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There’s a trend for people to change their cars more often than their mobile phones and mattresses.

UK consumers are trading their cars in more often than they are changing their mattress and bedding, new data has revealed.

It’s often difficult for cyclists to be seen in traffic.

With a higher number of cyclists on the road during summer months, IAM RoadSmart is urging drivers to be more aware of others on the road.

BMW i3 is a purpose-built electric car available with pure battery power or also boosted by a Range Extender.

Thinking of splashing out on a new all-electric car? Here are a few things to consider before you buy.

Sir Chris Hoy mastered driving a Nissan Juke on two wheels in just two days.

Anyone who has been watching the progress of our Olympic stars will appreciate how much of their success is down to pure dedication and determination.

Nissan’s GT-R Drone,  built for filming the 2017 Nissan GT-R supercar on the track, can reach 62mph from restl in 1.3 seconds.

Drones have opened up a new opportunities for car-makers to film their models in action and have some fun at the same time.

Many British motorists are attracted to Europe by better maintained roads and lower fuel prices.

European road trips are becoming increasingly popular among British motorists, with better maintained roads and lower fuel prices contributing to this popularity, a study has revealed.

Two top drone pilots took on a challenging obstacle course made up of Ford cars.

Ford has brought together one of the world’s most exciting new sports and some of its finest fast cars to create a new video called Dronekhana.

Five gamers played Forza Motorsport 6 for more than two days to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest video marathon on a racing game.

Five elite European gamers have set a Guinness World Record for the longest video marathon on a racing game, after playing Forza Motorsport 6 for more than two days.

It’s golf Leaf taken to Max

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Double gold medal-winning gymnast and Nissan ambassador Max Whitlock will be presented with a gold Leaf electric car.

Gymnastics sensation Max Whitlock became one of the first Team GB athletes to be presented with a stunning all-gold 100% electric Nissan Leaf following his medal triumph at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Volkswagen Tiguan will be first one of the first Volkswagen Group petrol cars to get a gasoline particulate filter next year.

Volkswagen Group has announced that it will be introducing large-scale usage of particulate filters for its petrol-powered cars.

The number of electric vehicle charging stations is expected to reach around 7,900 by 2020 and outnumber filling stations.

There will be more public electric car charging stations in the UK than traditional filling stations by the year 2020, according to Nissan.

Audi's TV advert for the new R8 supercar has been banned.

Audi’s advert for its R8 supercar has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after the organisation received just one complaint from a viewer.
The person claimed the ad linked speed with excitement, meaning it was irresponsible.
The advert, shown on TV on April 15 this year, focused on the driver’s eyeball, which contracted and dilated while the R8 could be heard accelerating through its gears.
Next, the car was shown going around a corner in a tunnel in slow motion, then returned to another shot of the eye. Text reading ‘More focus, more drive. The all new Audi R8 V10 Plus with carbon ceramic brakes’ appeared, before the final shot of the car braking to a halt on what appeared to be a racetrack was shown.
While adverts aren’t allowed to promote excessive speed as their primary message, Audi claimed the contraction and dilation of the pupil represented focus and concentration, and that the car was shot at speeds below 30mph.
Responding to the complaint, Audi said: “The main message of the ad was that the new R8 was Audi’s most focused drive yet, with key features tuned to improve performance and an all-round improved driving experience.

Worn tyres can severely reduced stopping distances on wet roads.

More than 10 million UK motorists could drive a vehicle with an illegal and dangerous tyre this year according to results of the most comprehensive survey of its kind.

Childen ‘clean up’ on pocket money

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Washing cars is one of the ways children earn pocket money.

With school officially out for the summer, Vauxhall Motors has revealed how children across the UK are set to ‘clean up’ during the holidays, earning a staggering £257,201,859 in pocket money.

Top tips for driving abroad this summer

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
That dream foreign family driving holiday can turn into a nightmare with proper preparation.

A summer holiday on foreign roads certainly sounds ideal, but without the right preparation it can quickly turn into a nightmare trip.

New car road tests

MINI Cooper Clubman ALL4 is its first all-wheel drive estate and an appealing alternative to a sport utility vehicle.

MINI’s new flagship all-wheel drive Clubman ALL4 is a characterful alternative to a sport utility vehicle in the premium compact class, writes motoring editor Andy Russell.

