Firms gain stars for safety

By Creditplus | Thursday, November 22, 2012

Car safety is the priority for any manufacturer. With more and more technical innovations every passing year, car producers are at the forefront of efforts to make the driving experience as safe as state of the art technology allows. Ford is leading the way with six Euro NCAP Advanced rewards...

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UK sees cheap deals and high performance

By Creditplus | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The motor industry is still seeing developments in new and old models which seek to exploit different ends of the UK market. Eastern European manufacturer Dacia is to make its new model, the Sandero, the cheapest in the UK, via car finance starting at just £69 per month. Several finance...

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Europeans committed to car ownership

By Creditplus | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A new survey has revealed that drivers across Europe are committed to car ownership but are worried about traffic congestion, the cost of driving and the environment. The research, which was commissioned by Ford and carried out by a leading consultancy called The Futures Company, found that most Europeans say...

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Brokers get information pack

By Creditplus | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

An information pack and toolkit has been created for car finance brokers aimed at helping them adhere to official guidelines on issues such as disclosing details about their commission. Guidance for Credit Brokers and Intermediaries, published by the Office of Fair Trading, says that those dealing in finance products should,...

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New Fiesta offers 'large car quality'

By Creditplus | Friday, November 16, 2012

Ford is seeking to attract customers who are downsizing from larger cars to the new Fiesta, which it says offers "large car quality in a small car". Ford of Europe's chief interior designer Ernst Reim made the lofty claim that the new model will even change people's perceptions of what...

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Popular 4x4 gets some minor adjustments

By Creditplus | Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Suzuki has jazzed up its compact Jimny 4x4 model for 2013 to give it a more modern look. For its exterior, the front bumper, grille and bonnet have been redesigned, with the fog lights shunted along a bit, resulting in a slightly longer vehicle (an additional 3cm). The new bonnet...

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Exclusive Interview with Paul Harrison, Head of Motor Finance (FLA)

By Creditplus | Thursday, November 8, 2012

Buying a car is a nerve-racking process. Spending a lot of money on a product that often has an unclear history can be scary, especially when you consider that many buyers will use a finance package to fund their vehicle. Thoughts of Arthur-Daley-type characters have haunted buyers. The thought of...

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Subaru XV takes SUV of the Year crown

By Creditplus | Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Subaru XV has been crowned SUV of the Year within 12 months of its UK launch. The Japanese compact crossover faced stiff competition from the likes of Nissan, Audi, Mazda, Volkswagen and Kia to win the SUV category in 4x4 Magazine's "4x4 of the Year" issue. The all-wheel drive...

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UK car industry motoring upwards

By Creditplus | Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The UK's car industry is enjoying a period of growth that could continue for the ext half decade, an expert has said. Phil Harrold, a partner at PricewaterhouseCooper's Automotive practice, said the "renaissance" could be maintained thanks to recent investments in British car production. Over the coming years those funds...

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Vauxhall Ampera scoops another gong

By Creditplus | Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vauxhall´s electric Ampera model has been handed a prestigious Green Vehicle of the Year award after experts voted for its environmental credentials. The car won the accolade at the 2012 Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) Awards, which are decided in an exclusive vote by members of the association The...

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All-new V40 range gives safety and style

By Creditplus | Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Volvo has provided a combination of reduced CO2 emissions with a wide range of specifications in its new V40 premium hatchback range. Perhaps most importantly for many consumers, the V40 obtained the highest score ever seen in EuroNCAP crash testing. Volvo has produced the safest vehicle in its class and...

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Hauliers welcome road charging plans

By Creditplus | Friday, November 2, 2012

Plans to introduce an HGV charging scheme have been hailed as "good news" for British hauliers. The Government has confirmed it will press ahead with the proposals which will see all large vehicles charged £1,000 for the right to use roads in the UK. The charge will apply to both...

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Volvo ´moves closer´ to self-driving cars

By Creditplus | Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The car industry´s journey towards autonomous motoring has been driven forward by a new traffic jam assistance system. The new system - developed by Volvo - enables the car to automatically follow the one in front in slow-moving traffic. The sytem should be ready for production within two years. Working...

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David Cameron's Fiat 500 up for auction

By Creditplus | Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A classic car bought by David Cameron as a present for his wife Samantha is due to go under the hammer next month. The 1971 Fiat 500 L was purchased by the Prime Minister as a surprise birthday gift for his wife back in 1998. The couple kept the car...

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Missing checks costs thousands

By Creditplus | Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Missing out on condition checks could be costing car dealers thousands of pounds a year, a new study says. An average of £330,000 is being lost - or £1.5 billion in total servicing and parts sales - by missing out on these basic checks, according to Coachworks Consulting. As much...

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Lexus reveal updated LS range

By Creditplus | Monday, October 29, 2012

Lexus has officially unveiled its new LS series with a behind-closed-doors demonstration in central London, according to reports. The flagship LS range, which is due to be rolled out across the UK in mid-November, has been revamped to combine the latest family styling with comfortable seating fit for a king....

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Government bailout for Peugeot Citroen

By Creditplus | Friday, October 26, 2012

The French government is offering ailing French car manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroen up to 7 billion euros (£5.6 billion) in monetary pledges, according to the car maker. The car maker said the government bailout of Banque PSA Finance, which is the car loan arm of the manufacturer, will be in...

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Ford to close Genk, Belgium, plant

By Creditplus | Thursday, October 25, 2012

Belgium will lose 9,000 jobs when Ford Motor Company closes a major European plant there. Ford blamed sagging car sales in Europe for its restructuring plans, when the company told the management council of the Genk plant that it was to close production at the factory built exactly 50 years...

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Jaguar to give buyers virtual experience

By Creditplus | Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jaguar Land Rover is working on a new digital showroom that will allow customers to explore models of any Jaguar or Land Rover car. The technology involves using a touchpad screen to select the model and optional features, so that the system can produce a high resolution, real time 3D...

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Volkswagen looks to build on SUV success

By Creditplus | Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Volkswagen is to review the public reaction of its new concept car, the Taigun, before deciding whether to launch it in to mass production. The four-seat vehicle will go on display at the So Paulo motor show and is designed to look similar to the other Volkswagen SUVs - the...

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