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About Gareth
Experienced journalist, copywriter and digital editor, now specialising in motoring.

I've worked in news, sport, business, entertainment and lifestyle across TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, teletext and online. Previous employers include the BBC and GMTV, plus ITV, the Press Association, Money Advice Service, Lloyds Bank and MSN.

I now specialise in motoring, contributing car reviews, news and features to various magazines and websites, including www.automotiveblog.co.uk

I'm a member of the Western Group of Motoring Writers (WGMW).
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Toyota C-HR Plug-in Hybrid review: Frugal crossover oozes kerb appeal

24 Mar 2024  |  readcars.co
The Toyota C-HR Plug-in Hybrid is a stylish and economical family crossover, building on the success of its predecessor with enhanced design and technology. Priced from £39,145, it features a 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with a larger electric motor and battery pack, offering a total output of 220bhp and an all-electric range of up to 41 miles. The car is praised for its kerb appeal, comfort, and potential for fuel efficiency, though it is noted to be less spacious than some competitors. The C-HR comes with a three-year warranty, extendable up to 10 years with regular servicing.

Best Michelin Green Star restaurants for EV drivers

01 Mar 2024  |  Automotive Blog
Peugeot UK has announced the top 10 Michelin Green Star restaurants for electric vehicle drivers, ranked by the quality of nearby charging infrastructure and accessibility from major UK cities. Apricity in London’s Mayfair topped the list, with extensive EV charging points and sustainable practices. London locations dominated the top four spots, with Wilsons in Bristol being the highest-ranked outside of London.

Top 10 cheapest cars to insure with temporary insurance

01 Mar 2024  |  Automotive Blog
With the average annual car insurance cost reaching £924, more drivers are opting for temporary car insurance. Cuvva, a leading provider, revealed that the Ford Ka is the cheapest car to insure for an hour at £12.05. Other affordable options include the Fiat 500, Mini One, and Citroen Berlingo. Temporary insurance allows drivers to borrow cars without affecting the owner's insurance. Darryl Bowman from Cuvva notes the growing trend of borrowing cars for affordability.

Toyota C-HR Plug-in Hybrid Review

01 Mar 2024  |  Automotive Blog
The Toyota C-HR Plug-in Hybrid is praised for its styling, comfort, and equipment, with the potential for high economy. It features a 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with a larger electric motor and battery pack, offering a total output of 220bhp. The C-HR PHEV boasts a 0–62mph time of 7.4 seconds and an all-electric driving range of up to 41 miles. It is priced from £39,145 and comes with a three-year warranty extendable to 10 years/100,000 miles with annual servicing at an authorized Toyota workshop. Despite not being the cheapest or most spacious, it is considered to have a 'wow factor'.

The life-saving New Year's resolution every driver should make

01 Jan 2024  |  automotiveblog.co.uk
GEM Motoring Assist, a breakdown and road safety organization, is urging drivers, riders, and pedestrians to prioritize safety on the road as part of their New Year's resolutions. Road safety adviser James Luckhurst highlights the importance of making wise choices to improve safety and reduce the risk of harm. The call to action comes in light of the 10% increase in road deaths and serious injuries in the UK from 2021 to 2022.

Kia EV9 review: The big, bold SUV that’s kind to the planet

31 Dec 2023  |  readcars.co
The Kia EV9, an all-electric flagship SUV from the South Korean brand, offers a bold design, spacious interior, and a range of up to 349 miles. Available in six or seven-seater configurations, it features a large 99.8kWh battery, ultra-fast charging, and a choice between a 201bhp single motor and a 378bhp dual motor. The EV9 boasts a five-star Euro NCAP rating, impressive build quality, and a variety of drive modes. Despite its size, the SUV provides a comfortable and effortless driving experience, though the energy consumption in AWD models may be higher than expected.

Nissan Qashqai e-Power review: The hybrid that runs like an EV

17 Dec 2023  |  readcars.co
The Nissan Qashqai e-Power is a unique full hybrid vehicle that offers a driving experience similar to an electric vehicle without the need for recharging. Launched in the UK in 2021, it features a 1.5-litre petrol engine that acts as a generator for the electric motor. It boasts instant torque, seamless performance, and the ability to run in pure electric mode. The Qashqai e-Power is economical, with real-world fuel efficiency close to diesel cars, and offers a comfortable ride with modern technology and safety features. It competes with the likes of Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson but stands out with its novel hybrid system.

