Dealers' honour for latest Kia Rio super-mini

By Creditplus | Thursday, July 26, 2012

Kia bosses are celebrating after UK dealers voted its low-emission super-mini Rio their most popular car of the year. The latest version of the model, which went on sale last September, won its accolade at Car Dealer Magazine's annual awards ceremony in Portsmouth. The manufacturer's managing director Michael Cole said...

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Executive and sports cars retain popularity

By Creditplus | Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Despite the economic downturn the demand for luxury car models is still high, according to the UK's largest vehicle auction company. British Car Auctions (BCA) sold 8,356 cars valued at £20,000 or above during the first six months of this year, totalling more than £230 million. This figure includes a...

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Call to scrap scheme

By Creditplus | Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Members of the Scottish Parliament have called for a car scheme benefiting fire bosses in the country to be scrapped. Commanders of Scotland's cash-strapped fire services currently drive around in a fleet of luxury cars including Audis, Lexus, Mercedes and BMWs, costing taxpayers almost £1 million a year. MSPs would...

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Fiat announces updates to 500 range

By Creditplus | Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Car manufacturer Fiat has announced a series of updates to its acclaimed 500 range, offering design tweaks alongside a new colour range. The design updates are relatively understated, and see new 15-inch alloy wheels, a 'short-fin' aerial, which is designed to be neater and smaller, and a number of other...

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Honda announce upgraded CR-V model

By Creditplus | Monday, July 23, 2012

When it launches on October 1 Honda's fourth generation CR-V is expected to cost in the region of £18,000. The design will be heavily based on the previous CR-Vs, although there are modifications. There is a small decrease in the height and length and the luggage space has got bigger,...

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Young drivers 'crash most' after tests

By Creditplus | Friday, July 20, 2012

New research has revealed that young drivers are most likely to crash in the first few weeks after passing their test. The study, which was carried out for the Young Drivers At Risk report, took into account the experiences of 14,000 people who have had an accident on the roads...

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UK petrol prices creeping back up

By Creditplus | Friday, July 20, 2012

After several weeks of falls, new figures show that petrol prices have risen again. A litre of petrol now costs an average of 132.18p and a litre of diesel is 137.26p, according to the AA. Those figures are nevertheless down from the mid-April peak of 142.48p a litre but have...

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Car production hit by Jubilee

By Creditplus | Thursday, July 19, 2012

Last month's Jubilee double bank holiday put the brake on car production, official figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show. A total of 119,193 cars were manufactured in the UK in June 2012 - a 0.7% dip on the June 2011 figure. Commercial vehicle (CV) production...

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Clear vision on road safety 'needed'

By Creditplus | Thursday, July 19, 2012

A new report from the House of Commons Transport Committee has called on the Government to adopt stronger leadership and a clearer vision over the issue of road safety. The committee called on ministers to provide an explanation for the increase in road deaths last year - the first annual...

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Britons' holiday driving mishaps revealed

By Creditplus | Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A survey has revealed the various sticky situations British motorists find themselves in when driving abroad - although many also admitted to running into trouble when driving at home too. More than a quarter (28%) of drivers said they have misread or misunderstood foreign road signs, the poll by insurance...

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Lohan blames brakes for Porsche crash

By Creditplus | Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lindsay Lohan has told a friend that the crash involving a truck and her rented black Porsche last month was caused by the car's brakes failing. The actress ended up in hospital but it was not long before she was given the all-clear and she reportedly was not even lumbered...

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Men choose speed over safety in cars

By Creditplus | Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Despite new safety features like side curtain air bags making cars safer than ever, a new survey shows more than half of men don't see them as the most important factor when buying a car. Just 48% of men considered safety the most important factor, compared with 60% of women....

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Councils urged to lower speed limits

By Creditplus | Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Government proposals will see councils given more power to implement 20mph zones in a bid to improve road safety across the UK. Rural roads with a track record of accidents can expect their current speed limits to be slashed, while low speed zones will be adopted outside schools as...

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EC issues new carbon reduction targets

By Creditplus | Monday, July 16, 2012

New cars and vans produced in the European Union will have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to a third by 2020, as new targets were revealed by Brussels. Average CO2 emissions from new cars will have a limit of 95g per kilometre in eight years' time, a drop...

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4x4 double-cab pick-up for just £1

By Creditplus | Saturday, July 14, 2012

The UK's most affordable 4x4 double-cab pick-up has just become even more affordable for businesses with the launch of a finance scheme that only requires a £1 deposit. Under the offer the entry-level Great Wall Steed S model, which retails at £13,998, can be purchased on credit with a deposit...

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Vauxhall Ampera Earth available to order

By Creditplus | Friday, July 13, 2012

Vauxhall has launched its new Earth model, the latest addition to its Ampera range. The Earth comes in a choice of four exterior colours and includes various in-car features as standard, including DAB, a seven-inch touch screen display and Bluetooth capability. It is the entry-level model in the carmaker's E-REV...

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Ford Dagenham output reaches 40m

By Creditplus | Friday, July 13, 2012

Consistently high production volumes at Ford Dagenham over the past half-century have pushed output at the east London factory past the 40 million-engines milestone. This means the site has produced enough engines to stretch 20,000 miles end-to-end. The factory, which has engineered and manufactured engines since the early 1930s, now...

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First ADAM pictures released

By Creditplus | Thursday, July 12, 2012

The first official pictures of the new ADAM have been published by Vauxhall. The ADAM is a three-door, four-seater which will challenge other premium subcompact hatches such as the Mini Cooper and the Fiat 500. It will be unveiled at this year's Paris Motorshow and there will be plenty of...

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Fresh investment in UK Mini factories

By Creditplus | Thursday, July 12, 2012

BMW has announced it is to invest £250 million in its three Mini factories in the UK and further its volume growth with up to 10 different models of the iconic car. The news comes on top of a £500 million investment which was revealed a year ago and means...

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Brooklands holds first Supercar Sunday

By Creditplus | Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sports car connoisseurs are preparing to visit the Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, this weekend for its first ever Supercar Sunday. Some of the sleekest, fastest cars in history will be showcased at the event, with machines from from Aston Martin, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, joined by premium Alfa...

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