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Data Reveals Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicle
Release Date: 18-02-2019

  Data gathered by TRACKER has revealed the Top 10 vehicles that were stolen and recovered in 2018. In 2017, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranked number one for the Most Stolen and Recovered v...
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Suzuki named Number 1 Car Brand for January 2019
Release Date: 25-01-2019

  Suzuki has been named Number One Car Brand in the January 2019 Customer Satisfaction Index. A survey of 45,000 consumers has revealed Suzuki GB PLC to be the highest-ranking car brand fo...
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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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Commercial Vehicle Registrations Up for October 2018
Release Date: 15-11-2018

  Registrations of van and pick-up commercial vehicles have increased in October 2018, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). In October of 2017, SMMT rec...
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Sales for SEAT on the rise – 13.7% growth
Release Date: 09-11-2018

  From January to October 2018, SEAT have seen a 13.7% increase in the number of vehicles sold worldwide. 449,000 vehicles have been sold by the manufacturer in 2018 to date, a significant...
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FCA Group to be included in Crown Commercial Service
Release Date: 27-09-2018

  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) UK is to be included in the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), meaning we could see FCA branded emergency vehicles in the near future. The Fiat Chrysler Auto...
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Top Five Cars to Look Forward to In 2019
Release Date: 26-06-2018

As the year goes on, the car industry is steering further and further towards electric vehicles, with trends predicting an even larger spike for these sorts of vehicles as we roll into 2019. Ther...
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The Effects Of Incorrectly Using AdBlue On Your Car
Release Date: 26-06-2018

  In a recent study put forward by AA, it has been found that driver error is behind the majority of 23,000-plus breakdowns linked to AdBlue last year. This large number is almost twice the a...
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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 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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Find out all about the London Motor Show
Release Date: 02-05-2017

The London Motor Show is returning to Battersea Park this weekend. 2016's inaugural event was held May 6-8 and attracted over 25,000 visitors, with weekend tickets sold out in just a short time. ...
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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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Catch a glimpse of the new Kia Picanto
Release Date: 06-01-2017

First official pictures for the new Kia Picanto have been released, as we gain a preview of the most recent stylish addition we can’t help but be slightly smitten with the newest city car. Mo...
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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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The Peugeot 3008 Review
Release Date: 21-11-2016

Characterised as a well built and solid family car the Peugeot 3008 is ahead of the game, as Peugeot are already producing their second-generation family crossover, while other manufacturers a...
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Implementation of ‘Drive-Safe’ modes on smartphones by fleet managers.
Release Date: 16-08-2016

Implementation of ‘Drive-Safe’ modes on smartphones by fleet managers.  Each year there is at least 70 fatal accidents on British roads, where ‘distraction in vehi...
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Implementation of ‘Drive-Safe’ modes on smartphones by fleet managers.
Release Date: 16-08-2016

Implementation of ‘Drive-Safe’ modes on smartphones by fleet managers. Each year there is at least 70 fatal accidents on British roads, where ‘distraction in vehicles’ a...
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Futuristic cars sooner than we think?
Release Date: 08-07-2016

 Rolls-Royce 103EX Concept - Futuristic cars sooner than we think?  Rolls-Royce have recently released their concept, The103EX. Clearly recognisable as a Rolls Royce but n...
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Tesla Model 3 Revealed
Release Date: 07-04-2016

Tesla is continuing to head up its mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy with its brand new Tesla model 3. The logical next step of their “secret master pla...
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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 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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Aston Martin DB10 James Bond Spectre
Release Date: 09-11-2015

The names Martin. Aston Martin. DB10 to be exact.And this Aston Martin is not just any old car. Designed, engineered and hand-crafted by a dedicated team at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters...
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New Range Rover SVAutobiography
Release Date: 02-11-2015

If you are on the lookout for pure, unrivalled luxury, look no further then Range Rover’s newest release. The most exclusive, luxurious and powerful production the manufacturer has ever made,...
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Back To The Future
Release Date: 20-10-2015