Don’t take risks on the road this Christmas

14 Dec 2023  |  Automotive Blog
Bridgestone is urging motorists to prioritize road safety this Christmas, highlighting the dangers of driving on illegal tyres. Their research shows a significant number of drivers underestimate the risks, with many neglecting to check their tyres for wear or damage. Bridgestone's North Region Vice President, Andrea Manenti, stresses the importance of both proper vehicle preparation and driver awareness of winter hazards. The company calls for drivers to take a few minutes to ensure their tyres are safe, especially during the increased travel of the holiday season.

Toyota Prius crowned Japan Car of the Year

09 Dec 2023  |  automotiveblog.co.uk
The Toyota Prius has been awarded the Japan Car of the Year trophy in Tokyo, receiving 360 votes. The BMW X1 and Honda ZR-V followed in second and third place, respectively. The Prius underwent a significant redesign and powertrain rethinking, leading to its current acclaim. Special awards were given to the Mitsubishi Delica Mini for Design and the Nissan Serena for Technology.

Renault Austral E-Tech: Frugal family SUV hybrid with the wow factor

05 Dec 2023  |  readcars.co
The Renault Austral E-Tech is a full hybrid family SUV that offers a blend of electric and petrol power without the need for plugging in, boasting up to 683 miles of range. It features a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, two electric motors, and a 2kWh battery, achieving up to 60.1mpg and emitting as low as 105g/km CO2. The Austral E-Tech is praised for its kerb appeal, premium feel, spacious interior, and economical performance, making it a strong contender in the hybrid vehicle market.

Revealed: The stress of keeping kids entertained on long journeys

01 Dec 2023  |  Automotive Blog
More than one third of UK parents find it challenging to keep their children occupied on long journeys, with 52% finding it stressful. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' study reveals that 85% of UK parents avoid journeys over two hours. To promote its family-friendly EV, the ID. Buzz, Volkswagen enlisted comedian James Buckley to entertain four children on a long trip, showcasing the vehicle's features like Park Assist Plus, which impressed everyone.

Tech review – Renault Austral E-Tech

01 Dec 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The Renault Austral E-Tech is a stylish and well-equipped full hybrid SUV, offering a blend of electric and petrol power without the need for charging. It boasts impressive features such as a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen, advanced driver assistance systems, and a 196bhp hybrid system. The car is praised for its sporty handling, firm ride, and practical interior space. Despite some minor drawbacks, it is considered one of the best full hybrid family SUVs on the market, making it a strong contender for families looking for a practical and economical vehicle.

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Kia EV9 review

01 Dec 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The Kia EV9, a new all-electric flagship SUV from the South Korean brand, impresses with its bold design, spacious interior, and advanced features. Available as a six or seven-seater, it offers a range of up to 349 miles and comes with ultra-fast charging capabilities. The review highlights its competitive pricing, high build quality, and extensive safety features, making it a strong contender against premium EV rivals like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

Toyota C-HR review: Bold next-generation SUV makes a statement

23 Nov 2023  |  readcars.co
The second-generation Toyota C-HR is praised for its bold styling and improvements over the first-generation model. It competes with the likes of Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage, offering a more mature design with sharper lines and upgraded technology. The new C-HR, starting at £31,290, features Toyota's fifth-generation full hybrid technology with 1.8 and 2.0-litre engines, and a plug-in hybrid option coming in 2024. The vehicle is described as comfortable, with a high-quality cabin and reasonable space, though it has a snug driver-focused setup. It handles well with a supple suspension and light steering, but the CVT gearbox can be noisy. The C-HR is also noted for its economical performance and a warranty that can extend up to 10 years/100,000 miles with annual servicing at an authorized Toyota workshop.

Mercedes-AMG A45 S review: One of the best hot hatches ever

11 Nov 2023  |  readcars.co
The Mercedes-AMG A45 S, the most powerful hot hatch on the market, impresses with its 415bhp, 369lb ft of torque, and a top speed of 168mph, achieving 0–62mph in 3.9 seconds. Despite a firm ride, it offers a heady mix of power, superb driving engagement, top build quality, and practicality, making it one of the best hot hatches ever. The starting price is £63,285.

