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15 January 2016 at 12:09

A new state-of-the-art electric and hybrid vehicle testing facility has opened in Milton Keynes.The Intertek laboratory will support the Government's pledge for every new car and van to be emission-free by 2040.Among the cutting-edge technology at the site are battery simulators designed to test the latest plug-in cars with improved ranges. There is also e missions measurement equipment to gaug...

14 January 2016 at 12:52

Falling oil prices could result in motorists paying less per litre for their fuel than they do for some bottled water, according to the RAC. Some analysts have predicted oil price could drop as low as $10 per barrel this year. That, says the motoring organisation, could push down petrol prices to as little as 86p a litre if sterling does not weaken further against the US dollar.The last six we...

14 January 2016 at 12:52

Audi's A4 has been named the car of the year at a prestigious awards ceremony that saw the Volkswagen Group take home a raft of prizes.The German company won nine of the 19 categories at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards, despite the fallout from the diesel emissions and carbon emissions scandals.Panellists voted for the Volkswagen Passat Estate as the best electric car, while VW Group model...

14 January 2016 at 12:52

UK owners of Volkswagen vehicles affected by the emissions scandal will not receive compensation, despite previous claims that they would.Back in December, Matthias Mueller, the company's chief executive, said an "attractive package" of compensation was in the pipeline.But it turns out customers will not receive a penny because engineers claim there will be no difference in fuel consumption or ...

14 January 2016 at 12:52

Leading researchers are calling for car manufacturers to make their vehicles even safer. Thatcham Research says there are many ways road safety can be improved even further, including by fitting features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as standard in all vehicles.It comes after the What Car? awards on Wednesday saw the Volvo XC90 scoop the prize for the UK's safest car, with 17 moto...

13 January 2016 at 13:20

Motorists could see the cost of filling up their vehicles plunge to an average of just 86p a litre if oil price predictions become a reality, according to the RAC. With Brent crude now being sold for $30.41 a barrel - the lowest price for 12 years - various financial institutions are predicting that barrel prices could fall to as little as $10. The RAC says while that could spell good news for...

13 January 2016 at 13:20

Significant improvements must be made to northern England's network of roads and railways if the region is to become an economic powerhouse, according to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The institution has told the National Infrastructure Commission that a complete overhaul of the North's entire transport network is required if the potential for growth is to be fulfilled.Richard Thre...

13 January 2016 at 13:20

Petrol-heads from all over the world have joined manufacturers for the Northern American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. Several exciting announcements have been made at the event in the US, which opened its doors on Monday, including the unveiling of the new Mercedes E-Class. The forthcoming model is said to be able to a chieve cruising speeds of 130mph and keep safe distan...

13 January 2016 at 13:20

Technical glitches or safety concerns have resulted in drivers having to step in and take control on scores of occasions during the testing of driverless cars on public roads in the US, reports show. With permission from California's Department of Motor Vehicles, seven firms have been testing self-driving vehicles on the state's roads over the last 16 months.Google's test reports, released by ...

11 January 2016 at 12:53

Volkswagen's boss has apologised over last year's emissions scandal during a trip to the United States.Matthias Mueller, who replaced Martin Winterkorn as the German manufacturer's chief executive shortly after the news broke in September, spoke of the disappointment that the "defeat device" had caused customers, regulators and the general public across the country.Around 11 million of its dies...

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