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The EU referendum will offer just a pale imitation of the Scottish independence referendum

The trouble with remakes is they almost always disappoint. This is so even, especially, when they have larger budgets, bigger… The post The EU referendum will offer just a pale imitation of the Scottish independence referendum appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Fourth-generation Toyota Prius to bring 18% efficiency gain

Toyota has announced further details of its 2016 Prius, which helped by design and engineering innovations will bring an 18% improvement in fuel and emissions performance. Set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, the new model brings significant changes to the full hybrid powertrain. Although the powertrain retains the current 97bhp […]

Around 400,000 VWs in UK will require more complicated fix, says VW UK chief

Volkswagen has said that around 400,000 vehicles in the UK will require engine modification under the recall for the emissions testing saga. Giving evidence yesterday (12 October) to the Government’s Transport Select Committee at the House of Commons as part of the probe into the scandal, Paul Willis, UK managing director, said that of the […]

Backlash at Labour budget vote U-turn

Labour fiscal charter U-turn sparks backlash 13 October 2015 From the section UK Politics comments Image copyright AP Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has sparked a backlash from some Labour MPs after ditching the party’s support for the government’s fiscal charter. Mr McDonnell said Labour would oppose the bid to force future governments to run a […]

2015 DS4 THP 210 Prestige review

What is it?:  In the 10 months since the DS brand was launched as a standalone entity, a lot has happened. New models have been unveiled, including the Chinese market DS6 WR SUV, while updated versions of the existing range have been released. Now it’s the turn of the DS4, the facelifted version of which […]

House prices rising fastest in England

House prices rising fastest in England By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter 13 October 2015 From the section Business Image copyright PA House prices in England have risen considerably faster than in the rest of the UK in the last year, official figures show. Property prices in England rose by 5.6% in the 12 months […]

So what if Lou Reed was a monster?

Another week, another famous dead person having his grave danced on with gay abandon. This time it’s the late, great… The post So what if Lou Reed was a monster? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Iron Mountain cuts insurance premiums 36% with driver performance solution

Information storage and management specialist Iron Mountain says it’s seen significant dividends in safety and reduced liability costs and insurance premiums after installing GreenRoad’s driver behaviour and fleet performance solution. Show More Summary

New Ferrari F12tdf revealed with 770bhp

This is the Ferrari F12tdf, a faster, lighter and more powerful special edition of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Ferrari says the car has been created as homage to the legendary Tour de France road races, which it dominated the 1950s and 1960s with the likes of the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta. The F12tdf is described as “the ultimate […]

VW Group to waiver dealer stocking charges and pay bonuses

Volkswagen Group dealers will have their customer satisfaction bonuses paid and stocking charges waivered as a result of the emissions crisis affecting the brands, according to managing director Paul Willis (pictured). Addressing questions from the Commons Transport Select Committee, Willis said the group had moved to protect its dealers who he described as the “backbone […]

UK car industry on course to break manufacturing record in 2020

The UK’s automotive industry will break the current record for vehicle manufacturing in 2020, a new report has predicted. The report, commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says that in five years time, the UK’s automotive industry will be producing more than two million cars per year – breaking the currrent […]

First Drive: Volvo S60/V60 Cross Country

In a crossover-saturated market, Alex Grant wonders if there’s still space for a rugged estate. Sector: Upper medium Price: £30,195–£38,025 Fuel: 49.6–67.3mpg CO2: 111–149g/km Volvo might seem like a late arrival to the cladded D-segment, but it pioneered this niche with the V70 Cross Country in 1998. It’s a concept which has spawned everything from […]

Here’s what happens when you create a ‘safe space’ at a pro-life event

You know all that stuff about ‘safe spaces’, places on university campuses where you’re not allowed to say or do… The post Here’s what happens when you create a ‘safe space’ at a pro-life event appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

John Whittingdale ruffles feathers at BBC campaign event with off-piste speech

Last night BBC staff and musicians alike assembled at Portcullis House to back UK Music’s Let it Beeb campaign. As guests… The post John Whittingdale ruffles feathers at BBC campaign event with off-piste speech appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Jaama boosts major account management team

Jaama has announced the appointment of Sean Eckersley to its major account management team. Eckersley (pictured) will be working closely with Jaama’s major account following implementation of the company’s Key2 vehicle and driver management system.  He brings experience at Epyx and has also established his own vehicle sourcing and sales business. Eckersley has also worked […]

Annual UK automotive production on track to hit all-time record in 2020

The UK automotive industry is on track to hit record vehicle production figures in 2020, beating the previous 1970s high. That’s according to a new forecast report launched today (13 October) by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Annual car production is expected to pass the two million milestone by 2020 – breaking […]

ATS Euromaster technician wins industry award

ATS Euromaster technician Michael Vasey has received the REACT Roadside Technician of the Year Award, from the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA). Vasey jointly received the award with Paul Hickling of Lodge Tyre Company.Show More Summary

Yodel to create 7,000 jobs across the UK

Yodel is recruiting 7,000 part-time and full-time staff across the UK in preparation for this year’s peak Christmas period. The independent parcel carrier is set to recruit more than 800 directly-employed drivers who will be provided with Yodel branded uniforms and a liveried van. Yodel is also looking for around 3,000 owner-drivers, who will be […]

September sees seasonal rise in van values

BCA recorded an exceptionally strong month in the light commercial sector in September as average values rose across the board. Despite rising volumes of stock continuing to reach the wholesale markets, increased levels of demand and competitive bidding saw values rise for fleet/lease, dealer part-exchange and nearly-new vans.   Average values across the board rose […]

2016 Toyota Prius specs revealed

The new Toyota Prius will bring gains in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions of around 18%, the Japanese firm has confirmed ahead of the Tokyo motor show. Toyota is adopting styling cues from the Mirai fuel-cell vehicle for the latest generation of its hybrid, which made its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show. Now […]

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