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Death of the traditional handbrake

Electronic parking brake

New research has revealed that just a third of new cars are now fitted with manual handbrakes as manufacturers ditch them in favour of electronic parking brakes. According to research by online automotive marketplace CarGurus, only two mainstream manufacturers, Dacia and Suzuki, offer manually-operated handbrakes on their entire ranges. Many …

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Japanese car brands ‘are the most reliable’

Suzuki logo

Four out of the top five most dependable cars are from Japanese manufacturers, according to reliability rankings released by What Car? The Toyota Yaris hatchback and the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross jointly claim the top spot, both achieving perfect scores. Suzuki is the overall top brand for reliability among cars up …

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Poor eyesight could cost you your licence

Vision Express eye test

Drivers who are stopped by police will have their licences revoked immediately if they fail a simple roadside eye test. The tough new crackdown aims to catch some of the thousands of motorists who get behind the wheel despite having defective eyesight. The initiative is being rolled out across Thames …

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Best and worst celebrity road trip companions

Ed Sheeran

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has topped a poll as favourite choice for a travel buddy, with journalist Piers Morgan at the other end of the scale. Budget Car Rental UK conducted an independent, European-wide survey to discover who we would most like to travel with on a long car journey and …

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Alfa Romeos unleashed in Milan

Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team in Milan

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team made a special appearance on the streets of Milan this week, ahead of the Italian Grand Prix. The Formula One racer, along with the range-topping Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, was taking part in the opening of “F1 Unleash”. The …

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Top 10 biggest fears of new drivers

Young driver

Whether you learn to drive as a fresh-faced teenager or wait until you’re a little older and wiser, all learners go through the same experiences. From the sense of fear as you first drive down a slipway to join a motorway, to the challenge of trying to parallel park on …

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Classic Ferrari sells for world record $48.4m

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

A stunning 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO has been sold by RM Sotheby’s at Monterey, California – the most ever paid for a classic car at auction. Long considered to be the ‘holy grail’ of the collectors car world, it went for $48.4m (£36.7m), smashing the previous record of $38.1 million …

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Green light for electric E-type Jaguar

Jaguar E-Type Zero

The electric version of the iconic Jaguar E-type, famously driven by Prince Harry as he whisked bride Meghan away to their wedding reception, will be available to buy from 2020. Jaguar Classic – a heritage division within Jaguar Land Rover – will produce the E-type Zero at its Coventry facility. …

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Nervous drivers steering clear of motorways

motorway-traffic

Millions of Brits admit to feeling anxious when driving on motorways, according to new research. A poll of 2,000 motorists by Nissan has found 23% are uncomfortable on multi-lane highways. More than half (55%) of drivers say they’re nervous when hemmed in between cars and lorries on motorways, while 43 …

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Drivers ‘ignoring car park etiquette’

Car park

One in 10 motorists commits car park offences including parking across bay lines, driving against the direction of traffic and leaving their vehicle in a disabled bay without displaying a Blue Badge. SUV drivers are guilty of the worst car park etiquette, according to the survey for Direct Line. Researchers …

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