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Jaguar I-Pace named 2018 Scottish Car Of The Year

Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, the I-Pace, has been voted the overall Car of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Car of the Year Awards.

The I-Pace was also voted the Best Alternative Fuel Car, as Jaguar picked a trio of top-spot’s at the awards ceremony held at the Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club in Edinburgh last night.

The F-Pace’s ‘little brother’, the compact performance SUV, the E-Pace, completed the hat-trick of awards, as it beat all rivals to collect the Best Premium SUV title. Continue reading Jaguar I-Pace named 2018 Scottish Car Of The Year

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BMW to unveil new 3 series at Paris motor show

BMW will unveil the new 2019 BMW 3 Series at the Paris Motor Show which begins today.

Codenamed G20, the all-new seventh-generation executive saloon is larger, lighter and more efficient, and continues BMW’s evolutionary design philosophy that has underlined every new 3 Series since it was first launched in 1975. Continue reading BMW to unveil new 3 series at Paris motor show

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Drivers will lose licence for on-the-spot eye test failure

Drivers who are stopped by the police will have their licences immediately revoked if they fail a a new on-the-spot eyesight test, as part of a crackdown on road safety.

Throughout September, every motorist stopped by officers in three pilot areas, Thames Valley, Hampshire and West Midlands, will have to pass a basic vision test before being allowed to continue driving. If the driver cannot read a number plate clearly from a distance of 20 metres they will have their licence revoked on the spot. Continue reading Drivers will lose licence for on-the-spot eye test failure

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One third of car buyers would consider buying a car they haven’t seen

New research suggests that one in three car buyers would consider purchasing a car they have not seen up close and personal.

The survey, carried out by CitNOW, an automotive video specialist, asked 2000 second-hand car buyers about their car buying habits and it was found that a third of car buyers would consider parting with their money after seeing a picture or video of the vehicle. Continue reading One third of car buyers would consider buying a car they haven’t seen

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RAC issues ‘fake news’ warning over exploding petrol tanks

The RAC is warning drivers about fake social media posts and emails falsely linking cars to recent fires that only occur in hot weather and heatwaves.

According to some online reports, filling your car’s petrol tank in high temperatures could cause a fuel tank explosion, however the RAC has dismissed these claims as a social media hoax. Continue reading RAC issues ‘fake news’ warning over exploding petrol tanks

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Parade of Land Rovers and Range Rovers sets new Guinness World Record

Land Rover set new Guinness World Record

A new Guinness World Record has been set by Jaguar Land Rover Deutschland GmbH for the largest ever parade of Land Rovers and Range Rovers.

The world record, set in Bad Kissingen, Bavaria, Germany, consisted of 632 Land Rover and Range Rovers, of which over 80% were Land Rover Defenders.

Jaguar Land Rover Deutschland set the new record, with the help of volunteers, as part of Land Rover’s 70th anniversary celebrations marking the original Land Rover’s unveiling, which took place on 30 April 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. Continue reading Parade of Land Rovers and Range Rovers sets new Guinness World Record

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World’s most expensive car sold to car mat maker

1963 Ferrari GTO The most expensive car in the world

The most expensive car in the world has been bought by an American entrepreneur, who made his money selling rubber car mats.

Sold for a reported £52 million, the rare 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO is now the most expensive car ever bought.

David MacNeil, founder of WeatherTech, paid the record sum for the 1963 super car, one of only 39 models of the Tour de France winning Ferrari 250 GTO built by the Italian car maker between 1962 and 1964. Continue reading World’s most expensive car sold to car mat maker

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Jaguar Land Rover – Ten years of Tata

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the £1.7 billion deal which saw the creation of Jaguar Land Rover Limited following the acquisition by Tata Motors of Jaguar Cars and Land Rover from the Ford Motor Company.

Jaguar Rover Limited (JLR) became a British-registered and wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors following completion of the deal on 2 June 2008, which also included the rights to three other British brands, Daimler, Rover and Lanchester – a Birmingham based car manufacturer which hadn’t produced a car since 1955 but became part of Jaguar Cars in 1960. Continue reading Jaguar Land Rover – Ten years of Tata

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Fiat unveiles new special edition ‘Collezione’ 500 in London

Fiat has unveiled the new special edition ‘Collezione’ 500 in London to mark 10 years of special 500 city car models.

Trendy Covent Garden played host on the second stop of its European city tour, which started in Milan.

