The idea of buying a used car for peanuts and running it on a shoestring has been around for decades now, and many used car drivers these days do so not through necessity, but through choice. The attractions are obvious: limited financial liability, for one thing. If your £1000 banger goes wrong, the most you can lose out by is £1000 – less than the cost of a couple of months’ depreciation on some brand new cars. And even if the fault isn’t terminal, cheap cars like these usually cost peanuts to repair as parts are ubiquitous, as is the knowledge to fix them. And as many cars that fall into this price category are still modern enough that they come with a few creature comforts – power steering, electric windows, even air conditioning and sometimes cruise control are just some of the toys you can have for this cash – they’re easy and comfortable to live with day-to-day. So what if you want to take the plunge and indulge in a spot of … [Read more...] about Used bargains: the five best second-hand cars you can buy with just £1,000
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Dyson will manufacture its new electric car at a plant in Singapore, it announced on Tuesday. Founder of the British company James Dyson – one of the highest-profile backers of Brexit – has repeatedly highlighted the potential benefits to UK companies of leaving the EU. The firm insisted the choice of location was not related to Brexit but had been a “complex” one based on “supply chains, access to markets and the availability of the expertise”. The huge plant will be ready from 2020 ahead of the project launch of the new car in 2021, Dyson said. It is designing the technology and building a test track in Wiltshire but said the decision to make the car in Singapore reflected the international nature of its operations. Dyson does not manufacture its products in the UK and already employs around 1,100 people in Singapore, where it makes electric motors. Chief executive Jim Rowan said the company had chosen … [Read more...] about Brexit-backing James Dyson’s company to build new electric car in Singapore
Michael B. Sauter and Grant Suneson 24/7 Wall Street Published 3:26 p.m. UTC Aug 29, 2018 As auto sales hit their first slow period in years and margins are down, automakers must rely more on their reputations for quality and reliability to keep sales at current levels. According to the latest results of a highly regarded poll on auto industry customer satisfaction released Tuesday, some brands are better able to deliver a positive customer experience. These findings come from the 2018 American Customer Satisfaction Index, which surveys car owners on their overall service and product experience with specific auto brands. Scores range from 1 to 100. According to the latest edition, the experience of owning an automobile has improved. The industry-wide score for 2018 is 82, up from 81 in 2017. The best-rated brands this year are a make that held the spot last year and one that moved up several spots. At the other end of the list, one brand holds the unfortunate distinction of … [Read more...] about What are the best and worst car brands in the U.S. in 2018?
“LOOKS like a slightly smaller V90,” a fellow motoring journalist said with disdain in his voice on the Volvo V60 launch recently. It’s been two weeks since then and I still can’t see how that’s a criticism. Standing alone against a Yorkshire countryside backdrop so beautiful it would leave WH Auden lost for words, the display V60 was still the prettiest thing in sight. We all know by now that boxy Volvos are a thing of the past — it’s becoming as forgotten as the days when Skoda made unreliable cars or Minis were actually mini — but its current pair of estates are downright stunning. Actually, when you look properly, you notice the V60 has a sexier bum than the lardier V90, and the sweeping, angular scoops along the profile mean it would stand out even if you parked outside Harrods. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a contender for best-looking family car money can buy — save perhaps for the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. You might not think … [Read more...] about Volvo V60 is a contender for the best-looking family car money can buy
Charging your electric car when you’re away from home is about to get a lot easier. The government is set to announce new plans to install potentially hundreds of thousands of electric car charging points across the country as part of the government’s Road to Zero strategy to cut down on air pollution. The charging points would be installed in on-street parking areas and on UK roads. The plan, being unveiled by transport secretary Chris Grayling, is to make it easier to recharge electric vehicles than refuel petrol or diesel models. In addition to new charging points there are also plans to start installing charging points in new homes and businesses as standard. The government is also expected to outline more details of its ban on sales of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040. Alternatively-fuelled vehicles, such as hybrids and pure electrics, held just 5.5% of the UK’s new car market in the first six months of the year, compared … [Read more...] about The UK Is To Get Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Electric Car Charging Points