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54% drivers think they can get away with dangerous driving

A poll of 19,500 drivers by the AA found that more than half believe they can get away with dangerous driving because of a lack of police on the road. The AA president Edmund King described it as 'worrying' and called for more cops in cars. He said: 'What is clear is that camera enforcement is seen as an actual deterrent, but Big Brother can only do so much; we need more cops in cars.'

New Department for Transport plans will help those with mental health conditions get Blue Badges, entitling them to free parking.

Millions of drivers who have bought cars on credit are struggling to afford the payments, research shows. It has triggered fears many could default on their loans, triggering a financial crisis.

Audi has recalled 127,000 of their luxury cars after authorities suspected they had been fitted with emissions-cheating devices.

Competition has 'come off the boil' in recent weeks leading to pump prices for petrol reaching a three-year high at 121.7p per litre, the AA said.

Safety fears mean more lay-bys added to smart motorways

Highways England will install a number of additional emergency refuge areas to locations most at risk of drivers stopping in traffic. The maximum gap between these lay-bys - now marked in orange - will be reduced from 1.5 miles to one mile for future developments.

The zero-emissions hatchback will, Nissan says, travel 50 per cent further, deliver 38 per cent more power, and cost up to £1,500 less than the original.

A John Smith living in Leicester was offered a quote of £1,333 to insure an 11-year-old Ford Focus with fully comprehensive cover - more than £900 more than a 'Mohammed Ali' with the same details.

80 per cent of Brits don't know how to use zebra crossing

The majority - 46 per cent - believed that drivers should stop when a pedestrian is waiting to cross. However, this is NOT the legal requirement for a car to give way.

Law firm Your Lawyers said it has been appointed to act as a lead solicitor to represent 10,000 UK drivers who bought VW cars fitted with emission-cheating devices.

Damaged local roads are becoming more dangerous after a slump in council spending, experts have warned. Analysis shows that one in six local roads may need repairs.

Plymouth and Sheffield shamed as car vandalism hotspots

Almost three million cars were maliciously damaged last year across the UK, resulting in a collective repair bill of £1.9 billion, up 9.5 per cent from 2016 and equating to an average cost per victim of £661. Some 26 per cent of adults living in Plymouth had their car vandalised.

Excess energy collected via solar panels on sunny days and stored in a fridge-sized home-battery could be sold back to the national grid at peak times when demand for it is at its highest, the car giant says.

Frank Rothwell from Oldham, Greater Manchester fitted the £20,000 steam engine to the 50-year-old series II Land Rover to replace the car's original 2.25-litre petrol engine.

First MOT test for cars to remain at three years

fewer than half of the public consulted voted in favour of the extension, with the main concern being the safety risk involved with delaying the test for another year.

The luxury vehicles are licensed by big car makers, such as Jaguar and Lamborghini, and have proved hugely popular at the retailer over the Black Friday and Christmas periods.

Used car buyers are to be offered the low monthly payments usually seen on new car finance deals after the RAC launched a flexible loan that mimics PCP deals.

Land Rover to revive the Defender with 150 reborn 4x4s

Just when you thought it was gone forever, Land Rover’s classic Defender has bounced back from the dead with a collectors’ edition run of 150 reborn models starting at a hefty £150,000. Jaguar Land Rover’s Classic division is to fit 5.0 litre V8 engines to a selection of reincarnated, re-engineered and refurbished Defenders to produce ‘the most powerful and fastest ever created’, capable of accelerating from rest to 60mph in just 5.6 seconds.

The clip, which shows German car crash tests, aired on ABC's television program 'Ripleys Believe It Or Not' in 1985 to highlight the importance of wearing one's seat belt during a car crash.

Originally developed to help to military avoid IEDs, the Ripsaw 'sports tank' has become a hit with car enthusiasts. A new version has received a huge overhaul with a 1500bhp engine.

Three in five new cars must be electric by 2030

The Committee for Climate Change said that three in five cars purchased in 12 years' time will need to be electric if the Government is serious about meeting legally-binding carbon targets. In 2017, just 3% of all new cars registered were pure-electric or hybrids.

