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Nissan Qashqais tops dirty diesel league table 0

The Nissan Qashqai has been found to be one of the most polluting cars on the road. Following a series of tests, conducted as part of the Allow Independent Road-Testing (AIR) Campaign, the most polluting diesels were named and shamed. The campaign called for car manufacturers to base their emissions tests on ‘real world’ conditions(…)

Car theft on the rise as thieves get clever 0

Car theft has skyrocketed over the past three years as thieves are finding new ways to beat hi-tech security devices, new RAC figures have revealed. This is in response to numbers falling to an all time low four years ago as car companies developed engine immobilisers and keyless technology that initially stumped car thieves. The(…)

UK car sales fall for fifth month running 0

August saw UK new car sales fall for the fifth month in a row, demand for diesels in particular dropped by more than a fifth. Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed there were 76,433 new car registrations last month. This marked a drop of 6.4% from the same time(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Drop in car production hits UK industrial output 0

UK industrial production dropped in the second half of 2017, the latest figures have revealed. The numbers, revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), saw industrial output fall by 0.4%, most due to a 0.6% drop in production. This was primarily down to a 3.6% drop in the production of transport equipment, including motor(…)

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(…)

UK cars are becoming more British – but still lag behind Euro rivals 0

Vehicles manufactured in the UK are steadily becoming more British, justifying the push to increase the amount of domestically produced components. In a new study by the Automotive Council, it was revealed that 44% of the parts and components used to manufacture the 1.7 million cars rolling of UK production lines were also made domestically.(…)

UK used car market posts record sales performance in Q1 0

The first quarter of 2017 saw the UK used car market post record figures for the amount of vehicles sold. Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed that 2,133,956 used cars were sold in the opening three months of the year, a rise of 3.4% more than the same period(…)

April sees UK car sales plummet 0

April saw new UK car registrations plummet by almost a fifth. The fall was primarily down to consumers bringing forward purchases to sidestep the new vehicle excise duty that came into effect on the first of April. Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed 152,076 new vehicles were registered in(…)