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Aston Martin launches classic certification programme

Luxury car-maker Aston Martin has unveiled an authoritative new Assured Provenance certification programme which, for the first time in the brand’s 102-year history, comprehensively assesses the background of its heritage sports cars. Created to offer a true blue riband service to heritage car owners and collectors, and drawing on the unrivalled knowledge of a committee of authoritative Aston Martin experts, […]

Low carbon vehicles get government backing

The Chancellor and the Business Minister Anna Soubry have today (9 September 2015) announced the winner of a £10 million low carbon battery prize. Speaking at LCV2015, Anna Soubry announced that an automotive consortium led by Warwick Manufacturing Group had won a government backed £10 million Ultra Low Emission Battery Prize, which incentivises the development of the next generation of […]

JLR reveals innovative new research

Jaguar Land Rover has showcased some of the new and innovative low and zero emission technologies it is researching at this year’s CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event. As well as showing Battery Electric Vehicle, Plug-In Hybrid and Mild Hybrid technologies, Jaguar Land Rover’s research engineers have revealed how they are researching more efficient heating and ventilation systems and new solutions […]

UK car market sees continued growth

The new car market recorded its 42nd consecutive month of growth in August – albeit in one of the year’s quietest months – according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. New car registrations increased 9.6% to 79,060 for the month, taking year-to-date growth to a healthy 6.7%. Gains were made across all sectors and all […]

Car labour rates like postcode lottery

Auto Express and Warrantywise revealed that average hourly labour rates for car repairs can vary by as much as 220 per cent across Britain. Using data supplied by used car warranty provider Warrantywise, Auto Express has revealed average rates reach a peak of £141 per hour in Twickenham, south-west London, compared to the cheapest average rate of £44 per hour […]

£20m backing for driverless cars

The UK government has launched a £20m research and development fund dedicated to boosting driverless car developments. Funding will be awarded following a competition to find the bid with the most innovative approach to developing the technology. It is hoped the money will make Britain the best place to test the autonomous vehicles, in a market estimated to be worth […]

Ford developing advanced headlights

Driving at night, particularly on unlit roads, can be a nerve-wracking experience. Ford is developing new lighting technologies that will enable drivers to more easily identify potential hazards, including pedestrians, cyclists and animals. Ford’s Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System can widen the beam at junctions and roundabouts to better illuminate hazards that are not in the direction of travel. New […]

Volvo acquire 100% of Polestar

Premium carmaker Volvo has acquired 100 per cent of Polestar, the Swedish high performance car company, including the Polestar brand. Polestar will now be used as the model name for special high performance Volvos. Polestar will also in future utilise Volvo’s twin engine electrification technology to develop next generation performance cars. Volvo is the largest manufacturer of plug in hybrid […]

Software glitch forces JLR recall

Coventry based carmaker Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 65,352 cars after a software glitch caused its keyless cars to unlock themselves. In one case, a driver reported that the door opened while driving, while others were concerned that the cars were unlocking of their own accord. The models affected are the entire fleet of 2013-2016 Land Rover Range Rover, the last of which […]

Google tests autonomous cars in Austin

Google has started testing its autonomous cars in Austin, Texas, increasing efforts to gather information on how its prototypes interact with the surrounding environment. Google has been testing self-driving cars since 2009, though until now most of the testing has been around its Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View, California. In order to gather more data on its driverless cars, Google is […]

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