Audi offers online peek inside new supercar

By Creditplus | Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Motoring fans will be able to take a look inside Audi's new R8 V10 supercar after the firm took the back off the vehicle top release an online video. Viewers can watch and hear the car's 550PS engine work its magic in full throttle, as if the vehicle was accelerating. The film has been watched more than 200,000 times since it was first uploaded to a video sharing site, and can be seen here: With the help of augmented-reality technology, used by Audi for the first time, consumers who have us...

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Siri to feature in new Chevrolet models

By Creditplus | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Chevrolet Aveo and Cruze will both be available with voice-activated Siri technology as well as the MyLink touchscreen system from next month. The Siri Apple personal assistant will be a new feature in the two models as well as in the brand new Trax small SUV when it goes on sale later in the spring and it will enable drivers to carry out numerous tasks while still keeping their eyes on the road. Siri is taking hands-free functionality in cars to a new level with its Eyes Free mode, which allows motorists to interact with their iP...

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Safe cycling day launched

By Creditplus | Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A campaign has been launched to promote the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on the roads. Organisations such as businesses and community groups are being encouraged to get involved in 'Bright Day' to spread the word about road safety. The idea of Bright Days has been coined by road safety charity Brake in conjunction with partner Autoglass. On a Bright Day motorists are reminded about the need to show respect towards pedestrians and cyclists and in particular drive carefully around schools and in residential areas. Brake and Britis...

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Affordable zero-emission cars by 2017

By Creditplus | Thursday, August 08, 2013

Environmental campaigners have long dreamed of a future of vehicles with zero fossil fuel emissions. That dream may now be one step closer to reality due to a new partnership between three of the world's largest car manufacturers. Ford, Daimler and Renault-Nissan are collaborating on the development of a new fuel cell system, with the aim of bringing a hydrogen-powered vehicle to market by 2017. The fuel cells in hydrogen-powered cars generate electricity from the chemical reaction between hydrogen, stored in special high-pressure tan...

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Audi A3 hailed by What Car?

By Creditplus | Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Judges have hailed the Audi A3 Sportback as having taken the family hatchback to a new level. What Car? named the Sportback as its car of the year and best small family car at a ceremony held in central London. Capping a fine night for the car giant, its TT was named the best coupe for the seventh time. Editor-in-chief of What Car? Chas Hallett said that the Audi A3 Sportback boasted "excellent refinement and an accomplished driving experience". He added that the Sportback had "easily the finest cabin quality ever seen in a small fami...

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New Honda cars set for release

By Creditplus | Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Honda is busy planning the release of several new models in the coming months with a particular focus on the growing Chinese car market. And the Japanese car giant got tongues wagging at the Auto Shanghai 2013 event as it unveiled a new concept vehicle known as Concept M that could be rolled out as early as next year. Concept M is aimed at the MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) segment of the market, which in China is largely dominated at present by commercial vehicles. Honda's new offering, however, boasts the features of a passenger car bu...

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Prius success prompts new Toyota hybrids

By Creditplus | Friday, April 19, 2013

Toyota is all set to increase its range of hybrid cars following on from the huge success of the Prius. The car maker is planning to introduce 18 new hybrids and a fuel cell vehicle within the next two years. Since 1997 more than five million Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles have been sold around the world, with the Prius establishing itself as one of the best selling cars of its type on the market. Toyota Motor Corporation vice-chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada says the Prius has turned out to be a groundbreaking model. "The launch of the ...

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Government urged to boost low-emission vehicle market

By Creditplus | Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Government and the motor industry must work together to develop the UK's comparative advantage in the low-emission car market, according to a think tank. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), identified three targets to make sure the country's ultra low-emission vehicle (ULEV) market thrives. The group said it was important for domestic firms in the supply chain to have access to finance and also called for greater public investment for the application and commercialisation of innovation. Finally, the IPPR said there sh...

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New Lexus model saves on running costs

By Creditplus | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Lexus IS 300h boasts class-leading running costs. The hybrid flagship of the all-new IS range is offering customers cost-of-ownership perks unmatched by any of its 2.0-litre diesel rivals in the premium saloon sector. This is due to a mix of low maintenance and running costs and tax benefits and incentives secured by its efficient full hybrid powertrain. Its Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain - debuting in an IS saloon - gives not only its trademark quiet and smooth performance, but outstanding fuel economy and low emissions, too. The ...

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Nissan's new vision of driver safety

By Creditplus | Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have eyes in the back of your head? Drivers of the new Nissan Note will find out what it is like to have 360-degree vision thanks to it's the company's new advanced Safety Shield and Around View Monitor technologies. The Japanese car-maker has shown plenty of vision in designing its new Note car and is giving its customers a maximum amount of vision too. The normal field of view of a human is around 120-degrees but owners of the new model can now see all the way around the car while they...