The boxes measure how you brake and accelerate to work out an insurance premium based your safety as a driver. But they can also be used to thwart scammers.

Companies use personal information collected from tens of millions of vehicles around the globe, and many keep tight-lipped about what they use the data for.

UK's speeding ticket hotspots revealed

West Yorkshire police caught more drivers speeding last year than any other region that would reveal its figures, according to new research. Speed cameras and police officers caught almost 46 times as many drivers exceeding limits in West Yorks than the force issuing the least tickets - City of London constabulary.

This F40 is more special than most - it's one of just seven right-hand drive versions created by special request for the Sultan of Brunei and only the second to be sold in the UK.

Ford unveils anniversary edition of Mustang Bullitt

It's been 50 years since Detective Frank Bullitt chased mob hitmen through the streets of San Francisco in his Highland Green Ford Mustang, pictured inset left and right, and now you can re-enact the pursuit yourself in this anniversary edition remake, main picture. Ford unveiled the surprise limited-run Bullitt Mustang at the Detroit Motor Show this week to rapturous approval, though refused to say how many people will get to own the sought-after new model.

The attendance at speed awareness courses has skyrocketed by 330% and bagged the police £57million following the rise of 20mph zones. 

According to Auto Express, previously disqualified motorists are having their cars electronically tagged depending on where they live - but not all forces have the tactic in place.

Black overtakes white to become most popular car colour

After four years at the top of the charts, Britain's favourite new car colour is not white anymore having finally been replaced as the most selected tone for brand new motors purchased during 2017. Some 515,970 brand new black cars were registered last year, figures have revealed, with grey also climbing above white in the sales charts, at 500,714 and 482,099 cars, respectively.

Land Rover’s Classic division will spend a year restoring the priceless 4x4, which has been off the road since the Sixties. It was found in a rundown state in a garden near the factory it was built.

Former American Formula One driver Dan Gurney has died following complications win pneumonia. He won four grands prix during his successful career on the track.

Saved by a self driving car: The moment Lyft vehicle giving a Dailymail.com reporter a ride in Las Vegas avoids a crash as an oncoming car pulls out in front of it

At CES this week, Lyft and Aptiv offered free rides in their Pilot autonomous BMWs, and Dailymail.com got a firsthand look at the future of ride-sharing. In somewhat of a surprise, the roughly 20-minute drive along the Las Vegas strip was smooth from start to finish – even considering one nerve-wracking moment when the vehicle was cut off by another car, which our reporter said as a 'heart stopping moment - even though the car responded smoothly to get her out of danger. The rides were supervised by a backup safety driver, and a host to explain the entire experience.

The Detroit-based motoring firm's Cruise AV will be a rebranded version of GM's Chevrolet Bolt EV (pictured), which will do away with the need for a backup driver.

Toyota teases radical 1,000 horsepower road car

It's a creation by Toyota's Gazoo Racing team - the one that spends millions of pounds a year to develop high-tech hybrid machines capable of circulating a track for a day in the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance event - and is as close to the real thing as you'll ever get. Showcased today at the Tokyo Auto Salon motor show, the GR Super Sports Concept is unlikely to ever be made into a production model - but imagine nipping down to the shops in one if it was.

New figures show that nearly a quarter of a million UK vehicles were broken into in 2016 - an increase of 4 per cent on the year previous.

An interactive app created by Leicester-based company EarthSense lets you type in your postcode and receive a rating from one to six, with one being the least polluted, based on nitrogen dioxide levels.

UK's car insurance postcode lottery revealed

The average fully comprehensive policy in the UK rose from £553.28 in the third quarter of 2017 to £574.11 in the last three months, according to comparison website MoneySuperMarket.

The safest car that money can buy scored nearly 100% in a safety test. According to tests by Europ NCAP, the Volvo XC60, worth £35,000, is the safest car you could own.

The Tokyo Auto Salon features hundreds of manufacturers from around the world exhibiting their craziest custom cars and wares, including a Lamborghini covered with Swarovski crystals.

The new Mini has a very British addition

Despite being owned by the German car maker since 1994, the refreshed hatchback and convertible models now get a new addition inspired by Mini's British beginnings. So, can you see it?