Vinnie Jones chooses Isuzu D-Max AT35

01 Nov 2023  |  Automotive Blog
Vinnie Jones, actor and former footballer, has chosen the Isuzu D-Max AT35 as his personal vehicle, equipped with premium accessories to match his rugged lifestyle. He will use the vehicle while filming his new Discovery Channel TV show. The collaboration was facilitated by Crawfords Automotive, an official Isuzu UK dealership, emphasizing their commitment to delivering a premium customer experience.

Celebrating 30 years of the Kia Sportage

01 Nov 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The article celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Kia Sportage, detailing the evolution of the SUV through its five generations. It highlights Kia's growth from a small player to one of the top five car brands in the UK, emphasizing the brand's reputation for quality, reliability, and innovation. The latest generation of the Sportage, launched in 2022, is praised for its striking looks, hi-tech interior, and various hybrid options. The article also notes Kia's significant milestone of 50,000 EV sales in the UK as of July 2023.

Revealed: Top UK Christmas markets for EV drivers

01 Nov 2023  |  Automotive Blog
A study by Peugeot UK reveals the best Christmas markets in the UK for electric vehicle drivers, with Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market ranking highest for accessibility and charging options. The study evaluated markets based on their reachability using the Peugeot E-2008's range, the number of public charging points, charging speeds, and accommodation options with EV charging. Birmingham, Edinburgh, and York are among the top markets, with York being the most accessible from the UK's most populated cities.

AMG A45 S review

01 Nov 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The Mercedes-AMG A45 S, the most powerful hot hatch on the market, impresses with its 415bhp and 369lb ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, achieving 0–62mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 168mph. Despite a firm ride, even in comfort mode, and a high starting price of £63,285, the car offers a heady mix of power, superb driving engagement, top build quality, and practicality, making it one of the best hot hatches ever.

See and be seen on the roads this winter

01 Nov 2023  |  Automotive Blog
As winter approaches and visibility decreases, GEM Motoring Assist emphasizes the importance of being visible on the roads. Road safety adviser James Luckhurst advises drivers to use lights, clean windows and glasses, and stay focused to reduce risks. Pedestrians and cyclists are also urged to take precautions to ensure they are seen.

Volkswagen to electrify the Pope’s vehicle fleet

01 Nov 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The Vatican has partnered with Volkswagen to replace its entire car fleet with electric vehicles by 2030, starting with the delivery of 40 fully electric models from VW's ID family in early 2024. This initiative is part of the Vatican's strategy to achieve a climate-neutral fleet. Imelda Labbé and Dr Christian Dahlheim from Volkswagen handed over the first two EVs, ID.3 Pro Performance 2 models, to the Vatican.

Tyre Safety Month: Why tyre maintenance matters

14 Oct 2023  |  Automotive Blog
Halfords emphasizes the importance of tyre maintenance during Tyre Safety Month, highlighting that tyres are crucial for vehicle safety. Key maintenance tips include checking tread depth, inspecting for irregular wear, and replacing tyres older than six years. Halfords offers free tyre checks and discounts on selected tyres throughout October.

UK hits 50,000 EV charge point milestone

11 Oct 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The UK has surpassed 50,000 electric vehicle charging points, with the milestone device installed by MFG EV Power at a service station in Weston-super-Mare. Zapmap's data shows significant growth in ultra-rapid and slow chargers, with projections indicating 100,000 charging devices by August 2025. Melanie Shufflebotham of Zapmap and Ade Thomas of World EV Day highlighted the importance of this achievement and the progress of the British green tech sector.

Jeep Avenger review

01 Oct 2023  |  automotiveblog.co.uk
The Jeep Avenger, Jeep's first battery-powered vehicle, shares an EV platform with Stellantis group cousins and is notable for being the first Jeep created outside America. It has won the European Car of the Year 2023 and is competitively priced at £35,700. The Avenger offers a range of up to 249 miles, a 54kWh battery, and a 100kW maximum charging speed. It features a classic crossover design with Jeep DNA, ample headroom, and a 355-litre boot. The ride is firm, handling is nimble, and it includes six driving modes. The upcoming four-wheel drive model will be suitable for more extreme conditions. The Jeep Avenger is praised for its range, charging speed, and ruggedness compared to rivals.

