick of the action.The film celebrates the achievements of Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson in 1955, when they completed the 1,000-mile road race in 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds.The duo averaged 98mph in their Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR - number 722. ...

15 May 2015 at 15:43

A road safety charity is urging the newly elected government to address the needs of older drivers.The number of over-70s who hold a UK driving licence has reached 4.34 million - a rise of 320,000 or 11% in the past three years.Now the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is calling for more action from ministers, assessment providers and medical professionals.There is plenty of advice online ...

14 May 2015 at 14:28

Nearly half the teenage car passengers killed or seriously injured on UK roads in 2013 were in cars driven by 17 to 19-year-olds, the RAC Foundation reports. It is now urging the new Government to publicly debate the issue of young driver safety in a bid to reduce the death toll.Research conducted by the RAC Foundation shows that in 2013 - the most recent year for which figures are available -...

14 May 2015 at 14:28

The RAC Foundation is among organisations backing a call to the new Government for improved road safety for young drivers. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has started lobbying ministers to launch a special Green Paper concerning young motorists.This is in an attempt to reduce the casualty rate among drivers aged between 17 and 24.The RAC Foundation, actress Glenda Jac...

14 May 2015 at 14:28

The late spring bank holiday weekend is expected to be a busy one on Merseyside, so drivers thinking of using motorways around the region are being urged to plan their journeys with this in mind.Cunard's 175th anniversary celebrations are among the various events happening locally over the extended weekend, when thousands of people will be jumping in their cars and embarking on mini breaks.High...

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