Photographer Ervin Boer from Romania snapped the amazing pictures while travelling with the Great Rally Company on its 1,250 mile trip from Belgium to Austria on alpine roads.

Stephen Norman has been parachuted in by Vauxhall’s French owners PSA - who also own Peugeot and Citroen- to take charge of the brand in Britain amid a slump in demand.

These are the 13 best new cars of 2018

All the cars listed are relative newcomers and have received glowing reports by those granted first access - making them the best in their class. Just one of them will be crowned Car of the Year 2018 next month. The vehicles range from sports cars, to SUVs and there are some surprise appearances in the hot hatch and performance car categories.

Residents in Bath have expressed surprise after 18 fake residents only parking signs were erected near the campus of Bath Spa University's Sion Hill campus.

A so-called 'hard Brexit' that would see Britain leave both the single market and the customs union, could cut revenues in Germany's crucial car parts industry by up to 3.8 billion euros (£3.4billion).

Interactive map reveals best places for electric cars

With the market for dwindling diesel expected to slump by as much as 10 per cent this year, experts say more must be done to win Britons over the the electric revolution — and to sustain it. But new data shows many areas could be woefully unprepared for an expected tidal wave of electric and hybrid vehicles, despite a recent 'unprecedented demand' for them as consumers continue to forgo both diesel and petrol. Milton Keynes (top left), Westminster (left, centre) and Northumberland (bottom left) were the top three areas to have the most charging points. But Torfaen (top right), East Staffordshire (right, centre) and North Kestoven (bottom right) were among 53 local authority areas with no charging points whatsoever.

Enabling drivers to see 'statement structures' such as the Angel of the North in Gateshead and the Willow Man in Somerset could give people a sense of location and purpose, Highways England said.

A female-only car showroom has opened in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia ahead of the issuing of driving licences to women in the Kingdom in June following a decision to reverse a 30-year ban.

Speed limit to be lowered on 250,000 miles of French roads

The French government announced on Tuesday that it will lower speed limits on all two-lane highways from 90 kilometres an hour (56mph) to 80kmh (50mph) after an alarming rise in road deaths in the last three years. The changes will take effect from 1 July.

Custom king Yianni Charalambous has pimped the rides of stars from Sergio Aguero to Harry Styles and boasts more than a million YouTube subscribers.

The average price of unleaded currently sits at 121.27p a litre and diesel 123.97p, both having accelerated from a summer 2017 low of 114.33p and 115.02p respectively.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up can turn into a caravan

Could the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up truck be the do-it-all vehicle many of us have been waiting for? Mercedes has previewed a caravan extension kit, main picture, that sleeps four adults and a sliding kitchen unit, inset, for alfresco cooking that could turn the X-Class into the ultimate weekend getaway motor.

Billy 'Whizz' Monger, from Surrey, had both of his lower legs amputated after he crashed his car at high speed during a race at Donington Park in Derby in April last year – just days before he turned 18.

Aston Martin DB4 GT continuation car is revealed

Forget the DB11 and Vantage - this is probably the most heavenly Aston Martin produced in the last two years. The model in question is the achingly beautiful DB4 GT, pictured, which was first created by the iconic British brand six decades ago and built in extremely limited numbers. And these are the first images of the DB4 GT the British marque has revived and will continue to build throughout 2018.

Jamie Stark, 40, who lives in east Hull, went to Asda Mount Pleasant with his mother and brother on December 23 to stock up on food for the festive period before returning later in the day.

While sales were unsurprisingly highest in London, almost 20 per cent of the 46,500 green models sold in the UK last year were registered in the East of England.

CES 2018: Fisker's new Emotion electric saloon revealed

The Fisker Emotion will offer cutting-edge EV technologies, most notably a 400-mile range, a top speed of 161mph and charging times in minutes. The long-awaited Tesla rival, with eye-catching looks and dramatic 'butterfly' doors, has a non-animal interior available for those who don’t want the premium leather interior of the show car.

Professor David Bailey called for ministers to introduce a proper Government-backed scrappage scheme as an incentive to get diesel drivers to switch to electric.

