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The coveted World Car of the Year Award has been won by the Jaguar F-Pace. The award ceremony took place at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. The F-Pace, Jaguar’s first ever SUV, is positioned in a highly competitive segment, populated with rivals such as the VW Tiguan and the Audi Q5 (both shortlisted for the prize) both of which have had years more development than the F-Pace.
The cost of motoring in the UK is far from cheap – especially if you have a penchant for brand new motors. But spare a thought for these ten countries, where getting a set of wheels costs you an arm and a leg – especially if you're importing from overseas (and this doesn’t only affect luxury cars). As debatable as this list may seem, we've looked at things like car import tax, fuel, insurance and other unexpected fees.
Police have described a motorcycle speeding at over 160mph on country roads as "absolute madness". Video of the speeding bike, captured by a companion, shows the man travelling at more than four times the local speed limit before colliding with two other vehicles – which resulted in his death. Devon and Cornwall Police released the video as a warning to motorcyclists of the dangers of travelling at such high speeds.
March saw the biggest monthly rise in car sales since records began, as 17-plate motor registrations grew by 8.4 per cent. The surge in sales was put down to increased demand for electric and low-emission cars. SMMT chief exec Mike Hawes said: “These record figures are undoubtedly boosted by consumers reacting to new road tax changes, pulling forward purchases into March.” After April 1, only pure electric cars qualify as tax free, which has prompted interest in the car type.
A new £20 'toxin tax' on diesel cars could affect motorists in 35 towns and cities across England, according to new reports. The new measures may also involve restricting those with diesel cars. More details are expected to be revealed officially next week by the environment secretary, Andrea Leadsom. It is believed that the new rules will affect both private and commercial vehicles.
The London Taxi Company's new factory has been opened in the West Midlands, the first car plant to be set up in the UK in more than 10 years. The Coventry facility will manufacture electric London cabs alongside small electric vans. The government is setting aside £64m to incentivise cab drivers to switch to the greener taxis, as well as to fund extra charge points.
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