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The Weird and Wonderful Manufacturer Merchandise
Release Date: 13-12-2018

  Most manufacturers have a line of merchandise available for the enthusiast, from the obligatory mug to the branded baseball cap - but there are a few odd offerings amongst the normal. Vo...
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Carbuyer 2019 Awards Announced
Release Date: 28-11-2018

  Carbuyer have announced the winners to their Best Car Awards 2019, covering 19 different categories. Every year Carbuyer announce the winners to its awards, ranging from best city car to b...
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The New BMW 3 Series
Release Date: 05-10-2018

   Now in its seventh generation, the 3 Series has been updated with a sleek new design and additional standard options. Some of the more technical improvements on the saloon consist ...
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The brand new Audi Q8 - see the new coup SUV.
Release Date: 27-08-2018

  The Q8 is to be the new range-topping SUV from Audi, offering assertive coupé styling and a sleek new interior. For a long time, the Q7 has perched at the top of Audi’s SUV ...
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The top 5 vehicles to lease between 250 - 350
Release Date: 20-07-2018

  So, you have a healthy budget of £250 - £350 + VAT per month. What do you get? This is our breakdown of what we think are the top 5 vehicles to lease for the money. All pricing...
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The top 5 vehicles to lease between 150 - 250
Release Date: 19-07-2018

  Have a budget in mind? Need help narrowing it down to the best vehicles your money can get? We've dwindled the list down to what we think are the top 5 vehicles to lease for a monthly renta...
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The new BMW X5
Release Date: 08-06-2018

  The new X5 has landed, refreshing the current model with contemporary styling and enhanced performance. The new X5 sports design, performance and technological upgrades over the previous...
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300,000 cars to be recalled by BMW
Release Date: 11-05-2018

  Due to an electrical fault, BMW plan to recall 312,000 vehicles that may be at risk of stalling without warning. It has been found that certain BMW models are at risk of having the brake...
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The all-new BMW X4
Release Date: 01-03-2018

  BMW have formally released details of the new BMW X4, due to launch on 14th July 2018. The second generation promises to have sportier styling and improved dynamics. At the end of March,...
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The Fleet World Honours 2018
Release Date: 15-02-2018

  Fleet World held their honours for 2018 this month, naming the best when it comes to the motoring industry. In London on the Pall Mall, the 2018 Fleet World Honours were held at the Roya...
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The new BMW i8 Roadster
Release Date: 18-12-2017

The new BMW i8 Roadster has finally landed. The hybrid convertible is BMW’s latest offering in the supercar market. The i8 Roadster boasts the latest eDrive technology, as well as an intel...
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The most popular new car colours
Release Date: 19-10-2017

  According to The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, superminis continue to be the most popular type of car sold up until Quarter 2 of 2017. But what colour is everyone buying the...
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Footage of the new BMW i8 Roadster
Release Date: 11-09-2017

BMW have released a video showcasing the upcoming BMW i8 convertible, going by the name of the BMW i8 Roadster. The new electric convertible is featured in a 20 second video posted to YouTube, w...
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The new Volkswagen Arteon
Release Date: 14-08-2017

  The new Volkswagen Arteon is open to order this month, hoping to take on the likes of its rival saloons from BMW and Audi. The standard specification of the Arteon (the Elegance model) i...
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The top 5 vehicles to lease between 350 - 450
Release Date: 30-07-2017

  So, you've got a considerable monthly budget to spend on your new lease, but aren't too sure what to get. Let us point you in the right direction. Here are the top 5 cars to lease for the m...
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The New BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
Release Date: 13-07-2017

  The new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is finally here. The Crossover has been added to the 6 Series line-up to replace the 5 Series Gran Turismo, promising to retain the sporty and elegant...
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The Geneva Motor Show 2017 Preview
Release Date: 07-03-2017

This prominent motor show is all set and ready to thrill once again, and the list of known vehicles being showcased is a staggeringly-good one. A place where historically countless models have b...
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Meet The Newest Range Rover...
Release Date: 23-02-2017

The first addition in a decade arrives along with an unusual name, ‘Velar’, which originates from the Latin ‘velaris’ meaning to cover and veil. Interestingly, this model al...
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Say hello to the new BMW 5 Series Touring...
Release Date: 07-02-2017

It looks like the 5 Series Touring is continuing on the success of the 5 Series Saloon as it is revealed before its official introduction at the Geneva Motor Show. The Touring is described as a pra...
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The All-New BMW 4 Series Range
Release Date: 30-01-2017

2017 represents new beginnings for BMW and in particular for their 4 Series range. The Coupé, Convertible and Gran Coupé are being refined with several upgrades to its styling, cabin ...
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review
Release Date: 17-01-2017

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW’s first-ever people carrier which represents a noteworthy change for the German manufacturer. With a combination of efficient engines and premium interior th...
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Revealed: The Kia Stinger GT
Release Date: 11-01-2017

