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    New technology-packed Ford Focus can shelter you and your family from the UK's pothole-riddled roads - and it's £2,300 CHEAPER than before

    Ford has launched its new fourth-generation Focus with technology designed to cope with Britain’s increasingly potholed roads and keep its occupants safe.And as a bonus to beleaguered motorists, Ford has even cut the price of one of the UK and the world’s best-selling cars by up to £2,300.As well as the standard 5-door hatchback and estate models on sale now for delivery this Autumn, the expanded Focus line up now includes the first ever Focus Active crossover – available from next year - and an upmarket Vignale version looking for a posh family car alternative.  A new Focus: This is ...

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    Just one in five convicted car thieves receive a custodial sentence - the rest are issued paltry fines averaging £198, new figures reveal

    Punishment for car thieves is far too lenient, according to new research.Of the 7,405 criminals prosecuted for theft of a motor vehicle in England and Wales between 2012 and 2016, just 20 per cent were handed custodial sentences, with the average length of 21 months.What about those who dodged jail time? They received an average fine of just £198 - less than motorists receive if caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel. Punishments not fitting the crime: An investigation shows just 20% of convicted vehicle thieves receive custodial sentencesThe analysis was carried out by Churchill Car Insurance after reviewing the ...

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    Roadhogs! A fifth of motorists and more than a quarter of cyclists admit they've run a red light in the last year

    Drivers and cyclists are risking their lives and the safety of others by ignoring one of the most basic road laws, a shock survey by comparison website uSwitch suggests.A fifth of motorists and more than a quarter of cyclists admit they've run a red light in last last 12 months - which could land them with fines of up to £1,000 and £30 respectively. The huge number of drivers and cyclists who have confessed to ignoring a red traffic light suggests junctions are becoming a safety concern across the country despite the threat of hefty fines. Red-light rebels: More than a ...

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    Where are you most likely to get a bus lane fine? Motorists are hit by 1million penalties a year - and these are the cities most get caught in

    Motorists have been hit by more than one million penalty charge notices worth £68million for driving in bus lanes every year since 2015, according to an investigation.Around 3.4million drivers in the UK's 20 largest cities have been hit with fines for using bus lanes between 2015 and 2017 - worth around £200million in total, the RAC says.Unsurprisingly, it's London where most fines are handed out for driving in bus lanes during restricted times. However, PCNs for this motoring misdemeanor are increasing at a higher rate outside of the capital, the report claims.  Bus lane pain: These are the 10 cities you're ...

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    Brexit boost as French owners pledge to dramatically raise production at Vauxhall's van plant in Luton

    The new French owner of Vauxhall has announced it will increase production at the company’s vans factory in Luton despite concerns over the impact of looming Brexit.PSA, which owns Peugeot and Citroen and bought Vauxhall from General Motors last year, said the UK plant will increase production to 100,000 vans a year from 2019 - up from the current 59,000.The next model of Vivaro van will still be built in Luton, and so will the new Peugeot and Citroen models. The move is expected to safeguard all of the 14,000 jobs at the UK factory, which is Britain's only remaining van ...

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    Can your family car fit three children safely in the back? Just half of 16 vehicles that claim they can actually did in a test, says What Car?

    If you've got three small children - or regularly transport the kids and their friends around - then being able to fit a trio of car seats across the back seat of your car can be a must.But larger families are being warned to check measurements carefully before they buy a new car, after a study claimed that just half of vehicles saying they accommodate three child seats fitted a selection used in a test.With one in seven European families having three or more children, 180,000 couples in the UK having a third or fourth child ever year, and plenty ...

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    UK car manufacturing slows for the seventh month in February as demand for new vehicles continues to stutter

    The number of new cars built in factories across the UK fell for the seventh month in a row as a hesitant home market strangled production in February, new figures have shown.A total of 145,475 vehicles rolled off assembly lines last month, which was 4.4 per cent down on the number of units made in February last year.While export demand was behind by 0.8 per cent, it was a 17 per cent stumble in orders for the UK market that anchored production. UK manufacturing stutters: Car factories produced 145,475 vehicles last month, which is 4.4% fewer than in February 2017The ...

