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Japanese manufacturers lead growing UK electric and hybrid vehicle sales

3 years ago / 0 comments

The alternative fuel sector – which includes hybrid, plug-in hybrid, range-extended electric and pure electric vehicles grew from 15,413 units in the first six months of 2013 to 23,337 so far this year, according … Read More »

Volvo reveals engine range for new XC90 SUV

3 years ago / 0 comments

The outgoing car, launched in 2002, has had a shrinking engine range during its time on sale in the UK and is only available with a single D5 five-cylinder diesel engine. Its replacement will … Read More »

Real world MPG gap continues to grow, new data shows

3 years ago / 0 comments

The company, which conducts its own standardised on-road tests for vehicle fuel economy and emissions, said the average results from the 459 cars it had tested since October 2011 painted a different picture to … Read More »

Road Test: Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC Lux

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: £19,995 Fuel: 44.8mpg CO2: 144g/km As much as the new Renaultsport Clio has divided opinions among enthusiasts, there’s no debating that this is technically a better car in almost every respect … Read More »

The Intelligent Hybrid

3 years ago / 0 comments

What is it? Debuted on the S-Class Hybrid and now available on the C-Class Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz has developed a system designed to take full advantage of topography for charging and discharging a battery through … Read More »

Road Test: Renault Scenic XMOD Dynamique TomTom ENERGY dCi 110 S/S

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: £21,095 Fuel: 62.8mpg CO2: 105g/km Unless you need the additional space of the seven-seat model, the Scenic XMOD might just have become Renault’s most appealing MPV. Renault has combined crossover and … Read More »

DfT announces £9m extra home charging point funding

3 years ago / 0 comments

Scheduled to come into force from the 1st September, and with a deadline of 31st March 2015 (or whenever the funding is exhausted), the scheme will offer 75% off the total cost of installing … Read More »

Road Test: Peugeot 3008 Allure 1.6 HDI FAP

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: £22,445 Fuel: 58.9mpg CO2: 125g/km Launched in 2009, the Peugeot 3008 arrived just in time to take advantage of the C-segment crossover boom.  Sales have exceeded initial projections by 50% and, … Read More »

Road Test: Peugeot 5008 Allure 1.6 HDi 115 FAP

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact MPV Price: £24,245 Fuel: 54.3mpg CO2: 135g/km Peugeot has added a new 308-inspired front end on the 5008 MPV. It’s a relatively subtle update, comprising reshaped headlights and a new bumper, but losing … Read More »

Road Test: Peugeot 508 SW BlueHDI 150 Allure

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: £27,145 Fuel: 67.3mpg CO2: 110g/km Against established D-segment models and the ever-present threat of crossovers, the Peugeot 508 hasn’t had the recognition it’s deserved. This is unquestionably a brilliant car. … Read More »

First Drive: Nissan X-Trail

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: SUV Price: £22,295 Fuel: 53.3–57.6mpg CO2: 129–139g/km With retail-heavy annual sales of less than 2,500 cars, Nissan’s X-Trail has traditionally been a small player in the fleet sector. But this third generation car … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Golf Estate 2.0 TDI GT

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £24,700 Fuel: 67.3mpg CO2: 108g/km One of the first things that strikes you about the new Volkswagen Golf Estate is, from the back at least, how much it looks like … Read More »

Five-door MINI to account for 60% of UK fleet volume

3 years ago / 0 comments

Launching with the four Cooper trim levels in October, followed by the One and One D in November, it marks the first time MINI has offered five-doors in its smallest model, and will be … Read More »

New 1.5-litre diesel to give Mazda2 market-leading fuel economy

3 years ago / 0 comments

The engine produces 103bhp, in line with similarly-sized diesels from rival manufacturers, and could be a vital addition to its model line-up, particularly in the Mazda3 which is only available with a relatively large … Read More »

First Drive: Kia Soul

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: £12,600–£21,550 Fuel: 38.7–56.5mpg CO2: 132–170g/km The second-generation Kia Soul has big shoes to fill. Its predecessor might not have found a huge European fanbase but its distinctive styling, personalisation options and … Read More »

First ever five-door MINI Hatch revealed

3 years ago / 0 comments

The additional bodystyle allows MINI to compete with key premium rival the Audi A1 Sportback, and to cater for five-door only fleet policies without moving drivers up to the larger Countryman crossover. It gains … Read More »

New software to improve accuracy of EV whole-life costs

3 years ago / 0 comments

Route Monkey, Teesside University and Urban Foresight will work together to create a tool which combines manufacturer battery chemistry data with fleets’ usage and charging cycles to plot degradation over a vehicle’s lifecycle. The … Read More »

Road Test: Vauxhall Astra Tech Line GT 1.7 CDTi 130PS ecoFLEX

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £20,195 Fuel: 65.7mpg CO2: 114g/km As part of a range-wide refresh in 2013, Vauxhall’s Astra gained the new Adam-like winged grille and minor styling revisions across the board. This also … Read More »

Another way

3 years ago / 0 comments

What is it? For the last four years, Volvo has been working with Flybrid to develop a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) which can boost power and improve economy for its future vehicles, at … Read More »

Road Test: Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Luxury Price: £89,022 (after £5,000 government grant) Fuel: 91.1mpg CO2: 71g/km Porsche’s first plug-in hybrid forms part of the Volkswagen Group’s plans to offer electric drivetrain in every sector it competes in by 2017. … Read More »


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