 It’s almost time for us to go back to the future and experience it in the present, for the famous date of 21st October 2015 as set by Back to the Future is finally here. And whilst the ...
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3 reasons you should let a 4x4 improve your winter
Release Date: 24-09-2015

With winter on the way, 4x4s really start to come into their own. Features like roll stability control and hill start assist can make the difficulties of driving in those tricky conditions a thing ...
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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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New Technology That Can Detect Potholes
Release Date: 18-06-2015

Jaguar Land Rover are on their way to creating a new system where cars can detect potholes, assess how deep they are and then share this information with other drivers. This will not only highlight...
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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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Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2015
Release Date: 11-06-2015

It’s almost here! The Goodwood festival is fast approaching and with over 100,000 cars, motorsport and motorbike enthusiasts will get all they could want and more. The festival will be on the...
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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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Ford Anti-Speeding Technology - The End of Speeding?
Release Date: 27-03-2015

 Have Ford have created technology that will save lives and reduce speeding tickets? Ford is planning to release a vehicle which can read road and speed signs and adjust vehicle speed accordi...
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Jaguar’s 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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UK to become leader of driverless cars
Release Date: 26-02-2015

Will the UK become the leading counry in the pursuit for autonomous cars? The UK has long been the leader of certain prestigious vehicles such as the Rolls Royce, McLaren, Austin Healey and the As...
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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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The Jaguar XF Review
Release Date: 29-01-2015

We love the Jaguar XF. A perfect company car without comprise. The Jaguar XF has been at the centre of Jaguars re-emergence as one of the worlds’ most luxury manufacturers. The wide range of...
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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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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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A study into the UKs greenest councils
Release Date: 12-12-2014

Living in a green city is something which is becoming increasingly more important to people. This shows, with Caroline Lucas running the countries first green administration in Brighton. The UK has...
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The 10 most luxurious car modifications you’ll ever see
Release Date: 14-11-2014

All car enthusiasts love a good modification. However it’s far more frequent to see a Frankenstein’s monster-like eyesore; with the new parts sticking out like a spoiler on a transit va...
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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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Volvo Cars Will Be Crash Free
Release Date: 21-08-2014

Volvo have set themselves a new target for 2020; they want to make their cars so safe that it is virtually impossible to crash. In order to realise their vision, they have opened a new testing fa...
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Andrés Iniesta and Thiago Silva become Nissan ambassadors
Release Date: 12-08-2014

Nissan has kicked off its new sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League by signing up Spain and Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta and Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva as ...
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7 Cars that Symbolise Success
Release Date: 29-07-2014

There are several signs of success that you can use to tell whether or not you’ve “made it”. One is obviously the size of your pay cheque, but there are three other signs that mak...
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Jaguar XE to hit in September
Release Date: 29-07-2014

The Jaguar XE is coming, and it will be here sooner than we thought. Jaguar released new details on its upcoming saloon model which is now set to debut on September 8th. The legendary car manufac...
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16 Fastest Sports Cars in History
Release Date: 10-07-2014

Ever since the release of the Benz Velo in 1894, the first production car to hit 12mph, automobiles have always strived to outdo each other in the need for speed. As the years fly by, a new car has...
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Global NCAP recommends 5-star vehicles
Release Date: 06-05-2014

Global NCAP has recommended that organisations operating vehicle fleets only buy 'five-star' cars; a statement that comes from new guidelines they have published.  These guidelines advise fle...
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Government scheme for Ultra-Low Emission vehicles
Release Date: 02-05-2014

The usage of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) is steadily catching on, with the enhanced environmental and cost benefits a great incentive for customers. However, to ensure the ULEV market reall...
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Vehicle emissions continue to fall
Release Date: 02-05-2014

