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UK car production fell 29% to lowest level since 1984 last year
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UK car production fell 29% to lowest level since 1984 last year

For the first time in more than a decade, fewer than a million cars were built in the UK in 2020 due to disruption from Covid-19
28 Jan 2021
Current car usage at similar levels to May 2020 despite lockdown
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Current car usage at similar levels to May 2020 despite lockdown

New data suggests 10 per cent more cars are being used in the UK now than during the first lockdown in March 2020
13 Jan 2021
Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 R-Design: long-term test review
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Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 R-Design: long-term test review

Final report: Our plug-in Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 has proved a useful step on the way to full electrification
13 Jan 2021
MG and Tesla were the only car makers to increase sales last year
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MG and Tesla were the only car makers to increase sales last year

New-car registrations hit a 30-year low in 2020, but two manufacturers managed to buck the trend
6 Jan 2021
New car sales drop 29.4% in 2020 but EV sales up by 186%
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New car sales drop 29.4% in 2020 but EV sales up by 186%

SMMT figures set to show that new car sales dropped to their lowest level since 1992, with just 1.63 million registrations
6 Jan 2021
Can I buy a car during the Covid-19 lockdown?
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Can I buy a car during the Covid-19 lockdown?

National lockdowns in all four parts of UK keep car dealers closed, but here’s how you can still buy a new or used car
5 Jan 2021
Can I drive my car during the Covid-19 lockdown?
Speed limit to be cut to 60mph on M1
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Can I drive my car during the Covid-19 lockdown?

England is in lockdown for the third time, with the rest of the UK employing similarly drastic measures - what does this mean for drivers?
5 Jan 2021

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Covid-19: what it means for motorists and the car industry
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Covid-19: what it means for motorists and the car industry

Everything you need to know about how Covid-19 affects cars, motorists and the car industry in the UK
5 Jan 2021
London Congestion Charge explained
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London Congestion Charge explained

All the facts about the £15 charge for driving into central London including a map, how to pay and how to check if you need to...
16 Dec 2020
New £3.50 charge to drive into Greater London considered
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New £3.50 charge to drive into Greater London considered

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan looks for ways to raise extra £500 million a year amid Transport for London’s financial woes
14 Dec 2020
Drivers planning 13m Christmas journeys despite Covid-19
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Drivers planning 13m Christmas journeys despite Covid-19

Millions of UK drivers will still visit friends and family during the Christmas travel window, although a fifth won’t due to Covid-19
11 Dec 2020
New MINI Electric Level 2: long-term test review
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New MINI Electric Level 2: long-term test review

Third report: Our battery-powered model tempts a die-hard MINI fan
8 Dec 2020
Goodwood Festival of Speed, Revival, and Members’ Meeting to go ahead in 2021
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Goodwood Festival of Speed, Revival, and Members’ Meeting to go ahead in 2021

All three of Goodwood’s flagship motorsport events are set to take place next year, having been cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19
3 Dec 2020
Car industry’s final plea to prevent £55bn Brexit blow
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Car industry’s final plea to prevent £55bn Brexit blow

Auto bosses warn that UK car production will shrink by a third if no deal with the EU is reached
24 Nov 2020
“Those sealed in private cars are far less likely to become Covid-19 victims”
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“Those sealed in private cars are far less likely to become Covid-19 victims”

If there’s a more pandemic-beating travel pod than our cars, then Mike Rutherford wants to know what it is
18 Oct 2020
UK petrol and diesel prices: 5p drop due in next fortnitght
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UK petrol and diesel prices: 5p drop due in next fortnitght

Petrol and diesel prices remained steady in October, but experts say second lockdown should drive prices down soon
4 Oct 2020
Crash for cash: Insurance fraud set to rise, experts warn
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Crash for cash: Insurance fraud set to rise, experts warn

The Insurance Fraud Bureau warns the public to be prepared for increased incidences of ‘crash for cash’ scams and other forms of insurance fraud
30 Sep 2020
Driving licence validity extended for 11 months
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Driving licence validity extended for 11 months

