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New vehicles will face tougher emissions tests to prevent manufacturers ‘cheating’ 0

New legislation has come into force that will see new cars face tougher emissions tests. The tests will see new vehicles put through both open road testing with monitoring equipment attached to the exhaust pipe and a more robust set of laboratory tests. The new testing programme is part of a revised set of European(…)

Nissan Sunderland plant set to increase production by a fifth 0

Nissan have announced they are to increase production by a fifth at its Sunderland plant in an attempt to offset higher costs following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The Japanese company will also double the amount of parts purchased from domestic sources. Production will increase by 20% to around 600,000 vehicles per annum.(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

UK car production falls almost 10% 0

A sharp drop in the amount of cars produced in the UK last month has been blamed on manufacturers preparing their production lines for a glut of new models. This is the second month in succession that vehicle assembly has slowed in the UK. Since the Brexit referendum this time last year, the car sector(…)

UK drivers caught speeding in EU face fines of £640 0

Woe betides any UK motorists caught speeding in the EU this summer. An alteration to an EU law means offenders could be charged up to £640 in penalties. The new laws, which will come into place on the 6th May, give European nations the power to acquire license details from the UK’s DVLA. Eight separate(…)

Toyota to invest £240 million into UK plants 0

In what comes as welcome news amongst the post-Brexit uncertainty, Japanese car giants, Toyota, have announced they are set to invest £240 million upgrading their UK car plant. The plans show a commitment by the manufacturer to remaining in Britain once the country has departed from the EU. The investment is met by an injection(…)

Fuel efficiency figures fail real-world tests 0

The claims made by car makers regarding their EU sold vehicles’ fuel consumption are becoming increasingly misleading says a leading environmental group, this is leading to a growing gap between performance on the road and in official tests. The report released by Transport & Environment revealed that in real-world conditions, cars sold in the EU(…)

Tesla sizing up UK for first European base 0

Elon Musk, billionaire boss of the Tesla Corporation, has announced plans to tap British automotive expertise, by establishing a base in the UK. His words come hot on the heels of Tesla making their first major acquisition, purchasing the German engineering business Grohmann, as it prepares to automate its production. “We have a lot of(…)