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Fuel prices may be as low as they will go as the price of oil shows early signs of recovery.

Motorists have been warned that the cheap fuel market may have bottomed out as the price of oil shows early signs of recovery.

The McLaren Technology Centre and McLaren Production Centre at Horsell Common, near Woking in Surrey - the site H G Wells chose for his Martian invasion in The War of the Worlds.

Motoring editor Andy Russell takes a tour of McLaren Automotive’s technology and production hub, producing race-bred, high-performance, hand-built sports cars for an exclusive worldwide market.

Young drivers aged 25 to 34 were most likely to admit to memory blanks and women morethan men.

More than one in seven drivers admit they regularly suffer memory blanks on the road, according to a study.

Rally legend Paddy Hopkirk is the Institute of Motorists's new mature driver ambassador.

Rally legend Paddy Hopkirk needs no introduction to motorsport fans of a certain age which makes him ideal to be the new mature driver ambassador for road safety charity Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Blog: Double trouble at dirty diesel pump

Saturday, January 30, 2016
File photo dated 18/03/15 of diesel fuel pumped into a car, as Asda cut the price of diesel to 97.7 pence per litre (ppl) amid tumbling oil prices. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 22, 2016. The supermarket said the 2ppl reduction has taken diesel to its lowest price in over six years. See PA story TRANSPORT Diesel. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Those free plastic gloves are no reason not to give diesel pump nozzles a clean, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Getting rid of many traffic lights would save delays and billions of pounds, says a think tank.

The UK could afford to lose around 80% of traffic lights that cause unnecessary delays which cause a loss of up to £16bn a year, according to a report.

An Aston Martin DB10, built specially for the James Bond movie Spectre, is expected to raise £1m for charity when auctioned.

If you’ve got £1m to spare you could have your very own James Bond Aston Martin DB10, star of the latest movie Spectre.

Checks could prevent half of MOT failures

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Around half all MOT failures could be avoided with basic knowledge and maintenance.

Nearly half of all MOT faults could be avoided if drivers carry out simple checks on their vehicles, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says.

Škoda celebrates 18 millionth vehicle

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Skoda has built its 18 millionth vehicle, a Superb estate,

Škoda Auto has made its 18 millionth vehicle since the company first started building cars in 1905. The car – a Superb estate – rolled off the production line at the Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic.

Alistair Hodgson, a British National Freestyle Skydiving champion, has defied expectations since losing both legs.

With many of us feeling as gloomy as the miserable, grey January weather, here’s some simple ways you could brighten up a dull day.

One in five motorists worry about being able to park on-street outside their home.

The battle for residential parking spaces has become so intense that more than one in 10 drivers (12%) put off making car trips to avoid losing their spot, according to a new study.

Cost of insurance soars £105 in year

Friday, January 22, 2016
Insurance, one of the biggest costs faced by motorists, has gone up 20% on average in a year.

The typical cost of car insurance cover for UK drivers has leapt by more than £100 in the space of a year, an index has found.

Ford already has 2,300 UK orders for the all-new Ford Focus RS which arrives in spring.

Ford is accelerating into the new year with 2,300 UK orders for the all-new Ford Focus RS ahead of deliveries of the 165mph machine in spring.

Pothole peril causing more breakdown calls

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Potholes are a growing cause of car damage.

Breakdown callouts to vehicles damaged by potholes rose by almost a quarter in a year.

Last year saw UK car manufacturers make the most cars since 2005.

British manufacturers made more cars in 2015 than any year since 2005 when 1,595,697 vehicles were produced, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

New car road tests

DS 4 Crossback brings something new to the lifestyle crossover market.

The new DS 4 has spawned a lifestyle version that brings something different to the crossover sectors, says Matt Kimberley.

BMW's 2 Series Gran Tourer seats seven but drives like a well-sorted hatchback.

Matt Kimberley puts BMW’s first seven-seat people-carrier to the test and finds it measures up.

