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UK milestone for electric vehicles in 2020

Citroen e-C4 review

Despite all the challenges of the pandemic, 2020 was a landmark year when it came to sales of battery electric vehicles with twice as many sold last year compared to 2019, and a total of more than 200,000 registered since 2010. The RAC’s analysis of new figures from the Society …

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UK’s Top 10 best-selling cars in 2020

Ford Fiesta

The automotive industry faced one of its most challenging years in 2020, contending with national lockdowns, plus factory and dealership shutdowns. Despite the pandemic, 1.63 million new cars were registered in the UK, compared with 2.3m in 2019 – a decline of nearly a third (29%), and the lowest total …

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Bentley bucks the trend with record 2020 sales

Bentley-Motors-luxury-car-range

Bentley Motors achieved its best sales ever during 2020, despite a production shutdown and global lockdowns. Although its pre-COVID sales forecast was much greater, the luxury British marque still managed to sell 11,206 cars – an increase of 2% over 2019. Bentley’s production was shut down for seven weeks beginning …

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Busted: Five myths about winter road gritting

Winter gritting lorry at work

‘Tis the season for snow and ice on our roads, which means gritter trucks are back in action across the UK. We’ve teamed up with the specialist operator, The Gritting Company, to dispel five myths about road gritting. Myth 1: “The winter wagons contain grit.” Untrue. It’s not grit, it’s …

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Top 10 favourite cars of the 1990s

BMW-3-Series-E36

The BMW 3 Series (E36) has been voted Britain’s favourite car of the 1990s by readers of the new no-nonsense monthly car magazine, Bargain Cars. The bargain Bimmer pipped the Mazda MX-5, followed by the MGF and Jaguar XJ saloon, via a vote on Facebook and Instagram. More unusual cars …

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Revealed: the true cost of running a car

Cost of motoring

It costs between £250 and £404 a month to maintain a car in the UK, depending on where you live, claims new research. According to vehicle finance provider Moneybarn, car maintenance is highest in London (around £404 per month, or almost 18% of an average monthly salary). Calculating various motoring …

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Top 10 most failed car parts

Car maintenance

Alternators are the most unreliable car part in the UK, according to warranty provider Händler Protect. The research also revealed that vehicles aged eight years old and are the least dependable. Händler Protect says providing warranties to dealers across the UK has given it a clear picture of what items …

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SEAT duo pass their driving test

SEAT-Arona-and-Ibiza-AA-Driving-School-cars

AA Driving School instructors are to be given the option to choose two of SEAT’s most popular models – the Arona crossover and Ibiza supermini. The deal struck by SEAT Fleet will see the Ibiza FR 1.0 TSI 95 PS and the Arona SE Technology 1.0 TSI 95 PS become …

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Fiat 500 is electric ‘car of the year’

New electric Fiat 500

The all-new, all-electric Fiat 500 has been crowned Car of the Year by leading electric vehicle website, DrivingElectric. The third incarnation of Fiat’s iconic model impressed DrivingElectric’s judges by offering an unrivalled blend of desirability, chic looks, a smooth ride and an enticingly low price tag to “move the game …

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UK’s first all-electric ‘filling’ station opens

First Electric Forecourt - Braintree, Essex

The first ‘Electric Forecourt’ in the UK is open for business near Braintree in Essex. Funded by Gridserve, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, Innovate UK and OZEV, electricity is generated from both the solar power canopies above the chargers, and a network of hybrid solar farms, also operated by Gridserve. Gridserve …

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