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London is car crime capital

London is car crime capital

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Three London districts have topped a poll that names and shames the worst areas in the country for car crime. The highest percentage of car crime was recorded in Hackney, followed by fellow London districts Clapham and Leyton, according to insurers Admiral.... >>

Motor industry may get emissions reprieve

Motor industry may get emissions reprieve

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The motor industry looks to have secured a reprieve from tough measures designed to rapidly reduce CO2 emissions. EU politicians have proposed a reduction to 125g/km by 2015. The European Commission is now set to be forced to water down its plan to introduce... >>

Crackdown on uninsured drivers

Crackdown on uninsured drivers

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At any one time, one in 15 motorists on the road is uninsured, according to new Government figures. Two million vehicles in Britain do not carry insurance so new measures are being introduced to curb repeat offenders. From the start of 2008, insurance... >>

Honda's hybrid crusade

Honda's hybrid crusade

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Honda has confirmed plans to put new green cars into production. The FCX hydrogen fuel cell concept car and a lightweight, hybrid sportscar will both be built – with a production version of the FCX making its debut as early as next month. Speaking today,... >>

Sales rise for most polluting cars

Sales rise for most polluting cars

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Congestion charges and the recent tax increases on the most polluting vehicles have not deterred Londoners from investing in 4x4 vehicles. Sales of this vehicle type, often large family vehicles, were strongest in Greater London (up 9.4% compared to the... >>

Motorists set to make use of hard shoulder

Motorists set to make use of hard shoulder

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Motorists could be allowed to drive on the hard shoulder of the M25 under a scheme being considered by the Government. Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly said that the emergency land could be used as an extra channel on motorways, including the M25, during... >>

Driving and smoking law confusion

Driving and smoking law confusion

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New regulations on driving and smoking are not fully understood by the public and little effort is being made to comply with them, claims a new report. The law, in operation since July, requires that vehicles should be smoke free at all times if they... >>

Camera system "to revolutionise" parking

Camera system "to revolutionise" parking

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Nissan is set to introduce the world’s first ever system offering the driver a bird’s eye real-time view of the vehicle and its surroundings. Debuting in the new Elgrand, scheduled for introduction at the end of this month, the cool kit will also... >>

Pivo 2 surfaces

Pivo 2 surfaces

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This cute little number is the Pivo 2, an advanced electric concept car that will debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Powered by advanced compact lithium-ion batteries and featuring a unique rotating cabin, Pivo 2 has no reverse gear and employs "drive... >>

Mini Cooper D
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Mini Cooper D

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Let’s get something important out the way. The diesel Mini is no where near as good as the Cooper, S or even the One. But a small diesel will never (well maybe not never) be as good as a petrol equivalent so that’s not a fair comparison. Importantly,... >>

Clio 197 Cup is on the way

Clio 197 Cup is on the way

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Following in the footsteps of the awesome Clio II 172 Cup and the even awesomer 182 Cup, the Clio Renaultsport 197 Cup will be launched next month. Offering the same chassis set-up as the limited-edition 197 F1 Team R27 with its reduced ride height and... >>

Superfuels "don't equal super savings"

Superfuels "don't equal super savings"

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Drivers who fill their cars with expensive "superfuels" and expect to see big economy gains should think again, according to a report by What Car? magazine. Real-world tests were carried out for What Car? by the AA’s former senior research engineer,... >>

Grand Cherokee gets special edition treatment

Grand Cherokee gets special edition treatment

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Continuing the trend of car manufacturers attempting to garner credibility with affluent coolandthirtysomethings by partnering with clothing brands, Jeep has announced it’s teamed up with Snow+Rock. A new special edition Grand Cherokee, available for... >>

Parking tax set to bite commuters

Parking tax set to bite commuters

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Commuters face a £350 tax on workplace parking spaces in an attempt to encourage them out of their cars and on to public transport. The tax is being planned as an alternative to congestion charging because it is thought to be much cheaper and easier... >>

Stiffer penalties for "forgetful" drivers

Stiffer penalties for "forgetful" drivers

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Drivers who fail to disclose who was behind the wheel when caught speeding will now face stiffer penalties. Motorists convicted of failing to give information about the identity of a speeding driver will receive six penalty points instead of the previous... >>

Seven out of ten rural road signs "unnecessary"

Seven out of ten rural road signs "unnecessary"

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Around 70% of road signs in rural areas are unnecessary, according to a new report. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) claims that a limited test on a 10-mile stretch of road in Hampshire proves that seven in ten road signs should be removed... >>

How to beat unfair motoring charges

How to beat unfair motoring charges

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Fed up of footballers and TV presenters getting some slimy lawyer to make those stubborn motoring offences disappear? Well now you too can get away with it thanks to a new book. The Fight a Motoring Ticket kit from Lawpack reckons it can help any motorist... >>

Drivers unsure of what to do after an accident

Drivers unsure of what to do after an accident

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More than half of Britain’s drivers are unaware of exactly what they should do in the event of a serious road accident. Six out of ten drivers knew roughly what to do in the event of an emergency – but more than 80% were unaware of the eight-point... >>

New book celebrates bizarre car accessories

New book celebrates bizarre car accessories

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A new book has gone on sale devoted to quirky car accessories. Nodding Dogs & Vinyl Roofs by Stephen Vokins, and published by car specialist Haynes, contains details about items such as exhaust flamethrowers, tiger tails, bolt-on fins, windscreen wiper... >>

Rally hero McRae dies

Rally hero McRae dies

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Former world rally champion Colin McRae has been killed when a helicopter he was piloting crashed in Scotland. Three other people on board the aircraft owned by McRae, including his 5-year-old son and another boy, also died when it came down in a wooded... >>

Drivers "must be taught to be greener"

Drivers "must be taught to be greener"

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New driving techniques must be taught to motorists to combat carbon emissions from their vehicles, a report suggests. A report by the Commission for Integrated Transport also suggests new rules to ensure drivers can only buy the most fuel-efficient cars,... >>

The world's fastest limo

The world's fastest limo

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How’s this for classy? The ideal way to get to any hen party or underage disco, this is the world’s fastest limo. The quite extraordinary black Ferrari 360 Modena carbon fibre stretch limousine will be unveiled at the European Limousine and Chauffeur... >>

VW unveils tiny concept car

VW unveils tiny concept car

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It looks as though Volkswagen could be planning to bring back a rear-engined city car after it unveiled the daftly named up! concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on a brand new platform and drivetrain, and measuring only 3.45m, the engine layout... >>

One in five lie to their car insurers

One in five lie to their car insurers

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A fifth of motorists say they have withheld information from their car insurance company for fear of pushing up their premiums. One on five drivers said they would not inform their insurer if they received a motoring conviction or points on their licence,... >>

Young drivers face a year of lessons

Young drivers face a year of lessons

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Young motorists may be forced to learn for more than a year before they can pick up their driving licence if new proposals are introduced. The BBC reports that police and motoring chiefs have met in Perth, Scotland, in order to convene over young driver... >>