Volkswagen gambled big on the ID.3 — but will it pay off? Part Two

Last time, we looked at why the Volkswagen ID.3 is such a big deal for the company. In brief, the new hatchback is a test case for their bold plans to electrify their range. So after all the research, investment, promises and delays, does the ID.3 measure up? When it comes to design challenges, nothing… read more

Volkswagen gambled big on the ID.3 — but will it pay off?

The ID.3 is an important car for the Volkswagen Group. Actually, it’s really important. But why is one hatchback so vital for the automotive giant’s prospects? In the last weeks of August 2020, the first Volkswagen ID.3 s started pouring across mainland Europe. By early September, they had reached the UK. It’s been a long,… read more

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Driving sainthood: seven ways to become a more considerate driver

Of course, you’re already the World’s Most Considerate Driver. You may not have a trophy to prove it, but it’s definitely the case. And OK, you might have the occasional slip, but that’s nothing compared to those other selfish drivers out there. So obviously, this article is for other people, to help them on the… read more

Is it time to lower VAT on fuel?

VAT on petrol and diesel currently stands at 20%. With the UK economy reeling, is it time to reduce that? We look at the arguments for and against. There’s no doubt that taxes on fuel add massively to the cost of motoring. For every litre of petrol or diesel we buy, we pay just under… read more

Bring back these car accessories

Compared to the 1980s motorist, you might think you have all the advantages. Chances are that you have a smarter, faster, safer, more reliable car than you could have dreamed of four decades ago. And all that is true, but the 80s driver had something you don’t. Bucketloads of naff car accessories. As a 2020… read more

Car sickness is miserable. Here are 11 ways to help your carsick passenger.

If you never suffer from car sickness, raise your eyes upwards and thank your lucky stars. Because for anyone prone to the condition, it can be a wretched experience.  With symptoms including nausea (obviously), vomiting, bloatedness, headaches, dizziness, cold sweats and more, car sickness can turn every journey into a why-was-I-born ordeal. Virtually everyone will… read more

MOT Coming Up? Book Your Test Early to Avoid the Last-Minute Rush

As MOT exemption comes to an end, UK garages are expecting a surge in demand. We advise booking sooner rather than later. Back in March, the Department for Transport announced a six-month exemption from MOT testing. The idea was to make it easier for key workers to get to their jobs during lockdown. Getting an… read more

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Three Cheers for Bonkers Car Modifications!

Who doesn’t love bonkers car modifications? We certainly do. They’re original, often tongue-in-cheek and give a much-needed rude gesture to the style police. With that in mind, we’ve collected together some vehicles to show what’s achievable with too much spare time. From the relatively subtle to the weird, thanks to the owners for making us… read more

Strange Times for Motorists: A Lockdown Stories Round-Up

For motorists, as for everyone else, these are strange times. Now that lockdowns are easing, here’s our selection of recent motoring news stories that grabbed our attention. Covid-19 hits taxi drivers First and foremost, let’s not forget the reason behind the lockdown. Covid-19 has of course extracted a terrible human cost. One particular section of… read more

Covid 19 and the Car Industry, Part Two

In Part One of this article, we looked at how the Covid-19 pandemic had impacted on the car industry. In our concluding part, we look at how the industry must adapt to survive. If you don’t have five minutes to read Part One, here’s the more-than-slightly depressing summary: Covid-19 has hammered the global car industry…. read more