Top tips for preventing tool theft from vans

01 Oct 2023  |  Automotive Blog
UK tradespeople experienced £3.5 billion in tool theft last year, with a 33% increase since 2020. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' research indicates that 36% of van drivers were victims of theft, with an average loss of over £2,000 per van. The company suggests several theft prevention tips, such as conscious parking, staying alert, using tracking devices, removing tools overnight, security marking tools, and installing additional safety locks. The all-electric ID. Buzz Cargo is noted for its standard anti-theft alarm system and other security features.

Lexus LM review

01 Oct 2023  |  Automotive Blog
Lexus has introduced the LM, a luxury people carrier designed to cater to an exclusive niche market. The vehicle is praised for its combination of comfort, quality, and practicality, making it ideal for transporting the wealthy and celebrities. The LM offers two versions, a four-seater with reclining 'captain's chairs' and a seven-seater with massage functionality. It features a hybrid powertrain, advanced tech, and high-quality materials. The review suggests that while the CVT gearbox could be improved, the overall driving and passenger experience is exceptional, likening it to flying on a private jet.

Don’t break down on the 5 most haunted roads in UK!

01 Oct 2023  |  automotiveblog.co.uk
As the UK enters autumn, thrill-seekers are warned of the potential dangers of vehicle breakdowns on the country's most haunted roads. The article lists five roads with reputations for paranormal activity, including the A229 in Kent, A75 in Dumfries and Galloway, A30 in Cornwall, A38 in Devon, and A616 in Nottinghamshire. It promotes the CS FREE adaptive booster as a solution to prevent battery issues during such ghost-hunting expeditions.

Lexus RX 500h review

01 Oct 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The Lexus RX 500h, the first-ever turbocharged Lexus hybrid, marks a departure from traditional Lexus models by emphasizing performance and driver engagement. It features a 2.4-litre petrol engine paired with two electric motors and a six-speed automatic gearbox, delivering 366bhp and 550Nm torque. Priced from £77,195, the RX 500h offers a luxurious and spacious interior with advanced tech, including a 14-inch central touchscreen. Despite its weight, the RX 500h provides a responsive and enjoyable driving experience, though its fuel efficiency falls short of expectations. Overall, the RX 500h is praised for its performance and innovative features.

Maserati’s first new UK store concept opens

24 Sep 2023  |  Automotive Blog
Maserati has opened its first new store concept in the UK, located at HR Owen Maserati Hatfield near London. The event, attended by football legend and Maserati Global Brand Ambassador David Beckham, celebrated the brand's commitment to design and innovation. Key figures from Maserati and HR Owen were present, and the event also showcased the GranTurismo coupé and other Maserati models. The new store concept combines Italian craftsmanship with a bespoke luxury car experience, reflecting Maserati's values of passion, innovation, and beauty.

Five most common driving offences revealed

18 Sep 2023  |  readcars.co
Speeding is the most common driving offence in the UK, with nearly 200,000 cases recorded from January to March 2023. Data from the DVLA, obtained by Cuvva, shows the top five offences leading to penalty points. Speeding, driving uninsured, and using a mobile phone while driving are among the most frequent violations. The increase in mobile phone-related offences follows recent Highway Code changes. Driving uninsured can result in severe penalties, including fines and vehicle seizure.

Aston Martin DB5 celebrates 60th anniversary

14 Sep 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The Aston Martin DB5, an icon of British culture and design, celebrates its 60th anniversary. Launched in 1963, the DB5 became renowned for its performance and style, significantly contributing to Aston Martin's reputation as a luxury brand. The car's fame was further cemented by its association with James Bond films and ownership by numerous celebrities. The DB5's legacy continues with the modern DB12, showcasing the brand's ongoing commitment to performance and innovation.

