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If a tyre pressure monitoring system - or TPMS - is fitted to a car, it needs to be working for the car to pass its MOT

Faulty tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are causing thousands of MOT failures, says new research.

Volvo, which is pioneering the development of autonomous driving  systems globall, is launching the UK's most ambitious trial next year

Volvo is to begin the UK’s most ambitious autonomous driving trial next year to speed up the introduction of a technology that promises to reduce car accidents as well as free up congested roads and save drivers valuable time.

Road tot he future - an Audi A7 piloted driving concept completed a 560-mile test drive, much of it in autonomous mode.

Increasing numbers of young people are in favour of autonomous cars – because they think they can get drunk and then be driven home.

1944 Willys Jeep MB

In July 1940, the American military told auto-makers that it was looking for a ‘light reconnaissance vehicle’ to replace the army’s motorcycle and modified Ford Model-T vehicles.

One in six job applications requires a driving licence.

The importance of job-seekers being able to drive has been highlighted by new research.

The new fourth-generation Toyota Prius is the first capable to towing  a trailer or light caravan.

Toyota has engineered the new Prius hybrid to be able to tow a trailer for the first time in its 19-year history.

A mobile phone antenna on the window of your car used to have a certain status.

Passing an ageing car with a window-mounted mobile phone aerial made me quite nostalgic about a bygone era of in-car connectivity.

All signed out but moves are under way to get rid of pointless traffic signs.

Councils are to be given new powers to strip away ‘eyesore’ road signs in a bid to save cash and make Britain’s streets more pleasing on the eye, the government has announced.

The RAC Foundation is questioning whether a scheme to scrap the dirtiest diesel cars is the best option to improve air quality.

A scrappage scheme paying to remove the dirtiest diesel cars from roads is unlikely to have a significant impact on air pollution, analysis suggests.

It’s special Audi A8 at a stretch

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Special order Audi A8 limousine is 6.3m long and seats six people in three rows..

It’s not a car you’d want to try to fit into a tight parking space but if Audi’s luxurious and comfortable A8 long-wheelbase saloon wasn’t sufficiently spacious for your needs, the German car-maker has announced a special order 6.3m long limousine.

Land Rover Classic is to sell 25 fully factory-restored Series I models as part of its Reborn initiative.

Land Rover is turning the clock back to 1948 by making 25 fully-restored classic Series I models available for sale to underline its passion for the brand’s proud heritage.

Do higher-grade 'super fuels' make a difference to way an engine runs?

Do higher grade ‘super fuels’ really make a difference to the way your car runs, Motoring editor Andy Russell looks at some of the arguments.

Happy birthday Skoda Octavia

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
The Skoda Octavia, revealed 20 years ago, has gone on to achieve five million sales worldwide.

The Skoda Octavia, one of the most successful model series in the automotive world, made its debut 20 years ago.

Hot-hatch icon: Celebratory Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40.

Volkswagen’s iconic Golf GTI, the car that popularised the ‘hot hatch’ phenomenon, is 40 years old this year.

More than half of drivers behave more aggressively when at the wheel, according to a survey.

British drivers have ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ personalities and behave differently when behind the wheel, according to new research.

New car road tests

Fourth-generation Sportage is an all-new package that builds on the success of Kia UK's best-seller - roomier, better to drive and more upmarket.

The fourth generation of Kia’s top-selling Sportage sport utility vehicle has upped the ante again in this hugely-competitive class and can’t be ignored, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Suzuki Baleno is a well-priced and roomy compact family hatchback which goes on sale in June.

Suzuki is growing its no-nonsense hatchbacks range in June and reviving the Baleno name. Ed Wiseman gets an early drive.

Elegant Audi A4 Avant has class-leading boot space and has loads of driving appeal too.

Motoring editor Andy Russell’s wife still rues the day he sold their Audi A4 Avant so best she doesn’t find out what’s she’s missing with the new one.

DS 4 Crossback has higher ride height and more adventurous styling compared to the standard hatchback.

DS Automobiles’ revised DS 4 is striving to stand out in premium compact hatch circles. The rugged new Crossback version, finished in orange, certainly does, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Lexus RC Coupe looks stunnin, inside and out, but the driving performance is more refined than rewarding.