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Tolls on the two Severn Bridges have been reduced for the first time, with car drivers now having to pay £5.60 instead of £6.70, but campaigners argue it should be free.

Vauxhall slashes another 250 jobs at Astra plant

PSA, which also owns the Peugeut and Citroen brands, said the move was needed to 'accelerate the recovery of plant productivity’. The jobs cuts are on top of 400 already announced at the site in October last year.

As the car maker boosted a rise in sales for its global business, JLR, which is owned by Tata Group, said that business in the UK had been hammered by the constant attack on diesel engines.

At CES in Las Vegas, Relync showed off a radical new electric scooter that can fold down to the size of a suitcase in three seconds – and, with built in navigation and LED lights to guide your trip.

Small but mighty! The incredible moment a Tesla Model X is able to tow a 35,000lb semi truck stuck in the snow up a hill

A truck driver who became stuck in the snow in North Carolina was rescued by a Tesla Model X which was able to pull him out.Though the Model X has an advertised towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, Tesla’s SUV manages to do just fine with a significantly heavier load. Although it is not clear how much the semi-truck weighs here, it is likely to be a minimum of 35,000 lbs. The Tesla's performance is a testament to the great traction electric vehicles with all-wheel drive can get on the snow.

Toyota's 'E-Palette', unveiled at CES, can be used by retailers to create a mini shopfront so customers can try on clothes, for ridesharing, food deliveires, or a mobile doctor's office.

British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has shrugged off any Brexit blues by racking up record global sales of more than 621,000 cars.

The 10 best-selling new cars of 2017 have been revealed 

New car sales fell by 5.7% in 2017, but it was still the third highest year of vehicle registrations on record. So which models were people buying most? Here are the top 10 most popular UK cars last year. Clockwise from top right: Vauxhall Corsa, Nissan Qashqai, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Ford Fiesta.

China-based Byton finally unveiled its first drivable prototype at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today. The so-called Smart Intuitive Vehicle (SIV) will launch in China in 2019, followed by US.

The car manufacturer has said it is investigating the cause of the problem, which is affecting some Zafira B vehicles made between 2005 and 2014. Pictured, a Zafira on fire in Abergele, North Wales.

SMMT: New car sales shrank for the first time in 6 years

Official figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed a 5.7 per cent drop in new car sales, as motorists shunned diesel in light of new tax surcharges. The torn reputation of diesel cars in recent months has pushed more buyers towards petrol models, with sales of unleaded-fuelled vehicles growing by 2.8 per cent.

Amid all the hullabaloo surrounding the marque’s forays into the sporty 4x4 market, we shouldn’t overlook Jag's bread-and-butter models, not least the handsome and formidable XF Sportbrake.

The post sparked furious debate among drivers after blundering Greater Manchester Police officers said the 'only legal place to put one is the bottom right hand side'.

Just one new charge point for every six electric cars sold

Motoring title Auto Express said a total of 3,178 public connectors of varying charge speeds were installed in 2017 while more than 20,000 new plug-in vehicles were registered between January and the end of September. Which UK region has the most chargers per electric cars? Scotland, according to the stats.

McLaren's £750,000 Senna hypercar spotted on the M25

While most super-exotic cars undergo top-secret testing at the Nurburgring in Germany, the British marque's preposterous 789bhp racer for the road has been pictured driving on the M25 near Woking. Just 500 of the high-performance cars will be made - the last of which was pre-sold at a charity auction for £2million - but the select few keepers won't have theirs delivered until October.

Beatles legend John Lennon's Monkey Bike is up for auction

The 1969 Honda Z50A was used by singer song-writer John Lennon, pictured on it left with son Julian, to get around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Berkshire between 1969 to 1971 before being sold for just £250. The same person who bought the bike 47 years ago said he had previously rejected an offer of £90,000 for the dinky motorbike.

A MailOnline investigation has revealed Heathrow to be the most expensive of the ten busiest airports when parking a vehicle long-term, with a family expected to pay £163.40 for a seven-day stay.

However, the company exceeded its overall sales targets and says it made significant progress in reducing production bottlenecks toward the end of the fourth quarter.