Move follows seven-month extension announced in June; photocard licences expiring between 1 February and 31 December 2020 get automatic 11-month exten…
1 Sep 2020
Bank holiday traffic: staycations cause busiest weekend of the year
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Bank holiday traffic: staycations cause busiest weekend of the year

An estimated 18 million leisure trips will be taken during August bank holiday weekend, 1.8 million more than last year
26 Aug 2020
Frequency of speeding incidents tripled during lockdown
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Frequency of speeding incidents tripled during lockdown

Telematics data shows drivers broke speed limits more often when they got behind the wheel during lockdown
18 Aug 2020
Six-month MoT extension ends on Saturday
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Six-month MoT extension ends on Saturday

Department for Transport ends MoT extension on Saturday 1 August; cars due an MoT before that date still get extra six months
29 Jul 2020
Aston Martin posts £230 million loss for first half of 2020
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Aston Martin posts £230 million loss for first half of 2020

Aston Martin's losses have increased by 67 per cent over the same period in 2019
29 Jul 2020
Treasury loses £2.4bn of fuel duty due to lockdown
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Treasury loses £2.4bn of fuel duty due to lockdown

Revenue from tax on diesel sales were worst-affected, falling 49 per cent year-on-year in April and May
27 Jul 2020
Driving tests to resume in England this week
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Driving tests to resume in England this week

Driving tests will resume in England from 22 July, with learners urged to check with their instructors whether they're still ready to try and pass
20 Jul 2020
Vauxhall to resume production at Ellesmere Port site on 17 August
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Vauxhall to resume production at Ellesmere Port site on 17 August

Over 100 new safety measures will see production line at Astra facility restart next month
15 Jul 2020
Geneva Motor Show 2021 cancelled
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Geneva Motor Show 2021 cancelled

The 2021 Geneva Motor Show has been cancelled due to financial hardship and poor manufacturer response
30 Jun 2020
“It’s bonkers that politicians can get free travel to work when low earners can't”
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“It’s bonkers that politicians can get free travel to work when low earners can't”

Mike Rutherford thinks low-earning employees deserve to have their commute subsidised
27 Jun 2020
Bentley Mulsanne production officially comes to an end
Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley Mulsanne production officially comes to an end

Bentley has finally halted production of its aging flag-bearer, with a final special edition model that celebrates the saloon’s history
25 Jun 2020
Jaguar Land Rover confirms 4,500 job cuts
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Jaguar Land Rover confirms 4,500 job cuts

British carmaker JLR sees £501 million pre-tax profit loss in fourth quarter of 2019/20 financial year due to coronavirus pandemic
15 Jun 2020
“It’s exactly the right time for car showrooms to reinvent themselves”
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“It’s exactly the right time for car showrooms to reinvent themselves”

Mike Rutherford made dozens of phone calls on the day car showrooms reopened, but got a mixture of positive and negative responses
14 Jun 2020
‘The retail revolution putting car dealers in jeopardy’
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‘The retail revolution putting car dealers in jeopardy’

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks dealerships could become places to 'try' rather than 'buy' as more and more car customers turn to online purchasin…
10 Jun 2020
Public transport restrictions will put a million more cars on the road at rush hour
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Public transport restrictions will put a million more cars on the road at rush hour

Climate campaigners call for public authorities to intervene and prevent UK towns and cities from being overloaded with traffic
10 Jun 2020
‘0% finance deals will not be enough to sell cars’
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‘0% finance deals will not be enough to sell cars’

With car showrooms reopening, Mike Rutherford thinks dealers now have to be more ambitions and creative to move metal
7 Jun 2020
Car insurance claims spike as rusty drivers return to roads
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Car insurance claims spike as rusty drivers return to roads

The easing of lockdown in England saw a jump in claims, with the biggest leap occurring in south-central England
5 Jun 2020