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UK garage bill ‘postcode lottery’

Garage repairs

Average hourly car labour rates vary by as much as 220% across the country, according to new research. The survey by Auto Express and Warrantywise found the highest average labour rates are in Twickenham, south west London,(£141), while the cheapest are in Kirkwall, Orkney (£44). The average rate in Great …

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New Jaguar SUV tested to the extremes

Jaguar F-PACE SUV

Jaguar’s upcoming F-PACE “performance crossover” is currently undergoing testing in the most demanding locations. From the searing heat and dust of Dubai to the ice and snow of northern Sweden, the new F-PACE has been tested to the limit in some of the most inhospitable environments on earth. Jaguar says …

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Win a Formula One drive

Infiniti Red Bull F1 competition

Infiniti has launched the ‘Ultimate Test Drive’ giving one lucky motorist from the UK the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an F1 car. Not only will the winner get to drive an Infiniti-sponsored Red Bull, but they will get instruction from drivers Daniil Kvyat and Sebastien Buemi. Customers …

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Toyota’s 50-year UK milestone

Toyota's 50th anniversary

Japanese car giant Toyota celebrates half a century in the UK. Toyota has sold almost three million vehicles in Britain – a far cry from its modest entry to the UK car market way back in 1965. The Corona wasn’t big, it wasn’t flashy, but it was the first Toyota …

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Mazda CX-5 review

Mazda CX-5

How does the Mazda CX-5 shape up in the hotly-contested mid-size SUV sector? Well, to cut a long story short – very well. And it has to be good because it’s up against everything from the Honda CR-V and Ford Kuga, to the Volvo XC60 and Nissan Qashqai. Like the …

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Drivers’ Top 10 travel worries

Traffic jam

Traffic congestion and breaking down are the biggest concerns for motorists as the summer getaway begins. Worryingly, new research from car hire giant Europcar,  reveals that drivers of older cars undertake long journeys without doing some of the basic car maintenance checks. With the average age of cars on Britain’s …

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Skoda develops dog seatbelt

Skoda dog seat belt

Safety first as Skoda launches accessories help keep man’s best friend out of harm’s way. From simple seatbelts to barriers designed to give dogs an area of the car they can call their own, the range has everything the savvy dog owner needs. The Dog Safety Belt, among the many …

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Italian police opt for SEAT

SEAT Leon police cars

SEAT has won a contract to supply bulletproof Leon 2.0 TDI cars to Italy’s two police forces. It’s the first time the Polizia di Stato and the Carabinieri have tendered and selected the same brand and the same vehicle. SEAT says low fuel consumption and emissions figures, as well as …

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Revealed: Europe’s bestselling cars

VW Golf

Britain’s car industry is booming, but our neighbours over on the continent are doing well too – here are Europe’s biggest selling cars… European new-car sales increased by 8.4% in the first half of 2015, according to JATO Dynamics, the world’s leading provider of automotive intelligence. The Volkswagen Golf, Ford …

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Peugeot RCZ R review

Peugeot RCZ R

Eye candy or serious sports coupe – or a bit of both? The lowdown on the Peugeot RCZ R… There’s no doubt that the RCZ R is a very attractive car. Streamlined with that distinctive double bubble roof, it turns heads. Based on the “standard” RCZ but given a serious …

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