Kia have taken on the likes of Audi and BMW by revealing their latest addition at the Detroit Motor Show this week. Available in the UK from September 2017, this vehicle has launched Kia to new hei...
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The Next 100...
Release Date: 02-12-2016

In mark of their centenary the German manufacturer revealed earlier this year a glimpse of what their cars could look like years from now with the Vision Next 100 design.  The ‘vision ve...
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Discover the All-New Discovery
Release Date: 01-11-2016

Discover the All-New Discovery... Due to the abundance of choice 2016 has largely been regarded as a year for cars. But 2017 looks like it will not disappoint – with the new BMW 5 Serie...
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The brand new BMW 5 Series review
Release Date: 24-10-2016

A glimpse into the New Year…the brand new BMW 5 Series Along with a fresh start the New Year is bringing the new BMW 5 Series with it, with its host of technology and immaculate design feat...
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Jaguar XE Review
Release Date: 05-08-2016

Jaguar XE Review   Jaguar have gone straight to the top in the rankings with their newest saloon car. It’s been a long time since Jag have been in the running for the compact sector but...
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Jaguar XE Review
Release Date: 05-08-2016

Jaguar XE Review   Jaguar have gone straight to the top in the rankings with their newest saloon car. It’s been a long time since Jag have been in the running for the compact sector but...
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BMW X5 xDrive40e review
Release Date: 31-05-2016

BMW is once again leading the direction of innovative driving pleasure with their new X5 xDrive40e, their latest Sports Activity Vehicle. The first plug-in hybrid production car from the core bran...
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Where will our cars be in 100 years time?
Release Date: 11-04-2016

The Future of the Motoring Industry  The wonder of what vehicles will become like in 100 years is a wide mystery. Seeing as in 1989 we'd thought we'd be having flying cars and hover boards by...
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Top 10 April Fools from Manufacturers of 2016
Release Date: 05-04-2016

Another year, another April Fools and another chance for some of car manufacturers to take advantage of that day and play tricks on unsuspecting consumers. Here are some of our favourite top 10 Apr...
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Geneva Motor Show 2016 Review
Release Date: 10-03-2016

There are motor shows, and then there are Motor Shows. And Geneva is very much the latter. Well into its 102nd year, this prestigious and much esteemed event attracts crowds from all around the w...
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Geneva Motor Show 2016 Car of the year
Release Date: 01-03-2016

If you’re looking for a motor event that drives all others right off the track, look no further than the Geneva Motor Show. 2016 sees the show being dominated by a whole host of prestigious ...
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New Mercedes-Benz GLC  Review
Release Date: 16-10-2015

Mercedes-Benz might have been slow on the uptake to join the medium-sized premium SUV party, but now it’s here and judging by their new GLC model, it’s here to stay. Joining the race...
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Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio Revealed
Release Date: 10-08-2015

In a move to take on its rivals in the luxury sector, Alfa Romeo has revealed its 159 successor- the Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio. Signalling a rebirth for the brand, the saloon is heading strai...
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Sexism in Car Adverts - Through the ages
Release Date: 27-07-2015

The past century has seen the face of women change significantly- from silent and objectified house-bound objects to equal figures in their own right. Between the early 1900’s to present day,...
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BMW launches new 7 series model
Release Date: 12-06-2015

BMW have today released pictures and specification for the new 7 Series saloon, including details of two new hybrid models. This sixth generation of the luxury flagship saloon is also a glimpse int...
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The Best April Fools Pranks from Car Manufacturers
Release Date: 01-04-2015

  The automotive industry loves April Fools. Each year, it’s difficult to tell who is joking and who is telling the truth, leading to some comical comments and confused customers. It&rs...
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Jaguars new XF for 2015
Release Date: 27-03-2015

 The New Jaguar XF for 2015 The current Jaguar XF has been a roaring success for the British manufacturer. The fantastic design, wonderful build quality and impressive price meant the XF tick...
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BMW 1-Series gets a facelift for 2015
Release Date: 23-02-2015

BMW have sharpened up their popular 1-series, and we really like it.  The BMW 1-Series has always been an attractive hatchback. The sleek and curvaceous panel work appealed to the masses, and...
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Mercedes A-Class Review
Release Date: 23-01-2015

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been a roaring sucess for the German manufacturer. We take a look further into this fantastic car.  The latest Mercedes A-Class is a practical hatchback that has...
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New Ford Mustang comes to Europe
Release Date: 23-01-2015

American Muscle comes to the UK with the Ford Mustang - will it live up to the hype? The Ford Mustang. A vehicle that is as much iconic as it is timeless; has been a prevalent figure of stature in...
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Racing to revolution: motoring at CES 2015 so far...
Release Date: 08-01-2015