Audi Q4 e-tron review: Mid-sized electric SUV is a class act

10 Sep 2023  |  readcars.co
The Audi Q4 e-tron, launched in 2021, competes in the mid-sized electric SUV market against rivals like the Tesla Model Y and BMW iX1. Priced from £51,325, it offers two power levels and a range of up to 328 miles. The review highlights its high build quality, advanced technology, and practical interior. Despite a slightly stiff ride, it remains comfortable and refined. The Q4 e-tron is praised for its driving dynamics, spacious interior, and safety features, making it a strong contender in its segment.

Prototype hydrogen Toyota Hilux pick-up revealed

05 Sep 2023  |  Automotive Blog
Toyota has unveiled a prototype hydrogen fuel cell Hilux, developed at Toyota Manufacturing UK's Burnaston plant with support from UK Government funding. The vehicle uses technology from the Toyota Mirai and features three high-pressure fuel tanks, offering a driving range of over 365 miles. The project, completed in a short time, is seen as a significant step towards zero carbon and a vote of confidence in UK manufacturing. Richard Kenworthy, TMUK Managing Director, praised the team's efforts and the potential for future hydrogen-related developments.

Audi Q4 e-tron Review

01 Sep 2023  |  automotiveblog.co.uk
The Audi Q4 e-tron, launched in 2021, competes in the mid-sized SUV sector with a starting price of £51,325. It offers two power levels, a range of 292 – 328 miles, and a high-quality interior with advanced technology. The Q4 e-tron is praised for its build quality, comfort, and practicality, achieving five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. It is considered one of the best electric SUVs in its class.

Smart #1 review

01 Sep 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The Smart #1 compact SUV, a result of the Mercedes-Benz and Geely joint venture, is a departure from Smart's iconic city car, aiming to make Smart a significant player in the electric vehicle (EV) sector. The #1 offers a spacious interior comparable to a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, a range of personalization options, and is packed with technology and safety features. It has been awarded five stars by Euro NCAP and offers a competitive range and charging speed. The vehicle is praised for its driving dynamics, though it has some minor drawbacks such as a high driving position and aggressive brake regeneration. Priced from £35,950, the Smart #1 is considered a top choice in its price bracket for an EV.

Top 10 tips for driving in hot weather

01 Sep 2023  |  Automotive Blog
CarGurus offers essential advice for motorists to prepare for driving in hot weather, emphasizing the importance of vehicle checks to prevent breakdowns and ensure passenger comfort. Tips include checking coolant and oil levels, servicing air conditioning, ensuring tyre safety, protecting pets, using sun shades, staying hydrated, being cautious in rain, and considering the range of electric vehicles.

BMW to build new electric MINI in Britain

01 Sep 2023  |  Automotive Blog
BMW Group is investing over £600 million in the MINI factories at Oxford and Swindon to produce two new all-electric MINI models, the 3-door MINI Cooper and the compact crossover MINI Aceman, starting from 2026. Supported by the UK Government, this investment aims to secure jobs and boost economic growth. The Oxford plant will also produce the next generation of MINI vehicles with combustion engines from 2024 and will transition to exclusively electric models by 2030.

2023 Volkswagen ID.3 review

27 Aug 2023  |  Automotive Blog
Volkswagen's ID.3 electric hatchback has received a mild makeover and tech update for 2023, addressing previous feedback to offer a more mature proposition. The exterior features subtle styling tweaks, while the cabin boasts more soft-touch surfaces and improved infotainment software. Mechanically, the ID.3 remains largely unchanged, with two battery options providing ranges of up to 347 miles. The updated model includes enhanced charging capacity and new safety features like Travel Assist. Overall, the revised ID.3 is a safe, spacious, and refined electric hatchback with a good range, though it lacks the driving engagement of some rivals.

Volkswagen ID.3 review: New, improved EV family hatchback tested

27 Aug 2023  |  readcars.co
The Volkswagen ID.3, an electric hatchback launched in 2020, has received updates for 2023, including exterior styling tweaks, cabin upgrades with recycled materials, and an improved infotainment system. The vehicle maintains its rear-wheel drive, with two battery options offering ranges up to 266 and 347 miles, and improved charging capacities. Priced from £37,115, the ID.3 is described as competent, assured, and a refined cruiser, though it lacks the driving engagement of some rivals. It offers ample space, a 385-litre boot capacity, and comes with the latest safety and driver assistance systems, including the new Travel Assist feature. The updated ID.3 is considered a safe, spacious, and sensible electric hatchback choice.

