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Kia e-Niro is first electric Car of the Year winner

Kia e-Niro is first electric Car of the Year winner

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What Car? has named the Kia e-Niro electric vehicle (EV) as its 2019 Car of the Year during its 42nd annual awards ceremony. The Kia e-Niro beat 23 other category winners to take the overall title, becoming the first electric car to win the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year Award. Victory for the e-Niro, which has a Real Range of 253 miles, also represents the first time Kia has taken the top prize at the ceremony. The success for an electric car comes at the beginning of a big year for the EV market, with several major manufacturers, including Audi, Honda and Mercedes-Benz, all planning to launch new electric models in 2019. What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said: “The demand for electric cars has grown exponentially in recent years, and
Grey is the result for car colours in 2018

Grey is the result for car colours in 2018

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Grey overtook black as the UK’s favourite new car colour in 2018, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Registrations of both colours were down on 2017 numbers, but grey’s -1.1% drop to 495,127 was enough to see it topple black from the top spot as the colour fell -7.3% to 478,154. Just over one in five of 2018’s 2.4 million new car registrations were painted grey. In line with the new car market’s performance in 2018, demand for most colours in the top 10 was down year on year, apart from orange and beige, which saw significant increases of +37% and +28%. Orange jumped up to seventh place, while beige made its first appearance in the top 10 since 2014 as a number of new and upgraded models had the colour as an opti
Ford and VW announce collaboration

Ford and VW announce collaboration

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The long-awaited collaboration between Ford and Volkswagen (VW) has been announced at the Detroit motor show. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess and Ford CEO Jim Hackett confirmed that the companies intend to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups for global markets beginning as early as 2022. The alliance will drive significant scale and efficiencies and enable both companies to share investments in vehicle architectures that deliver distinct capabilities and technologies. The companies estimate the commercial van and pickup cooperation will yield improved annual pre-tax operating results, starting in 2023.  Also, Volkswagen and Ford have signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate collaboration on autonomous vehicles, mobility services and electri...
JLR and Ford announce job cuts

JLR and Ford announce job cuts

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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Ford of Europe have both announced a series of measures aimed at returning businesses to profitability, including job cuts and potential plant closures. JLR has announced it is moving into the next phase of its ‘Charge and Accelerate’ programme, which aims to deliver £2.5 billion (€2.8 billion) in cost reductions over 18 months. As part of this, it will reduce its global workforce by around 4,500 people, in addition to the 1,500 who left the business last year. The company says that the next phase of this transformation programme will begin with a voluntary redundancy programme in the UK. This strategic review will create a leaner, more resilient organisation with a flatter management structure. ‘We are taking decisive action to help deliver l
Kwik Fit and BTCC to raise money for cancer charity

Kwik Fit and BTCC to raise money for cancer charity

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The UK’s largest motorsport championship and the UK’s leading automotive servicing and repair company today announce that they are joining forces over the 2019 season to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK. The announcement is being made at the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) stand at Autosport International, the first public event for the BTCC under the new title sponsorship for 2019. Kwik Fit and the BTCC will be seeking to help Children with Cancer UK by coming together to harness the support of the race teams and nearly 400,000 spectators who attend the race weekends throughout the season, as well as those who follow the championship on TV and via social media and online channels. Kwik Fit staff will be present at all the championship circuits to help fu
Ford seats subjected to ‘sweaty bum’ test

Ford seats subjected to ‘sweaty bum’ test

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https://youtu.be/1imWlr_PiPA Joining a gym, taking an exercise class or breaking out the running kit are high on many people’s list of New Year’s resolutions. But not everyone will want to – or be able to – have a shower before jumping in their car to go home afterwards. Ford is making sure that all this good work isn’t bad news for your car seat with the help of a robotic bottom simulator called “Robutt”. First used to ensure that the materials used in Ford’s car seats could withstand a decade’s regular dry wear and tear, engineers have now developed “Robutt” to simulate what happens when we get in our cars when we are a bit on the sweaty side. “Cars are a part of our everyday lives, and at this time of year in particular, so is exercise,” said Florian Rohwer, developmen
Diesel drops dramatically as CO2 rises in 2018

Diesel drops dramatically as CO2 rises in 2018

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The UK’s new car market dropped by 6.8% in 2018 as CO2 levels in the country rose for the second year in succession. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), a total of 2,367,147 units were sold in the full twelve months. In December, the market fell by 5.5% compared to the same period in 2017. This capped a turbulent year of model changes, regulatory upheaval and continued anti-diesel policies, adding to ongoing declines in consumer and business confidence. The drop in diesel sales did not help, with December marking the 21st consecutive month of decline for the market. In 2018, diesel fell 29.6% to record a market share of just 31.7%. In December, the fuel fell 26.3%. This is despite new emissions tests showing diesels deliver in the real w
UK car sales dip again in October

UK car sales dip again in October

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The UK’s new car market declined again in October as the market shows some signs of recovery following the introduction of WLTP. According to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), registrations in October fell by 2.9% with 153,599 vehicles sold. With various carmakers still struggling with model shortages due to the new emissions test regime, the figures suggest the spike in August and decline in September are helping to balance the market out. Declines were seen in both private and fleet sectors, with registrations down 1% and 5.2% respectively. Meanwhile, continuing uncertainty over government policy on diesel saw demand fall by a further 21.3%. Registrations of petrol cars rose 7.1%, while the market for alternatively fuelled veh
Range anxiety is a needless worry for EV drivers

Range anxiety is a needless worry for EV drivers

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Running out of power mid-journey is the top worry for prospective electric vehicle buyers - but most drivers could take a full week of normal trips without recharging, according to research by DrivingElectric.com, the independent consumer advice website on electric vehicles. The surprise finding of the study into British driving habits shows most drivers cover fewer miles over seven days than many typical electric cars can manage on one single charge. DrivingElectric.com analysed the journey habits of almost 500 drivers to discover that 'range anxiety' is an unnecessary concern for most people. Researchers found that the total average mileage covered by most drivers in a typical week, including travel for social, leisure, shopping, school runs and commuting, falls well within
Polestar evaluates carbon fibre after successful crash test

Polestar evaluates carbon fibre after successful crash test

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Polestar has undertaken the first of a series of crash tests as part of the development of the Polestar 1. This represents the first time the Volvo Car Group has assessed the strength of a carbon fibre reinforced polymer body in a real crash situation. “We were really excited about this crash test. The first crash test of Polestar 1 has been about exploring the unknown,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar. “This was a crucial proof point in the development of Polestar 1; we had to know that the ideas and calculations that have gone into building this car were right – and they were.” In contrast to a steel body where bending helps the integrated crumple zones to reduce the amount of crash energy that reaches the vehicle’s occupants, carbon fibre dissipates