• September 19, 2017 - Aidan Rennie-Jones

    The car crash safety body Euro NCAP has updated its testing to prepare for an autonomous future – and give car buyers a clearer idea of how safe their vehicle is. Euro NCAP launched its Road Map 2025 on its 20th anniversary, setting out the programme’s priorities in an automotive landscape… Read More

  • September 18, 2017 - Aidan Rennie-Jones

    A study has found the worst sections of hard shoulder on Britain’s motorways, and some newer ‘smart’ sections without one at all. The department for transport has found that 403 accidents on UK roads between 2011 and 2016 occurred on hard shoulders. Of that number, 70 per cent happened while… Read More

  • September 15, 2017 - Aidan Rennie-Jones

    Volkswagen has won various awards at the Frankfurt Motor Show, including ones for design and innovation – the most prestigious being “most innovative brand” at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was chosen by a jury for the Plus X award, with VW’s head of design Klaus Bischoff collecting the… Read More

  • September 14, 2017 - Aidan Rennie-Jones

    Motorists taking their driving test from next year will have to perform “real life tasks”, such as using the horn, windscreen wipers or opening windows. The “show me, tell me” questions will be changed as of December to include these tasks and are used to test whether students are able… Read More

  • September 13, 2017 - Aidan Rennie-Jones

    Audi has lifted the lid on its all-new RS4 Avant at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The RS4 is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine that produces 444bhp and a staggering 600Nm of torque driven through Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system. From the outside it is apparent this is an… Read More

  • September 12, 2017 - Aidan Rennie-Jones

    The Volkswagen Group is planning to make fully electric and plug-in hybrid variants of all 300 of its models by 2030. The German automaker plans to invest more than £18 bn pounds into the venture for zero-emission cars, with 80 new-electrified models by 2025 – 30 of which will be… Read More

  • September 11, 2017 - Aidan Rennie-Jones

    Road safety charities have called on phone companies to supply handsets with a driving mode that automatically disables the phone while travelling in a car. The campaign group was started by motoring organisation the RAC, and is calling on the phone industry to create a setting that disables all calls… Read More

  • September 8, 2017 - Aidan Rennie-Jones

    BMW has announced it will build 25 new electrified cars by 2025. The German automaker pledged to produce several new cars within the next few years, including an i5 model that will sit between its current i3 hatchback and the i8 supercar. Designed to be a four-door saloon, BMW has… Read More

  • September 7, 2017 - Aidan Rennie-Jones

    According to research carried out by automotive experts HPI, consumers change their cars more often than their mobile phones. Data shows that some manufacturers see cars returned on average every 18 months while people change their phone every 24 to 36 months. The revelation comes as September’s new ’67’ numberplates… Read More

  • September 7, 2017 - James Ash

    With the Department of Transport announcing last month the trialling of platoons of self-driving lorries on England’s motorways, a road safety charity is advising there must be more reassurances on issues such as cyber attacks as well as basic road safety needs such as telling other drivers which trucks are in… Read More

  • September 6, 2017 - Aidan Rennie-Jones

    Various motoring and certification organisations have come together to test the real-world emissions of various Peugeot Group cars. Beginning in 2015, the tests have covered more than 80 per cent of Peugeot DS and Citroen cars. This has been in collaboration with European transport organization Transport & Environment, FNE, which… Read More

  • September 5, 2017 - Aidan Rennie-Jones

    The government has announced proposals to charge utility companies by the hour for roadworks, ensuring repairs are carried out a quickly as possible. Phone companies and energy firms would be charged by the hour for digging up the road rather than for the job itself. The incentive is that costs… Read More

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