RAY MASSEY: Citroen C3 Aircross.. a classic in the making?

By Ray Massey for the Daily Mail Citroen’s original family utility car — the legendary 2CV — was designed to be a simple, low-cost vehicle that would carry a farmer, his wife, two children and a basket of eggs across a ploughed field. War broke out just as the prototype was about to be unveiled in September 1939 — so they buried it ahead of the invading Germans, and only dug it out again after France was liberated by the Allies, putting it on display at the 1948 Paris Motor Show, when it became an international hit. Citroen’s new C3…

Car insurance costs soar 14.6% in a year

Car insurance premiums rise 14.6% to an average of £755 per driver Drivers in London and the North West of England pay the highest average prices Changes to the payouts in personal injury cases partly to blame for the rise Prices rise fastest for older drivers but they still pay the lowest overall costs By Rebecca Rutt For Thisismoney.co.uk Car insurance premiums have risen by an average of 14.6 per cent in the past 12 months to reach £755, new research shows. This is five times faster than the current 2.9 per cent rate of inflation with younger drivers paying…

Key tips from experts on Keeping your first car

In the past month, a veritable army of students packed up their belongings and headed to college or university. Many carried those possessions in their first car, whether it was a rusting junker purchased with summer earnings, a heavily funded newer version or a brand new automobile courtesy of the Bank of Mom and Pop. Irrespective of the quality of their rides, most will have something in common: A whole lack of comprehension of car maintenance. Nothing against pupils or millennials; it is only a simple fact of life for those lacking experience. Add in the fact that they are…

Used diesel car values are higher than last year

Contrary to other reports, Auto Trader said used diesel values have gone up Diesel is still the most searched-for fuel type on the classifieds website Some 47% of those selling diesel cars said they were going to buy another diesel Auto Trader said it hasn’t seen a dramatic flood of diesel cars being listed online  By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk Used diesel car prices are higher than a year ago despite the vehicles being under fire in recent months for toxic emissions. A proposed government crackdown, the introduction of the London T-charge next month, other potential city toxin taxes and…

Why is it illegal to put gas in my car on a Quebec highway shoulder?

My son-in-law ran out of petrol on Highway 20 in Dorval, Que. While he was on the shoulder of the road waiting for somebody to bring him a gallon of petrol, a routier [Quebec highway safety patrol] truck stopped and told him it was illegal to put petrol in his car on the side of the street, and he has to be towed. He explained that when the police came by he would find a $300 fine and demerits, and anyone who brought him petrol could find an $800 fine plus demerits. I have never heard of this and could…

‘Aussie Rules’ family Disco 4X4 tows 110 tonne road train

Stunt carried out to test the pulling power of the revamped 2018 model 4×4 towed the ‘road train’ for 10 miles across the Australian outback  By Ray Massey For Thisismoney.co.uk A British family 4X4 more used to pulling caravans and trailers has been put to an Aussie strength test by towing a giant 110 tonne 100 metre long ‘road train’ juggernaut for 10 miles though the Australian outback. The feat of pulling seven linked together trailers was achieved along a closed off stretch of the Lasseter Highway in Australia’s remote Northern Territory. The stunt was carried out to test the…

Scots are most likely to have a driving conviction

Analysis by MoneySupermarket claims Scots have the most blemished licences It reviewed over 75 million insurance quotes over the last three years Speeding was the most common offence – drink and drug driving is on the rise  By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk Drivers in Scotland are more likely to have a motoring conviction than in any other region in the UK, new data has suggested. Insurance comparison site MoneySupermarket – which asks for driving offence information from motorists when completing a quote online – found that 2.75 per cent of licence holders in Scotland currently has a conviction, after reviewing…

My Kia Sorento makes awful noises when riding over bumps. What can I do?

Whenever I drive over a bump in the road or maybe a crack repaired with road tar, it sounds and feels like the wheels will come through the floor panel. The Kia dealer’s mechanic tested the car and told me all of the Sorentos have the identical issue. The problem began about eight months ago. All was fine up until then. What can I do? — Warren My study left me with a lot of factors, so that I reached out to Larry Morrison, fixed operations manager at 401 Dixie Kia in Mississauga. He guided me to a Kia Technical…

Is it really time to go out and buy an electric car?

By Sally Hamilton, Financial Mail on Sunday There are more than 355,000 electric cars on Britain’s roads. Whether pure electric, plug-in hybrid or a hybrid where electric takes just some of the load, they account for about 5 per cent of new vehicle sales. But these numbers are set to spiral as manufacturers power ahead with new models against the background of a Government commitment to end the production of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The revolution has been more than 100 years in the making – as long as the electric car’s nemesis, the internal combustion engine.…

RAY MASSEY: Car bosses are spelling out an electric future

By Ray Massey for the Daily Mail Sparks were flying in Frankfurt this week as the world’s car bosses spelled out that we’ll all soon be driving electric cars — providing governments build enough power stations to charge them. Manufacturers raced to outbid each other over how many of their cars will soon be electric.  Even Britain’s three-times F1 champion Lewis Hamilton got in on the act, unveiling Mercedes-Benz’s outrageous £2.4 million ‘race car for the road’.  Superstar’s hypercar: Lewis Hamilton introduces the petrol-electric hybrid Project 1 The petrol-electric hybrid Project 1 hypercar uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine,…