Audi TT Coupe is dynamic, desirable and delivers as practical everyday transport for two people.

With the children flown the nest, motoring editor Andy Russell makes a case for an Audi TT Coupe his and his wife’s motoring needs and still leave room for the dog.

The Volvo V70 still proves that when it comes to big, boxy, practical estate cars it's good to be a little bit square.

Volvo’s big V70 estate may have been around a while but you can’t ignore charms of this traditional holdall, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Nissan X-Trail 1.6 DIG-T uses a smooth, hushed 161bhp turbo petol engine which is perky and fuel-efficient.

Nissan has added a refined turbo petrol engine to the X-Trail which also create a new entry-price model. Matt Kimberley drives it.

Toyota Mirai uses hydrogen to power an electric hybrid system with the only emissions being water vapour.

Toyota has launched its Mirai fuel cell vehicle which runs on hydrogen with the only emissions being water. Matt Kimberley drives this car of the future.

Honda’s jaunty Jazz makes loads of sense

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Latest Honda Jazz supermini is even more spacious and practical with ingenious stowage thanks to its Magic Seats.

Age should be no barrier to the versatile appeal of Honda’s new Jazz which makes light work of travelling in space, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Hot Lexus GS-F... for fantasy

Friday, January 15, 2016
The hot Lexus GS F requires zero extra effort to drive compared to the standard car but strikes an excellent balance between fantasy and reality.

The standard Lexus GS is a model of discreet design and exceptional quality, but can it turn hot-rod with the right engine beneath the bonnet? Matt Joy finds out.

Vauxhall Astra’s new star quality shines

Thursday, January 14, 2016
New Vauxhall Astra gets a more athletic look which is backed up by the way it drives.

Vauxhall has raised the Astra image – it looks leaner, drives meaner and is loaded with technology. Motoring editor Andy Russell is impressed.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake is a stylish lifestyle estate loaded with desirability and image.

If you need a small estate car but don’t want to sacrifice sporty style for space, then the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake will be right up your street, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

My first car

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.

Spotty and friend Dave with the wind in their faces!

Patrick D Cousins recounts his first motorbike’s tale of thrills – and spills – and daredevil riding stunts.

Graham Smee with his first car, a Morris 8, in 1955.

Graham Smee recalls the fun and frustrations of running his 1934 Morris 8 and keeping it on the road.

Derek Smith, second left, and three friends went climbing in North Wales in his Morris 8 van.

Derek Smith tells of the peak performance of his Morris 8 van on climbing trips to North Wales.

Bob Turvil's 1954 Standard Eight had clearly seen better days.

More rusty than trusty, Bob Turvil’s Standard Eight was a regular source of amusement... and maintenance.

Candy Kourakos and her father proudly standing beside her first car –  a 1948 Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane drophead coupe.

It was love at first sight when an Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane drophead coupe drove on to the garage forecourt where Candy Kourakos worked.

Michael Roede hit the back of an ice-cream van in his 1939 Austin 10 Cambridge.

Running into the back of an ice-cream van, having just passed his test, left Michael Roede feeling decidedly frosty.

Kate Berridge with the Ford Cortina Mark II 1600E.

Kate Berridge reminisces about some of fun cars she has owned and a few she would rather forget!

Alan Cugnoni's first car was a  a rare ‘boat tail’ version Austin 7,  two-seater soft-top.

Alan Cugnoni’s first car – a rare ‘boat tail’ Austin 7, two-seater soft-top – was not an easy car to drive.

Felix Newson's Jeep on the beach at Jacob's Ladder at Felixstowe.

Felix Newson really hit the beach in the Sixties in his Second World War Willys Jeep – great fun in summer but freezing in winter.

Rachel Key's first car was a pink Volkswagen Beetle built by her dad.

Rachel Key grew up with her dad building hot rods but when he helped her get on the road with a classic Volkswagen Beetle she had only one request... it had to be pink.

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