Skoda Superb estate certainly measures up if you are after a huge load-carrier without a price tag to match.

If you’re looking for a big estate without a big price tag and running costs, motoring editor Andy Russell has a Superb suggestion.

Ford Edge is a large, spacious sport utility vehicle with huge road presence.

Ford’s Edge makes a big impression – it needs to as it is targeting premium German SUVs.

Ford Focus RS is the most extreme fast Focus yet with the looks to match its awesome driving performance.

Ford’s Focus RS, is a technological masterpiece that is as forgiving as it is brutally fast and furious, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Subtly facelifted Nissan GT-R is more powerful but also easier to live with.

Nissan’s mighty GT-R is back again, refreshed and with more significant changes than in any previous version.

Stylish new Renault Megane looks best in bright, bold colours.

Renault’s fourth-generation Megane delivers on its stunning looks when it comes to the driving experience, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion 1.6 TDI estate combines huge carrying capacity with strong environmental performance.

Volkswagen’s Passat never fails to impress motoring editor Andy Russell in the way it keeps moving onwards and upwards.

Having had a mid-life facelift the Mercedes-Benz SLK is now called SLC.

The words ‘diesel’ and ‘convertible’ shouldn’t, by car enthusiast logic, be put anywhere near each other. After driving the new Mercedes-Benz SLC, Matt Kimberley disagrees.

My first car

Jim Barnes-Phillips, third right, with his Mini and three others owned by his family.

Jim Barnes-Phillips tells how his Mini, one of four in the family, put him on the road to rallying.

Henry Vincent bought a 1934 Austin 10HP Lichfield, which he called Tina, for £25 when he joined the RAF in 1962.

Henry Vincent tells of his new-found freedom as the first member of his family to own a car.

The Mini being loaded into the plane in France for the return journey.

Chris Bowler relives the adventure of flying a trusty Mini, fully loaded with four people, food and camping kit, to France for a memorable holiday.

Sally Palmer, whose first car was a Renault Dauphine, sitting on her dad's Dauphine.

Sally Palmer’s first car, a Renault Dauphine, which she restored, with the help of her dad and sister, was a labour of love.

Maurice Hayward with his 1951 split windscreen Morris Minor.

Maurice Hayward tells of the ups and downs, highs and lows of an action-packed holiday in his fully-loaded Morris Minor.

Tom Evans as a child in his first car.

From pedal car to bubble car and a couple of classic Citroens – Tom Evans tells of his ongoing motoring love affair.

John Bowler pictured in his Ford Capri in 1983 when he had just passed his driving test... and been caught speeding on my way home from it.

John Bowler was such a fan of the Ford Capri that he managed to track down, and buy back, his first car but it was beyond saving from ‘tin worm’.

A Vauxhall saloon similar to one owned by Nev Sanderson in which he and his family toured towing a caravan.

Nev Sanderson’s family toured the UK in his Vauxhall with a small caravan – it never let them down but the rusting body was like camouflage.

Tony O'Loughlin, complete with crash helmet, and his first car, a 1933 Singer Le Mans.

Tony O’Loughlin tells of keeping his 1933 Singer Le Man on the road... repairing the worn big ends with the help of the local blacksmith.

Terry Hunt inherited a similar Ford Anglia as his first car and became an escape route for fellow school pupils.

Terry Hunt’s inherited Ford Anglia put him on the road to adventure... until holes in the floor made him feel like Fred Flintstone.

Spotting an Austin A40 identical to her first car reminded Rosemary Dixon of the 'Flying Farina'.

Rosemary Dixon paid £15 for her Austin A40, dubbed the Flying Farina, which didn’t break down... or even brake!

A young, 6ft 2in David Powles found getting in and out of his Austin Mini Metro challenging.

Owning an Austin Metro proved to a tall order for David Powles but that first car became a big part of his teenage years.

Sue Wood bought her first car, a Triumph Herald, in 1986 but a blown engine heralded the end of ownership.

Sue Wood parted company with her first car, a Triumph Herald, after it ground to a halt when the engine blew up.

Mike Pennock bought a Citroen 2CV because it was cheap but still looks back on his first car with great affection.

Mike Pennock fell for the characterful Citroen 2CV’s charm and quirkiness which won his wallet and then his heart.



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