Don’t boil the kettle while charging your electric car – warns National Grid 0

Owners of electric cars have been warned not to boil the kettle while charging their electric car as it’s believed the combination will blow the fuse in the majority of UK households. The National Grid believes that it will take a lengthy 19 hours for a car battery to be fully charged using a standard(…)

Driver leaves thieves note after fifth ‘pointless’ break-in 0

A Birmingham driver, fed up with a series of break-ins to his car, left thieves a desperate note pleading with them to stop smashing his windows. The attempt to appeal to the emotions of the perpetrators thanked them for making the owner more aware of car safety, it reads: “You have broken into my car(…)

City of Florence gets fleet of electric Nissan taxis 0

Nissan’s flagship electric vehicle, the Leaf, is becoming increasingly popular with cab companies the world over. Florence is the latest city to embrace the Japanese carmaker’s compact, green little runaround and has ordered a fleet of 67 to operate as taxis around the historic Italian city. The municipality recently opened 70 new taxi licences exclusively(…)

Renault admits to mistakes with 2017 F1 engine 0

Renault has admitted it made mistakes with the 2017 F1 engine, saying it tried to do too much, too quickly and has subsequently suffered reliability issues as a result. After deciding the F1 power unit had peaked in terms of development, Renault decided to begin a ‘concept revamp’ on the engine, with the goal of(…)

Classic Peugeot 205 set to sell for whopping £210,000 0

A 1980’s Peugeot 205 T16 is set to break the world record by selling for an eye-watering £210,000 later this month. The classic, now 32 years old, is a rare ultra-fast turbo and is built to rally specifications. There were only ever 200 T16s produced, due to rally rules. The model for sale has only(…)

Toyota patent transparent car pillar concept 0

Something needs to hold the roof up, right? Nowadays, car roof pillars are fairly sizable; mostly due to heightened safety standards. Long gone are the days when fairly thin struts were a fashionable option, allowing drivers much greater 360 degree visibility. Toyota however, are working on a potential compromise. The Japanese car maker has filed(…)

Motorists pledge their support to independent garages in new survey 0

A new survey conducted by car servicing provider, Servicing Stop, has found that 70 per cent of motorists prefer independent garages over main dealers. 46 per cent believe independents offer the best prices, 40 per cent said they prefer to use local businesses and a further 14 per cent claim independents are more likely to(…)

Would you buy a car made from wood? 0

Your next car could be made from wood. Sound ridiculous? Probably, but if an experiment currently underway at Kyoto University goes according to plan, trees could end up playing a vital part in car construction. The project is being conducted as a collaboration between one of Toyota’s main part suppliers and the academics at the(…)

Used car market has declined by 5.1% in 2017 0

The used car market has declined by 5.1% throughout 2017 so far; the fall coming in the wake of record-breaking figures in 2016. The second quarter of the year saw used car sales drop by 13.5% compared with the same period in 2016 – 300,000 fewer transactions. Diesel car sales declined by just 0.1% in(…)

A look back at the Ferrari 500 Superfast (1964 – 1966) 0

The 1964 Geneva Motor Show was the venue for the unveiling of the Ferrari 500 Superfast; the new model was met with universal acclaim from all and sundry. Initially created as a replacement for the 400 Superamerica, the 500 was powered by a tidy 4962 cc engine, which was a hybrid developed from the Colombo(…)