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) started this week and has kicked 2015 off with a bang. Motoring companies have only recently started to drive onto the stages of the consumer show, and this year ...
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Round up of 2014 top motoring moments
Release Date: 22-12-2014

2014 has been another rollercoaster year, with plenty of ups and downs in the world of motoring. We have put together some of the top moments from the past year...  January Revamp of the L...
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Volkswagen Passat Estate 2015: Review
Release Date: 19-12-2014

The eagerly awaited eighth-generation Volkswagen Passat has arrived. Set to rival the more upmarket brands such as Audi and BMW, it is hoped the sleeker image and refined technology will revolution...
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BMWs radical plans to turn street lights into charge points
Release Date: 15-12-2014

BMW are planning a revolutionary prototype charging point, built into streetlights. The luxury car company recently unveiled their ‘Light and Charge’ streetlight which already has two p...
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Concept Cars we wish made the cut
Release Date: 14-11-2014

They’re exciting, they’re different, and they’re a chance for car designers to truly go a little bit crazy. Designed to shock, provoke awe and dip a toe in the water for the futur...
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Review: Jaguar XE
Release Date: 10-11-2014

The Jaguar XE’s first deliveries are set for May 2015 but the hype has started already. The XE came out of the blocks with a bang, after being first introduced in London; the XE was flown ove...
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Regent Street Motor Show this weekend
Release Date: 29-10-2014

Whilst London is busy hotting up for a bit of Pre-Christmas shopping, the tinsel and gift-sets are put on hold this weekend, whilst London’s East End paves way for a one-of-a-kind motor show....
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BMW rivals Boris Bikes with new scheme
Release Date: 17-10-2014

We all love the innovative inventions that are Boris Bikes- the simple grab-and-go aspect being a vastly appealing factor. No more worrying about your bike being stolen from a flimsy lock outs...
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Driverless Cars: Mercedes Get Their Road Licence
Release Date: 24-09-2014

This week, we’ve seen Mercedes become the latest car manufacturer to receive a licence to test autonomous cars on public roads. The state of California has allowed limited use of public roads...
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UK power new BMW i8 sports car
Release Date: 17-07-2014

BMW are launching their first plug-in hybrid sports car this weekend in the form of the i8. A first for the German brand, the BMW i8 is a contemporary sports car focused on sustainability with thre...
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Review: BMW 5-Series
Release Date: 09-07-2014

When it comes to the BMW 5-series, it has always been a favourite, and the new 5-Series is no exception.Winner of a string of comparison tests, and labelled ‘Germany’s favourite car&rsq...
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Which car is for me?
Release Date: 09-07-2014

Cars are like clothes. There is something for every occasion- the fancy over the top showy pieces, the bland blend-into-the background pieces, the suits anyone goes anywhere piece, and those that f...
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Goodwood Festival of Speed draws record crowds
Release Date: 04-07-2014

Goodwood’s Festival of Speed 2014 attracted crowds of 200,000 this year, according to the West Sussex-based circuit. It was the largest and most successful event in the event’s histor...
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Goodwood festival of speed 2014
Release Date: 16-06-2014

For motoring fans and speed enthusiasts alike, one event which is firmly embedded into their calendar, is the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year the festival is from the 26-27 of June an...
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Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI Bluetec Sport Auto
Release Date: 11-06-2014

When it comes to quality and performance, the jump between Mercedes-Benz C-Class to E-Class has always seemed greater than the likes of BMW’s 3-series to 5-series and Audi’s A4 to A6. I...
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Mini Hatchback opens its doors to fleets
Release Date: 09-06-2014

 Anyone who is anyone will recognise Minis by their typical 2-door stance, however, they are now adding another pair of doors to their erstwhile hatchback, signalling that the BMW-era Mini is ...
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Fleets ranked for MOT pass rate
Release Date: 06-05-2014

When it comes to choosing a best-selling car, you would not envisage a failed MOT being part of the deal; however it seems that some of the best-selling cars in fleets today have a one in four chan...
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Thieves
Release Date: 29-04-2014

Cars often are at a battle to be top of the list, but there is one area where it is not so great to reign supreme; that being a car thief’s list, with the BMW X5 remaining firmly in the top s...
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DPF problems push petrol
Release Date: 22-04-2014

Diesel cars have been climbing the popularity ranks; however driver ignorance could push petrol back up on the fleet agenda if problems persist with diesel particulate filters (DPFs).  DPFs h...
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BMW M4 Convertible announced
Release Date: 10-04-2014

BMW have announced the M4 Convertible (F83), the final car of the latest BMW M3 and M4 generation. The M3 Saloon and M4 Coupé both sport revised exterior and interior designs, and the M4 C...
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Budget penalises low emission vehicles
Release Date: 09-04-2014

