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Vauxhall
Release Date: 13-02-2019

  Vauxhall’s popular Vivaro van is now available to order, expected to hit streets at the end of summer 2019. Vauxhall’s mid-sized van has finally been updated and will include...
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Pre-booking a parking space can help reduce air pollution
Release Date: 30-01-2019

  YourParkingSpace.co.uk has found that pre-booking a parking space can help reduce CO2 pollution. We’ve all been there – driving around the streets and car parks, searching fo...
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The Mini Velar  Land Rover updates the Range Rover Evoque
Release Date: 23-11-2018

  The Range Rover Evoque has been completely overhauled for 2019, stealing many styling cues from its older brother, the Range Rover Velar. The Range Rover Evoque has been dramatically red...
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New T-Cross from Volkswagen looks to secure customers in the supermini market
Release Date: 29-10-2018

  Volkswagen have expanded their SUV line-up with a sister model to the Polo: The T-Cross. Outside, the T-Cross sits 97mm taller than its sister model, the Polo, and comes with full front ...
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New Citroen Berlingo Van Crowned International Van of the Year 2019
Release Date: 24-10-2018

  Citroen has updated their Berlingo van with fresh new design language and technology, winning the International Van of the Year 2019 award. From Quarter 4 of 2018, the new-style Berlingo...
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Plug-in Car Grant withdrawn for most low emission vehicles
Release Date: 15-10-2018

  The Government has announced changes to the Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG), which will reduce or completely remove the financial incentives for new low emission car buyers. On October 11th 201...
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Green number plates could be fitted to electric vehicles
Release Date: 11-09-2018

  Electric vehicles might be fitted with green number plates, under Government plans to increase the awareness of low emission vehicles. The number plates might be introduced to electric o...
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The top 5 vehicles to lease for under 150
Release Date: 11-07-2018

  Working to a budget can be tough, especially when working with limited funds. But this doesn't mean you can't get a fantastic car for low monthly rentals - for under £150 per month, h...
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The 2019 Audi A6 Saloon
Release Date: 25-06-2018

  In July 2018, the refreshed Audi A6 saloon will go on sale, featuring a high level of standard specification and an exterior redesign. The A6 will come in two trims from launch: Sport an...
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The 2018 Nissan Leaf
Release Date: 06-02-2018

  Nissan have undergone production on their new Nissan LEAF, which promises a larger range than the previous model along with a total re-design. The LEAF is Nissan’s leading electric...
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The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Release Date: 27-11-2017

  January of 2018 is set to welcome the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross which, as the name suggests, is a crossover vehicle to rival the likes of the Nissan Qashqai or Seat Ateca. The Eclipse C...
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Try our mock-up theory test!
Release Date: 22-06-2017

Figures from the DVSA show that the overall pass rate for theory tests is falling: in 2007/08 there was a pass rate of 65.4%, whereas in 2016/17 there is a pass rate of only 48.2%. This got us thin...
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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2017
Release Date: 13-02-2017

This year Mitsubishi have revealed their all-new Outlander PHEV. A marginally revised version of Mitsubishi’s best-selling golden-child and successful plug-in hybrid SUV. The newest Outlander...
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The Citroen C3 Review
Release Date: 19-12-2016

The ‘Supermini’. A term coined for vehicles that are slightly larger than a city-car but not quite big enough to be referred to as a family car. Originally launched in 2002, the C3 has ...
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The Tesla Model X Review
Release Date: 13-12-2016

A fast, all-electric, all-wheel drive SUV with seven seats is breaking boundaries at an astounding speed. Extremely fast the Model X can reach 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds with a 100kWh battery which &n...
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The Jaguar XE  have they done it at last?
Release Date: 09-11-2016

The Jaguar XE – have they done it at last? It’s certainly clear that Jaguar have had an unsteady past, as their X-Type didn’t quite make the cut and was axed back in 2009. The la...
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Seat get involved in a whole new ball game...
Release Date: 08-11-2016

Seat get involved in a whole new ball game Seat Ateca Review Seat has launched it’s first-ever SUV, the Seat Ateca, and we welcome aboard the Spanish company whilst congratulating them on a...
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Are motorway journey times predictable?
Release Date: 27-10-2016

Are motorway journey times predictable? Four out of five business drivers think not… Research carried out by the RAC’s Report on Motoring 2016 reveal an increase in concern from com...
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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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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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New Kia Sportage Review
Release Date: 14-03-2016

The all new Kia embraces an exciting new future for its Sportage model... With an attractive brand new interior and exterior design, a whole host of advanced new technology features and a higher q...
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Nissan Navara NP300 Review
Release Date: 18-01-2016

Comfortable, refined and robust, this is a 4X4 with style Nissan have combined their crossover SUV experience with the best car-like qualities to produce their newest offering in the pick-up segme...
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Citroen Berlingo Review
Release Date: 16-12-2015

"Ideal for if you need a van but want to drive a car." Although the Citroen Berlingo is a van, it has all the driving qualities of a car meaning it is easy to handle and to park yet suffices to th...
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Mercedes Benz GLA Review
Release Date: 16-11-2015