The new Lexus RC Coupe oozes style from every angle but doesn’t have the same wow factor for performance, writes motoring editor Andy Russell.

Jaguar XJ L Autobiography oozes luxury, status and performance hence the hefty price tag.

Whether you are driving or being driven, Jaguar’s new XJ Autobiography is the best of British, says Matt Kimberley.

Hybrid powers up Toyota RAV4’s appeal

Thursday, April 7, 2016
The latest Toyota RAV4 sees the launch of a petrol hybrid version which, like the front-end styling, makes this sport utility vehicle more attractive.

Toyota’s latest RAV4 sees the launch of a hybrid version which brings something new to the compact SUV class, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Clever packaging means the new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is more spacious inside for passengers and loads.

Vauxhall is clearly on a winner with its new Astra range which is now boosted by the launch of the Sports Tourer estate. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out how it measures up.

There's no mistaking the new Audi A4 saloon's DNA but it's a class apart from the previous model when it comes to driving and desirability.

Former Audi A4 owner and motoring editor Andy Russell realises what he is missing with the accomplished new saloon range.

Ford Mondeo Vignale is the new high-spec flagship that takes the range upmarket and is available from specially-selected dealerships.

Ford has released the first car to wear its upmarket Vignale badge but is it just a more expensive Mondeo or something more substantial? Matt Joy finds out.

My first car

John Dulieu's 1934 Rover 10 and Jean Rose who became his wife.

John Dulieu recalls how his second car, a 1934 Rover 10, also came with issues and a number plate that led to some leg-pulling.

David Morton customised his 1959 Humber Hawk... and soon regretted it.

A young and impressionable Dave Morton ruined a beautiful, original Humber Hawk in the era of crazy customising, and still rues it to this day.

Selling her first car, a Hillman Minx Coupe, broke June Pepper's heart.

June Pepper sold her Hillman Minx Coupe to pay for her wedding – it broke her heart to part with Itchy-Coo.

Alan Caine, right, with the 1932 Austin 7 he bought in 1955 for £12 with three fellow National Service trainee linguists.

Alan Caine found himself training as a linguist and learning to drive after buying an old Austin 7 with three fellow National Servicemen.


Bob Kessler needed so much mastic to stop his Wolsley Hornet’s soft-top roof letting in water that it became a hard top.

Alan Avie and his dad restored this 1936 MG PA which had been written off in a fire.

Alan Avie was living the dream when he rebuilt his 1936 MG PA and it made him a lifelong fan of its sports cars.

Man about town: Victor Covell-London with his Standard Flying 8 Cardinal.

Victor Covell-London felt the bee’s knees buzzing along the seafront in his 1939 Standard Flying 8 Cardinal.

Steve Hobley's first car, a 1960 Ford Anglia 105E, had belonged to his father.

Steve Hobley spent many hours maintaining his late father’s Ford Anglia for happy family outings.

Nigel Smart, right, and John, one of two others he transported to teaching practice, pouring hot water into the radiator so that they can start the car. You can also see the petrol tank under the bonnet.

Nigel Smart tells of the TLC he gave Arabella the Austin 7 during their two very happy years together.

Hugh Richmond with his Hansa 1100 he bought while with the Army in Germany.

When Hugh Richmond bought his first car in Germany, it was fortunate his Army training included driving and maintenance.

Jeff Hurst and his friend working on his 1937 Ford 8 Model Y.

Jeff Hurst tells of learning to drive in and learning how to mend his first car – a 1937 Ford 8 Model Y.

Carrie Secker and her mum in the Fiat 126 she called Racy-Acey.

It was small, red, Italian and sporty – Carrie Secker loved her little Fiat 126.

Ken Lake and his mates resprayed his sickly red 1957 Mark 2 Ford Consul  light blue.

Ken Lake was glad his mates’ help respraying his Ford Consul and pushing it on their road trip reward.

Derek Wild build his first car, a Lotus 7, having bought it as rolling chassis with no engine or gearbox.

Derek Wild built his first car, a Lotus 7, and went on to enjoy a lifetime in motorsport.

Sarah Kirk, left, and sister Angela with her Mark I Ford Fiesta.

Sarah Kirk tells how her father gave her £150 Ford Fiesta a makeover and kept it running sweetly.



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