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Foreign Diplomats Visiting London Avoid Congestion Charges
20 June 2019
As reported by the RAC, over £118.5 million in Congestion Charge Zone fees owed by foreign diplomats remains unpaid, this is according to Transport for London. It is an amount that should have been re-invested into the transport network. With a further £1.4 million in skipped parking-related penalty charge notices, TfL says it's owed as much as £120 million from global embassies, with US debts alone standing at £12.6 million. But loopholes in the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations mean it's possible the missed revenue will never materialise. Legislation states that diplomats are immune from paying taxes in their host country - a stipulation they argue means they're not legally obliged to cough up. TfL though is still pursuing the payments, insisting the charges are for 'services' not 'taxes', and embassies should not be able to skip payment.
Ten Millionth Nissan Vehicle Built in Sunderland
20 June 2019
Nissan Sunderland Plant is celebrating another record-breaking milestone as the ten millionth vehicle rolls of the production line. It has taken the plant 33 years to reach the ten million mark - making it the fastest car factory in the UK to the landmark figure. Steve Marsh, Nissan Sunderland Plant Vice President, Manufacturing, said: "Building ten million vehicles is a tremendous achievement for everyone associated with the plant. Reaching this huge figure has called on all the ingenuity, commitment and spirit of our highly skilled workforce, many of who hail from the North East of England." The ten millionth car was a Vivid Blue Nissan Qashqai Tekna, complete with ProPILOT technology, which controls the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways during heavy traffic congestion and high-speed cruising. The pioneering crossover is also the most produced model at the plant, contributing more than 3.4 million to the overall figure. The Micra is the second most produced car.
Barnet Council Offering New Electric Vehicle Charging Points
20 June 2019
The first 40 CityEV lamp column charging points for electric vehicles have been installed by Barnet Council as part of an ambitious programme to promote green energy. A further 40 will be installed later in the year. An additional 30 stand-alone electric vehicle charging points will be added to car parks in the borough throughout the year. The new charging points are being placed in convenient locations where residents can charge their vehicles for as little as 25p per hour. Councillor Dean Cohen, Chairman of the Barnet Council Environment Committee, said: "We expect the popularity of fully electric and hybrid cars to grow and grow in the coming years. We are happy to support their development, improving air quality in our borough and giving our residents more options for getting about in an eco-friendly way."
Toyota and Subaru to Joint Develop Dedicated EV Platform
20 June 2019
Toyota and Subaru have agreed to jointly develop a platform dedicated to battery electric vehicles or BEVs for midsize and large passenger vehicles. Additionally, they will jointly develop a C-segment-class BEV SUV model for sale under each company's own brand. This will bring together the two automakers strengths, such as the all-wheel-drive technologies of Subaru and the vehicle electrification technologies of Toyota. Together, they will aim to take a slice of the developing BEV market and take on other automakers who are now collaborating with each other. The automotive industry is in the midst of a once-in-a-century period of profound transformation, thanks to the emergence of CASE: Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric. This has seen new technology such as in-car connectivity, self-driving software, electrification and carsharing become the driving factor for consumers when looking at modern transport. Since 2005, Toyota and Subaru have been deepening their cooperation in various fields, including development, production, and sales.
New Mercedes- AMG Models Available to Order
07 June 2019
The new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and 63 S 4MATIC+ are now available to order. The GLC 63 and 63 S use a hand built 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, which produces 476 hp and 650 Nm of torque. It can travel from 0 to 62 mph in 4.0 seconds. The GLC 63 SUV can achieve 22.2 mpg on the combined cycle and emits 278 g/km of CO2. Mercedes-AMG 63 models come as standard with iAIR Body Control air suspension; AMG electronic rear axle differential lock; memory seats; AMG performance exhaust; AMG bodystyling including AMG front apron with sporty air intakes and chrome trim element; 19-inch ten-spoke AMG alloy wheels; MBUX multimedia system with 'Hey Mercedes' voice activation; supersport display and engine data displays (63 only); mirror package; Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC and reversing camera; MBUX augmented navigation; ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours; 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster; AMG sports seats; heated front seats; and privacy glass.