2013 figures which have been released by the European Environment Agency show that the average passenger car fleet emissions were 127g CO2/km compared to 186g CO2/km in 1996- a 31.7% decrease. ...
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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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Review: Porsche Macan Diesel
Release Date: 16-04-2014

It might disappoint some Porsche enthusiasts who were hoping to see a new 911 or Boxster in the manufacturer’s line-up, but the choice to launch the Macan is a vital one for Porsche. It mea...
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RAC roll out tyre help service
Release Date: 07-04-2014

With 2014 looking to throw over 120,000 'puncture no spare' breakdowns at the RAC, they are launching a new mobile tyre-fitting service across 10 key city and urban centres.  A correlated ris...
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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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Changes wanted to help learner drivers
Release Date: 31-03-2014

When it comes to learning to drive, you'd think it would be important that the topics to study and the Highway Code learner licence questions were kept with the times; however a survey of Approved ...
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Smarter Parking benefits revealed
Release Date: 28-03-2014

There are plenty of elements which add stress to driving, however once you've steered past the careless motorists, traffic jams and wrong turns and reached your destination, there is one final...
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Company Car carbon emissions reduced
Release Date: 25-03-2014

Recent data has been revealed by ALD Automotive which shows how the average carbon emissions of new company cars fell to an all-time low of 120.4g/km in February 2014; a 4.8g/km drop compared to AL...
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Smartwitness new device must-buy for fleets
Release Date: 24-03-2014

SmartWitness, vehicle and CCTV safety systems manufacturers, have unveiled their new and innovative vehicle journey recorder that is more advanced that any others before. They claims that the new K...
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Decade saves diesel drivers money
Release Date: 18-03-2014

The past decade has seen technological innovations make diesel vehicles vastly more clean and efficient than ever before. Bosch reported the findings and stated that it is thanks to the increasing...
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Volkswagen e-Golf available to pre-order
Release Date: 17-03-2014

The Volkswagen Golf is a firm leader as the manufacturer's bestseller, with over 30 million units to their name. And now they are taking a leap to the future with the brand new e-Golf. With drive t...
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Drivers warned of new MOT laws
Release Date: 17-03-2014

As of last month, new MOT laws came into place regarding diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and drivers of diesel cars are being warned not to fall foul of charges as a result.  This guidance ...
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Nearly 32 million cars on road in UK
Release Date: 13-03-2014

The UK car parc has increased to over 436,000 units due to new car registrations and the increased lifespans of cars already on the road, according to the SMMT. SMMT have been conducting research...
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José Mourinho signs Jaguar F-Type Coupé
Release Date: 27-02-2014

José Mourinho will be the first customer to get his hands on the new Jaguar F-Type Coupé when it’s released next month in March. The Chelsea manager is an ambassador for Jagua...
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Toyota announces plans for wireless charging
Release Date: 14-02-2014

Toyota is planning to begin the testing of a new wireless battery charging system for vehicles that use electric powertrains. Should it work, this technology will mean that in order to charge a hyb...
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Fleet and lease values rise
Release Date: 12-02-2014

January saw fleet and lease values rise an impressive 8.1%. In figures released from BCA’s latest Pulse report, the average value for fleet and lease cars rose by £56 between December a...
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Nissan Leaf leads market for electric vehicles
Release Date: 07-02-2014

Reaffirming its status as market leader of electric vehicles in the UK, Nissan celebrated 230 registrations in January for their Nissan leaf. This was up over a 1000% to sales in January 2013 cle...
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Automative driving AdaptIVe project launched
Release Date: 04-02-2014

With a great amount of debate surrounding automated vehicles, a new project in Germany is hoping to further enhance the technology and improve people's perspective.  Run by the European resea...
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New Catalytic Converter invented
Release Date: 31-01-2014

We are constantly looking for ways to cut fuel consumption and manufacturing costs in vehicles and a way to cut the two have just been discovered by a scientist from the Imperial College London. A ...
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Mazda SKYACTIV technology popular for fleets
Release Date: 20-01-2014