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    Turn your driveway into a cash machine...and make money renting your power drill or car to strangers

    Do you have a driveway but no car, a spare room or even an old power drill you never use? What about a hidden talent for arts and crafts or cooking?Over the past few days we’ve explained how to turbo-charge your nest egg, make £2,000 by switching suppliers and protect your pocket against rising mortgage rates. Today, in the final part of our Spring Clean Your Finances series, it’s all about simple ways to boost your bank balance.  Use your property to prosperIf you have a spare room, consider renting it out. Under the Government’s Rent a Room scheme you can earn ...

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    UK's new car sales set to be 'the worst in Europe' as weak pound drives fall of 5.5%

    Car sales in Britain are predicted to be the worst in Europe this year as a consumer squeeze weighs on spending decisions.The number of new cars being sold in the UK is expected to drop by 5.5 per cent, in sharp contrast with booming sales in every other country in Western Europe.The figures are revealed in a report by financial analysts at New York-based credit agency Moody’s which concludes that the other countries are expected to get a welcome economic lift from ‘improving global economic prospects’. In decline: Britain car sales peaked at 2.7million in 2016, but purchases dropped last ...

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    Black cab blackspots revealed: The most expensive city in Britain to hail a taxi - and it's NOT London

    There are not many things as quintessentially British as the black cab.However, the cost to use them can vary depending on where you are in the UK, according to a new report.While many might expect London to have the highest priced taxi fares in the country, four other cities have higher average black cab costs than the nation's capital. London is the priciest place to hail a cab: The index has revealed that the capital ISN'T the most expensive city to use a taxiSurprisingly, the city topping the table is Coventry. Ironically, it is also the location in which the ...

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    Bentley goes green: British luxury car maker ditches its gas-guzzling image to reveal the Bentayga Hybrid

    Bentleys have long been renowned for their luxury, speed and powerful presence - but certainly not for being green.Yet, the new British boss of the luxury car maker wants to drive it into a more environmentally friendly future, as he revealed the first ever plug-in hybrid Bentley - and said soon it will offer fully electric cars.The ‘Bentley Boy' boss Adrian Hallmark took the first step towards his electric dreams at the Geneva Motor Show on Monday night, when he took the wraps off what it is calling ‘the world’s first luxury hybrid’ – a petrol-electric Bentayga Hybrid. Bentley's electric ...

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    Almost 9 in 10 parents still don't understand new child car booster seat laws introduced last year - and a fifth admit not even using one

    A full 12 months after new laws were introduced restricting the use of some child car seats, parents are still baffled about what is and isn't legal when it comes to securing their kids safely in vehicles.Almost nine in 10 mums and dads (88 per cent) admitted they were perplexed by the current laws, which have restricted manufacturers from producing backless booster seats for smaller children.Children under 125cm and 22kg in weight are no longer allowed to have backless booster seats made for them, but confusingly it is still legal for those children to ride in seats bought before the ...

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    Garages could grind to a halt in March: Car owners warned this month will be the busiest for MOTs on record

    Is your car due an MOT? Making a booking could prove a real headache this month, according to new research.Kwik Fit, the largest MOT tester in the country, said roadworthiness tests records will be broken in March as half a million cars due their first test will need to be booked in for checks.March 2015 new car registrations were the highest for more than two decades with 492,774 vehicles hitting the road three years ago - all of which require their first MOT this month, potentially causing a backlog for test centres. MOT test backlog: Motor garages will face an ...

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    Huge Brexit boost for Britain as Toyota announces new generation Auris will be built in the UK

    Britain was given a huge Brexit boost today as Japanese car giant Toyota announced it was to build its new generation Auris at its UK car plant.The company said the decision was a vote of confidence in Britain and its workforce and was welcomed by the Government.The new model will be produced at Toyota’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, with engines sourced mainly from the firm’s Deeside factory in North Wales – giving a boost to Welsh supporters on St David’s Day. The move follows £240 million of investment last year to upgrade the Burnaston site, including £20million from the Government. ...

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    Fiat Chrysler to ditch diesel by 2022 due to plummeting sales and difficulty meeting stricter emissions standards

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will follow in the footsteps of Porsche and banish sales of diesel models.According to a report in the Financial Times, FCA - which also owns Jeep, Maserati and Alfa Romeo - will ditch the under-fire fuel type from 2022 following a dramatic drop in demand and the introduction of new stricter emissions standards.The plan, due to be announced on June 1, will see diesel culled from the entire passenger-car line-up, and comes soon after Porsche confirmed it had taken steps to axe diesel from its existing model range with immediate effect last week. No more diesel: FCA, ...

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