Jaguar’s E-Pace is the small cat expected to sell big

The E-Pace price ranges from £28,500 up to £45,800 Centre console switch allows you to choose between four driving modes The E-Pace will be built in Austria and China, making it the first Jaguar to be manufactured outside of Britain By Ray Massey For Thisismoney.co.uk As big cats go it may be compact but great things are expected of Jaguar’s agile new E-Pace sports utility vehicle. The E-Pace is expected to build on the success of Jaguar’s first ever SUV, the bigger F-Pace, and win over a new breed of family buyers to the firm. I was one of the…

Jaguar’s new E-Pace baby SUV now officially on the road

By Ray Massey, Motoring Editor For The Daily Mail Famed for its record breaking barrel-roll feat, Jaguar’s new E-Pace baby SUV has now officially hit the road. And I was one of the first to get behind the wheel — on and off road — of the family-friendly 4×4 packed with sports-car performance and a top speed of up to 150mph. That included a rather nerve-racking test of its promised ‘cat-like agility’ on Brighton seafront that was a far cry from the school run. Jaguar set up a tough, sloping test track close to the city’s i360 observation tower as…

Three times as many drivers evade car tax since disc went

Some 1.8% of vehicles are untaxed in the UK in 2017 – up from 0.6% in 2013 It means 755,000 cars, motorcycles and vans are being driven with no tax Around 83,000 of those have not been taxed for over a year, the DfT confirmed Experts blamed the switch from tax disc to an online system, which cost £1m The paper tax disc was first introduced in 1921 and abolished in October 2014 By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk We were told that a switch from the paper tax disc to an online system in 2014 would save the government £10…

Driving examiners to stage 48-hour strike next month

Some 2,000 examiners will stage a the 2-day walkout from December 4 Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union members voted 84% in favour of strike action Changes include a manoeuvre that requires a driver to pull onto the right-hand-side of the road, reverse 2 car lengths and then return to the flow of traffic Experts predict it will see 10,000 learners face cancelled tests next month  By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk Some 10,000 learner drivers who are due to take their driving tests in early December face cancellations after examiners today threatened a 48-hour walkout next month in protest over…

What’s the purpose of maintaining winter-tire rims?

Why does everybody with winter tires have ugly black steel rims? Why don’t you just put winter tires on your present wheels and change them back in the autumn? If they are on their own rims, they are only a whole lot heavier to carry around. Is there any other purpose I am missing? — Sean, Toronto There are real reasons to get winter tires. The largest is safety. They’re demonstrated to shorten stopping distances on ice and snow. And, in Ontario, your insurance company is needed to offer you a discount if you use them. But why would you…

The top 10 hatches from the past for £2,000

A spec upgrade on today’s highest-rated hot hatches can cost £2k Instead, you could buy a whole performance car from the past for same price  Our top 10 features some of the most potent practical cars from the 90s and 00s By Rob Adams For Thisismoney.co.uk If you want to buy a brand new hot hatch today, expect to fork out more than £40,000 if you want a Mercedes-AMG A45. They’re not all that expensive of course. The latest Honda Civic Type R, for example, is the hot hatch hero car of the moment. However, it’s still not cheap at £30,995,…

Time capsule Ford Escort RS Cosworth sells for £91,000

Car believed to be the lowest mileage of all the Ford Escort RS Cosworths built between 1992 and 1996 It fetched £91,125 in the room at the the Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Motor Show Sale Covering an average of 40 miles a year since it was built, it still has the original tyres and spikes on the rubber   By Simon Lambert for Thisismoney.co.uk and Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk A Ford Escort RS Cosworth dubbed a ‘time capsule’ car after covering just 837 miles since 1996 has sold for £91,125 at auction. The rally-influenced Escort RS Cosworth was considered the king…

Hammond: New diesel cars to be hit with higher taxes

New diesel cars set to be hit with higher taxes in a bid to encourage electric sales Diesel registrations were already down a third last month and 15% for the year Philip Hammond expected to reveal the changes in the Budget on November 22 It is unclear whether it will be a new diesel-only tax or an increase in VAT By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk Now car buyers will be hit with higher taxes if they purchase a new diesel vehicle under proposals due to be announced in the Budget, reports suggest. Chancellor Philip Hammond warned during his Budget statement…

No Vauxhall factory closures but workers face cost savings

PSA Group said it has no intention to close any of the Vauxhall and Opel facilities CEO Carlos Tavares warned workers face cost-saving measures as part of plans Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port and Luton factories employ around 4,500 workers All new Vauxhalls will switch to PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroen, DS) platforms and have electrified ranges by 2024  By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk and Associated Press Reporter The French PSA Group has unveiled its strategy to make the newly-acquired Vauxhall and Opel business a success after buying the car brands for €2.2 billion earlier this year. In good news for British workers…

Shifting season rings in most dangerous time of the year for driving

The “most wonderful time of the year” could be close according to the Christmas carols floating about shopping malls, but we are already into the most dangerous time of the year on our streets. The end of Daylight Saving Time — in the majority of the nation — and the coming of authentic fall weather have created a perfect storm that will almost surely increase the amount of car-on-car and car-on-pedestrian events on Canada’s roads. Let’s count the ways: You will find the reduced hours of daylight, meaning there are fewer hours when motorists and pedestrians can easily find each…