Mazda’s sales have soared by an impressive 84% in the last 9 months, and as we enter the New Year they are expected to continue that rise. This is against a total fleet car market up just 7% ...
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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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Review: Jaguar F-Type Coupé
Release Date: 17-01-2014

Jaguar’s latest instalment in the F-Type range is one of the best sports cars that the company has ever produced; not only is it dynamically designed, but Jaguar really decided to focus on th...
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Toyota celebrate reaching over 6 million global hybrid sales
Release Date: 17-01-2014

Toyota currently sell 24 hybrid passenger car models and one plug-in hybrid in around 80 countries and regions around the world, and last December they smashed the six-million landmark. Not only wa...
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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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KIA sportage refreshes range in time for New Year
Release Date: 10-01-2014

In tune with New Year and new beginnings, Kia Sportage has refreshed its range for 2014. Sticking to the ethos of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ they worked to ensure the...
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Commercial vehicle registrations hit biggest high in five years
Release Date: 09-01-2014

The year of 2013 saw van and truck registrations in the UK rise by 14.7% after an incredible surge in demand for trucks in H2. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and traders (SMMT), ...
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2013 record-breaking year for Mazda
Release Date: 08-01-2014

For many, a new year equals a new start, but Mazda will be hoping to carry on its success from last year, being one of the fastest growing car manufacturers in 2013. With annual sales gro...
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Winter breakdown outbreak
Release Date: 17-12-2013

Although diesel is the cheaper and often favourited method of fuel for fleets, thousands could be faced with a surprise breakdown in the upcoming weeks. This is due to a problem with the diesel qua...
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Highest number of new cars produced in 5 years
Release Date: 13-12-2013

With the largest amount of new cars being produced and sold since 2008, 2013 has seen the automotive industry take a big step in the right direction. And according to John Leech, Head of Automotive...
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Fleet Van Awards 2013
Release Date: 10-12-2013

Recognising the accomplishments of vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators and suppliers, are the annual Fleet Van Awards; a reward highly coveted by the light commercial vehicle industry. Judged by...
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MOT to check for Diesel Particulate Filter
Release Date: 06-12-2013

In a new bid to further help protect the environment; from February 2014 part of your MOT test will now include a check for a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) in an inspection of the exhaust system....
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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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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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Mercedes-Benz records best-ever October
Release Date: 11-11-2013

According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Trades (SMMT) Mercedes-Benz has achieved a record-breaking registration of performances all across the board throughout Octob...
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Euro-NCAP test autonomous braking systems
Release Date: 11-11-2013

New 2014 safety rating procedures will see Euro NCAP giving credit to vehicle manufacturers whose models feature robust forward collision warning and/or automatic braking technology, and now they h...
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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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RE-tech launch anti fuel theft device EyeCap
Release Date: 08-11-2013

Fuel theft has always been a problem affecting every type of vehicle owner, from councils, haulage firms, construction companies and transport managers to fleet owners; no-one is exempt. And with t...
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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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UK cheap car boom to be cut short by German economic recovery
Release Date: 11-10-2013

British drivers are enjoying a boom in cheap new cars. This year alone, motorists have benefited from extraordinary deals on new cars with a 16.7% increase in non-business registrations across the ...
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Car manufacturers embrace hybrid technology
Release Date: 10-09-2013

Mercedes-Benz has announced the impending release of a new version of the S-Class, with incredibly low emissions and an official fuel consumption of 94.2mpg. Available in the UK from September 2014...
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Vehicle Growth In The UK At An All Time High
Release Date: 07-02-2013

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the SMMT, recently announced that the total production of vehicles reached a four-year high in 2012 in the United Kingdom. A 9 percent growth over 20...
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How will you and your business be affected by ESOS?
Release Date: 23-02-1902

 How could ESOS affect your fleet and your company? You may have heard of The Governments new compliance legislation, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)? If you don’t know wha...
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