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18 March 2015 at 10:32

Increased traffic in the run up to Christmas has seen congestion on UK roads reach its worst point for over a decade, according to a new report. The Freight Transport Association's (FTA) Quarterly Transport Activity Survey found that the rate of deterioration in reliability on the road network was at 55% - the lowest figure since 2002.The report said the figures show the impact of the increase...

18 March 2015 at 10:32

Czech car manufacturer Skoda has posted record sales results, breaking the one million deliveries milestone for the first time in its history. The company, which first began making cars 120 years ago, saw global deliveries increase by 12.7%, to 1,037,200 vehicles.Meanwhile, the group's worldwide market share rose to 1.4%.Its CEO, Winfried Vahland, said 2014 represented "another good year" for ...

18 March 2015 at 10:32

The chairman of an RAC charity has won a top award at a prestigious dinner which celebrates exceptional contributions to Britain's motor industry.Joe Greenwell won the Sue Brownson honour, which recognises outstanding leadership, at the Institute of the Motor Industry's (IMI) yearly gathering.The RAC Foundation chairman's "outstanding commitment" in driving the sector forward was singled out by...

17 March 2015 at 10:45

Car users who abuse blue badges in Scotland will risk losing them from later this month, ministers have announced.The badges help disabled people to park their vehicles in spaces which are usually nearer to shops, workplaces, or various community services.The scheme helps people with restricted mobility to live their lives more fully.But the badges are open to abuse and, wrongly used, they can ...

17 March 2015 at 10:45

Motorists taking their driving exam should be tested on their ability to cope with country roads, bad weather and unlit roads at night, it has been suggested. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called for change, as the UK driving test reaches its landmark 80th anniversary.The road safety charity says the test should now be given a major overhaul to help tackle the problems being fa...

17 March 2015 at 10:45

Renault is turning up the power on its Captur crossover for drivers who crave a little extra 'Va Va Voom'. The French auto-maker has announced the introduction of a 1.5-litre 110 hp diesel engine that brings more power and torque to the table, without compromising the small car's fuel economy and emissions.It will produce 110 hp and 260 Nm torque - up 20 hp and 40 Nm over the dCi 90 unit.In te...

17 March 2015 at 10:45

New state-of-the-art, world-leading vehicles will help transport doctors to the worst emergency scenes from next month, the Welsh Government has announced.The advanced Audi Q7 rapid-response off-road cars will provide the country with the first nationwide pre-hospital amenity of its type.Ministers hope the 4x4 fleet will improve the prospects of the most seriously injured and ill patients.The v...

17 March 2015 at 10:45

Luxury sports car maker Aston Martin is looking east as it continues its global expansion drive. The British manufacturer is poised to open its first dealership in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, as it seeks to build on the rising demand for luxury sports cars in Asia.Christian Marti, Aston Martin's global sales director, says the company is delighted to be opening the two-storey showroom a...

16 March 2015 at 13:13

German luxury car giant Porsche says it sold more cars than ever before in 2014, thanks largely to the popularity of its Macan SUV. Just under 45,000 versions of the Macan were snapped up last year.Porsche quantified its extremely successful 2014 at its annual media conference in Stuttgart.Some of the objectives Porsche set out in its Strategy 2018 document have already been achieved, accordin...

16 March 2015 at 13:13

Drivers face eight additional 20mph zones in London, which will be policed by upgraded digital safety cameras. Boris Johnson, the capital's Mayor, said that Tower Hamlets' Commercial Street will begin the trial.Westminster Bridge, the town centre of Brixton and west London's Earls Court Road are among those due to follow.Breaking 20mph speed limits could result in fines or even bans.But this n...

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