Smart motorways failing to punish middle-lane hoggers

Poor motorway lane etiquette - which is a major bugbear for motorists - is going unpunished despite middle-lane hogging qualifying as 'careless driving' and carrying a £100 penalty, according to a new report. Confused.com said that a mere 2,012 UK drivers - a fraction of the nation's 38 million licence holders - were handed fines for careless driving offences in 2016 despite a third of drivers admitting to dawdling in the middle lane.

Tourists may have to take driving tests before they are allowed to drive on Australian roads under a new proposal by Victorian MP Sarah Henderson who says tourists are a 'moving time bomb'.

A study found that most people in Britain believe driverless cars are a waste of time and three quarters are not confident that the autonomous vehicles would be safe.

Most and least reliable small cars

Small cars need to be economical and cheap to own, and that means they shouldn’t suffer with frequent faults that take time and money to put right. These are the best and worst ones to own, according to those who drive them everyday.

Air pollution from our is Britain’s invisible killer. You can’t see the trillions of minute particles produced by exhaust fumes, but they are linked to potentially fatal conditions such as strokes and heart attacks.

The DVLA has been selling personalised number plates in Britain since 1990 and made £250,000 after the five most expensive plates of the year were bought in the last 12 months.

Take that Tesla! Morgan revives three-wheel racing car design from the 1930s for $45,000 electric vehicle

The Morgan EV3 is an all-electric three wheeler weighing less than 1,102 pounds. It uses a 20 KWH lithium battery, and will have a range of 120 miles and a top speed of 83 mph. Morgan says the design is based on '1930s aero-engine racing cars, classic motorcycles and 1950s fantasy automatons'. It initially built the car as a concept, but is now going to actually produce it with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems, with production set to start later this year. The firm says the cost will be 'comparable' to its $45,000 petrol three wheeler.

A classic jaguar sold for £3,500 by business magnate Bernie Ecclestone, 87, more than 60 years ago is expected to make almost £9million at auction when it is sold this month in Arizona, US.

Drivers often grumble about never being able to find a place to park. But the problem could actually be the result of poor parking skills rather than a lack of spaces, a study suggests.

Lighting the way: Norway's auto-dimming street lamps get brighter only as traffic approaches and then return to 20% power - and will help reduce country's carbon footprint 

Along a five-mile stretch of a highway near Hole, Norway, outside of Oslo, LED lights dim to 20 percent when no cars, bikes or pedestrians are in the area. When a car - or a cyclist or pedestrian for that matter - passes a radar sensor attached to the street lights, the lights turn to a full 100 per cent, allowing people to have full sight of what’s ahead of them. After the car passes, the lights return to 20 per cent to save energy when they’re not needed. The five-mile stretch of energy-saving lights saves 2,100 kWH per week, which would amount to approximately 21 hours of ironing, or four hours of watching TV on a plasma screen.

The brent crude oil price rose to $66.38, which is the highest since May 2015. The price of petrol in the build-up to Christmas was 120.7p a litre on average.

Arriving on British driveways from mid-January will be the new Skoda Karoq SUV. This family friendly, flexible five-seater looks and acts the business both inside and out and is a joy to drive.

Drive down the cost of passing the (now even tougher) test

The driving test has just got tougher for motorists, but if you carefully prepare for the challenge you can still remove those ‘L’ plates without spending a fortune. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, which sets the test, introduced new guidelines earlier this month.

Almost two-thirds of motorists believe the offence of dangerous driving should be extended to cyclists, while many say they should also have to sit proficiency tests and pay road tax.

Almost 70,000 motorists were caught out by the traffic-calming measure designed to stop rat runs in the London suburb of Surbiton.

Super SUV group test

Here, we’re testing three models that boast a minimum of 300bhp, plus incisive handling whatever the road surface, while keeping intact all the luxury and practicality buyers know and love. Even the least powerful of the trio, the turbocharged Audi SQ5, has 349bhp from its 3.0-litre V6 engine; the Range Rover Velar P380’s supercharged V6 has 375bhp and the Porsche Macan Turbo delivers a whopping 434bhp in Performance Package guise. They’re expensive, particularly the latter two, but which is the most convincing?

