Auris production 'good news' for Britain

By Creditplus | Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Production of Toyota's all new Auris has begun at the Japanese car giant's plant in Burnaston, celebrating 20 years of manufacturing in the UK. The automaker's operations in Britain have expanded greatly in the last two decades, and the decision to build the new hatchback at the Derbyshire factory has...

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Going credit crazy at Christmas

By Creditplus | Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas has mirrored the trend in new car sales - in that much of it will be paid for in 2013. New stats from consumer group Which? show that nearly half of all Brits paid for Christmas on credit. The motoring press recently reported that credit was the main driver...

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New van's a Fiesta-r in fuel-saving department

By Creditplus | Thursday, December 27, 2012

With petrol prices showing no signs of easing in 2013, the new Ford Fiesta Van could be a fresh year's resolution to tempt many a hard-pressed motorist. It launches in 2013 with the promise of delivering top-of-the-class fuel efficiency and segment technologies. And that means all its diesel engines can...

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Hyundai makes award shortlist

By Creditplus | Monday, December 24, 2012

Hyundai has been rewarded with a slot on the Car of the Year 2013 shortlist for the first time, for its New Generation i30 model. The contest is regarded as Europe's top award for new cars and is judged by 58 jury members from 22 European countries. In the final...

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Winter driving is sno' joke

By Creditplus | Monday, December 24, 2012

I ignore those long boring annual reports from bearded road safety experts earnestly instructing us to fit winter tyres and keep a spade in the boot. If you're like me, you don't have time or money to kit your car out as a dedicated winter-proof vehicle. I suspect the only...

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New Kia scoops another Total 4x4 award

By Creditplus | Friday, December 21, 2012

The new Kia Sorento has been awarded Total 4x4 magazine's "Most Improved" contender gong for 2012, but it just missed out on a third victory in the top award for the "Full-Size" category to the all-new Range Rover. September saw the UK and European launch of the new Kia model...

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Specialist auto finance exam approved

By Creditplus | Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Specialist Automotive Finance (SAF) online competency exam has received formal accreditation from the National Skills Academy for Financial Services (NSAFS). The Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) launched the Specialist Automotive Finance test a few years ago. A number of AM100 car dealer associations have since adopted the test. Following...

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Infiniti to rebrand with 'Q' in 2014

By Creditplus | Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Infiniti is changing the name of its complete line with a new label beginning in 2014. The luxury division of Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Company will rename its entire range of models with a Q or QX branding to enhance the vehicles' premium status and regain the history of its...

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Skoda starts production of new Octavia

By Creditplus | Monday, December 17, 2012

Production of the new Skoda Octavia has started in Mladá Boleslav, in the Czech Republic, the company has announced. The third generation of Skoda's vital model and best selling car will be available from late January next year. Skoda CEO, Winfried Vahland said: "The Octavia is the heart of Skoda...

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Car production up by almost 5%

By Creditplus | Thursday, December 13, 2012

The UK motor industry has delivered a timely boost for the economy, with figures showing that 142,825 cars came off the production line last month. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed that this is 4.9% higher than during the same period a year ago. This latest increase...

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Consumer car finance up 40%

By Creditplus | Wednesday, December 12, 2012

British motorists are placing more importance on consumer car finance than ever before, according to a new report from the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA). With Britain experiencing the longest double-dip recession for more than 50 years, an increasing amount of drivers are relying on consumer car finance to upgrade...

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Maserati eyes big sales rise and more UK dealers

By Creditplus | Monday, December 10, 2012

Ambitious plans for an eightfold increase is sales have been announced by luxury car maker Maserati. The Italian manufacturer plans to increase the number of dealerships it has in the UK from 13 to 20 over the next three years as part of its drive to hit a worldwide sales...

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MINI Clubvan gets Editor's Choice award

By Creditplus | Friday, December 07, 2012

The new MINI Clubvan has been given the Editor's Choice award at the 2013 What Van? Awards just months after it was unveiled. The new model was praised for its class-leading driving dynamics and fuel efficiency as well as they way it combines style and practicality and the "unrivalled driving...

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Boom in new car sales across UK

By Creditplus | Friday, December 07, 2012

Vehicle registrations by private buyers grew by more than a fifth last month, contributing to a significant rise in the number of new car sales as Brits splashed the cash despite the tough economic climate. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed 149,191 new cars were sold in...

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Iconic Coca Cola Truck Touring the UK This Christmas

By Creditplus | Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Forget the latest supercars and cars of the celebrities, the vehicles getting most attention on the UK's roads this winter will be two giant articulated lorries. The pair of red Coca-Cola trucks will be touring Britain as part of a massive Christmas promotion by the multinational drinks company. It will...

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TV Jamie wishes wife a merry Car-ristmas

By Creditplus | Monday, December 03, 2012

TV chef Jamie Oliver has cooked up the perfect ingredients in a mouthwatering Christmas pressie with a difference for his wife Jools. Better known for transforming the diets of schoolchildren, Jamie spiced up his spouse's runaround vehicle into a boy racer car. Multi-millionaire Jamie, 37, breathed new life into her...

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What's The Worst Smelling Car You've Been In?

By Creditplus | Thursday, November 29, 2012

My inbox resounded this week with another of those pathetic PR 'surveys' announcing how important smell is to potential car buyers. This important piece of 'science' was from, funnily-enough, a scent marketing company. They ended up suggesting that car showrooms should start installing scent delivery systems to seduce their customers...

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Chevrolet brings Apple's Siri to drivers

By Creditplus | Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The idea of a car you can talk to while driving would have seemed like a science fiction scenario a decade ago.However, American car giant General Motors has unveiled plans to make Apple's Siri voice recognition technology useable in-car on two Chevrolet models from early 2013. Drivers of US-specification Sparks...

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UK car production up 6.5% last month

By Creditplus | Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Britain's car manufacturing output has continued to climb above last year's levels, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). There were 137,028 cars produced in the UK during October, which showed an increase of 6.5% when compared to the same time last...

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Mazda revamps MX-5 sports car range

By Creditplus | Friday, November 23, 2012

Mazda has introduced a new upgraded version of its famous MX-5 sports car. The new seven-model range will go on sale on December 1, priced from £18,495 to £23,595 on the road. It includes the 2.0-litre MX-5 Sport Tech Nav, which is the first MX-5 to feature integrated satellite navigation...

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