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Strike now to beat flight of the 'Bumble Bee'

By Creditplus | Monday, April 15, 2013

It's been dubbed the "Bumble Bee" by motoring critics. Now smart car fans are being urged to snap one up before it takes flight. For only 200 smart fortwo cityflame edition models will be available to buy in the UK when it is launched next month in time for summer … with looks to match. The happy, sunny looks of a car set for the brightest season is definitely one for drivers looking for car credit who prefer not to hide their light under a bushel. The smart fortwo cityflame's eye-catching design will brighten its owners lives with it...

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31% rise in new vehicle sales in February

By Creditplus | Friday, April 12, 2013

There was a 31% rise in the number of new vehicles bought from dealers this February in comparison with the same time last year, figures show. Members of the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) claimed 71.9% of the private new car registrations market in the year to February. This was a rise on the 64.5% in the year to February 2012. Also experiencing an increase was the consumer used car finance sector, which saw a 7% rise in comparison to last February. Head of motor finance at the FLA, Paul Harrison, said that during February t...

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New 'big five' oust car buyers' brand loyalty

By Creditplus | Thursday, April 11, 2013

Brand loyalty is a thing of the past. This trend has been confirmed in a new report, which says that most recession-hit customers are more interested in selling points such as petrol consumption and monthly car finance than make and models.'s report found that seven out of 10 consumers thinking of buying a new car are now more pre-occupied with the following five main questions. What is: - the MPG (miles per gallon) - insurance group - road tax - finance deposit - the monthly payment? Chris Green, founder and Sales Dire...

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Jagielka gets keys to Vauxhall Ampera

By Creditplus | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Everton and England defender Phil Jagielka will be setting a good example on the roads, like he does on the pitch, as he cruises around in a state-of-the-art Vauxhall Ampera Electron. The centre back, who has won 16 international caps, has taken delivery of the cutting-edge extended-range electric vehicle. In a move that will please Evertonians, Jagielka will also be showing off his club colours in his spare time, with the vehicle in Power Blue. "I am delighted to be driving a Vauxhall Ampera," Jagielka said. "I am very grateful for a...

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Berlingo Electric makes UK debut at NEC

By Creditplus | Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The ground-breaking Berlingo Electric is being showcased for the first time at the CV Show's Citroën stand at the NEC. The Berlingo Electric has continued Citroën's tradition of electric LCVs, which started with the very first Berlingo Electrique van in 1998. It will be on display at the show in Birmingham until Thursday. Scott Michael, Citroën's head of commercial vehicles and business centre programme, said the new Berlingo Electric, which will be available to buy later this year, has been introduced to cater for the transport needs...

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UK drivers 'against toll roads'

By Creditplus | Tuesday, April 09, 2013

British motorists are largely opposed to the idea of toll roads, according to new research. Six out of 10 (60%) drivers do not support them and around nine out of 10 (91%) said they do not trust the Government to spend the money made from tolls on new roads, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) survey revealed. Around eight out of 10 (79%) motorists said they would not support the introduction of tolls on existing roads. Making car tax discs more expensive would be a preferable option than toll roads for 40% of respondents, while...

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Ford races ahead with 2013 sales

By Creditplus | Monday, April 08, 2013

Ford raced ahead in the market last month, with both car and commercial vehicle (CV) sales increasing for the month of March and the year to date compared with 2012. The brand's UK retail car sales and shares were also better than last year, with the popular model the Ford Fiesta outselling its nearest rival by a ratio of more than two to one. Mark Ovenden, managing director at Ford of Britain, put the good news down to 'vigorous consumer demand'. "The important March sales month, when the number plate change boosts registrations, has...

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Car registrations up for 13th consecutive month

By Creditplus | Friday, April 05, 2013

New car registrations out-performed expectations in March, according to a motoring group. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said there were 394,806 new registrations last month, an increase of 5.9% on the March 2012 total. Many motorists have been tempted to buy a new car by the release of the new "13" number plates, and the March figures took the number of sales for the first three months of 2013 to 605,198 - a rise of 7.4% on the same period in 2012. SMMT interim chief executive Mike Baunton said: "Despite ongoin...

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Polos' whole lot of style and value for money

By Creditplus | Thursday, April 04, 2013

It looks like the recipe for sales success. Take one already popular Volkswagen supermini and just add even more style and economy. VW is providing extra equipment on existing Polo models as standard as well as launching the sophisticated yet good value for money Polo R-Line Style. The super-thrifty Polo BlueMotion and the value-saturated Polo Match now come with rear parking sensors, cruise control and an alarm. The latter has been renamed the Polo Match Edition, to indicate its upgraded specification. Together, the extra equipment h...

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Study reveals motorists' attitudes to green vehicles

By Creditplus | Wednesday, April 03, 2013

A What Car? and CNI (Carbon Neutral Investments) survey has found that 38% of motorists would consider offsetting the emissions of their vehicle, 10% more than would buy a hybrid or electric option. The questionnaire also asked motorists how much they would pay to make their vehicle carbon neutral for a year, and the average answer was £47 - a massive 300% more than the actual cost of carbon offsetting a standard family car. The respondents estimated that the cost of carbon offsetting a Ford Fiesta 1.6 Duratec for one year would be on...

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