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Police have expressed disappointment over the results of a summer drink driving campaign, which has yielded relatively modest results.
Statistics for June showed that 5.8% of the 83,224 motorists tested, either refused or failed a breath test which is a marginal improvement on last year’s 6% figure, but the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said the decrease was not enough: (Read More)No Comments
A new poll by IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) claims eighty per cent of motorists believe those who repeatedly drink drive should have their vehicles seized.
On top of that, fifty per cent think that this should also happen to drivers several times over the limit – the clearest indication yet that the public believe drink drivers are currently getting off lightly. (Read More)No Comments
Ask most people which profession throws up the biggest proportion of speeding drivers, and it’s a safe bet they will answer “footballers”. Wrong!
How about dance teachers?
Yes, according to a new report from car insurance comparison site, Tiger, it was dance teachers/choreographers who topped the table when it came to miles driven per motoring conviction, with convictions being earned every 23,500 miles driven. (Read More)No Comments
India’s largest carmaker has been hit by a devastating riot which caused the death of a Human Resources manager, and left of many other managers hospitalised.
The indiscriminate violence at the Maruti Suzuki plant near New Delhi has seen all 3000 of the factory’s union workers charged with murder for the mob attack that caused the death of Awanish Kumar Dev, and resulted in at least 70 injuries. (Read More)No Comments
What has happened to the once-thriving French car industry?
Recently it was announced that, amongst other cutbacks, Peugeot-Citroen will drastically reduce output by closing its big Aulnay factory near Paris, with the loss of 8,000 jobs, in an attempt to stem crippling financial losses which are in the region of £150 million per month! (Read More)No Comments
Ford has announced that there has been a further delay to the eagerly-awaited new Mondeo, meaning that it is unlikely to go on sale until September 2013 at the earliest.
‘The key thing is to make sure it [Mondeo] goes on sale in 2013,’ said a Ford spokesman. ‘We are looking at a three-month delay, with September a good time to hit the ground running with a new car.’
The problem Ford has is that it effectively unveiled the new Mondeo under the American banner of ‘Fusion’ at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year. This means that by the time the new model does go on sale, there will have been a 20 month gap from its launch which is bound to have an affect on sales of the outgoing model.
When the 2013 Mondeo does finally arrive it should be an appealing car. With its ‘Aston Martin’ style grill, a range of powerful and economical Ecoboost petrols and frugal diesels, it is expected to be in high demand.
Ford already has a busy launch schedule over the end of this year and the start of 2013, so the delay may actually work in their favour.
The new Kuga is expected to arrive in December/January, with the eagerly-awaited Fiesta face-lift scheduled to come at about the same time. The Fiesta ST will follow in spring 2013.No Comments
Struggling Italian car giant, Fiat, appears to have hit on a novel ‘headline-grabber’ as it prepares to launch it’s new 500L – the MPV vehicle it hopes will revive its European fortunes.
How about this? The car will come with the option of a ‘coffee experience kit’ which consists of a set of coffee cups, a spoon/ sugar holder and – wait for it – your own in-built expresso machine! (Read More)No Comments
Despite Government pledges to the contrary, and despite massive cutbacks in road safety funding, motorists are still having to contend with thousands of speed camera sites!
In fact, according to statistics gathered by the RAC Foundation, there are actually more fixed speed camera sites in England now than there were under Labour in 2010. (Read More)No Comments
If vehicle insurance wasn’t high enough already, motorists have been warned to brace themselves for another hefty hike in premiums.
The warning comes after a new report uncovered a shocking 18 per cent rise in personal injury claims, despite the fact that the number of accidents dropped by 11 per cent! (Read More)No Comments
Not that long ago, a car was the most sought-after possession for many young people. However, recent research has suggested that ‘Generation Y’ (roughly those aged between 18-34) are now more interested in gadgets than gears!
A survey conducted in 23 mega cities globally by consultants Frost & Sullivan found that the share of public transport – including as push bikes – was increasing at a rate of around 2 per cent a year but, at the same time, car ownership was stagnant and, in many cases, falling. (Read More)No Comments