Drivers are being faced with a confusing ‘postcode lottery’ over rules on using mobile phones as satnavs, it was claimed last night.

Called 'Earth-1', the folding car was developed by Tokyo-based firm Four Link Systems and was designed after shape-shifting robots that feature in a popular Japanese anime series.

BMW 3 Series 10 comes top of most searched cars of 2017

Auto Trader ranked models by the number of times drivers used the search function on its website to find new and used cars being advertised by owners and dealers. BMW's compact executive saloon took the outright victory by amassing no fewer than 40.2 million searches over the last 12 months, racking up the most searches for any diesel car in 2017.

Five AI, based in Cambridge, hopes to take on US rivals like Uber and Google in developing a self-driving taxi service custom made to navigate the ancient cities of Europe (stock image)

The helmet, developed by Ford and King's College London, measures a driver's brainwaves to monitor mental energy and focus at different points on the road.

Cars from the '90s that are now on the brink of extinction

For instance, the first generation Ford Focus (bottom right) - a car launched in 1998 - is disappearing at a rate of 25 per cent a year. That means there won't be any Mk1 Focuses left by 2020. Here are 10 1990s favourites that are declining in numbers at the most alarming rates.Top left: Rover 400. Top right: Vauxhall Cavalier. Bottom left: Citroen Saxo.

Hospitals made record highs in parking charges this year despite a Government crackdown, and nearly £1 million from parking fines. More than half are still charging disabled patients to park.

More than 6,000 motorists have been caught at least twice for driving while distracted by using a mobile phone, in the past four years. Over 400 drivers were caught three times,

Car clocking has spiked by 25% since 2014

You'd think clocking cars would have died out with the Ford Escort. Not a bit of it. Experts say the practice has actually jumped 25 per cent since 2014 alone. That's around the same time the car finance market really began to blossom. Is this just a coincidence? Absolutely not.

Everyone wants SUVs these days. So much so that manufacturers are now making sporty versions that are offered as more practical hot hatchbacks on stilts. But which one is the best?

Inventor Elon Musk, 46, said the vehicle (pictured) would feature game-changing technology and be similar in size to Ford's best-selling F-Series models.

Hitler's 1939 armor-plated 'super Mercedes' up for auction

A Mercedez-Benz supercar built for Adolf Hitler will go up for auction in the US eight decades after it was parked in the tyrant's garage.  The German 770 Grosser, which became known as the Super Mercedes, was used by the Führer during victory parades (main) such as the conquering of France (inset right), Greece and Yugoslavia and to entertain guests such as Italian fascist dictator Mussolini. Built with bulletproof glass and armor-plated side panels, Hitler personally ordered the 7.7liter beast - serial number 189744 (inset left) - which he took delivery of in July 1939 in Berlin. After the Nazis were obliterated, the US Army seized the vehicle in 1945 and was passed between tobacco tycoons, casino magnates and historians before finding itself under the hammer with Worldwide Auctioneers - Vintage Motorcar Specialists - on January 17 in Arizona.

Breath tests on motorists in England and Wales have fallen by nearly 40 per cent in just six years. Labour has blamed government cuts for the reduction in testing after cuts lost 20,000 officers.

The suggested levy comes as fuel duty - worth £27.5 billion this year from petrol and diesel vehicles - is expected to decrease due to an increase in hybrid and electric cars in Britain.

Ten of the best used hybrid cars you can buy today

If the government is to be believed, we'll all be driving electric cars by 2040. So why not start now, or at least start with a hybrid. They're coming on to the used market in increasing numbers, and some have taken a big hit in depreciation so there are some enticing used buys out there. Here we count down our top ten.

Going from Darwin to Adelaide means covering 1850 miles of highway where the 50m road trains are king, where drink-driving is common, and temperatures can reach 50 degrees centigrade.

The price of petrol in the built-up to this weekend's predicted travel chaos was 120.7p a litre on average - that compares to 115.8p last year, 103.4p in 2015 and 115.8p at Christmas in 2014.

Jaguar four-cylinder F-Type review: Is cheaper better?

