Welcome boost' to British car production

By Creditplus | Wednesday, August 15, 2012

High demand for the new Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander models has prompted the company's factory in Merseyside to move to 24-hour production. Car-maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has introduced an extra shift and created another 1,000 jobs at its site in Halewood as part of its commitment...

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New business for UK car supply chain

By Creditplus | Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The latest industry statistics have predicted that the UK automotive supply chain could win up to £3 billion in new business. The data, which comes from the 2012 survey by the Automotive Council, shows that the purchasing spend of the participating vehicle manufacturers was £23.6 billion, £3 billion more than...

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Citroen launches deals on DS3 and others

By Creditplus | Monday, August 13, 2012

Citroen has announced a range of offers on its DS3 series to celebrate its stature as the French car giant's best-selling model in the UK. Car loans and car credit will be available on the DS3, which is on offer for £199 per month on Elect 4 Personal Lease. And...

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Jaguar F-TYPE to be unveiled in Paris

By Creditplus | Saturday, August 11, 2012

This year's Paris Motor Show is the place to be for those hoping to catch a glimpse of Jaguar's new F-TYPE in production form. The hotly anticipated two-seater aluminium sports car will make its global debut at the show on September 27. Jaguar Cars global brand director Adrian Hallmark said:...

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Fleet car repair costs rise by more than double

By Creditplus | Friday, August 10, 2012

The average repair cost for company cars incurred by fleets has increased by more than double in the last 18 months. According to motoring company Manheim, in February 2010 the average repair bill for a fleet vehicle was £110. In June of this year the figure had risen to £246.59,...

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Toyota introduces two new Yaris models

By Creditplus | Friday, August 10, 2012

Toyota is aiming to brighten up motorists' summers following the introduction of its stylish Yaris Edition and Yaris Trend models. With three and five-door versions the Yaris Edition, powered by Toyota's 1.0-litre VVT-I petrol engine, is priced from £11,695. It offers a host of sporty features including machined alloy wheels...

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Over £300,000 of Games Lanes fines

By Creditplus | Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fines totalling £312,000 have been handed out to drivers using the Olympic Games Lanes, according to Transport for London (TfL) figures. Stretching for 30 miles (48km), the lanes are used to transport athletes, officials and the media around during the Games. Warnings were issued to those who used them during...

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Vauxhall announces new Astra engines

By Creditplus | Thursday, August 9, 2012

Vauxhall has given the Astra five-door and Sport Tourer versions the same powerful and flexible engine as the Bi Turbo Astra GTC. The twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engine features a small turbine for low-speed response and a bigger turbine for additional power at higher engine speeds. This means there is 192bhp...

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Government subsidises eco-cars

By Creditplus | Thursday, August 9, 2012

Housing associations can now buy eco-friendly cars for the same price as standard vehicles, due to a new government initiative. The move is part of the Department for Transport's Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme (LCVPP), which aims to encourage public sector organisations to promote and use greener cars. The initiative,...

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Londoners 'are unluckiest drivers'

By Creditplus | Saturday, August 4, 2012

Londoners are the UK's most accident prone and unlucky drivers, according to new statistics. According to demand for car parts from Breakeryard.com, motorists from Bristol are second-worst, while Glaswegian drivers are third in the table. Demand for parts from used cars has been largest from drivers from the capital since...

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Third parties blamed for car damage

By Creditplus | Friday, August 3, 2012

The main reasons for car owners suffering minor damage to their vehicles include vandalism and the actions of unknown third parties, a survey has found. More than 100 technicians were consulted in research carried out by Smart repairer Revive and they listed bumper scuffs, alloy wheel repairs, vehicle vandalism and...

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Warning over potential oversupply

By Creditplus | Friday, August 3, 2012

Leading industry figures have raised fears that favourable exchange rates could lead to oversupply as manufacturers offload surplus production in the UK. There may be a significant rise in pre-registration activity in the UK car market towards the end of 2012 and Glass's managing editor Adrian Rushmore believes it could...

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First car often paid for by parents

By Creditplus | Thursday, August 2, 2012

Although young motorists are now more likely to have a brand new first car, there is a good chance they didn't pay for it themselves, according to a poll by Aviva. The insurance company found that now days a third of first cars are paid for by someone else, normally...

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Lexus announces new LS model details

By Creditplus | Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lexus has announced the details of the new interior and exterior style of its new LS range, which is set to go on sale later in the year. There have been "more than 3,000 changes" to the model as the manufacturer has tried to take customer feedback into account and...

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Motorists concerned by vehicle costs

By Creditplus | Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Running a car is the biggest financial worry for the majority of motorists, according to a new survey. The poll by Auto Trader found as many as 63% of drivers put motoring costs as their number one concern ahead of other worries such as paying rent, a mortgage or job...

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New Seat Exeo drops to tax band C

By Creditplus | Monday, July 30, 2012

Two new Seat Exeo models with enhanced fuel efficiency performance have been launched, dropping the car down into road tax (VED) band C for the first time. The Spanish carmaker said the two models, which both come under the Ecomotive umbrella, offer the same efficiency statistics but different power outputs....

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VW unveils more efficient Beetle engines

By Creditplus | Saturday, July 28, 2012

Two new Volkswagen Beetle engines have been unveiled by the car maker that look set to boost efficiency while providing a range of other novel features for drivers. Firstly the new 2.0-litre 138bhp TDI is said to potentially offer miles to the gallon in the mid-50s and is available with...

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Monkey business aiding electric vehicle switch

By Creditplus | Friday, July 27, 2012

Greener transport fleets using electric vehicles are taking to UK roads thanks to a Gateshead firm's software. The Energy Saving Trust is working in partnership with Route Monkey and EDF Energy to deliver its Plugged-In Fleets Initiative by working with 20 organisations to reduce their transport emissions by integrating electric...

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Titan purchases its 500th Caravelle

By Creditplus | Friday, July 27, 2012

Titan Travel has used Volkswagen Caravelles for over 12 years and recently took delivery of its 500th. The escorted tour and travel company currently has a fleet of 140 individually numbered Caravelles that each cover around 50,000 miles annually, which equates to seven million miles between them. The people carriers...

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The 'Nemesis' has its sights on UK record

By Creditplus | Thursday, July 26, 2012

The first electric super car will begin test runs this week in preparation for an effort to break the UK electric car land-speed record. Built entirely on British shores, the 'Nemesis' is the creation of Dale Vince OBE, founder of the world's first green electricity company, Ecotricity, in Gloucestershire. Nick...

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