Chancellor George Osborne has been accused of discouraging the take-up of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) following recent changes to company car tax rates announced within the budget.  T...
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Hydrogen fuel collaboration leads to popularity increase
Release Date: 04-04-2014

A number of leading car manufacturers such as Hyundai, Honda, BMW, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler, have joined hydrogen fuel supplier and energy consultancies from about the globe....
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Review: BMW i8
Release Date: 26-03-2014

The BMW i8 is set to be a revolution in the luxury electronic car segment. Named for its creation of pure-bred vehicle concepts, buzz is already generating around the slick and aesthetically pleasi...
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Health & safety legislation decision questioned
Release Date: 24-03-2014

A recent case has come into light which has seen apparent contradiction to expert opinion on how health and safety legislation should be applied.  The employer of a company car driver who was...
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Are electrical vehicles as perfect as they seem?
Release Date: 19-03-2014

There is a great deal of hype surrounding electrical vehicles at the moment, and the vast amount of benefits they pose to both the environment and your wallet. However, past that noiseless engine, ...
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Electric car chargers to be launched across the country
Release Date: 14-03-2014

Milton Keynes CrossLink, a network of electric vehicle rapid chargers, has been launched across the country four weeks ahead of schedule. Initiated by Milton Keynes Council, CrossLink’s cha...
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BMW i3 named Car of the Year
Release Date: 13-03-2014

In the first ever UK Car of the Year awards, the BMW i3 has won top honours. The i3 was awarded with the accolade of UK Car of the Year 2014, after already scooping up the Best Supermini award. T...
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New BMW X3 is more efficient
Release Date: 13-02-2014

The BMW X3 has been given a facelift, with new styling and colours as well as changes to its interior design and trim options. But more importantly, the new model is more efficient than ever. CO2...
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Drivers opt for practical rather than luxury vehicles
Release Date: 12-02-2014

When it comes to researching the long-term ownership costs of a vehicle, priorities are changing. New results show that when it comes to choosing a car, consumers will elect for practicality over l...
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BMW 4-series Gran Coupe revealed
Release Date: 04-02-2014

BMW unveils its third and final member of the 4-series range; the Gran Coupe, which will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show on March 4th and on sale June 21st. The vehicle provides the elegant ...
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New website to improve views on electric vehicles
Release Date: 04-02-2014

Although the popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles is growing, there is still a certain amount of negative stigma behind them. The Government and UK automotive industry are hoping to quash the...
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Review: BMW X5
Release Date: 03-02-2014

A truly beautiful car, the new BMW X5 is pleasing both to the driver and to the eye with a design that will not only capture your attention, but keep it.  The tail has a new uptight stance th...
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CAP Consulting:- Customer experience makes a premium car
Release Date: 20-01-2014

CAP Consulting has recently reiterated how aspiring premium car makers must understand that the ownership experience is as important as the quality of the cars they launch. CAP warns that fast and ...
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Reluctanct attitude to Driverless Cars
Release Date: 15-01-2014

In terms of motoring technology, one project taking the front seat is driverless vehicles. With everyone from Volvo to Google hopping aboard the bandwagon, it is hardly surprising drivers are just ...
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Christmas Cheer to Chestnut House
Release Date: 27-12-2013

Just in time for Christmas, the staff here at Alternative Route Finance dropped nearly £1000 worth of toys and gifts to local children's hospice Chestnut Tree House. The toys were droppe...
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BMW 1-Series Hatchback M135i M Performance 3dr
Release Date: 18-12-2013

With agile driving, high performance energy and a striking body with vivacious elegance, the BMW 1-Series is sure to leave its mark even once the wheels have stopped turning. Powerful engines, a sl...
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Quick Look: BMW 4 Series
Release Date: 22-11-2013

BMW has decided to make a change to its line-up as it announces yet more models to add to the 3 Series range; the German manufacturer is turning the 3 Series Coupé into the new 4 Series rang...
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Quick Look: BMW 2-Series Coupe
Release Date: 12-11-2013

Replacing the previous 1-series Coupe, March 2014 will see BMW celebrating a model that raises the bar in the premium compact segment with an aesthetic appeal and dynamic ability to more than rival...
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Germany forces a revision on co2 emissions cap on new cars
Release Date: 11-11-2013

Contrary to prior debate, European Ministers have acceded to German pressure to scrap an agreement that would cap CO2 emissions from new cars at 95g/km from 2020. In June, the European Parliament,...
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ACFO Awards 2013
Release Date: 08-11-2013

Since 1973, once a year, around the beginning of November, ACFO (Association of Car Fleet Operators) members and guests gather for the ACFO awards to see which cars have driven to the top. This yea...
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Audi 4th best-selling manufacturers in UK
Release Date: 05-11-2013

Audi has crept around competition to become the fourth best-selling manufacturer in the UK, just behind Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen; helped by its long-standing policy to expand its model li...
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