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New Chinese EV completes record-breaking journey

AIWAYS U5 on record-breaking journey.

Chinese car manufacturer Aiways has claimed a Guinness World Records title for the “longest journey by an electric vehicle (prototype)” after two of its U5 EVs completed an epic 9,334-mile (15,022 km) road trip from China to Germany. Starting in Xi’an, China, a team of engineers tackled extreme weather and …

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Cheapest UK region to own and run a car

Postcode lottery car buying

Motorists are paying up to £1,000 more per year to run the same car in some regions compared to others, suggests new research. Hippo Motor Finance compared various costs associated with car ownership, from the average cost of buying a used car to insurance, fuel and repairs. Scotland came out …

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All-new Land Rover Defender breaks cover

Land Rover Defender 2019

The long-awaited replacement for the iconic Land Rover Defender has finally been revealed in the first official pictures. Boasting the latest tech and the British marque’s legendary off-road capability, the new Defender range will be priced from around £40,000. Described by Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern as a …

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Bugatti Chiron breaks the 300mph barrier

Bugatti Chiron Sport

It’s official – Bugatti has become the first manufacturer to produce a road car that’s capable of speeds in excess of 300mph. With British racing legend Andy Wallace at the wheel, a tuned Chiron Sport hit a top speed of 304.77mph (490.47 km/h) at a test track in Germany, beating …

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Shop around for car batteries, motorists urged

car battery

Dealers are charging as much as £1,248 just to supply and fit a new battery on an ordinary family car, an investigation by Auto Express has revealed. Massive variations in the prices different dealers demand for the same work were also revealed in the mystery shopping exercise comparing the cost …

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MOT warning: One in four drivers risking £2,500 fine

MOT testing station

Millions of motorists are ignoring serious safety warnings from mechanics when getting their MOT, claims new research. One in four cars leave forecourts with MOT advisories that could pose danger and result in a fine of up to £2,500 if not addressed, according to new data from Protyre. The analysis …

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FC Barcelona and CUPRA kick off new partnership

FC Barcelona and CUPRA kick off new partnership

CUPRA and FC Barcelona have teamed up and entered into a five-season “global alliance”. Under the agreement, SEAT’s special car division joins forces with its hometown football club as Barça’s Official Automotive and Mobility Partner. The agreement goes beyond a traditional partnership and is based on three strategic pillars. Firstly, …

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Introducing the ‘first contactless car vending machine’

Auto Trader car vending machine

The “world’s first car vending machine”, giving motorists a chance to buy a brand new car via contactless payment on their phone, has been launched in London. The bespoke dispenser, installed at Spitalfields Market, features a Renault Zoe with a pre-haggled price, meaning the electric car can be purchased on …

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James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 makes history

Genuine James Bond Aston Martin DB5

One of three surviving genuine 007 Aston Martin DB5 has been sold at auction for a record-breaking $6.3m (£5.3m) – making it the most valuable DB5 ever. Dubbed ‘the world’s most famous car’, it went under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction and had been expected to fetch between …

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Airport pick-up and drop-off fees soar

Airport parking - RAC

Most of the UK’s 22 busiest airports have increased their short-term charges for picking up and dropping off passengers by car since last year, according to new RAC research. Only Gatwick, Liverpool John Lennon, Bristol and Cardiff airports have kept their prices for both drop-off and pick-up the same. London …

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