Vauxhall plans to extend small car range

By Creditplus | Monday, February 25, 2013

Vauxhall has announced plans to develop its small car range beyond the Adam, its new three-door hatchback model. The car is on show at the Westfield shopping centre next to the Olympic Park at Stratford, East London, where Vauxhall has opened a temporary Adam shop, with various lines of car...

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Peugeot Citroen posts record losses

By Creditplus | Sunday, February 24, 2013

Peugeot Citroen has posted a net loss of €5bn (£4.3bn) for the last year, which included a €3bn (£2.59bn) financial charge on its annual accounts. France's largest car manufacturer said the annual loss was the largest in its history and that it "reflects the deteriorated environment in the automotive sector...

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Government to help Ampera customers

By Creditplus | Saturday, February 23, 2013

Vauxhall is taking advantage of a new Government announcement to offer owners of Ampera extended-range electric vehicles (EVs) installation of a home charging unit at no cost. The Government this week revealed it would pay 75 per cent of home charging unit installation costs up to a limit of £1,000...

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New Mazda2 and MX-5 range launches

By Creditplus | Friday, February 22, 2013

Mazda has launched special versions of its popular Mazda2 and MX-5 models with new features inside and out. The 1.3-litre Mazda2 Venture Edition five-door hatchback boasts new 16-inch alloy wheels and a sporty seat trim to set it apart from its predecessors, along with a range of new technological enhancements....

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Government announces £37m electric car funding

By Creditplus | Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Government has announced a fresh £37 million investment into infrastructure for electric vehicles across the UK. The new funding scheme will be available to improve home and on-street charging, with railway station and council-run car parks also able to have plug-in charge points. It is hoped that it will...

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Audi breaks its own records with sales

By Creditplus | Thursday, February 21, 2013

Audi says it has recorded another record-breaking year, selling nearly one-and-a-half million premium cars around the globe. Its 2012 transactions increased 11.7% on 2011, totalling worldwide sales of 1,455,100 cars. Audi sales in the UK were also up, by 8.6%, representing another company record broken, with 123,622 cars sold to...

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European car sales drop to record low

By Creditplus | Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ford, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Toyota were the biggest strugglers as European car sales slumped to a record low in the first month of 2013. The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has revealed sales were down 8.5% in January, while registrations dropped to 918,280 new cars. The industry body stated...

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Renaultsport Clio spec unveiled

By Creditplus | Monday, February 18, 2013

The full spec has been revealed for the Renaultsport Clio which aims to pack a punch by satisfying both everyday road users and drivers on the track. The new, nippy model tips the scales at just 1,204 kg, which is 36kg less than its predecessor, and this should help it...

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iPad controlled cars in testing

By Creditplus | Friday, February 15, 2013

Cars that are controlled via an iPad on the dashboard and effectively drive themselves for sections of a journey are being tested by experts. A team at Oxford University is carrying out the trials with a Nissan Leaf electric car equipped with state-of-the-art robotic technology. The tests are the latest...

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Hands-free internet technology could be installed in cars by 2014

By Creditplus | Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Technology that will allow drivers to connect to the internet by voice commands could be installed in new cars as soon as next year. Dashboards and onboard computers could soon be fitted with screens that allow drivers to connect to the worldwide web from behind the wheel. Based on the...

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UK market has shifted towards small cars

By Creditplus | Tuesday, February 12, 2013

UK motorists' tastes are shifting towards small cars, according to a new study. In 1999 small cars accounted for less than 30% of the UK car market, but by 2009 they made up more than 40% of cars sales, a report by market research company Euromonitor International said. "Even without...

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Skoda passes 15m vehicles produced

By Creditplus | Monday, February 11, 2013

Skoda has released a third-generation Octavia to mark more than 15 million cars produced since 1905, according to reports. The Czech manufacturer passed the milestone at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav on February 5 and intends to use the one-off Octavia as a VIP sedan at its Technology Center...

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BMW reveal 3-Series Gran Turismo

By Creditplus | Friday, February 8, 2013

BMW has revealed its new 3-Series Gran Turismo will make its official debut at the Geneva motor show next month. The German manufacturer has added the more practical hatchback to its 3-Series range, mixing a blend of the saloon's driving dynamics with increased storage space. The 3-Series Gran Turismo follows...

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Dealer-based finance deals 'up 36%'

By Creditplus | Thursday, February 7, 2013

The value of consumer finance provided by dealerships for new cars last year increased by around a third, industry data shows. The 36% rise in value coincided with a 27% rise in the number of new cars paid for by that method, the equivalent of 140,000 extra cars on the...

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Sales of new cars on rise in January

By Creditplus | Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sales of new cars increased dramatically in January compared with the same time last year, industry figures show. Last month 143,643 new vehicles were sold, up 11.5% on January 2012. Fleet and business car sales also showed an upward trend of 8% to 82,568 units, compared with 76,160 last January....

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Gowarranty: One in three used cars has hidden past

By Creditplus | Wednesday, February 6, 2013

One in three second-hand vehicles has a hidden past, according to a vehicle information expert. Although the prospect of picking up a used car at a bargain price can seem too good to pass up, buyers must take steps to build the fullest possible picture of a car's history before...

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Mercedes releases new E-Class details

By Creditplus | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Details of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon and Estate have been released ahead of the official UK launch in April. The German car giant has produced a brand new SE model with a choice of new, more efficient engines. There are three diesel engines, the E 220 CDI, E 250...

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Toyota to release four teasers in Geneva

By Creditplus | Friday, February 1, 2013

Toyota is poised to unveil two new contrasting concepts at the eagerly anticipated Geneva motor show next month, according to reports. The Japanese car manufacturer has revealed sketches for a two potential stars of the future in the form of the FT-86 Open and the Toyota i-Road. It hopes to...

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Audi A3 Final Edition goes out in style

By Creditplus | Thursday, January 31, 2013

Audi is hoping the final incarnation of its A3 Convertible series will see the model go out in style with various one-off extras. The carmaker is launching two special Final Edition models, the Sport Final Edition and the S line Final Edition, in which it has replaced the cloth interiors...

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Berlingo Electrique to launch in April

By Creditplus | Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Citroen will showcase its new-look Berlingo Electrique van at April's Commercial Vehicle Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. Citroen has drawn on its vast experience of electric LCVs, dating back to the launch of its first generation Berlingo Electrique in 1998, to produce a modern, all-electric van....

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