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09 July 2014 at 12:37

Film fans are being offered a chance to get their hands on a 60-year-old sports car that's thought to have provided the inspiration for James Bond's Aston Martin in Goldfinger.The Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mk I Vantage was owned by Philip Ingram Cunliffe-Lister, whose father, Lord Swinton - as the wartime head of MI5 and the Security Executive and an advisor to Winston Churchill - was James Bond crea...

09 July 2014 at 12:37

A link has been made between how long it takes for vehicle service or MOT outlets to respond to online aftersales enquiries and how likely they are to keep hold of their customers.Research finds that a quarter of motorists, from a sample of 2,000, say two hours is the longest amount of time they are prepared to wait for an answer before taking their business elsewhere.An additional 18% on top o...

09 July 2014 at 12:37

Most UK motorists have broken the law while behind the wheel at some point over the past year, according to a new survey.The research by car leasing firm Flexed found that nearly four in five drivers (79%) had committed a motoring offence in the past 12 months, such as talking on the phone or driving with bald tyres.Mobile phone offences were the most common illegal activities committed by driv...

09 July 2014 at 12:37

New lanes set to be added to two busy motorways will speed up journey times for Britain's drivers, ministers say.Work is to be carried out on parts of the M1 and on a section of the M3, which the Government says will make journeys up to 10% faster for drivers.The hard shoulder from junction 28 to 31 on the M1 in Derbyshire will be converted into a proper lane. Similar work will take place betwe...

09 July 2014 at 12:37

Vauxhall is providing the UK motoring public with a glimpse of its latest Corsa design before it goes into production later this year.The Fourth-Generation Corsa is as compact on the outside and spacious on the inside as the current Corsa but enhances the model in all other departments, including its efficiency, connectivity and drive-ability.New body panels make the three-door Corsa more sport...

08 July 2014 at 14:44

Tourists in Germany may soon have to pay a car toll, under proposals announced by the country's transport minister. Alexander Dobrindt revealed that Germany plans to adopt the same measures used in many other European countries by adding a car toll to its already existing truck fees.From 2016, foreign drivers would be expected to pay 10 euro (£7.95) for a 10-day toll sticker, available onlin...

08 July 2014 at 14:44

Rolls-Royce sold more cars in the first half of this year than in any other previous six-month period, new figures show.The West Sussex-based car maker sold a total of 1,968 vehicles between January and June, an increase of 33.4% compared with the same period in 2013.Sales in Europe were particularly strong and saw a rise of more than 60%, while sales in the Asia Pacific region rose by around 4...

08 July 2014 at 14:44

Vauxhall is looking to employ 550 new workers in the UK to help increase output and build its latest Astra model.The car giant has two plants in the UK at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, and Luton in Bedfordshire and the influx of extra staff at both sites is the firm's first big recruitment initiative for 10 years.Its Ellesmere Port factory has two shifts on the go currently, but it needs another ...

08 July 2014 at 14:44

Thousands of prestige car drivers would think about buying an electric vehicle if a single charge gave it a range of 300 miles, new research suggests.Researchers asked more than 24,000 BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes and Audi drivers if they'd consider purchasing such an electric model if its price, performance and style were similar to the one they already drove.And almost two-fifths of those questioned...

08 July 2014 at 14:44

Motorists buying a Volkswagen Passat will be able to opt for a plug-in hybrid version for the first time, it has been revealed.The new-style Passat saloon and estate will include diesel models but, in the UK, no all-petrol versions.Being 85kg lighter than their predecessors makes the new models up to 20% more fuel efficient, VW says.The manufacturer says the new-look, eighth-generation Passat i...

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