Arriving This Summer - the New ISUZU D-MAX XTR
07 June 2019
The new Isuzu D-Max XTR is the most sophisticated and most capable pick-up in the Isuzu D-Max range. Designed for off-road enthusiasts and drivers, this professional pick-up boasts a number of great styling details. There's the Bespoke Pedders Suspension, Vented and Slotted Front Brake Discs, Kevlar Ceramic Front Brake Pads, XTR Body Kit, 17" x 8J XTR Black Alloy Wheels and Tinted Windows. Inside there's the D-Shaped Sports Steering Wheel, XTR Bespoke Upholstery featuring Leather, Suede & Carbon Fibre Leather with Green Overstitching, Heated Front Seats and a 7" Multifunction Colour Touchscreen. The XTR NAV+ model includes Satellite Navigation, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto as well as DAB Radio.
Brexit Delays Making Buyers Hesitant
07 June 2019
Nearly half of all drivers are set to delay their next vehicle purchase, with one in four of those blaming Brexit. This is according to research conducted by Simpson Carpenter for Autocar. The firm interviewed more than 1000 car buyers and the data collected showed that, of those looking to delay their next vehicle purchase, 39% are doing so due to economic concerns - including the uncertainty associated with the UK leaving the European Union. Luxury car buyers are the most apprehensive - 51% have delayed their purchase, with one in three of them blaming Brexit for their delay. The hiatus will have a long-term effect on the UK's vehicle market, as 31% of buyers now say they will delay their purchase until the long-run effects of Brexit become clear.
The UK's Best Cars for Families with Young Children Revealed
07 June 2019
While SUVs dominate the sales charts, new research from What Car? has found MPVs are the superior choice for families with young children thanks to their capacity to accommodate a greater number of child seats. Of the seven SUVs tested, only two models were capable of taking all three child seats - the Peugeot 5008 and Kia Sorento. The use of a child seat in the second or third row was prohibited in four of the large SUVs tested, and the one that could take a third seat in the second row wasn't wide enough to do this. In contrast, of the four MPVs tested, all were able to accommodate three child seats with ISOFIX points. The latest Seat Alhambra and VW Touran models both feature ISOFIX points in all five of their rear passenger seats - a record matched by only one of the luxury SUVs; the Audi Q7.
Vauxhall Progressing with Electric Vehicle Plans
31 May 2019
As part of the PACE! strategic plan, Vauxhall's all-new Corsa-e and Grandland X PHEV will lead the British brand's electric charge this year. Two more all-electric models will follow in 2020, including the successor to the Mokka X SUV and Vivaro van. All models are vital to Vauxhall's ongoing reduction of CO2. Corsa has been Vauxhall's best-selling car for many years, with over 2.1 million Corsas sold in the UK since it launched in 1993. The British buying public are familiar with its name and looks, and have a fondness for its compact dimensions and interior packaging. Corsa is just as popular in Europe with over 13.5 million sold. By 2024, Vauxhall will have an electrified version of every model in its range.
Most Reliable Used Car?
31 May 2019
The UK's most and least reliable used cars have been revealed as part of new research by What Car? The vehicle that is ahead of all others is the Toyota Yaris, being named as the country's best second-hand purchase. More than 18,000 drivers with vehicles aged between four to 10 years old took part in the study. Japanese manufacturers dominate the top 10 table for most reliable vehicles, with seven spots out of the 10 positions. The Toyota Yaris had a 99.1% reliability rating, with only 9% of Yaris owners reported a fault with their vehicle. The Lexus CT and Audi Q3 came second and third.
Latest Tech Gadget for Motorists
31 May 2019
If you're into the latest motoring innovations, then MicroNovelty have just the thing for you - the Roboqi Automatic Wireless Car Charger. This highly useful and beautifully designed piece of kit has some amazing features including hands-free operation, Qi wireless fast charging, robotic arms, flawless detection sensor and USB-C fast charging. There are two kinds of car mount provided that can be installed in three different ways. There is the windscreen option, driving-platform installation and the third uses the air outlet. It has a universal rotary ball, with a full 360 degree of rotation so that it gives a flexible range of viewing angle. For more information checkout the MicroNovelty webpage at www.micronovelty.com. There is free worldwide shipping available.
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