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01 May 2015 at 15:27

The Nissan Leaf has beaten off the challenge of other eco-friendly cars to become the UK's best-selling green vehicle. The RAC Foundation 's analysis of figures show that by the turn of the year there were 6,838 UK-licensed, battery-powered electric Leaf cars .This put it 29.6% ahead of its nearest rival, the Outlander, a plug-in hybrid from Mitsubishi - and way in front of the third-placed BM...

01 May 2015 at 15:27

In three years time, all new EU cars will have in-built alert devices which automatically call the emergency services in the event of a road accident. This follows MEPs voting for the new eCall system , which will be introduced as standard on new light vans and cars on March 31, 2018.The EU says the initiative will enable ambulance teams to arrive at road incidents quicker, helping to save liv...

01 May 2015 at 15:27

Environmental groups and health charities have welcomed the Supreme Court ruling that the next Government must tackle air pollution in cities.The Green Party has also hailed the move to cut levels of nitrogen dioxide across the UK, but several motoring organisations and businesses have expressed concerns over the decision.Judges at the Supreme Court have ordered the Department for the Environme...

01 May 2015 at 15:27

Children who sit in the middle seat in the back of a family car are more likely to be a success in later life, a new study claims. Being squashed between siblings has long been seen as drawing the short straw, but research conducted for Skoda Octavia shows that middle seat children are often high achievers, particularly in business.As many as 90% of directors with two or more siblings sat in t...

30 April 2015 at 15:23

Motorists would eventually face hikes on their fuel bill if the Green Party was to win next week's General Election. But party leader Natalie Bennett would not raise diesel and petrol duty unless an "affordable , convenient" and reliable" alternative was in its place. This is part of the party's proposals to improve public transport. Ms Bennett said in an interview with BBC's Today show on ...

30 April 2015 at 15:23

Sir Peter Ustinov's old DB4 is headlining Bonhams' biggest sale of Aston Martins next month. Experts believe the Series IV Vantage Convertible formerly owned by presenter, raconteur and actor Sir Peter could go for a figure approaching £1 million.The former Sundowners and Quo Vadis star, who died in 2004 aged 82, owned many motors and received the 1962-built iconic model (reg 911 CGT) at Switz...

29 April 2015 at 14:16

Comfortable and convenient high-tech cars could be driving motorists to distraction. This warning comes from a safe driving charity which says that gadget-packed vehicles are thwarting efforts to improve driver concentration.Devices such as sat-navs have helped millions of motorists to safely and less-stressfully navigate their way around more easily.But the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IA...

29 April 2015 at 14:16

The next Government has been set the task of significantly reducing air pollution in the UK. Justices at the Supreme Court have ruled that whoever wins power in the upcoming General Election must take immediate action over obligations under European Union (EU) law on air pollution limits, particularly on the roads.It is a small victory for environmental groups who have long campaigned against ...

29 April 2015 at 14:16

Audi has successfully developed a new carbon dioxide-based synthetic diesel. The German car manufacturer claims the fuel will have almost no effect on global warming. This is because CO2 and water are the sole raw materials required in its manufacturing process. More than 150,000 Britons buying a car last year decided upon new Audis, but they may not all know that Audi is also instrumental in...

28 April 2015 at 13:22

Most motorists are unaware of changes to overseas car hire only weeks before they are introduced, the RAC has warned.From June 8, drivers may have to go online to get a code when renting a vehicle - as it's on this date the driving licence's paper counterpart goes fully computerised.This new code is not mandatory, though, and is dependent on the terms of individual hire firms, meaning it's impo...

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