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11 May 2015 at 14:25

An iconic Aston Martin has sold for more than £1.5 million at auction. The 1966-crafted DB5 Convertible helped swell takings to a record £10 million-plus at Saturday's Bonhams' landmark sale of the marque brand.Over 50 motors and 170 automobile lots went under the hammer at the Buckinghamshire-based event, which was the biggest in its 16-year history. Aston Martin's Newport Pagnell base saw t...

08 May 2015 at 14:26

Older motorists are being given the chance to extend their driving lifetimes by having their skills independently assessed. Statistics show that people in this age group are among the UK's safest drivers, which is why they typically enjoy the lowest car insurance premiums.Now, a leading road safety charity has revived a scheme to encourage motorists to refresh their skills. This could provide...

07 May 2015 at 15:55

A leading road safety charity is urging the next government to tackle the number of drivers who flout the law.Brake is calling on whoever wins power in the General Election to make enforcing traffic laws a top priority.It claims a quarter of all drivers in the UK regularly break the rules of the road - from speeding to using a phone behind the wheel - and it wants to see more effective policing...

07 May 2015 at 15:55

Of all the challenges facing the incoming Government, figures suggest the UK car industry needn't be one of them. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders ' (SMMT) General Election day statistics show that new registrations jumped for a 38th consecutive month over April, to 185,778 vehicles.This represented the best-performing April for 10 years and a rise of 5.1% on March's volume.The a...

07 May 2015 at 15:55

Motorway accidents involving foreign heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have risen dramatically in a short space of time. New data published by Accident Exchange suggests a 14% increase since 2012, as more overseas truckers fall foul of British roads.Polish trucks are the most likely to be involved in a collision, followed by those from Germany and Spain.The company extrapolated its own figures withi...

07 May 2015 at 15:55

General Motors' (GM) is celebrating its 90th anniversary of owning Vauxhall by reaching an unprecedented manufacturing milestone. The US giant's 500,000,000th vehicle has rolled off the production line with power to add.This year it predicts it will ship over 1,000 new models every hour of every day, totalling a new company high of almost 10 million machines.GM secured its inaugural overseas a...

07 May 2015 at 15:55

Self-driving vehicles could slash congestion in built-up areas by 90%, experts are hoping. AutoVots", "TaxiBots" and other examples of driverless tech could lead a revolution in taking vehicles off the UK's roads, according to the International Transport Forum (ITF).The high-level think-tank said that only 65% of today's vehicle volume should be required in peak rush-hour period to ferry the s...

05 May 2015 at 14:31

An increasing number of cars are being clamped as drivers fall foul of new road tax rules . Figures show more than 25,000 were clamped by the DVLA in the first three months of the year - an additional 3,000 a month - as thousands of motorists failed to realise road tax is now cancelled when a used car is sold. Under the switch to digital tax discs, the road tax on a used car becomes invalid as...

05 May 2015 at 14:31

Drivers are paying less for car insurance - with average annual premiums now as low as £360. The Association of British Insurers' (ABI) statistics for the opening quarter of 2015 show that typical payments had dipped 2% on figures from the previous three months.These were 5% under the corresponding three months in 2013 but slightly higher than January to March 2014. Motorists are benefiting fr...

05 May 2015 at 14:31

Peugeot has set a new fuel consumption endurance record for a normal internal combustion engine-fuelled production car. Skilled testers drove a 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 S&S Peugeot 208 the equivalent of roughly London to John o'Groats and back on less than a full tank of diesel. They drove the 5-speed hand-operated gearbox model 1,337.19 miles (or 2,152 kilometres) with diesel consumption o...

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