London sells more 500’s than any other city in the world outside of Italy, so it was fitting that London should be the second venue after Milan. After the London showcase the ‘new edition’ Fiat 500 tour will visit Berlin and Paris before finishing in Madrid. Continue reading Fiat unveiles new special edition ‘Collezione’ 500 in London

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115,000 cars will be MOT exempt from Sunday

This weekend the MOT test will be changing and it has been estimated that an extra 115,000 cars could be back on UK roads as they no longer need an MOT test.

One of the new MOT rule changes will allow cars over 40 years old to be on the road without a test, as long as the car hasn’t been heavily modified.

From Sunday (20th May), owners of any car over 40 years old will simply have to declare every year that the car meets the rules for not needing an MOT test. Continue reading 115,000 cars will be MOT exempt from Sunday

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The F-Pace – the Jewel in Jaguar’s crown

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Five years ago Jaguar revealed the C-X17 at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and two years later, in 2015, they revealed the fully-fledged model – the Jaguar F-Pace, now accounting for two in every five Jaguars sold.

Jaguar’s first ever SUV, born from the C-X17 concept, not only had to live up to an SUV owner’s lifestyle and expectations, it also had to embody the core Jaguar values. Continue reading The F-Pace – the Jewel in Jaguar’s crown

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The ‘Made in Britain’ cars supplying motorists all over the world

We often talk about the sad demise of the British car industry and reminisce about its past every time we spot a classic Ford Escort or Capri, Vauxhall Cavalier or Astra, classic Mini, Morris or even a Rover?

But as with all things, silver linings often shine through and the lasting legacy is that in the UK, we know how to build cars. Continue reading The ‘Made in Britain’ cars supplying motorists all over the world

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Happy Land Rover Day – marking 70 years of all-terrain

Grey Land Rover

Today has been officially declared World Land Rover day to mark the 70th Birthday of the iconic four-wheel-drive all-terrain vehicle.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Land Rover and April 30 has been chosen as it was the very day that the Land Rover made its debut at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show. Continue reading Happy Land Rover Day – marking 70 years of all-terrain

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New survey reveals the life of a company car driver

According to new research two in three company car drivers typically spend more time sitting in their company car than they do sitting on their sofa at home and only one in three really enjoys driving.

The survey, carried out by Skoda, reveals that company car drivers spend almost three years of their career behind the wheel of their company car and cover nearly half a million miles. Continue reading New survey reveals the life of a company car driver

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Celebrating six generations of the Volkswagen Polo

1979 VW Polo MK1

With the introduction of the new Volkswagen Polo, the MK6, the sixth-generation Polo promises to continue the legacy of this dependable and very versatile ‘supermini’ that has lasted 43 years.

Of the 1.4 million Polo’s sold in the UK since 1975, there are just under half (631,000) still being driven on UK roads. Continue reading Celebrating six generations of the Volkswagen Polo

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Jaguar XF celebrates 10th anniversary

Red Jaguar XF with car mats

The Jaguar XF celebrates ten years of luxury motoring and the motorway cruiser is still going strong.

Jaguar, the iconic UK car manufacturer, has had some turbulent times in its long history, but the modern Jaguar has shaken off its old man image and is soaring to new heights with new models and record-breaking sales.

One of the jewels in Jaguar’s crown is the XF, which has stood the test of time and been a big part of Jaguar’s resurgence. Continue reading Jaguar XF celebrates 10th anniversary

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Ferrari’s 70th anniversary exhibition draws to an end in London

A special Ferrari exhibition to mark Ferrari’s 70th anniversary comes to an end next week.

The exhibition at the Design Museum in London opened last November as part of Ferrari’s 70th birthday celebrations and features a host of classic Ferrari’s, including the 166MM (1950), bought by Gianni Agnelli, future head of Fiat, who said at the time “I shall always remember my first Ferrari”. Continue reading Ferrari’s 70th anniversary exhibition draws to an end in London

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Top ten UK car vandalism hotspots revealed

Car Vandalism

A new study has revealed that parts of London, Manchester, Nottingham and Edinburgh are the UK’s worst areas for car vandalism

The findings from Churchill insurance found that more than one in four UK drivers has fallen victim to car vandalism, as well as uncovering the UK’s worst areas for the crime. Continue reading Top ten UK car vandalism hotspots revealed

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April fools press releases – what the car manufacturers try to fool us with

Car manufacturers like to show their funny and mischievous side occasionally and unable to resist a giggle, a number of PR departments have made it a seasonal habit of trying to ‘April Fool’ us with their press releases.

Some are done for over-the-top hilarity, while others put in a lot of effort to make their press release as convincing as possible. This year has been no exception and here is a small pick of a ‘foolish’ bunch. Continue reading April fools press releases – what the car manufacturers try to fool us with