The Mercedes-Benz GLA reinterprets the compact SUV segment. Being a light-foot master of all day-to-day challenges yet also ideally robust for off-road excursions, the versatility of its capabiliti...
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Tesla S Self Driving Car
Release Date: 06-11-2015

Self-driving cars may still seem like a long way off, but the reality is that they are here. And not just being developed in labs or tested on closed off race tracks either, for partially autonomou...
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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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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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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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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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Volkswagen Tiguan Review
Release Date: 06-01-2015

Versatile, tough and attractive. The Volkswagen Tiguan is a winner in our books. The Volkswagen Tiguan is often overlooked in the 4x4 and Crossover market - by doing so, you're missing out easily ...
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Our top ten articles of 2014
Release Date: 01-12-2014

2014 has been a year of the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of car stories, and we have put together our list of the top ten most read news stories on our site, so you can relive some of the be...
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Alternative Route Finance Christmas Gift Guide
Release Date: 20-11-2014

Christmas is finally upon us, and with less than five weeks to go, it is about time you got started on your Christmas Shopping. And if you have a car lover in the family, it can sometimes be a litt...
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Car parking fails so bad they
Release Date: 14-11-2014

We've all experienced it. You're crawling around the car park, desperate to find one of those precious parking spaces. After about 5 minutes of driving aimlessly round tight corners, you find a spa...
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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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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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Review: Renault Megane
Release Date: 27-08-2014

The new Renault Megane takes no compromises on the safety it is known for, but takes a leap forward in terms of technology and performance. Renault is working on deploying its new design identity a...
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Volkswagen Golf Match Review
Release Date: 15-08-2014

Volkswagen has created a new model for the Golf, ditching the SE and replacing it with the new Match. It’s exactly the same as a regular Golf, so you’ll still get the same speed, hand...
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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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Top 10 most famous cars
Release Date: 13-06-2014

Film & TV has done wonders for so many cars over the decades. Ordinary cars that might have been resigned to the scrap heap or simply forgotten about over the generations have seen their popula...
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Review: Volkswagen Passat Estate
Release Date: 14-05-2014

The Volkswagen Passat Estate was born from Volkswagen’s desire not to revolutionise the Passat, but to enhance competitiveness with other similar brands. And that it does. With a strong engi...
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Catalytic converter thefts on the rise
Release Date: 12-05-2014

When it comes to car thefts, there are a rising number of cases of catalytic converters being taken, something which is taking a considerable toll on UK businesses. This theft is largely due to t...
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Proposals could cut a number of Britain
Release Date: 02-05-2014

When it comes to road necessities, you would think that road markings and signs would be the most important, however new plans are allowing local councils in Great Britain the freedom to reduce the...
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Nissan announce X-Trail and Juke prices
Release Date: 01-05-2014

Nissan have announced the full pricing and specification for the brand new X-Trail and the updated Juke.  The Nissan X-Trail will launch this coming July, with a choice between 2-wheel drive ...
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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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Londons new ParkAround App
Release Date: 02-04-2014

When it comes to parking, how often have you been driving round in circles trying to spot a space, finding one only to have someone in front quickly dive into the spot? Well now you can avoid that ...
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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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Tracking tools save 1000s for fleets
Release Date: 21-03-2014

Running a fleet is costly, and if you are looking for ways to save cash then we know just what you need; a vehicle tracking system. This simply device can save fleets up to £1000 every year p...
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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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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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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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New Audi A6 Ultra
Release Date: 07-02-2014

Looking to be popular with fleets and businesses is a new range of Audi A6 ‘Ultra’ models which will offer low and cost-efficient emissions of 114g/km. Highly proficient, yet with no co...
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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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Motorists want limit put on parking charges
Release Date: 21-01-2014

A recent Motorpoint poll reveals that 90% of motorists want to see a limit put on car parking charges.  It was recently revealed that during 2012-2013 councils across England made nearly 600 ...
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Parking fines may be scrapped
Release Date: 13-01-2014

When it comes to paying fines, one most seem resentful of paying are parking fines due to the generalised view councils use parking enforcement simply as a “Cash Cow.” However, it now s...
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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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Volkswagen adds to Passat Line-up
Release Date: 03-01-2014

To add to its Passat range, Volkswagen has introduced the new Executive and Executive Style trim levels models to replace the Highline, Sport and R-Line variants. The Executive has a comprehensive...
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Drivers admit to irresponsible parking
Release Date: 26-11-2013

According to a recent survey by Purple Parking, over half of drivers admit to some form of anti-social parking behaviour. On a study of 2,800 participants, it was found that both men and women thin...
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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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Top tips for winter driving
Release Date: 19-11-2013

Over 6,000 snow and ice-related vehicle accidents occurred last year in the UK, even though the country only sees 33 days of snow year-by-year on average. In light of the fact, it would be wise for...
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What if Apple really did make a car? Our Predictions
Release Date: 00-00-0000

Apple may be making a car. We give you our predictions for the 'Apple Car.'  Rumours have been whispered across social media for the past week that tech giant Apple are planning on entering t...
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