Category: Motoring news

keyless theft

Thatcham challenges carmakers to cut keyless thefts

Thatcham is planning important updates to its New Vehicle Security Assessment (NVSA) in a bid to reduce keyless entry thefts. The UK car safety body judges new models against the NVSA to inform which insurance group they should fall into. New criteria will focus on keyless entry, with carmakers challenged to find fresh measures to…
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diesel fuel

Myth busting: clean diesels and trustworthy garages

Amidst a barrage of reports about dangerous emissions and rip-off repairs, consumers are being urged to reconsider diesel and trust their garage. New data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) found that 270 new diesel models performed well under the new RDE emissions test. “These new findings prove that modern diesel cars, supported by…
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used car

UK used car market buoyant but mechanical reliability is top buyer concern

48% of prospective UK car buyers are now looking to buy used, with another 20% undecided, according to a new study by automotive video specialist, CitNOW. Mechanical reliability was found to be the top used buyer concern, ahead of bodywork problems, accident damage and electrical faults. Interestingly, just 19% of consumers were concerned about the…
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car crime

Chop shops, cloning and clocking – new reports reveal UK vehicle crime wave

Three new reports have highlighted the extent of criminal behaviour in the UK used vehicle market. First, West Midlands Police (WMP) announced that it had arrested 280 suspects and recovered 631 vehicles, worth a total £1.6m, in relation to chop shops. A WMP spokesman told the local Express and Star newspaper: “There are concerns a…
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fuel economy

WLTP fuel economy legislation drives up August new car sales

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that UK new car registrations increased by a massive 23.1% in August 2018, compared to the same month last year. August is traditionally a slow sales month, coming directly before a new registration plate launch in September. SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes explained that…
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