The best new 73-plate cars

25 Aug 2023  |  www.admiral.com
The article highlights the top 10 new 73-plate vehicles, including electric, hybrid, and petrol/diesel models. Notable mentions include the Smart #1, Hyundai Ioniq 6, Mercedes-Benz EQE, and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric for their impressive features and performance. The Honda ZR-V, Toyota Corolla, Alfa Romeo Tonale, and Mazda CX-60 are praised for their design and efficiency. In the commercial segment, the Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo, Nissan Townstar, and Ford Transit Custom stand out for their practicality and innovative features.

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Electric vehicle sales accelerate during July

04 Aug 2023  |  Automotive Blog
In July, the UK saw a significant rise in electric vehicle (EV) registrations, with one new EV registered every 60 seconds. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported a 28.3% growth in the total new car market, with electrified vehicles making up 35.4% of sales. Battery electric vehicles saw the largest increase, with an 87.9% rise, accounting for 16% of new registrations. The Tesla Model Y emerged as the bestselling EV for both July and the year to date. Projections indicate that EV sales will continue to accelerate, potentially reaching one every 40 seconds by the end of 2024.

New Lotus flagship store opens in London

01 Aug 2023  |  Automotive Blog
Lotus has inaugurated its first flagship European global brand center in Mayfair, London, offering an immersive experience into the Lotus brand. The store features a VIP lounge, bespoke digital experiences, and a gallery showcasing classic car designs. It will also serve as a launch venue for new vehicles like the Eletre hyper-SUV, Emira sports car, and Evija hypercar. Customers can purchase Lotus merchandise and co-branded products such as KEF's LS60 Wireless floor speakers. Chief Commercial Officer Mike Johnstone emphasized the brand's commitment to becoming a global luxury performance brand and its ambitious growth plans.

Abarth 500e review

01 Aug 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The Abarth 500e, the brand's first fully electric car, offers a sporty design and engaging driving experience. Priced from £34,195, it features a 42.2kWh battery and a 152bhp electric motor, providing a swift but not blisteringly fast performance. The car's range is limited to urban use, with 164 miles for the hatch and 157 miles for the cabrio. It includes a sound generator mimicking a petrol engine, though this feature can become tiresome on longer drives. While the Abarth 500e excels in driver engagement and aesthetics, it falls short in rear passenger space and luggage capacity. Overall, it is a fun and comfortable urban runabout, though there is room for a hotter version.

Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV Q4 review

01 Aug 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV Q4 is a stylish and practical mid-sized crossover, positioned below the Stelvio in Alfa's range. It features a mix of retro and modern design elements, including a 12.3-inch digital driver’s instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen. Priced from £45,995, it competes with premium models like the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40. The plug-in hybrid system offers an EV range of up to 43 miles and CO2 emissions as low as 29g/km. The vehicle is well-built but has some minor quality issues, such as the use of harder plastics. It offers a sporty yet practical cabin with a modest boot capacity. The driving experience is generally positive, with different modes to optimize performance and fuel efficiency. The Tonale earned a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and is considered a strong contender in the family SUV market, especially for those not ready to go fully electric.

Lancashire Police takes delivery of more than 120 new Skodas

01 Aug 2023  |  Automotive Blog
Lancashire Constabulary is expanding its fleet with over 120 new Skoda vehicles, including Skoda Scala hatchbacks, Skoda Superb Hatches, Karoq 4x4s, and Kamiq compact SUVs. These vehicles will be used for various roles such as standard response, roads policing, rural duties, and driver training. The decision follows positive feedback on Skoda's reliability and suitability for police work. Tony Deus, Head of Fleet at Lancashire Police, highlighted the excellent track record and reliability of Skoda cars. Skoda offers bespoke emergency service converters for various emergency services across the UK.

