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Volkswagen celebrates 10 years of its modular transverse matrix

Modular matrix continues with modular electric drive matrix and scalable systems platform Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Since 2012, it has...

Toyota recalls bZ4X amid concerns wheels could fall off

Wheel bolt fault could result in wheels coming loose Toyota has issued a global recall for its bZ4X fully-electric SUV following an issue with its...

AA van gets stuck trying to rescue car from beach

Eight people eventually managed to free both vehicles, witness says An AA patrol van got stuck while recovering a car trapped on Porth Beach in...

UK motorists delay car repairs and maintenance over cost fears

Most common reason for delaying is fear they wouldn’t be able to afford repairs needed Two in five people avoid going to garages in case...

New garage event set to showcase UK aftermarket’s response to vehicle electrification

EV-related parts, equipment, training and business advice for independent garages to be showcased on January 25, 2023 The UK’s first ever independent garage event dedicated...

UK AFCAR calls on workshops to provide “evidence of legislation infringements”

Evidence of restrictions to access vehicle manufacturer repair and maintenance information needed The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federtion (IAAF), through its work with UK AFCAR, is...

Thousands attend inaugural UK Garage & Bodyshop Event

Automechanika Birmingham is planned to take place from 6 to 8 June 2023 The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has received widespread praise from the...

Electric cars should face ‘tyre tax’, government advisor says

Particulates generated by tyre wear are more dangerous to public health than diesel exhaust fumes, government expert claims Electric cars should face a new ‘tyre...

Drivers planning 19.5M trips by car this Jubilee bank holiday

Less than a fifth of drivers admit to always checking oil, coolant and tyres prior to long journeys – a quarter never do The extra-long...

Two-year MOT interval “a known risk to road safety”

Cost of vehicle maintenance insignificant compared to human cost of a casualty caused by an incident that could have been avoided, TyreSafe warns TyreSafe is...

MOT fraud on the rise, DVSA figures show

Cases where vehicles are issued pass certificates despite never entering a garage have seen the biggest increase The DVSA has issued a warning to fraudulent...

One in five cars has over 100,000 miles on-the-clock

UK car parc age is increasing with 80 per cent of cars being between six and 10 years old, insurance data shows More than one...

Electric vehicle demand could see spike in shipping fires, insurance firm warns

Fire containment systems on older ships "not designed" to cope with chemical fires Increased demand for electric vehicles could see a wave of shipping fires,...

Cost of living crisis affecting seven in ten drivers

More than one third of drivers have cut down on car journeys since beginning of the year The cost of living crisis is affecting the...

April new car market declines 15.8 per cent

Plug-in cars anticipated to account for more than a quarter of market in 2022 UK new car registrations fell by 15.8 per cent to 119,167...

Rogue car dealer ordered to pay thousands over ‘dangerous’ car

Dealer admitted to false advertising and selling a dangerous vehicle A rogue car dealer who sold a car which broke down 20 minutes after being...

Vast majority of British drivers struggle with basic car maintenance, research shows

11 million drivers admit they wouldn't feel confident changing a wheel Three in four (76 per cent) of Brits have admitted to struggling with performing...

Petition opposing dangerous two-year MOT plans gains momentum

Garage owner launches petition to scrap plans to reduce MOT frequency A petition calling for the scrapping of plans to reduce the frequency of MOT tests is...

Electric vehicle ‘range anxiety’ doesn’t match reality, AA president says

Percentage of ‘out of charge’ breakdown callouts has halved in two years Potential EV owners should not be put off by concerns over ‘range anxiety’,...

Global supply challenges wipe 100,000 cars from UK’s automotive output, SMMT reports

Sector calls for measures to shore up UK’s global competitiveness and secure the UK supply-chain as manufacturing costs soar UK car manufacturing declined 32.4 per...

Department for Transport launches trial to banish loud engines and exhausts

Transport Secretary encourages MPs across England and Wales to run trials in their local area A search for Britain’s noisiest streets has been launched by...

Annual MOT could be scrapped, Transport Secretary suggests in bid to cut cost of...

Frequency of MOTs could be changed to every two years "to ease" the cost of living crisis Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has suggested relaxing the...

Aftermarket pushes for inclusion in MP’s vehicle tampering debate

Proposed shake-up would create new offences for tampering with a system, part or component of road-going vehicles The government is being urged not to discriminate...

Fire risk prompts UK recall of 10,000 Volkswagen Group hybrid cars

Insufficiently insulated high-voltage battery linked to 16 incidents involving fires Around 10,000 Audi, VW, Cupra Seat and Skoda plug-in hybrids (PHEV) are being recalled over...

Fraudster jailed after claiming £25,000 Covid grant for ‘made-up’ dealership

Con artist provided fake invoices for cars and a forged lease agreement for premises A man has been jailed after he lied about running a...

Schaeffler introduces kit for VAG ‘wet’ double clutch system

New LuK RepSet 2CT kit for VAG DQ381 ‘wet’ double clutch system Schaeffler has again responded to the needs of the independent sector with the...

Busiest Easter bank holiday on the roads in years predicted

Drivers planning more than 21m leisure trips planned for the long weekend Drivers are collectively planning an estimated 21.46m leisure journeys by car this weekend,...

Aftermarket pushes for inclusion in MP’s vehicle tampering debate

Proposed shake-up would create new offences for tampering with a system, part or component of road-going vehicles The government is being urged not to discriminate...

New car market feels supply chain squeeze during critical ‘new numberplate’ month

New car registrations fall by 14.3 per cent – the weakest March since 1998 UK new car registrations fell by 14.3 per cent to 243,479...

Three out of eight brake pads fail to meet R90 standards, DVSA investigation finds

DVSA to work with Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation as market surveillance turns to braking Three out of eight brake pads fail to meet R90 standards,...