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Kia Procee’d GT

Kia revealed the facelifted version of its Cee’d hatchback at the Frankfurt motor show earlier this month, and those updates are now being extended to the Procee’d GT. Upgrades for 2015 include larger brakes, new 18in alloy wheels, a new grille and the same redesigned front bumper you’ll find on other facelifted Cee’ds. The suspension […]

VW cars with cheat software will not be liable for higher VED

The government confirmed today that owners of VW diesel cars fitted with emissions cheating software will not have to pay higher VED. It said it is currently trying to establish the extent of the practice and is now entering the next phase of the investigation, looking at whether the illegal software used by VW is […]

Aston Martin Vulcan meets its namesake: Vulcan bomber XH558

Yes, it’s a marketing stunt – but an airborne meeting between the Aston Martin Vulcan supercar and the last flying Avro Vulcan bomber is never going to happen again. As Vulcan XH558 prepares for its last ever flight – which is due to take place this month – the iconic aircraft has performed a special […]

Two issues will dominate Tory conference: who’ll succeed David Cameron and the EU referendum

As the Tory tribe prepares to gather in Manchester, the chatter is about two things: who will succeed David Cameron… The post Two issues will dominate Tory conference: who’ll succeed David Cameron and the EU referendum appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The backlash against the Stepford Students is intensifying

The Oxford University Student Union this week added another feather to its cap on free speech by banning a new student… The post The backlash against the Stepford Students is intensifying appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

UK government to conduct its own emissions tests

Tests carried out by the UK government on cars involved in the VW emissions scandal will be done independently of the vehicle industry, according to officials. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that: “Neither cars, nor the testing facilities will be provided by the vehicle industry themselves.” Instead, the Department for Transport (DfT) and the […]

Renault Kadjar 1.5 dCi 110

Following the success of the Nissan Qashqai, Renault is looking to cash in with its own C-segment crossover – the Kadjar. There’s more than a little similarity between the two, which is largely due to the partnership Renault and Nissan have in place. Renault says 95% of the visible parts are different, but they’re underpinned […]

Council workers’ pay deal reached

Deal reached on Scottish council workers’ pay 2 October 2015 From the section Highlands & Islands An agreement has been reached on a pay deal for Scottish council workers. Local government body Cosla said it welcomed trade unions’ acceptance of the 2.5% rise over two years. Cosla said councils would find it difficult to find […]

Two CON losses – one to LAB the other to the SNP – in latest Local By-Election Results

George Street and Harbour (SNP defence) and Midstocket and Rosemount (Con defence) on City of Aberdeen George Street and Harbour Result: Scottish National Party 961 (51% +17%), Labour 490 (26% -5%), Conservatives 195 (10% +3%), Green Party 136 (7% unchanged), Liberal Democrats 96 (5% -5%) Scottish National Party HOLD on the first count with a […]

Will anyone dare to be the new John Ruskin?

Brian Sewell, who died last month, was not popular with his fellow critics. He accused them of kowtowing to power, of… The post Will anyone dare to be the new John Ruskin? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Allstar Business Solutions enhances fuel card security

Allstar Business Solutions, part of the Fleetcor UK Group, has migrated from magnetic stripe to EMV chips cards, in a move that will improve usability and enhance security for all of its 1.1m UK cardholders. EMV is commonplace across the UK and the rest of Europe for cards issued by banks, helping to limit the […]

Brake announces winners of 2015 Fleet Safety awards

Road safety charity Brake has announced the winners of its annual Fleet Safety Awards. Winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony held last night (Thursday 1 October) at St John’s Hotel in Solihull, Birmingham. Big winners on the night were Gateshead Council and TomTom Telematics, who picked up two awards each. Individual awards went to […]

Potential new choices for prestige brands, says Glass’s

New choices for prestige brands could emerge in the UK car market as established upmarket choice go mainstream. So says Glass’s, which points out that Audi, BMW and Mercedes now sell so many cars – almost as many as brands like Ford and Vauxhall – that it believes any genuine sense of exclusivity has all […]

VW emissions scandal: UK owners won’t be hit by tax hike rise even if emissions rise

The Government has confirmed that UK taxpayers will not be hit by a higher tax bill if it turns out that their cars have been fitted with a ‘defeat device’. Volkswagen has admitted the use of software to manipulate emissions test results in America, but it is not yet clear whether the devices have been […]

Hyundai’s N division targets affordable performance

Cars developed for Hyundai’s new performance N division will be “track-day-capable”, according to Albert Biermann, head of the firm’s vehicle testing and high-performance development. Biermann said the cars he and his team were developing...Show More Summary

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Estate review

What is it?:  There’s a good chance Jeremy Corbyn would drive this Golf R Estate, and not because this one happens to be scarlet red. No, it would be for what it represents. As we know, Volkswagen translates as ‘people’s car’, and the original Beetle brought freedom to the masses.  As the Golf is the […]

SMMT chief says wrong to penalise all diesels

Mike Hawes, chief executive, of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has backed diesel whilst calling for a new emissions test following the Volkswagen scandal. Speaking yesterday (1 October) at the National Air Quality Conference, Hawes said there was no collusion over test manipulation: “Consumers are right to be concerned following the events […]

Assemble’s Turner Prize entry is positive, genuine and ego-free. They’ll never win

Here are some fur coats reclaiming the design canon for the sisterhood. They are draped over the back of tubular… The post Assemble’s Turner Prize entry is positive, genuine and ego-free. They’ll never win appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

George Galloway: Sadiq Khan is a very boring man

With Zac Goldsmith today announced as the Conservative candidate for the 2015 London mayoral race, the Tory MP will now face Sadiq Khan… The post George Galloway: Sadiq Khan is a very boring man appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

SSI steel firm goes into liquidation

Redcar steelworks: Owners SSI go into liquidation 2 October 2015 From the section England Image copyright Ian Forsyth Image caption The crisis in steel prices is being blamed on a surplus of cheap Chinese products on the world market SSI UK, the owners of the Redcar steelworks, has gone into liquidation. The Thai parent company […]

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