Fall in motor finance fraud

By Creditplus | Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Instances of motor finance fraud dropped 27% between the first quarter of 2011 and the same period in 2012, according to data from the Finance & Leasing Association. Overall in the first quarter of 2012 there were 169 recorded instances of motor fraud worth roughly £2.4 million of outstanding finance...

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British VW customers face shortages

By Creditplus | Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Higher-than-expected demand for Volkswagen cars has led to "serious shortages" of some models in Britain, it has emerged. Motorists wishing to buy a VW Up are currently faced with a delivery time of up to two months unless their VW dealer happens to have one in stock. Most versions of...

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New car sales soar past 1m for 2012

By Creditplus | Saturday, July 07, 2012

New car sales passed the one million mark last month after it was announced that new registrations rose by 3.49% during June, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). There were 189,514 new car registrations last month, bringing the year-so-far sales figure to 1,057,680 - a rise...

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EU backs road accident life-saver

By Creditplus | Friday, July 06, 2012

Plans being developed by the European Union (EU) could see all new cars fitted with a device that automatically contacts emergency services if it detects an accident. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are supporting proposals to implement the eCall system, which employs sensors to alert emergency services if a...

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Discounts set up Kia for summer boost

By Creditplus | Friday, July 06, 2012

Kia dealers are attempting to banish the summertime blues by offering motorists huge discounts in a bid to boost sales over the coming months. With the series of offers continuing until the end of September, discounts of up to £3,500 are being offered to tempt drivers into choosing a Kia....

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Scotland may lower drink-drive limit

By Creditplus | Friday, July 06, 2012

The Scottish Government will put proposals to change the drink-drive limit up for consultation in the coming weeks. A number of powers are transferred from Westminster to Holyrood on Tuesday as part of the recently passed Scotland Act on changes to devolution, including the drink-drive limit, limited power over airguns...

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New Toyota Prius wins green award

By Creditplus | Friday, July 06, 2012

The new Toyota Prius Plug-in has won the large family category of a green award for innovative low emission cars. The newest Prius model, which is available to buy in the UK from July 9, took the prize in the Next Green Car Awards 2012 after it emerged as the...

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VW praised as Global Green Brand

By Creditplus | Friday, July 06, 2012

Volkswagen has been ranked as one of the world's most eco-conscious manufacturers and named as one of Interbrand's Best Global Green Brands 2012. As one of the top ranking companies, Volkswagen has jumped from sixth to fourth place, making it the most eco-friendly German car maker. Interbrand releases the results...

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Kia announces new top range Sportage

By Creditplus | Thursday, July 05, 2012

Kia has announced a new luxury-spec Sportage with a high-powered diesel engine. And the new KX-4 is unique in the range, coming with 'Intelligent All-Wheel Drive' that sends all the power to the front wheels during normal driving but up to 40% to the rear ones if the conditions and...

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Renault unveils Clio details

By Creditplus | Thursday, July 05, 2012

The latest Clio is set to become lighter, more efficient and less gas guzzling, according to Renault. An announcement by the French manufacturer revealed the fourth generation model will be the "most advanced" to date. Compared to its predecessor, the new Clio will typically weigh 100kg less and will be...

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Smaller wheel option for Citroen's DS5

By Creditplus | Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Citroen's DS5 models are now available with smaller wheels at no extra cost and in a choice of two styling options. Car buyers and especially those looking to buy multiple cars were keen that the DS5 became available in reduced wheel sizes so as to gain advantages from the 2%...

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Plans to skip '13' number plate

By Creditplus | Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Superstitious drivers may be able to avoid their new cars featuring the number 13 on registration plates from next March. The DVLA proposals would allow new cars registered between March 1, 2013 and August 31 the same year to sport a 62-plate, therefore avoiding having to display the unlucky number...

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Fuel sales boosted by panic purchasing

By Creditplus | Monday, July 02, 2012

The UK's fall in petrol sales came to a halt due to motorists' frantic purchasing earlier in the year. Research from the AA also stated that with prices so high motorists reduced their consumption and this lessened the effect of the panic buying. Considering all the factors influencing consumption, the...

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Electric Renault's 'silent' engine hope

By Creditplus | Friday, June 22, 2012

Renault has high hopes that its next electric car will be a breakthrough model in the UK - and it has revealed that it will focus on its quiet engine as part of efforts to drive sales. The French carmaker will release the Zoe - a battery-powered small hatchback -...

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Top Five Best Selling Cars of 2014

By James Dwyer | Thursday, January 19, 2012

Top Five Best Selling Cars of 2014 This feature originally appeared on the Creditplus blog. Click here to view the original best selling cars 2014 piece. The half time results are in and we have our top five best-selling cars of the year so far. The UK car industry has enjoyed a boom year, with July...

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Kia makes '100 Best Global Brands' list

By Creditplus | Monday, October 03, 2011

Kia Motors Corporation has made it onto the 2012 list of Intrabrand's 'Top 100 Best Global Brands'. Kia's brand value has now risen to an estimated $4.1 billion (£2,537,514,600), as it sits in the top 100 for the first time at 87th place. The average car brand value increase rate...

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Smart forstars car to debut in Paris

By Creditplus | Thursday, September 08, 2011

The new Smart forstars car is powered by electricity and has room for two people with lots of storage space within the coupe. The glass roof above the passengers provides the opportunity to view the stars and this has influenced the name of the vehicle. The Paris Motor Show from...

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Britons complain more through social media

By Creditplus | Monday, July 11, 2011

As social media becomes an increasingly common place for British customers to make complaints and communicate with companies, it seems the firms are not doing very well at listening. Results of the 2012 Eptica Social Customer Service Study found that 17.5% of all complaints made to companies via Twitter are...

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