This is the first time Jaguar has plonked a four-cylinder engine into one of its sports cars. And not just any sports car - the glorious F-Type that until now has only boasted V6 and V8 soundtracks. That does mean its lighter, more nimble and cheaper. So the big question that needs answering is: when it comes to cylinders, is less really more? Rob Hull spent a week with the new 2.0-litre model to find out.

With its festive red livery and a name that sounds like one of Santa's speedier reindeer, what better present to give yourself this Christmas than the sporty and bold new Stinger grand tourer.

Some 161,490 new cars rolled off assembly lines at UK motor factories in November, which is 7,757 fewer cars than last year, or a decline of 4.6 per cent.

CO2 emissions will increase for the first time in 14 years

Car manufacturers are already under pressure to meet an EU target of cutting average CO2 emissions across their ranges to 95g/km by 2021, but the recent demonisation of diesel has sparked concerns that these objectives won't be met in the UK, if manufacturers can't shift low-emissions diesel cars that comply with Euro6 standards.

It appears that there are more 4x4s per capita in London than anywhere else in the country. Up to one in three vehicles in London are a 4x4 or an SUV, according to a survey by Privilege.

Higher traffic volumes and difficult wintery conditions were blamed for the rise in write offs in the twelfth month, which also included more than 900 cases on Christmas Eve in 2016.

Crackdown on L-plate scooter riders with new CBT test

The CBT system has been in place - and unchanged - since 1990 and only requires a new rider to showcase that they can master simple skills - without having to pass any tests - before being allowed on the road. But road safety minister Jesse Norman announced that this is due to change.

Uber is a danger to public safety as it encourages drivers to work exhausting hours, a court heard. It comes as the taxi-hailing firm is fighting a legal battle so it can continue to operate in London.

UK drivers most resistant to autonomous cars in Europe

Just about every mainstream car maker currently looking to ramp-up driverless car development in preparation for the coming years, but they may find the British market the most difficult to crack when trying to tempt motorists to let go of the steering wheel for good, a poll of 11 European nations by Mazda has found.

Motorists in Britain have been warned of gridlock lasting more than four hours today as more than 20 million people are due to hit the roads over the festive period.

Proposals to modify driving rules to enable remote control parking have been outlined by the Government. Drivers could be able to use a mobile phone to park their car.

Kahn Design's six-wheeled Flying Huntsman convertible 

It's the latest creation by London-based Land Rover and Range Rover customiser Kahn Designs and it laughs in the face of ice, snow and just about everything you'd encounter on and off road. Called the Flying Huntsman 110 6x6 Double Cab Pickup Soft-Top, it takes an iconic Land Rover Defender, adds two more wheels and a folding fabric roof to create a go-anywhere offroader with six wheels and a six-figure asking price.

The owner of the silver Volkswagen was stopped after dark on the M62 in West Yorkshire yesterday. His car was seized for not having insurance cover for commuting and providing the wrong address.

What does your job say about you? That you're successful? Highly motivated? Eager to climb the business ladder? How about a bad driver? One insurer has ranked job titles by accident claims.

McLaren's £750k Senna hypercar is tribute to F1 legend

The McLaren Senna has been named after the late three-time Formula One champion Ayrton Senna (inset) with some of the proceeds of its £750,000 price tag going to his charity to support underprivileged children. in his home nation, Brazil. It gets McLaren's own designed dihedral doors, though this time with an additional feature. If you're happy to pay extra for it, the British-based car maker will fit the lower parts of the door panels with glass inserts so you can see the apex of the corner. It should also help when trying not to kerb a wheel when parallel parking and squeezing through width restrictions in town.

The Fiat Punto, a new car you can buy from a UK showroom today, has been awarded the lowest crash test rating of all time, according to new Euro NCAP assessments.

Alpine is back! After more than two decades on the shelf, Renault has relaunched the French sports car name, and the first new model to feature the badge is a peppy little sports car.

Even before it was off the design board, the dramatic face of the new Vantage became the inspiration for the DB10 – of which only ten were made for use in the Bond movie Spectre.

If Elon Musk had peered out of his California office window last week he might have caught a glimpse of the new electric car that's set to challenge his Tesla brand's market dominance.

