Smart motorways: breakdown recovery firms won’t stop for vehicles in closed ‘red X’ lanes

Official guidelines say recovery firms should “not rely on a red X closure sign” when helping broken-down vehicles

Recovery firms are not allowed to stop and help motorists whose vehicles have broken down on smart motorway lanes that have been closed with ‘red X’ signs. Instead, staff from firms like the AA, Green Flag and RAC must wait for police or Highways England vehicles to physically close the lane or tow the vehicle to a refuge area, according to official guidance.

The Continue reading “Smart motorways: breakdown recovery firms won’t stop for vehicles in closed ‘red X’ lanes”

New Jannarelly Design-1 UK Edition arrives with retro styling and V6 power

The limited edition Jannarelly Design-1 UK Edition sports car is available to order now, priced from £115,549

Jannarelly Automotive, the Dubai-based start-up manufacturer has launched a limited edition version of its retro-styled sports car designed specifically for the UK market. 

Called the Design-1 UK edition, it features a unique paint job and a handful of cosmetic enhancements over regular versions of the low-volume newcomer. Production is limited to just five examples, with each Continue reading “New Jannarelly Design-1 UK Edition arrives with retro styling and V6 power”

‘Small, inexpensive cars rule the road in the UK’

The 2019 new car sales figures have shown that value for money is top priority for new buyers, says Mike Rutherford

Shock horror – the official new car sales numbers for 2019 are just in – and they’re a tad (2.4 per cent) down on 2018. No problem. It’s a blip, not a slump. Last year was a tumultuously uncertain one for Blighty, its industry, retailers, finances and citizens. With this in mind, I’m pleasantly surprised to learn that consumers here were confident enough to purchase Continue reading “‘Small, inexpensive cars rule the road in the UK’”

Mazda CX-30 vs Skoda Karoq

The Mazda CX-30 fills a gap in the brand’s SUV line-up. We see if it hits the compact SUV jackpot against the Skoda Karoq

The mid-size SUV sector is very popular in the UK, because these models provide the style of larger SUVs and almost as much practicality with the lower running costs and smaller size of family hatchbacks. However, Mazda has been missing from this segment; the CX-3 rivals smaller cars like the Citroen C3 Aircross, and the CX-5 is a bit larger, so it takes on models such Continue reading “Mazda CX-30 vs Skoda Karoq”

5 Advantages of Muscle Cars for Students

Whenever there is a mention of the words muscle and car, we think of the golden age of this type of car. The most famous cars of this golden age include the 1965 Mustang Shelby GT350, the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 and the 1969 COPO Camaro.

These cars have a rich history and are what lay the foundation for many models of the ordinary American muscle car that would follow. Having a car with a healthy engine is good, but what other advantages can muscle cars offer to their drivers, Continue reading “5 Advantages of Muscle Cars for Students”

New Subaru Forester e-Boxer 2020 review

The new Subaru Forester e-Boxer boasts mild-hybrid tech, but has it boosted the SUV’s appeal?Verdict3The Subaru Forester isn’t a car that you buy with your head, because there are plenty of rivals which offer a broader range of ability and – more importantly – better fuel economy. However, if you’re after a practical, no-nonsense SUV that isn’t fazed by rough terrain, the Forester e-Boxer makes a convincing choice. Just be prepared to pay for it.

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New Volkswagen T-Roc R 2020 review

The 296bhp VW T-Roc R uses its Golf R underpinnings to full effect, but is it worth £38k?Verdict3.5If you want a fast, practical, comfortable Volkswagen then the Golf R – soon to be departing with the Mk8 version of the evergreen hatchback’s arrival – still probably represents the best buy. If you want a little extra practicality, the Estate beats out the new T-Roc R too, and for less money. However, this is a style-driven choice and one delivered with little compromise, driving much the Continue reading “New Volkswagen T-Roc R 2020 review”

New baby Tesla previewed in official design sketch

Tesla has released a design sketch of a new compact EV, along with plans for a new China-based design studio and R&D centre

Tesla has revealed plans to build a new design studio/research and development centre in China. This design sketch was released as part of the announcement, previewing how the company’s first compact vehicle would look. Should it reach production, the vehicle would sit under the Model 3 in Tesla’s line-up, acting as a rival to the Volkswagen ID.3.

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Wireless electric car charging trial for taxis launched

Nottingham project will see cab ranks and taxis fitted with wireless charging pads as part of a six-month trial

Taxi drivers in Nottingham are set to benefit from wireless charging, after the Department for Transport announced a £3.4 million trial of wireless pads at taxis ranks.

The scheme will see Nottingham City Council purchase 10 LEVC and Nissan electric taxis, which will be retrofitted with charging pads and given to taxi drivers to run over six months. If successful the scheme Continue reading “Wireless electric car charging trial for taxis launched”