Mercedes launch social media first

By Creditplus | Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mercedes-Benz has launched a unique new advertising campaign for its brand new A-Class, giving social media users the chance to shape the storyline. The Stuttgart-based carmaker has invited Twitter users to contribute to the '#YOUDRIVE' campaign as part of a three-part story set to air during the commercial breaks in...

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Motorists warned over Paralympics traffic

By Creditplus | Saturday, September 29, 2012

Motorists are again being urged to steer clear of areas of London as the 2012 Paralympics gets under way in the capital. The Paralympic Route Network (PRN) is operational from Wednesday, though with only 8.7 miles of designated Games Lanes it is smaller than the Olympic Route Network was. Aimed...

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EC issues guidance on motor industry

By Creditplus | Friday, September 28, 2012

UK car dealers were disappointed after further guidance issued by the European Commission (EC) on new block exemption regulations (BER) failed to advance moves toward a standardised Code of Conduct. Dealers were hoping for increased protection after the introduction of BER appeared to give more power to the manufacturers. The...

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UK to get 29 limited Peugeot GTis

By Creditplus | Friday, September 28, 2012

A limited special edition of Peugeot's new 208 GTi model will be offered to UK motorists, the French car company has announced. Only 29 out of a total of 54 new hot hatchbacks worldwide have been set aside for British buyers, who may want to start looking at car finance...

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Engineers key to future of UK auto

By Creditplus | Thursday, September 27, 2012

An impending shortage of skilled workers must be urgently addressed if the UK wants to continue to be one of Europe's best places to manufacture cars, a new study warns. While the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) study discovered that UK companies have earned solid reputations for engineering...

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Falling demand hits Ford

By Creditplus | Thursday, September 27, 2012

Forthcoming job losses at Ford's European plants are being attributed to a fall in customers. Hundreds of jobs will be lost at factories across Europe, including in the UK where its plants in Dagenham, Southampton and elsewhere employ 15,000 staff. The American car manufacturer will cut agency workers and also...

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Seat to launch brand new Leon in Paris

By Creditplus | Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Seat has unveiled the initial images and details of its all-new Leon, which is set to be the star attraction at the firm's Paris Motor Show stand. The new Leon has a similar chassis to its predecessors but is 90kg lighter, which helps to improve both performance and emissions, and...

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Audi teases with details of next S3

By Creditplus | Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Audi has released details of the next S3, which it says will have 296bhp, be capable of over 40mpg and weigh 60kg less than before. Besides the 1,984cc capacity, the car's 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection will share nothing with its predecessor. The new engine will produce 280lb.ft...

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Millions' plan to buy a new car

By Creditplus | Monday, September 24, 2012

One in five adults in the UK plan to purchase a car before March next year, according to a poll by Sainsbury's Bank. If all the prospective car buyers go ahead with their plans, some 9.8 million motorists could be heading to car showrooms and the classified pages. The survey...

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Green Car of the Year title to BMW

By Creditplus | Saturday, September 22, 2012

What Car? has named the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Auto the Green Car of the Year for its "real world" 56mpg fuel consumption and its low tax rating with 110g/km CO2. The BMW earned the award because it "delivers great environmental credentials without compromise, which is what consumers really want",...

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European new car market dips

By Creditplus | Friday, September 21, 2012

The European new car market declined by 8.4% to 726,562 units in August amid continuing uncertainty in the eurozone, widespread austerity measures across the continent and tough conditions for those seeking to finance their purchase through car loans. But there was good news for dealers in Spain, which recorded the...

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Finance regulator reaches milestone

By Creditplus | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Figures have shown that 2,000 dealerships are now approved under the Finance and Leasing Association's (FLA) Specialist Automotive Finance (SAF) programme. The SAF was set up five years ago by the FLA to ensure that a certain standard of motor finance was upheld in showrooms for UK car buyers. The...

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New Verso set for Paris unveiling

By Creditplus | Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Japanese car giant Toyota are planning to unveil the new Verso people carrier at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, which runs between September 29 and October 14. The seven-seat Verso will line up alongside the new Auris and Auris Touring Sports wagon as Toyota looks to capture the family car...

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Strong order numbers for new Mazda CX-5

By Creditplus | Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The leading corporate franchise Mazda dealer in Letchworth has revealed that it has already taken in excess of 200 advanced orders for the CX-5. Customer deliveries of the Mazda CX-5 began this month and Norton Way Mazda has revealed its positive order figures, with operations director Richard Siney adding that...

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Volvo eyes self-drive vehicles

By Creditplus | Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Volvo is continuing its aim to develop the world's safest cars by moving into the area of self-driving vehicles - or autonomous driving. Ideally drivers will be able to conduct other tasks safely, such as sending a text or reading a book, while driving autonomously. Volvo is looking to incorporate...

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Dacia Launching In The UK

By Creditplus | Friday, September 14, 2012

It's not quite an A-Z, but from Alfa Romeo to Volvo the UK has roughly 30 mainstream car brands covering every sector of the market. The question is this - do we need another? Dacia was a little-loved Romanian brand knocking out very basic models for Eastern Europe. That was...

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New Carens completes Kia's modern family

By Creditplus | Friday, September 14, 2012

Kia has followed up a series of teaser images by finally unveiling its new Carens in the run up to the Paris Motor Show next week. The car-maker's new version, which UK customers will be able to get their hands on in spring next year, sees a considerable change in...

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Firms advised to change fleet rule

By Creditplus | Friday, September 14, 2012

Analysis carried out by KeeResources has suggested that employers should consider loosening the restrictions they place on the range of cars made available to staff. The use of whole life costs (WLCs) is critical for businesses that are looking to save money on their company car expenditure, the research claims....

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Nissan recalls 51,000 cars for checks

By Creditplus | Friday, September 14, 2012

A loose steering wheel has forced Japanese car giant Nissan to bring back 51,000 British-made cars for "precautionary" checks. The manufacturer is recalling 48,000 Model Year 2012 Qashqai and Qashqai+2 vehicles and 3,000 Model Year 2012 NV200 cars, which were all built in its plant in Sunderland between February and...

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Kia cee'd Sportswagon hits showrooms

By Creditplus | Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Kia cee'd Sportswagon hit showrooms this week, just three months after the introduction of the zippy Kia cee'd hatchback. Unveiled alongside the cee'd hatchback at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the five-door Sportswagon estate features tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjust functions, leather trimmings and optional cruise control. The...

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