This special edition Bentayga 4x4 is designed to packs a pair of shotguns in the boot along with rounds of ammunition, a hunting knife, binoculars and a set of champagne flutes.

Lamborghini already builds some of the most extreme cars you can drive on the road today, but its vision for the hypercar of tomorrow is on a whole new level.

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Lamborghini reveals its Urus supercar SUV

The Lamborghini Urus follows in the footsteps of the 1986 LM002, and the Italian exotic car maker has dropped a colossally powerful engine into a 4x4 to create an offroad family vehicle that will be able to blitz just about everything that comes into its path. Revealed in Italy today, the Urus uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine packing 641bhp and will cost £157,800 or $200,000 before tax.

What Car?s report was good news for Japan, but not so great for UK car making, with the Range Rover Sport, Jaguar XE and British-built Nissan Qashqai bottom of their respective categories.

If you're in the market for a seven-seater, affordable, 4x4 then you might end up with a particular problem - finding one that comes with a petrol engine. The Skoda Kodiaq might be the answer.

This is what the most powerful Ferrari you can buy looks like - and it has more wings than an RAF station. It's called the FXX-K Evo and is more potent than Ferrari's current Formula One car.

With ministers determined to ban sales of new petrol and diesel powered cars by 2040, we're all going to have to come around to the idea of electric vehicle ownership. Could this be the answer?

What does it look like? Will it be cheap to own? These are some of the questions car buyers ask before purchasing a new model. But the most important questions is: how fast will it depreciate?

The new model is due to go on sale next year with a £160,000 price tag, It will be capable of smashing through the 200mph barrier and will be built exclusively in the UK.

Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold for £1.3m

An anonymous bidder has paid £1,345,500 at auction for a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, once owned by the former Beatle, who bought it for £3,800 in the summer of 1964 and later by Chris Evans. Another vehicle affiliated with a member of the famed band was also sold at the same auction  - a 1966 Mini Coopers S that was adapted to carry the drum kit of none other than Ringo Starr went under the hammer for £102,300.

Today, only cars built before 1960 are exempt from having to pass an MOT. From May 2018 that cut-off shidts to 1978. Here's 10 models that fit into the 18-year window created by the new rule.

Hot hatches of the current era are far from cheap, but there are ways of picking up a performance hatchback for much less. We countdown our top 10 favourites from the past for as little as £2,000.

This is one of the 7,145 Escort Cosworths built for the road and is likely to be the least used. In two decades it's quadrupled in value and is the latest example of rapidly appreciating Fast Fords.

A pair of cars steeped in British comedy folklore are to be sold at auction next month. Eric Morecambe's Jensen, which he suffered a heart attack driving in 1968 is expected to achieve up to £110,000.

Cars older the 40 years to be exempt from MOT test in 2018

An additoinal 300,000 cars in Britain will no longer need an MOT test from next year under new rules that will see any model older than 40 years exempt from the annual roadworthiness check-up. Currently, only vehicles built or first registered before 1960 are exempt from the MOT test. It will mean around 1.5% of all cars used on the road today will not need to pass the mechanical examination - and many people are concerned about the dangers of unchecked older vehicles.

The 1964 275 P took the chequered flag at the day-long endurance event in the same year - a feat that hasn't been repeated by an Ferrari car in the 53 years since.

It's just a cosmic car, with a price tag from another galaxy. This is the Lamborghini driven by Jay Kay in the iconic music video for 1996 hit single Cosmic Girl - and it's for sale in the UK.

This Ford Sierra RS Cosworth car was sold for £28,000 in 2007 - fast forward a decade and it's now tipped to fetch £115,000 at auction. Why? Because it's almost showroom fresh.

Any normal Ferrari 365 GTB/4 in a similar condition to this one would be worth no more than £500,000 on today's market. This 1969 model is expected to sell for three times that amount.

Ten tips for cheaper car insurance

One in three motorists pay over the odds for their car insurance - and the worst thing you can do is simply renew. We reveal ten tips to get the cheapest car insurance deal and show you the places to go to compare car cover and potentially save hundreds of pounds.

   

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