UK’s most dangerous drivers: car dealers, priests and tree surgeons in the frame

Study shows men are six times more dangerous than women on UK roads, with car dealers, and tyre technicians among the worst

Loaders, car dealers, tyre technicians and priests are among the UK’s most dangerous drivers, a new study has shown.

Insurance comparison site MoneySuperMarket looked at the 7.8 million car insurance enquiries it’s had in the last 12 months and cross-referenced the occupations of drivers with dangerous driving offences they had declared, including causing serious Continue reading “UK’s most dangerous drivers: car dealers, priests and tree surgeons in the frame”

New 2020 Audi Q2 facelift spotted testing

New Audi Q2 baby SUV set for a mid-life update with only minor design tweaks

Audi’s smallest SUV, the Q2, is now the brand’s oldest so engineers and designers are busy putting the final touches to an updated version of its Mercedes GLA rival. 

These first spy pictures show the updated Q2 cold weather testing. As a mid-life update the visual changes, as you can see from the images, are somewhat minor. Behind the disguise at the front and rear, a new set of bumpers will be fitted to Continue reading “New 2020 Audi Q2 facelift spotted testing”

Number of luxury cars being stolen doubles in five years

There were 117 per cent more premium car thefts between January and October 2019 than in the same period of 2015

The number of high-end cars being stolen has doubled over the course of the last five years, new data has revealed.

Between January and October 2019, Direct Line Group saw 14,300 claims for premium cars being stolen, up 117 per cent from the 6,600 claims in the same period in 2018.

• Fewer than half of all stolen cars recovered by police

There have been a total of Continue reading “Number of luxury cars being stolen doubles in five years”

Company car tax guide 2019/2020: everything you need to know

Don't be confused by BIK company car tax rates – our guide explains all and shows you how to calculate them

Company cars have long been used by businesses to reward and retain staff as an extra perk on top of a standard salary. Unfortunately, the Government or, more precisely, HM Treasury, is aware of this kind of incentive and levies tax on them. This company car tax is called Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) tax, as the cars are seen as an additional taxable benefit that falls outside of your Continue reading “Company car tax guide 2019/2020: everything you need to know”

New Ford Focus Vignale Active X trim level revealed

New Ford Focus Vignale Active X aims to bring luxury feel to rugged off-road Focus

Ford has broadened its Focus lineup by adding a new Vignale Active X edition to the range, making the Focus range the most comprehensive in its class. 

The model combines Ford’s top-spec Vignale trim with the rugged exterior look and raised ride height of the Active trim level.  Standard features on the new trim include 17-inch alloys, contrasting black roof and mirrors, LED headlamps, Vigale interior Continue reading “New Ford Focus Vignale Active X trim level revealed”

Number of high-end cars being stolen doubles in five years

There were 117 per cent more premium car thefts between January and October 2019 than in the same period of 2015

The number of high-end cars being stolen has doubled over the course of the last five years, new data has revealed.

Between January and October 2019, Direct Line Group saw 14,300 claims for premium cars being stolen, up 117 per cent from the 6,600 claims in the same period in 2018.

• Fewer than half of all stolen cars recovered by police

There have been a total of Continue reading “Number of high-end cars being stolen doubles in five years”

Mercedes SLC bows out with run-out Final Edition for 2020

Two-seat compact Mercedes drop-top to be taken off sale next year with no plans to replace it

Mercedes has called time on the SLC roadster – its rival for everything from the Mazda MX-5, to the Audi TT and entry level versions of the Porsche 718 Boxster – by announcing a run-out Final Edition version of its smallest drop-top, on sale now and on roads next spring. 

On sale since 2011 in one form or another, the SLC is the oldest Mercedes still on sale, and Auto Express understands a Continue reading “Mercedes SLC bows out with run-out Final Edition for 2020”

How to scrap your car, and get the best price

How to scrap or recycle your car, and what prices to expect from the scrap yard

Sometimes the sad day dawns when the cost of fixing a car turns out to be more than it is actually worth. At this point pragmatic motorists will have to take a deep breath and say ‘goodbye old friend’ to their pride and joy, but do you know how to scrap your car? Our handy guide below reveals all.

There are exceptions when scrapping your car may not be the best idea. For example, if your car is a rare or Continue reading “How to scrap your car, and get the best price”

Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign revealed in showroom spec

On sale now, the 710bhp Nissan GT-R50 celebrates the golden anniversary of the GT-R nameplate and of Italdesign

This is the production version of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign. Only 50 examples will be built, each priced at €990,000 (around £883,000), with first customers due to take delivery at the end of next year.

Nissan and Italdesign both celebrated their 50th anniversaries in 2018, and the GT-R50 was built as a joint golden anniversary gift. The initial concept was revealed in Continue reading “Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign revealed in showroom spec”