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Festive motorists gambling with alcohol

Driving a car

A fifth of drivers will risk losing their licence for being ‘slightly over the limit’ this Christmas, according to new research. The study by Auto Trader, the UK’s largest marketplace for new and used cars, discovered that 19% of motorists (the equivalent of nearly eight million) ‘only slightly over the …

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BAC Mono smashes Sepang lap record

BAC Mono sets the fastest ever lap for a production car at the Sepang circuit, Malaysia

A BAC Mono has set the fastest-ever production car lap time at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. The “world’s only single-seater, road-legal supercar” conquered the famous Formula 1 track in just 2:14.617. With Blancpain GT Series Asia driver Shaun Thong at the wheel, the previous best time (2:18.997 posted by …

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Do you know a Christmas drink-driver?

Drink driving

Nearly four in 10 people (37%) have friends who they believe have driven while being over the drink-drive limit, according to new RAC research. Timed to coincide with the launch of the Government’s THINK! Christmas drink-drive campaign, the survey of 1,865 motorists found a shocking 28% were unprepared to try …

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Top safety awards for Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Hyundai

Mercedes-Benz A-Class review

Independent vehicle safety organisation Euro NCAP has announced its annual ‘Best in Class’ winners, with the all-new Mercedes-Benz A‑Class named as the standout performer amongst small family cars and this year’s overall victor. The A-Class scored 96% for adult occupant safety, 91% for child occupant safety, 92% for vulnerable road-user …

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UK couple in Iceland electric car first

Natalie and Rob Carswell

Natalie and Rob Carswell from Dorset are believed to be the first people from the UK to complete Iceland’s famous ‘Route One’ ring road in electric car – and now hope other tourists will follow suit. It took just six days for the Carswells, who run SPARK+VOLT: Electric Adventure Gear, based …

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Historic Ferrari racer sells for £17.2m at auction

1956 Ferrari 290 MM

A 1956 Ferrari 290 MM raced by many of motor racing legends has sold for £17.2 million ($22m) at RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum Sale in Los Angeles. The remarkably rare Scuderia Ferrari Works racer eventually sold after an extended bidding contest between three collectors. Campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari for …

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Real cost of getting an MOT failure back on the road

MOT testing station

New research has revealed that it costs an average of £326.85 to get a car that’s failed its MOT back on the road. The survey for the Good Garage Scheme – www.goodgaragescheme.com – shows that UK motorists pay an average of £272 to correct faults that have been discovered on …

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Citroën’s new glasses ‘prevent’ motion sickness

Citroën's new SEETROËN glasses 'prevent' motion sickness

French car giant has created SEETROËN – the first glasses to eliminate motion sickness. Citroën – which says it’s “the brand dedicated to comfort” – wanted to provide a solution for the widespread problem (also known as Kinetosis) that affects more than 30 million people in Europe. The glasses contain …

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Tesco to install 2,500 electric charging bays

Volkswagen and Tesco chargepoint partnership

Volkswagen, Tesco and Pod Point have teamed up to launch the UK’s largest retail electric vehicle charging network. The world’s biggest vehicle manufacturer and the nation’s largest fuel retailer are committing to installing almost 2,500 charging bays across up to 600 Tesco stores over the next three years. Customers will …

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Are you all set for winter driving?

Millions of motorists are unprepared for winter driving – with nearly half admitting they have not conducted any maintenance checks on their vehicle, according to research. One in six revealed they have previously broken down in the cold season due to not checking their vehicle and, as the weather worsens …

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