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…

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…

‘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…

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,…

The Frankfurt Motor Show new cars on sale in 2018

By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show is awash with hypercars you could never afford, electric vehicles destined for a future when diesel and petrol will be banished, and even a concept car that doubles as an extra room for your house. But what about the models that you’ll actually be able to buy next year? You know, the cars that motor shows should really be about. We’ve chosen 10 vehicles that were first seen at Frankfurt this week that you will be able to poke around in your local dealership in 2018. Official prices haven’t been…

Mercedes’ new £2.4M Project ONE hypercar revealed

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE hypercar is due to be built from 2019 and uses the same powerplant as F1 cars It combines a V6 petrol engine with lithium-ion cell batteries and 4 electric motors to produce ‘over 986bhp’ The car will be able to sprint from 0 to 124mph in less than 6 seconds and match the LaFerrari’s top speed  Just 275 left-hand drive examples will be made, all of which have already been pre-sold to buyers  By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk Mercedes will take Formula One performance from TV screens to the driveway in 2019 with the arrival of the…

BMW’s 2020 electric family car with a 373-mile range

BMW i Vision Dynamics concept revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show It will take the ‘i5’ name, slotting into BMW’s ‘i’ range with the i3 and i8 supercar BMW says it will hit 62mph in 4 seconds and have a top speed of 120mph Its 373-mile claimed range is still 20 miles short of the Tesla Model S on sale now German rivals – Mercedes, VW and Audi – showcase their EVs for the future, too By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk BMW has fired a warning shot at Tesla with the unveiling of its i Vision Dynamics electric concept…

Electric London black cab goes beige for Germany

By Ray Massey for MailOnline Britain may be famous for its classic custom-made black cabs. But in Germany taxis are cream coloured – and dominated by Mercedez-Benz. Now Coventry-based London EV Company (LEVC), formerly the London Taxi Company, has parked its new electric cab firmly on Germany’s lawn at the Frankfurt Motor Show which begins today. To signal its export drive onto the Continent, it has painted one of its new electric TX six-seater cabs in Germanic cream known as ‘taxi beige’ for its premiere at Europe’s biggest auto show of 2017 in Frankfurt. launch: London EV Company painted one…