Category Archives: Diesel

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Audi TT: Still Great But Is It Too Sophisticated?

First launched in 1998 to the appreciation of a drooling public, the Audi TT Coupé continues to offer driver appeal, even in the current third generation model nearly twenty years on. Also available in roadster form, this icon of automotive sports car design boasts across the whole range the expected performance, but is it starting to lose that sports car edge? Continue reading

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Ford Fiesta: Ahead Of The Race

Way, way back in the dark, coal-burning pre-internet days of the Twentieth Century when we purchased cars from local dealers or out of the newspaper small ads, the Ford Motor Company introduced a vehicle to get into the burgeoning small car market that followed the 1973 fuel crisis. It was revealed in 1975 as the Ford Fiesta and from 1976 began to sell like hot cakes. Many versions on, it still does. Continue reading

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How Will Brexit Affect Irish Motorists?

The issue of Brexit is unavoidably going to affect pretty much every economic question regarding the UK for the next decade at least, and probably beyond. Nowhere is this more in evidence than across the Irish Sea, where Northern Ireland is leaving the EU and its neighbour to the South is staying in. Continue reading

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Why the Ford Focus Remains Such A Reliable Family Car

The Ford Focus is an iconic automobile in this country and one that seems to dominate the roads since it was unveiled back in 1998. Nearly 20 years on and now on its third generation (with the fourth due in 2019), the Focus is one of the best-selling cars in the UK and is popular with a variety of motorists. In particular, it is popular with families thanks to its famous reliability, practicality and affordability. Continue reading

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Top 10 Diesel Cars We Don’t Want To Scrap

These are the top 10 diesel cars that need saving from the scrappage scheme crusher – with some motors destined for ‘future classic’ status. British motorists are currently being encouraged to trade their older, diesel powered cars for low-emissions, petrol models instead.

Manufacturers like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mini and Renault have all recently launched scrappage schemes, with incentives ranging from between £2000 and £7000 off a new, more efficient, car. Continue reading

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New Nissan Micra: Super Supermini

Five generations of the Nissan Micra have shown the car to be a worthy, if dull, contender in the small car stakes. It sold very well and was sound and reliable and all that but couldn’t really shake of that fuddy-duddy image. That’s all changed now. Ignore the rather silly ‘accomplice’ TV ad and instead concentrate on the many good points of this very attractive car. Continue reading

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Scotland Plans to Phase Out Petrol and Diesel Vehicles by 2032

The news that the government planned to scrap new diesel and petrol cars by the year 2040 came as a major shock to UK drivers. However, for Scottish drivers this change could come sooner than they think. Continue reading

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How Well Do You Know Your Vehicle Badges?

We see them all of the time but just how much do you know about the badges associated with some of the world’s biggest vehicle manufacturers?

To find out, take this fun quiz by quality used vans specialist Van Monster — you’ll be surprised at some of the aspects you have overlooked. We’ve also provided you with some background information about each badge in the answers to help you understand the history of the emblems. Continue reading

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About European Emissions Standards

European emissions standards define the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of new vehicles sold in the European Union. These standards are defined by a series of EU directives dictating the progressive introduction of increasingly stringent standards. Car manufacturers and, for example, business hire companies are obliged to comply. This infographic courtesy of Northgate Vehicle Hire tells the story: Continue reading

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2040: Yes, But Have They Thought It Through?

Following the government’s announcement that the sale of petrol and diesel cars must stop after 2040 a taxi driver was interviewed by some television Johnny. He was broadly in agreement with the idea but wondered how taxi drivers – for example – would manage given the EV range issue as it stands today. Continue reading