New research reveals the pain of paying for parking

01 Aug 2023  |  Automotive Blog
A study by Škoda UK highlights the stress drivers face when paying for parking, with 40% finding it as stressful as being late for work. Various payment methods contribute to this stress, leading some motorists to avoid paying altogether. Škoda is trialling a new service, Pay to Park, which allows cashless payments via the car's infotainment system, aiming to reduce this stress. The service is currently being tested in several European countries and will soon be available in more regions, including the UK.

73 plate countdown: 12 new car buying tips

01 Aug 2023  |  Automotive Blog
With the new 73 registration plate arriving on September 1, The Motor Ombudsman offers 12 key tips for buying a new car. These include researching models, understanding emissions and road tax, considering virtual vehicle purchases, and evaluating electric vehicles. The article emphasizes the importance of thorough research, understanding financing options, and considering long-term affordability. It also highlights the benefits of buying from Motor Ombudsman-accredited retailers and the necessity of reading all paperwork carefully before purchase. Bill Fennell, Chief Ombudsman, underscores the significance of these steps in making informed car buying decisions.

First glimpse of the new Lexus LBX – free tickets

01 Aug 2023  |  Automotive Blog
An underground car park in Soho, London, has been transformed into an immersive light experience to mark the launch of the Lexus LBX, a new hybrid model aimed at younger customers. The event, part of a series of pop-up experiences across Europe, will be open to the public from September 21-24 with free admission. The Lexus LBX is the brand's smallest model, designed for practical city driving.

BMW iX1 review

30 Jul 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The BMW iX1, a 100% electric version of BMW's entry-level SUV, stands out as one of the best EV packages available. It combines performance, practicality, and safety, featuring a 309bhp dual-motor setup and a 68kWh battery with a range of up to 270 miles. The iX1 is praised for its design, driving experience, and advanced infotainment system, though its range and charging speed could be improved. Competing with models like the Nissan Ariya, Toyota bZ4X, and Tesla Model Y, the iX1 offers a refined and engaging drive, making it a top choice in the electric SUV market.

Abarth 500e first drive review

23 Jul 2023  |  Ev.Tips
The Abarth 500e offers a fun driving experience with sporty aesthetics and improved handling over the Fiat 500e. It features a sound generator mimicking a petrol engine, though the novelty can wear off. The car is equipped with a 42.2kWh battery and a 152bhp electric motor, providing swift acceleration but limited high-speed performance. The Abarth 500e has a range of 164 miles for the hatchback and 157 miles for the Cabrio, making it suitable for urban use. While the interior is sportier and more refined, rear space and luggage capacity are limited. Overall, the Abarth 500e is a promising urban EV with room for improvement.

Honda ZR-V review: Impressive new rival for popular family crossovers

22 Jul 2023  |  readcars.co
The Honda ZR-V, a new hybrid family crossover, is positioned between the HR-V and CR-V in size and competes with popular models like the Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai. Based on the 11th-generation Honda Civic hybrid, it features a 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors, producing 181bhp. Priced from £39,495 to £42,895, it offers three trim levels: Elegance, Sport, and Advance. The ZR-V is praised for its design, safety features, and driving experience, though it has a modest boot capacity and limited towing capability. It achieves up to 49.6mpg and includes Honda's latest safety and driver assist technologies.

Honda ZR-V Review

01 Jul 2023  |  Automotive Blog
The Honda ZR-V, a new hybrid family crossover, is positioned between the HR-V and CR-V in size and competes with popular models like the Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai. Based on the 11th-generation Honda Civic hybrid, it features a 2.0-litre petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery, and two electric motors, producing 181bhp. Priced from £39,495 to £42,895, it offers three trim levels: Elegance, Sport, and Advance. The ZR-V is praised for its design, safety features, and driving experience, though it has a modest boot capacity and limited towing capability. Overall, it is considered one of the best hybrid family crossovers on the market.

Revealed: Biggest back seat troublemakers and distractions

01 Jul 2023  |  Automotive Blog
Nearly 70% of UK motorists report being distracted by their children while driving, with one in four nearly having accidents due to this distraction. A study by Skoda highlights arguing, crying, and fighting as the top distracting behaviors. Many drivers admit to taking their eyes off the road to address these distractions, posing significant road safety risks. In 2021, there were 2,336 collisions in the UK attributed to in-vehicle distractions, emphasizing the serious implications of such behaviors on road safety.







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