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04 December 2014 at 10:55

Drivers will continue to enjoy the current fuel duty freeze, it was confirmed in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement. George Osborne cemented the already-published April freeze on Wednesday - but it has been strongly hinted this tax break may only last for a further five months after that. Also on Wednesday, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) - the Government's independent economic adv...

04 December 2014 at 10:55

Motorway signs which display the price of fuel at service stations will increase competition and drive prices down, it is hoped. As part of its Autumn Statement, the Government announced plans to install signage on Britain's motorways, allowing drivers to compare the prices of petrol at different stations.The move has been brought about in a bid to tackle the higher prices motorists typically ...

04 December 2014 at 10:55

Driverless cars will be on the UK's roads as early as January - following a a green light in the Autumn Statement for £10 million of funding from Innovate UK to go toward the project.Four cities will be running formal, real world trials of the new technologies starting in 2015; with Bristol, Greenwich in East London, and Milton Keynes working together with Coventry under a joint project.Innovat...

04 December 2014 at 10:55

New car sales are on course to reach the highest annual level seen in 10 years, following another rate increase last month.November saw a total of 173,327 new vehicles registered - that's an 8% rise on sales for November 2013 - the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.This means that 2,310,237 vehicles were sold for the first 11 months of 2014 - a 9.4% increase on the total fo...

04 December 2014 at 10:55

One of the most recognisable cars on the UK roads of the 1960s and 1970s will make a comeback next summer. Vauxhall made more than 1.5 million Viva superminis from 1963 to 1979 at Cheshire's Ellesmere Port plant. Now Vauxhall fans looking at buying a car with practicality and durability can consider the all new Viva. It will stand alongside the A-sector ADAM as well as the Corsa super-mini i...

03 December 2014 at 12:31

The Government is to follow the example it set with the motor insurance industry, in a fresh bid to crackdown on other types of insurance fraud. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced the new proposals in the wake of a comparable action taken on the car insurance sector. By targeting drivers who make fraudulent whiplash-related claims, a clampdown has already seen typical car insurance pr...

03 December 2014 at 12:31

New technology could finally rid motorists of one of their greatest bugbears - the pothole - by the middle of this century, according to a new report. Self-healing concrete is among the revolutionary projects detailed in Arup's study into possible highway trends to 2050.The engineering firm says the concrete could generate bacteria which would fill cracks if concrete became damaged. This coul...

03 December 2014 at 12:31

Judges at this year's TopGear Magazine Awards have ruled that size doesn't matter in awarding the 2014 City Car of the Year gong to Renault's all-new Twingo. The tiny-wheelbased French model lost nothing in comparison with bigger and more expensive vehicles.The award, announced in the magazine's latest edition on Wednesday, will be a great endorsement to motorists buying a car for urban use.To...

03 December 2014 at 12:31

A marque motoring brand has become the first British car-building company to build a factory in Brazil. Work has started on Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) £187 million facility around 100 miles north-west of Rio de Janeiro in Itatiaia.To start off with, 400 workers will be employed at JLR's state-of-the-art plant with a 24,000-vehicle yearly capacity.It means that, from the year after next, drivers...

03 December 2014 at 12:31

Christmas is coming two weeks late for classic car enthusiasts with the launch of a unique new show in London in January. London Classic Car Show will pay homage to eight of the greatest racing drivers of all time.Fans heading to the capital's ExCel venue can enjoy the Motor Sport Hall of Fame's offerings from January 8 to 11.Former Formula 1 world championship winners Sir Jackie Stewart, Arg...

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