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BMW and MINI offer owners of pre-2005 vehicles scrappage incentive 0

BMW and MINI have offered owners of their pre-2005 diesels a discount of up to £1,700 as part of a new ‘scrappage scheme’ incentive introduced throughout the EU. The “fleet renewal campaign” is targeted at owners of cars that fall at the Euro 4 emissions standard or below. The majority of diesels built before January(…)

Mercedes boss drops hints towards new concept car 0

  Mercedes Chief Design Officer, Gordon Wagener, has given the most tantalising hint yet via his Instagram that a new Mercedes concept car is in the pipeline, coming “pretty soon” and that the new vehicle will be a “big surprise” and an “icon” when it arrives. That was pretty much all that was revealed about(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Victor FB (1961 – 1964) 0

Following a decade that had seen a procession of its cars borrowing style nods from the more gregarious American offerings, the Victor FB was Vauxhall returning to a more conservative outlook. Aesthetically, the FB was actually a massive progression. Designed by one of Britain’s top car designers, Gerald Palmer (formally of Jowett and Riley), the(…)

Banning ALL cars only answer to air pollution, claims expert 0

One of the leading advisors to the government has claimed the only way to effectively beat the UK’s air pollution problem is to ban ALL cars. Ministers recently announced that the sale of all petrol and diesel vehicles would become illegal from 2040, a move that caused uproar amongst environmentalist groups who believe that the(…)

Motorists consider true cost of Brexit 0

For UK motorists, Brexit has opened a can of worms. Inevitably, EU trade tariffs will see the cost of cars rise, along with service and repair bills, but many motorists also believe the UK’s departure from the EU will see a whole lot of other expenses increase in price. A new survey by online car(…)

1980s Ford Sierra sells for £115,000 – six times the original cost 0

A Ford Sierra has sold for £115,000 – six times the amount in cost when new in 1987. Initially expected to fetch around £70,000, a bidding frenzy resulted in the price inflating to the final, whopping figure. The Sierra originally cost £20,000 when new; the early 1990s saw its value drop to around £10k. Always(…)

Colorado catches its first bear ‘joyrider’ 0

You don’t tend to associate bears with car crime, but the US state of Colorado has just had its first four-legged ‘joyrider’, according to local police. Ron Cornelius, a resident of Durango, woke to find a Subaru crashed at the hill at the bottom of his driveway. What was the real surprise however was the(…)

Number of Brits complaining about car hire in Europe rises by a third 0

The number of Brits to make complaints regarding car hire in Europe has jumped by more than a third over the last 12 months. There were 505 complaints in total in the year leading up to June 2017, compared with just 382 the previous year. The figures were compiled by the UK European Consumer Centre(…)

New car sales fall as Brexit uncertainty hits market 0

Last month saw the UK’s new car market slumped by almost 10%, industry figures have revealed. Diesel sales in particular were down by a fifth. The drop is believed to have been caused by uncertainty over Brexit and marks the fourth consecutive months where sales figures have slumped. Despite conventionally vehicles faring badly, the sales(…)

The ideal price of tyres revealed and it might be pricier than you think 0

A new survey has revealed the most popular tyre brand in the UK and just how much penny-pinching can be motorists when it comes to paying for them. Servicing Stop, the UK’s largest online car servicing provider, asked more than 1,200 motorists what they thought was a reasonable amount to spend on a new tyre(…)