Toyota Invests 100 Million Pounds in Derbyshire Factory

By Creditplus | Tuesday, November 29, 2011

We do not hear a lot of good news from the UK car manufacturing industry nowadays, so any piece of good news will most likely go down well with the motoring public.Toyota, for one, has shown confidence in the future prospects of the UK car industry by investing £100 million...

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Elektromotive Urges Government to Extend car Grant Scheme

By Creditplus | Monday, November 28, 2011

If you could get a discount of £5,000 when buying your next car, would this affect your choice of motor vehicle? Apparently not. When the government announced its grant programme for plug-in vehicles in January 2011 it budgeted for 8,000 car buyers to make use of the grants....

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Jaguar Announces new XF Sportbrake

By Louise Hutchinson | Monday, November 28, 2011

Jaguar will soon have an answer to the Audi A6 Avant. The car will be called the XF Sportbrake and testing on the new model has recently started near Jaguar's plant in Coventry in the UK. The motoring press has indeed already published the first spy shots of...

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Volkswagen Releases Passat Alltrack

By Creditplus | Saturday, November 26, 2011

If you can't wait to get your hands on a 4x4, your job of choosing the right vehicle for your purposes has just become a little more difficult. Volkswagen has released its answer to the Audi Allroad and the Skoda Octavia. Called the Passat Alltrack, it will make...

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Vehicle Emissions Might not be our Biggest Threat

By Creditplus | Friday, November 25, 2011

We have become used to feeling guilty when buying anything with a CO2 emission level of more than 100g/km. Cars are, after all, the biggest threat to a clean environment, we have come to believe. That may not be the case for much longer. According to...

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Jaguar Land Rover Honoured by SMMT

By Louise Hutchinson | Friday, November 25, 2011

It seems that Jaguar Land Rover is regularly in the news nowadays - and for all the right reasons. It was only a week ago that the company made newspaper headlines with an incredibly efficient diesel engine and now the car manufacturer has again made headlines because it was...

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First Impressions of the Honda Civic 1.8 i-Vtec

By Creditplus | Friday, November 25, 2011

It is hard to believe that four decades have passed since we first saw Soichiro Honda's rather ill-fated 1,300cc family sedan with a flat-four air-cooled engine. It is even harder to believe that this little car went on to become the Civic, a car that has become the epicentre...

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Porsche Releases new Carerra Cabriolet

By Creditplus | Thursday, November 24, 2011

Porsche has published the first photos of the brand new 2012 Porsche Carerra Cabriolet. The general public will get the first preview of the new model at the Detroit Motor Show in January next year. If you can't wait to get your hands on one of these...

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Office of Fair Trade Fully Backs Motor Codes

By Creditplus | Thursday, November 24, 2011

The current hardships many consumers have to face have made it even more vital that when they buy a vehicle they should have peace of mind about their purchase and the service they will receive in future. With this in mind the Office of Fair Trading has given...

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UK Traffic Problems to Become Much Worse

By Creditplus | Thursday, November 24, 2011

New research predicts that 20 years from now there will be four million additional cars on UK roads and traffic delays will increase by more than 54%. The RAC Foundation calculates that the country's population will grow by more than ten million between now and 2035. At...

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UK Consumers Confused About Electric Vehicles

By Creditplus | Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A new study by Gfk Automotive found that electric cars have failed to capture the British market because there is widespread confusion among consumers about the performance and cost of these cars. It seems that the average UK motorist simply does not understand the realties of owning an...

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Number of Passenger Cars to Double by 203

By Louise Hutchinson | Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The latest World Energy Outlook published by the International Energy Agency certainly makes for interesting and often disturbing reading. It looks at the global energy situation between now and 2035. One of its findings is that global oil demand will increase from its current 87 million barrels per...

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Study Finds That Hybrid Cars are Safer

By Louise Hutchinson | Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A new study conducted by the Highways Loss Data Institute (HLDI) concludes that Hybrid cars are significantly safer than conventional motor cars. The reason is that their extra weight reduces the severity of accidents. The non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing the number of road accidents, deaths and...

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International Agreement Could Boost Electric car Uptake

By Louise Hutchinson | Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The European Union, the United States and Japan have signed a new international agreement that could help to clear the way for widespread acceptance of electric cars by the general public. The signing ceremony took place in Geneva a few days ago. The agreement will see the...

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Small Lexus Hybrid in the Pipeline

By Creditplus | Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It has been announced that Lexus plans a version of its luxury GS vehicle with a small hybrid engine - in order to compete with BMW and Audi. The company's Deputy Chief Engineer of Product Planning, Koji Sato, told Auto Express "We are working on a number of...

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Five New Alfas on the Horizon

By Creditplus | Sunday, November 20, 2011

Alfa Romeo­s production plan has been leaked to the press. This shows that the company is planning five new models for the next few years, including an SUV, two saloon cars and a brand new spider. What will, however, no doubt get Alfa fans excited is the 4C sports car,...

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Super Sized Cars Could be on the Way

By Louise Hutchinson | Friday, November 18, 2011

In an era of super-minis, where car manufacturers and cash-strapped motorists are opting for smaller cars every year in an attempt to save money, it might be strange to hear of plans for super-sized cars. The fact of the matter is, however, that people are getting bigger, not smaller. A...

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Renault Opens New Test Centre in France

By Creditplus | Friday, November 18, 2011

Renault has opened a brand new electric car test centre in the French city of Lardy during the past week, as part of the automaker's electric vehicle strategy. The new centre will play a pivotal role in the company's development of electric vehicles and will house test facilities...

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Parliament Debates Cutting Fuel Tax

By Louise Hutchinson | Thursday, November 17, 2011

Members of Parliament were unanimous in their concerns over the skyrocketing price of fuel in yesterday's Commons debate. They were, however, not unanimous over what the best possible solution would be. Labour and Conservative members traded accusations over who was to blame for the current astronomical prices. Some...

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Toyota Develops Tool to Support Easier EV Charging

By Creditplus | Thursday, November 17, 2011

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota in partnership with Toyota Media Service Corporation, its customer service IT company, has developed a tool to support home-based electric vehicle charging. The tool will work with a variety of electric vehicles, including the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle, which will become available in...

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