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VW finally commits to dieselgate fix

It feels like Wolkswagen's emissions scandal happened a million years ago, and not a great deal has happened since then. Well, at long last, the European Commission say that VW have given a commitment to have all the affected vehicles sorted out, repaired, and everything by autumn 2017. That'd be cars in the EU, for…

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Apple to buy McLaren?

Apple to buy McLaren?

Rumour has it that Apple are looking at buying out McLaren, which could mean we could see some plain white F1 cars that will force you to listen to a new U2 album, and will have an engine that sounds like Siri gurgling. It could be exciting. The Financial Times say they've got a number…

Motorists' mobile use on the up

Motorists using their mobiles illegally is on the up, according to an investigation by the RAC. They surveyed drivers, and they say that 31% of respondents says that they have used their phones while at the wheel, compared with 8% in 2014. This is drivers using their phones with their hands, rather than through a…

General Motors recalls millions

General Motors are recalling four million vehicles across the globe, after it was reported that a software was linked to a death. Again, this related to airbags, and GM have said that this recall is necessary to correct the software issue in a number of their models. What's happening, is that in rare cases, a…

Airports criticised for parking costs

The cost of parking is something that really sticks in the craw of most motorists, and the airports in London have been slammed over their 'sky high' (see what they did there?) charges for short stay parking. Figures show that the costs for drop-off parking are the highest in the country. Luton Airport is the…

Hail the worst parking spaces of 2016

Everyone loves complaining about the state of the roads in the UK, be it pot-holes, bizarre signage, or bike lanes that are barely the length of an adult bicycle. Another thing everyone likes griping about is parking, and we're seeing the two worlds collide in a glorious fashion, with perhaps the worst parking spots of…

Where are we at with Vauxhall's Zafira recall?

We've spoken about the recall surrounding the Vauxhall Zafira B models, after they started to set on fire. Vauxhall have been reasonably quiet on the whole thing, and there's a second round of recalls which are set to start in early August. Peter Hope, Vauxhall's customer experience director, told a committee of MPs: "Our focus…

Takata engineers cheated airbag test data

The airbag scandal that concerned Takata resulted in the biggest car recall in history. Honda have done an audit into the whole thing, and the news gets worse - turns out Takata Corp. engineers routinely manipulated results of their airbag inflator tests. It has been reported that Takata engineers removed some test results, according to…

What to do when buying a secondhand car

There's been an upsurge in secondhand cars being clocked, which can be dangerous, and is basically fraud. There's calls for the EU proposed ban on this activity to be retain under law in the UK, but until such a thing comes to pass, there's some things you can do yourself to make sure you're buying…

Jaguar wants 100 driverless cars by 2020

Driverless cars are all the rage at the moment, as technology and motoring join forces, so presumably you can get blind drunk and have your car drive you home without much fuss. Possibly. Anyway, just months after setting up a multi-million pound research fund into autonomous vehicle tech, Jaguar Land Rover have gone and announced…

There's going to be changes to the driving test!

There's going to be some pretty big changes to the driving tests which are done in the UK. These changes are a bid to make tests more realistic for "modern driving conditions". New things being introduced into driving tests will be getting learners to follow directions from a sat-nav, rather than strictly relying on road…

No VW compensation in the UK - why?

Volkswagen are sorting out their mess from the emissions scandal, but there's been little to nothing in the way of plans for UK drivers who have been affected by this. Their failure to compensate UK drivers, given that American drivers are getting compensated, is "deeply unfair", say MPs. In the UK, you can get your…

Car insurance £115 more expensive than a year ago

Driving is expensive, and getting more pricey by the year. While drivers have seen some costs fall, it looks like tax rises are kicking in. A car insurance index reports that premiums have shot up by 19% in the last 12 months, which on average, adds £115 to the annual cost. This is the biggest…

Older cars to face super-charge in London

There's new plans afoot regarding the environment, which could see older cars and vehicles that cause more pollution to be charged a lot more to drive in London. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has spoken about plans to charge vehicles that cause the most pollution £10 per day if they want to drive in…

Robot that gets you out of parking tickets

Months old, a robot that helps you fight parking ticket fines has already been used thousands of times, successfully disputing 160,000 fines. And you may not have heard of it, and you clearly need to. Imagine it as your virtual lawyer, who will help you when you've got a ticket. It is called DoNotPay, and…