International driving permit: do I need one?

Driving abroad? Check out the rules and apply for an International Driving Permit

If you’re driving abroad, it’s often the case that being the proud owner of a full UK driving licence covers you from a purely legal point of view. However even in those countries where that does hold true, a UK licence printed in English is not going to be much help when you’re explaining to an irate traffic cop that you didn’t notice the speed limit, or misunderstood a no-entry sign.

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New 2018 Jeep Wrangler: UK prices revealed

The all-new Jeep Wrangler goes on sale in the UK this weekend

The new fourth-generation Jeep  Wrangler goes on sale in the UK this weekend, and full prices and UK specifications have been revealed for the long-standing Land Rover Defender rival.

The range kicks off at £44,495 for the Sahara two-door 2.2-litre Multiget diesel, with 197bhp on tap and sending power to an all-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

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Get Cash for Your Unused Car Parts

You’ve been working on that dream car for years at this point, and it’s just about complete. Perhaps you’re still waiting on a few vital parts, or maybe you’re just about to take it to the paint shop to give it some shine. Whichever point you’re at – congratulations! Now, you need to do something about those cars you used for parts that are sitting around your yard. Did you know that you can get cash for cars in the Perth area, including parts cars?

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Magna lands key European seating work for BMW

October 11, 2018 15:04 CET

Magna International has opened a seating factory that will employ 300 people and supply BMW in Europe.

The new plant in Chomutov, Czech Republic, will supply seating systems in various configurations for several BMW models. Production is expected to start before the end of this year.

Magna, in a statement on Thursday, did not reveal the financial terms of the contract with BMW or how much the new factory cost to build.

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Why Magna founder Frank Stronach is suing his family

October 11, 2018 06:01 CET

TORONTO — Magna International’s founder is suing his daughter, two grandchildren and others for allegedly mismanaging the family’s assets and trust funds, according to reports in the Canadian Press and other news outlets.

Founder and longtime former CEO Frank Stronach and his wife, Elfriede, launched the lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court and described the action as a last resort, the reports said.

In a statement on Wednesday, Stronach, 86, said Continue reading “Why Magna founder Frank Stronach is suing his family”

VW, Skoda, Audi and Seat take big WLTP sales hits

October 11, 2018 15:27 CET

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group brands saw their European sales fall steeply in September after demand was hit by the introduction of a new vehicle testing regime in the European Union.

The sales hit followed good results in August when many automakers offered incentives to clear dealer stocks ahead of the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) Procedure type approval tests that went into effect Sept. 1.

VW brand deliveries fell 43 percent Continue reading “VW, Skoda, Audi and Seat take big WLTP sales hits”

Fiat ends production of Panda diesel, sources say

October 11, 2018 06:01 CET

MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles halted production of the diesel version of the Fiat Panda minicar Sept. 1, two sources told Automotive News Europe.

The decision to stop production of the diesel Panda is part of FCA’s new business plan announced June 1 at the automaker’s capital markets day. Former CEO Sergio Marchionne, who died July 25, said then that the automaker will “phase out diesel engines on all passenger vehicles by 2021.”

FCA did Continue reading “Fiat ends production of Panda diesel, sources say”

BMW to gain control of China venture in milestone deal

October 11, 2018 08:35 CET

SHENYANG — BMW said it will take majority control of its main China joint venture for 3.6 billion euros ($4.2 billion), the first such move by a global automaker as Beijing starts to relax ownership rules for the world’s biggest auto market.

BMW will lift its stake in its venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings to 75 percent from 50 percent, with the deal closing in 2022 when rules capping foreign ownership for all auto ventures are lifted.

The Continue reading “BMW to gain control of China venture in milestone deal”

German coalition parties fight over diesel fines

October 11, 2018 11:00 CET

BERLIN — Ministers from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives attacked a proposal by their coalition partners, the Social Democrats, to fine automakers who fail to offer diesel hardware retrofits, opening a new battle front in their fragile government.

The government outlined plans earlier this month to cut pollution from diesel vehicles by asking automakers to offer owners trade-in incentives and hardware fixes in an attempt to avert driving bans in Continue reading “German coalition parties fight over diesel fines”

Mercedes plans advanced self-driving tech for S class

October 11, 2018 06:01 CET

PARIS — The next Mercedes-Benz S class will offer the brand’s first self-driving system capable of eyes-off conditional autonomy.

The technology will be introduced in the brand’s flagship model before eventually trickling down into lower segment vehicle, Ola Kaellenius, Daimler’s head of research, told reporters at the Paris auto show last week. Kaellenius will succeed Dieter Zetsche as Daimler and Mercedes CEO in May.

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