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UK registrations crash in September as WLTP effect continues

UK registrations crash in September as WLTP effect continues

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Following a near-record August for sales, the UK’s new car market has slumped in September, as effects of WLTP continue to wreak havoc with registration figures. According to the latest data from the SMMT, September saw a 20.5% decline in sales. 338,834 vehicles were sold in the UK, during a month when new plates were available to buyers. This was down around 87,000 units on the previous year and coincides with the implementation of the new testing regime. The figures were the worst for September since 2011, and only slightly up in 2008 when the global economy crashed, and the automotive market suffered as a result. The impact was felt across the board, with registrations by private consumers, fleets and businesses all declining, by 20.1%, 22.4% and 6.3% respectively. Registra
VW says half of vehicles have not met WLTP deadline

VW says half of vehicles have not met WLTP deadline

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Volkswagen (VW) has suggested that only half of its core models are compliant with new pollution standards brought in as part of the WLTP emissions tests. On 1 September, all new vehicles sold in Europe have had to comply with WLTP, which includes a real-world test alongside the standard laboratory-based emissions checks for the first time. Manufacturers have to ensure that emissions limits are within a tolerance of 2.1 times previous test figures, until 2021 when this standard becomes stricter still. In order to achieve this, some manufacturers have been pausing production of vehicles while they re-engineer them, adding petrol particulate filters (PPF) and new engine maps to ensure emission of particulate matter meets the new criteria. Also, the need for every possible varian...
New MG3 breaks cover

New MG3 breaks cover

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MG Motor UK has introduced its  new MG3; the latest addition to the iconic British brand’s rapidly evolving product range.Replacing the brand’s current MG3, which sold over 10,000 units in its four years on sale, the stylish supermini is a natural evolution, bringing it into MG’s new design family, first seen with the MG ZS compact SUV. Demonstrating its faith in the build quality and reliability of its products, MG has extended its 7 year/80,000-miles warranty to New MG3. The new warranty really adds to New MG3’s value-for-money offering, making it one of the most attractive packages on the market. Fully-transferrable to future owners, the comprehensive warranty gives great reassurance to MG buyers. Daniel Gregorious, Head of Sales and Marketing, at MG Motor UK, said: “New MG3 i
Britain’s best motorway services revealed

Britain’s best motorway services revealed

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Norton Canes (Roadchef) services on the M6 toll has been rated England’s best motorway services in a user survey by the independent transport user watchdog. For the second year running motorway service operators have performed well overall with 92% of visitors happy with their visit, although value for money continues to be a key area for improvement. Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: “As the summer holiday getaway gets into full swing it’s good to see motorway services customers feel they get a good experience. “Motorway services play an important role in providing the break motorists need. Drivers tell us they feel less stressed and more awake. “Motorway service operators need to focus on ensuring customers see their expe
Ford shows how driving tech can reduce ‘phantom’ traffic jams

Ford shows how driving tech can reduce ‘phantom’ traffic jams

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As schools close for the summer, and people take to the roads to begin their summer vacations, congestion can quickly build on some of the UK’s more popular routes. On busy roads so called ‘phantom’ traffic jams can occur, when, seemingly without reason, traffic comes to a standstill. These frustrating jams are easily caused by human factors – such as merging into traffic without signalling, distracted driving, poor driving habits and reaction times, or unnecessary braking. Once one driver hits the brakes, a chain reaction can occur as other drivers tap their brakes, causing the flow of traffic to grind to a halt. Now, Ford and researchers from Vanderbilt University, a private research university in Tennessee, U.S., have demonstrated that such hold-ups could be minimised with wid
VIDEO: VW’s record breaking Pikes Peak run

VIDEO: VW’s record breaking Pikes Peak run

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Volkswagen made motorsport history at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on 24 June. At the wheel of the 500-kW (680-PS), fully-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak, Romain Dumas (F) defeated cars powered by conventional drivetrain technology. The 40-year-old’s time of 7:57.148 minutes, not only smashed the previous record for electric cars, but also bettered the all-time record set in 2013 by Sébastien Loeb (F) – by fully 16.730 seconds. To assist you with your continued coverage, we are pleased to be able to provide a video, which shows Dumas’ record-breaking run from several previously unpublished perspectives, including onboard footage from the cockpit of the I.D. R Pikes Peak.
UK plans for petrol and diesel ban published

UK plans for petrol and diesel ban published

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The UK Government has set out more details of its plan to ban the sale of traditional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. The ‘Road to Zero’ paper includes a number ofproposals covering areas such as how to reduce emissions from vehicles already on the country’s roads, driving uptake of cleaner vehicles and ensuring that the UK is a leader in technology. The report also highlights the infrastructure commitments required, for both electric (EV) and hydrogen (FCV) vehicles. The plan calls for the ban of petrol and diesel vehicles to be brought in by 2040, as originally agreed. However, there is no mention of strict rules regarding the distance vehicles can travel on electric power only,as had been previously reported. Instead, the paper suggests that by 2050, the Government ‘wants
SMMT reveals June sales drop

SMMT reveals June sales drop

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The UK’s new vehicle registration numbers have declined in June, following two months of growth in the country. According to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), June saw 234,945 new vehicles registered, down 3.5% compared to the same month last year. The drop is modest and expected as the market in the UK continues to stabilise following a twelve month period of decline. Much of the decline can be laidat the door of the diesel market. In June, sales of vehicles powered by the technology dropped 28.1%, with just 74,361 units sold for a market share of 31.7% in the month. In comparison, petrol vehicle sales grew 12.3% with a total of 145,035, while alternatively fuelled vehicles, including battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid
Volvo aims for 25% recycled plastics in all cars

Volvo aims for 25% recycled plastics in all cars

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today announced its ambition that from 2025 at least 25% of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made from recycled material. Volvo Cars also urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with car makers to develop next-generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with regards to containing more recycled plastics. To demonstrate the viability of this ambition, the company has unveiled a specially built version of its XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV that looks identical to the existing model, but has had several of its plastic components replaced with equivalents containing recycled materials. “Volvo Cars is committed to minimising its global environmental footprint,” said Håkan Samuelsson, Presi
Outstanding finance in a used car deal breaker

Outstanding finance in a used car deal breaker

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65% of used car buyers say that outstanding finance is “always a deal breaker”, according to a new survey by mycarcheck.com, which is a problem when you consider that 1 in 4 cars on UK roads have debt secured against them. The vehicle history checker asked 100 callers to its Glasgow call centre in May 2018: “When buying a used vehicle, is outstanding finance always a deal breaker?”. 65 answered “Yes” and 35 “No”. Mark Bailey, Head of CDL Vehicle Information Systems, which owns mycarcheck.com, said: “Under popular types of finance agreement, notably Personal Contract Purchase (PCP), ownership of the vehicle is often retained by the finance company. The crux for buyers is that the finance provider can be within their rights to seize the vehicle back. To complicate matters, the pict