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Euro NCAP crash tests undergo “biggest change in a decade”
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Euro NCAP crash tests undergo “biggest change in a decade”

The crash test overhaul addresses weight disparities by assessing if large cars damage smaller ones too much - many other changes introduced too.
20 May 2020
European cars subject to 10% import tariffs from 2021
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European cars subject to 10% import tariffs from 2021

UK will default to World Trade Organisation rules from 1 January 2021 unless a a free trade agreement is struck with the EU
19 May 2020
Electronic Stability Programme prevents half a million accidents
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Electronic Stability Programme prevents half a million accidents

In the 25 years since ESP was introduced, half a million accidents have been prevented and 15,000 lives have been saved
19 May 2020
Electronics make up 40% of a new car’s cost
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Electronics make up 40% of a new car’s cost

Cost of car electronics see sharp rise over recent years, and are projected to make up half of the cost of a new car by 2030
18 May 2020
Kia says July car sales could be back to normal
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Kia says July car sales could be back to normal

Kia Europe boss Emilio Herrera also calls for government support to boost sales
7 May 2020
Twice as many cars needing new batteries during lockdown
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Twice as many cars needing new batteries during lockdown

Many drivers are only using their cars for short trips during lockdown, meaning a spike in demand for replacement car batteries
5 May 2020
Pop-up chargepoints solve urban electric car problems
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Pop-up chargepoints solve urban electric car problems

Urban Electric’s pop-up charging hubs give electric car drivers without a driveway the ability to easily charge their cars at home
28 Apr 2020
Whiplash fraud reforms delayed due to coronavirus
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Whiplash fraud reforms delayed due to coronavirus

Proposals from Ministry of Justice were set to save drivers £35 a year, but have been postponed due to COVID-19
22 Apr 2020
UK vehicle ownership passes 40 million mark
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UK vehicle ownership passes 40 million mark

There are now more than 40 million vehicles registered for use in the UK, including over 35 million cars
21 Apr 2020
EVs responsible for three times less CO2 than petrol and diesel cars
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EVs responsible for three times less CO2 than petrol and diesel cars

New data shows that electric cars in Europe generate three times less CO2 on average than their internal combustion counterparts
21 Apr 2020
21% rise in over-90s surrendering driving licences
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21% rise in over-90s surrendering driving licences

Experts suggest the Duke of Edinburgh’s car accident last year may have contributed to a spike in over-90s voluntarily giving up driving
20 Apr 2020
VW emissions scandal: VW installed ‘defeat devices’ in thousands of cars, High Court finds
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VW emissions scandal: VW installed ‘defeat devices’ in thousands of cars, High Court finds

The UK’s High Court has ruled that VW installed devices to cheat emissions tests in thousands of its cars
6 Apr 2020
Carmakers push European Commission to change CO2 targets in wake of coronavirus 
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Carmakers push European Commission to change CO2 targets in wake of coronavirus 

Combination of tight CO2 targets and closed dealerships see car makers ask EC “for a delay in the application of certain rules”
2 Apr 2020
Drones and e-scooters to be tested by Government in major UK cities
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Drones and e-scooters to be tested by Government in major UK cities

Government to spend £90 million on three new future transport zones, where innovations such as drones and e-scooters will be tested.
16 Mar 2020
Government renews but reduces grants for home and workplace EV chargers
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Government renews but reduces grants for home and workplace EV chargers

People and businesses installing EV chargers will be able to claim grants for another year, but at reduced rates
13 Mar 2020
Drivers could pay £2,135 a year in road tax
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Drivers could pay £2,135 a year in road tax

Treasury plots retrospective VED hikes as Government wants to link annual road tax system for cars registered since April 2017 to CO2 emissions
11 Mar 2020
Councils blame growing number of cars for worsening road conditions
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Councils blame growing number of cars for worsening road conditions

Over 3.6 million new cars were registered between 2009 and 2019, contributing to congestion, poor road conditions and air quality
9 Mar 2020
Traffic jams cost the UK £6.9bn last year
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Traffic jams cost the UK £6.9bn last year

