Tag: cars

Falling demand for diesels sees November new car market down 11 per cent

Tuesday 5th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The UK new car market declined for an eighth consecutive month in November, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 163,541 vehicles were registered, down -11.2 per cent year-on-year, driven by a significant fall in diesel demand.

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UK new car registrations – the decline continues

Thursday 5th October 2017 | 0 Comments

The UK new car market declined for a sixth consecutive month in September, with 426,170 new units registered, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Registrations fell by -9.3 per cent in this key month, as economic and political uncertainty, and confusion over air quality plans led to a fall in consumer confidence.

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First flying car goes on sale

Thursday 15th June 2017 | 0 Comments

The world’s first commercial road and air legal flying car has gone on sale, but with a hefty price tag. Dutch manufacturer PAL-V has revealed details of the PAL-V Liberty, a concept that first debuted in 2012. It costs around £425,000, more expensive than 26 Ford Fiestas. The price of the flying car includes flight instruction sessions, power heating and other personalisation options.

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Britons to spend £108 billion on cars this year: American Express study

Tuesday 28th February 2017 | 0 Comments

With excitement revving up for the release of ‘17’ number plates on 1 March, buying a car is a significant purchase. A new study from American Express has found that 19 per cent of adults will spend an average of £11,094 buying a brand new or second hand car this year, equating to a bumper £1081 billion across the UK as a whole.

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Firestone targets European mid-range car tyre ‘shake up’ with A-grade Roadhawk

Firestone targets European mid-range car tyre ‘shake up’ with A-grade Roadhawk

Tuesday 1st November 2016 | 0 Comments

Firestone has targeted “shaking up the mid-price tyre segment in Europe” with its new Roadhawk, a car tyre engineered for endurance and safety. The Bridgestone brand says its Roadhawk targets mainstream motorists who drive all types of journeys – urban, highway, commute, school run, shopping – on a daily basis. The brand adds that these drivers want a tyre that gives them long-lasting performance in road conditions where wet weather, heavy traffic, sudden braking, and motorway speed are all part of the daily mix.

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Risk of buying write-off highest in London and Birmingham – My Car Check

Risk of buying write-off highest in London and Birmingham – My Car Check

Monday 3rd October 2016 | 0 Comments

New figures from My Car Check show that the risk of buying a previously written-off vehicle is much higher in some UK cities than others. Around 1 in 4 cars checked in London and Birmingham over the last year were found to have been written-off, compared to around 1 in 7 in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bristol.

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NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey results

Monday 5th September 2016 | 0 Comments

This year’s National Franchised Dealers Association Summer 2016 survey, published today, had 1,746 respondents from a total participating dealer network of 4,090, which equates to a response rate of 43 per cent. This is the highest return ever, surpassing last winter’s high of 39 per cent. There were 28 franchise networks in the survey which represent a range of dealer sizes and ownership type from across the UK.

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August used car trends slow as expected, My Car Check suggests premium option

August used car trends slow as expected, My Car Check suggests premium option

Monday 22nd August 2016 | 0 Comments

My Car Check’s valuation experts have spoken about the significant trends in the UK used vehicle market for August, adding its car of the month. Head of valuation services at My Car Check, Gavin Amos, said: “Used car sales have slowed over the last month, which is only to be expected at this time of year.”

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Tougher EU standards to reduce vehicle emissions

Monday 22nd August 2016 | 0 Comments

The UK may have voted to leave Europe, but for the time being we are still subject to European regulations. The EU says that tougher CO2 standards for cars and vans will be introduced to help cut transport emissions and improve air quality in Europe. They form part of a package of measures announced by the European Commission, which for the first time will also include fuel efficiency targets for trucks.

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New report reveals changing car buying habits

Tuesday 7th June 2016 | 0 Comments

A new report into the UK’s car buying habits has revealed the impact that technological and generational changes are having on the country’s motorists - and the people they buy their cars from. The 2016 Car Buyers’ Census, compiled from an online YouGov poll by the search engine Carsnip, revealed a growing ‘generation gap’ among drivers, with many younger people embracing new technologies and peer-reviews to make the task of purchasing a car easier than ever. According to the survey, so-called ‘Millennial and ‘Generation Z’ drivers were twice as likely to use online car search when buying a car compared to over-55s.

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Car dealers stock up in readiness for the New Year rush

Thursday 7th January 2016 | 0 Comments

The beginning of the year signals the start of a busy period in most lines of work, and My Car Check Trade states that car dealerships are no different. Head of valuation services, Gavin Amos, states: “Dealerships are hives of activity in January as, with Christmas over, consumers turn their attention to looking for a new car. Footfall always increases dramatically at this time of year and retailers will have taken advantage of the December lull to stock up in readiness.

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Shell to build city car

Monday 20th April 2015 | 0 Comments

Shell, in collaboration with race and road car designer professor Gordon Murray and engine specialist Osamu Goto, will co-engineer an ultra-compact, efficient car for city use based around the internal combustion engine.

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Glass’s upbeat following Nissan Leaf battery trial

Tuesday 31st March 2015 | 0 Comments

Following a positive report from Nissan about the performance and reliability of the battery for its Leaf model, Rupert Pontin, Glass’s head of valuations, said: “This is something of a watershed moment for the EV sector, with a major car manufacturer being able to report on the long-term reliability of batteries for the first time – and the results are very, very good.

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Nissan Leaf battery ‘more reliable than combustion engines’

Nissan Leaf battery ‘more reliable than combustion engines’

Tuesday 24th March 2015 | 0 Comments

Five years and more than 35,000 European sales since the launch of its all-electric Leaf, proprietary data released by Nissan for the first time shows that 99.99 per cent of its battery units remain entirely fit for purpose.

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Extended warranties – how good are they?

Tuesday 10th February 2015 | 0 Comments

Mitsubishi, Renault, Subaru, Hyundai and Kia now offer warranties ranging from four to seven years from the initial purchase date, but a closer examination of the small print reveals major discrepancies between the advertised cover and the time elapsed.

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