Motoring News

Exhaust Smoke… What the colour tells us.

When we carry out a car inspection one thing we look for is excessive smoke. Why you might ask?? Keep reading we will give you the basics behind whats actually going on in your engine and why it is important to closely check what comes out the exhaust.   Blue Smoke If your car is …

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New Speeding Rules From April 2017

Speeding fines for the most serious cases in England and Wales will rise by up to 50% after a review of sentencing guidelines for magistrates’ courts. This means a driver caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, could be fined one-and-a-half times their weekly income. But that fine is limited to £1,000, so people earning …

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Prepare your Classic for the big freeze

Winter can be hard on your car, what with the sub-zero temperatures, inclement weather and roads coated in salt, but with a little care there’s no reason why your classic can’t make it through unscathed. Check the seals Water is not something you want to find in your car, and the downpours of a bleak …

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Winter tyres… Are they worth it?

If there’s one thing you can predict about British weather, it’s that it’s unpredictable. One winter can be harsh enough to make an Eskimo stay indoors, the next can be so mild it seems as if autumn has lasted until spring. That makes it hard to decide whether winter tyres are worth the expense and …

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19/12/2013 – New Lamborghini Huracan

The 5.2-litre V10 that powers the current LP 570-4 will reportedly feature in the new model, but it will be modified to produce an additional 38bhp, increasing its output to 600bhp and offering lower emissions. Revisions are also expected to be made to the gearbox with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission replacing the old e-gear …

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19/12/201 – Mini John Cooper Works concept

This is the Mini John Cooper Works concept, which previews the look of the hottest version of the new third-gen Mini. The new JCW takes the larger, third-gen Mini three-door, which was revealed at Oxford last month, and gives it a triple nostrilled front bumper, red bodywork accents and myriad (doubtless superficial) vents for a …

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26/02/13 – VW Golf GTD 2013 Diesel Hot Hatch

VW’s Golf GTD – a performance diesel brother to the GTI hot hatch – is here. It boasts more punch than the old GTD (an extra 12bhp and 14lb ft), and scores better fuel economy to 67.3mpg, if you opt for the six-speed manual gearbox. How fast is the 2013 VW Golf GTD? The Golf …

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13/02/13 – Seat Leon SC 2013 first pictures of the Leon three-door

The ‘SC’ moniker stands for ‘Sports Coupe’, but don’t think of the Leon SC as a rival for the VW Scirocco. Despite a shortened wheelbase and raked rear screen, the Leon SC boasts the same rear headroom and boot space as its five-door sister. Is the new Leon SC a new car or just a …

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25/01/13 – Range Rover Evoque drives British exports boom

Range Rover’s smash-hit Evoque has driven UK car production to its highest level since 2008, and an all-time record export level. In 2012, UK car manufacturing was up 9% compared with 2011, with 1.46m cars produced. Almost 83% were exported. The Evoque was 2012’s standout performer, having racked up an astonishing 108,598 sales last year. …

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04/01/13 – Motorway driving tips

According to the Department for Transport – 20.3% of motorised traffic was on motorways in 2011. That is remarkable considering the network accounts for only 0.9% of the UK’s 245,000 miles of road. Furthermore, it seems that motorway drivers frequently take liberties with the speed limit. As such, 49% of car traffic was speeding in …

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31/12/12 – Could your next car be flood damaged?

With large amounts of rain over the past few months and large areas of flooding, which means along with houses and businesses, cars are also being damaged by water. Estimating that insurers could be facing claims for up to £14 million for cars written-off by recent weather, cars which have been immersed in water may …

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31/12/12 – Volvo V40 2012 gets new Euro NCAP safety record!

A new Volvo scoring a five-star result in Euro NCAP’s crash tests might not seem a huge surprise, but the new V40 hatchback has raised the bar even higher by setting a new record safety score for in the assessment. The V40 scored 98% for adult protection, with particular praise given to its strong main …

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13/12/12 Jargon Busting : Insurance Write Offs

With the worsening standard of driving in the UK car accidents are becoming far too common. A side effect from this, is that more accident damaged vehicles are being repaired and put back on the UK’s roads. Are you are thinking of buying a car that has an insurance write off marker against it? If …

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05/12/12 – First pictures – Audi RS6 Avant 2012

In the battle of super-estate Top Trumps, Audi has just nicked the goalposts – in a suitably commodious family wagon. Despite boasting two fewer cylinders and 1200cc less than the old V10 RS6, the new RS6 Avant is even faster over the 0-62mph sprint, and will top out at over 190mph. Wow! A family estate …

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05/12/12 – The new 2013 Ford Kuga

The new 2013 Ford Kuga  Ford’s second-gen Kuga SUV will cost an average of £1000 less than the outgoing model, but boast more standard equipment. The Blue Oval’s soft-roader starts at £20,895 for a basic 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol model with two-wheel drive. Ford Kuga range 2013 – the engine The new Kuga range kicks off …

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30/11/12 – Buying and selling cars

Trade-in/dealer sale This is the quickest and simplest method to sell your car. If a dealer is keen to sell you another car he may offer a good price for your old one. Conversely, if you negotiate a good discount on your new car, he may be reluctant to give you the best price for …

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29/11/12 – Ford’s new myKey

Protective parents of young drivers can now limit the speed their children drive at using a new kind of key on the market for the first time in the UK from next month. Ford’s myKey system interfaces with the computer systems on board its latest cars to place restrictions on drivers using the special keys. It works …

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29/11/12 – Jaguar’s new XFR-S 2012

The  XFR-S was unveiled today at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show. Here’ is Jaguar’s M5-killer: the new 2013 XFR-S. Jaguar starter with the already fast,  XFR and put a 542bhp engine from the XKR-S coupe. The power train upgrades are carried over from the XKR-S. The supercharged 5.0-litre V8 is tuned to produce an extra …

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27/11/12 – Kia’s first hot hatchback

Kia has revealed a teaser image of its first hot hatch, the ProCee’d GT.     Powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the GT is said to be “perfectly aligned with Kia’s sportiness and ‘fun to drive’ positioning”. The front-wheel-drive car will use a six-speed manual gearbox and have seating for five.   The …

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26/11/12 – Volvo begins to make the first diesel plug-in hybrid

Volvo begins to make the first diesel plug-in hybrid   Volvo has started making the V60 Plug-in Hybrid. The new car, which is the world’s first production diesel plug-in hybrid, is being built on the same line as the standard V60 at the Volvo’s Torslanda plant in Gothenburg, alongside its other large models such as the …

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