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02 July 2015 at 14:38

Motorists who've always fancied themselves as Grand Prix stars got a chance to put their skills to the test - against a former Formula One champion. They raced at speeds touching 200mph on an absorbing virtually reality gaming challenge with 360-degree capability.Standing in their way at London's Canary Wharf Plazza on Wednesday afternoon was 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button. The challenge was ...

01 July 2015 at 15:26

The heatwave has been playing havoc with the cars of Britain's motorists, the RAC has revealed. A huge rise in the amount of reported, heat-related breakdowns was evident on Tuesday. Cooling system errors alone rose by 102%, while the amount of burst cylinder head gasket problems escalated by 82%. It also seems that drivers are getting hot under the collar metaphorically, as well as physical...

01 July 2015 at 15:26

Motorists are finding it more difficult to extract discounts at new car showrooms than a year ago, What Car? suggests. On average, drivers buying a car could expect to knock an extra £204 off the price of a vehicle this time last year, compared with now.This means that the typical discount has fallen to £2,360 from £2,564, according to What Car? magazine.It found that whereas last year, buyers...

01 July 2015 at 15:26

Coastguards are handing out food and water supplies to stranded lorry drivers on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far.A strike by French ferry workers is continuing to cause disruption to cross-Channel services, with huge tailbacks on the M20 in Kent.On Monday, MyFerryLink workers blockaded the Port of Calais for the second time in a week in protest at expected job cuts.Ke...

01 July 2015 at 15:26

Volvo's all-new XC90 SUV has been named the Auto Express Car of the Year. The success comes 12 years after the first generation model took the crown. Like its predecessor, the newcomer, described as "one of the best cars in the world" by the voting panel, ticks all of the right boxes.It won points for its driveability and comfort, while its looks - both inside and outside - also scored highly....

01 July 2015 at 15:26

Thousands of drivers have been given a glimpse into the benefits of specially-adapted vehicles at a star-studded roadshow. Donington Park in Derby's Castle Donington was the setting for the three-day Mobility Roadshow , which this year incorporated Get Going Live!The latter is specially tailored to new and young disabled motorists who wish to find out more about modified vehicles. Stars such ...

30 June 2015 at 14:55

Commuters are being warned to expect disruption to their journeys as the temperature carries on climbing.Temperatures are forecast to reach 30C on Tuesday, before climbing as high as 35C on Wednesday.Motorists - particularly those travelling with the elderly, young children or people with breathing problems - are advised to check their routes and use a journey planner before setting off to cut ...

30 June 2015 at 14:55

The thriving British car industry has reported record-breaking turnover figures. Last year's £69.5 billion figure emphasises the UK's increasing prominence on the worldwide automative stage.Tuesday's announcement came in the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders ' 16th edition of its yearly Sustainability Report.The society found that production, car sales, export values and jobs were all...

30 June 2015 at 14:55

Home Office figures reveal hauliers are forking out millions of pounds in fines for illegal stowaways. Penalties totalling £12.4 million have been handed out since the current rules were introduced in 2008, which state companies must pay up to £2,000 for each person found travelling illegally into the UK.Fines apply whether the driver is aware of the stowaway's presence or not.The latest data ...

29 June 2015 at 11:44

The move towards driverless car technology has suffered a slight hiccup after a near miss in California, Reuters reports. The non-collision incident involving the autonomous prototype vehicles happened in Silicon Valley on Palo Alto's San Antonio Road last week.Tuesday's close call featured one car from Delphi Automative and the other from Google Inc, one of the former's directors told the new...

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