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Fuel efficient automotive technologies have come a long way in the last decade or so. Detrimental to both environment and wallet, “gas-guzzlers” are to a large extent a thing of the past. Car firms have become wise to the fact that most consumers want to use less fuel, one reason why the two biggest car makers in the world are Volkswagen and Toyota – leaders in fuel efficient tech (not withstanding VW's diesel rigging troubles).
Britain is set to become a 'world leader' in the realm of autonomous cars, according to the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. The technologies will be supported by new legislation which will determine who is to blame should a driverless car be involved in a crash. A report in the Birmingham Mail states a new Bill will set out how insurance claims are made following an accident. At present, legal issues make it impossible to test autonomous vehicles on the roads of the United Kingdom.
Expensive cars provide one of the modern age's best ways to demonstrate success and wealth. They’re also (usually) a lot of fun to drive and look nice on the driveway. But not all rich people drive Lambos or Astons. Some of the world’s biggest stars have actually chosen rather modest automobiles to get around in.
President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership has dismayed countries around the Pacific Rim – but it hasn’t surprised them. Japan's large trade surplus is particularly irksome to Trump, a surplus that is in no small part down to Japan’s handsome car exports. The life of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be much easier if the citizens he leads would buy more American cars.
Thousands of drivers across the UK were caught using mobile devices while driving in a targeted police campaign during November last year. 8,000 motorists from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland received fines for the offences, which averaged out at 40 penalties each hour. The campaign resulted in 68 court summonses, alongside hundreds of verbal warnings. 117 other distraction-related offences were also recorded – including eating while behind the wheel.
Kia's products were once of the cheeky but innocuous variety. The hopefully-named Pride was a cheap and cheerful little hatchback that sold in decent enough numbers to get Kia a foothold in Europe's competitive small car market. The South Korean outfit never really set the world on fire with its designs, preferring to play it safe in the hope that it could bag a slice of the sensible hatch-pie.