The UK economy lost £6.9bn because of congestion in 2019, with drivers in London spending an average of 149 hours stuck in traffic
9 Mar 2020
Nissan invests £400m in Sunderland plant
Nissan Sunderland
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Nissan invests £400m in Sunderland plant

Nissan’s investment in its Sunderland factory includes a £52m extra-large press line in preparation for new Qashqai production
6 Mar 2020
Newcastle tops list of worst cities for unfair parking tickets
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Newcastle tops list of worst cities for unfair parking tickets

Newcastle is the worst city in the UK for unfair parking tickets, with 66 per cent of appeals proving successful
2 Mar 2020
Number of supermarket EV chargers doubles in two years
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Number of supermarket EV chargers doubles in two years

More than 600 supermarkets in the UK now offer electric vehicle charging facilities, with a total of 1,115 chargers between them
29 Feb 2020
Future of electric car grant in doubt
Hyundai Kona Electric charging
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Future of electric car grant in doubt

Ministers warn incentives must offer “value for money for the taxpayer”, and “we think there’s a better way of doing it”
7 Feb 2020
Twice as many drivers plan to buy an all-electric car next
Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE - long term first report front tracking
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Twice as many drivers plan to buy an all-electric car next

Twice as many drivers are planning on an electric car next, although most people want a minimum range of 368 miles first
31 Jan 2020
UK car, van and engine production figures plummet
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UK car, van and engine production figures plummet

A perfect storm of issues sees UK vehicle and engine manufacturing a experience “gravely concerning” decline
30 Jan 2020
Number of enforcement actions for untaxed vehicles doubles
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Number of enforcement actions for untaxed vehicles doubles

More than 1.2 million enforcement actions were issued for untaxed vehicles in 2019
28 Jan 2020
Less children exposed to cigarette smoke
Smoking in cars
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Less children exposed to cigarette smoke

Smoking in the car with children was banned in 2015; research shows this has led to a 4.1% decrease in children exposed to cigarette smoke
28 Jan 2020
A fifth of parents don’t put children in child seats
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross long-term - final report car seat
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A fifth of parents don’t put children in child seats

Concerns after a high proportion of parents and grandparents say they don’t always use child seats for youngsters
25 Jan 2020
Carlos Ghosn pleads his innocence
Carlos Ghosn
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Carlos Ghosn pleads his innocence

After arriving in Lebanon following his escape from Japan, Carlos Ghosn speaks publicly for the first time
8 Jan 2020
Black box insurance slammed
Black box car insurance
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Black box insurance slammed

‘Intrusive’ black box technology criticised as insurers force policyholders to defend anomalies in the telematics data from their cars
8 Jan 2020
Women at greater risk in car accidents
Women at greater risk in accidents
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Women at greater risk in car accidents

Euro NCAP claims that testing has improved survival rates, but critics highlight system’s flaws
2 Jan 2020
Red route restrictions rise to try and ease congestion
Red route restrictions
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Red route restrictions rise to try and ease congestion

Growing number of red route parking restrictions have led to a 14-fold increase in penalties
24 Dec 2019
Thatcham approved devices and crash tests explained
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Thatcham approved devices and crash tests explained

Thatcham studies crashes, rates alarms and sets insurance groups to help cut drivers’ costs. We find out how
23 Dec 2019
Is your council a clean-air hypocrite?
Diesel ban
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Is your council a clean-air hypocrite?

An average of 91.6 per cent of council vehicles use diesel, with London still running 724 non-ULEZ-compliant diesel vehicles
10 Dec 2019
New cat’s eye pollution filters can clean roadside air
Cats eyes - field
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New cat’s eye pollution filters can clean roadside air

Partially submerged pods can extract dangerous pollutants at the roadside and feed out 99 per cent clean air
9 Dec 2019
SUVs outselling EVs 37 to 1
Porsche Cayenne Coupe - front tracking
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SUVs outselling EVs 37 to 1

Sales of both vehicle types have grown, but 1.8 million SUVs were sold over the last four years compared with 47,000 EVs
9 Dec 2019
Number of luxury cars being stolen doubles in five years
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Number of luxury cars being stolen doubles in five years

There were 117 per cent more premium car thefts between January and October 2019 than in the same period of 2015
6 Dec 2019