Video PlayerClose LONDON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- New car sales in the United Kingdom (UK) fell slightly in November due mainly to weak private demand, according to figures released on Thursday by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Figures showed that 156,621 new cars were registered across the UK in November, a 1.3 percent drop from the same period last year. Demand from private consumers was weak, with registrations down 6.1 percent year-on-year. Sales of business vehicles declined by 3.2 percent year-on-year, but fleet registrations rose by 2.8 percent. Total alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) registrations reached a record market share of 10.2 percent in November. SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes said that "These are challenging times for the UK new car market, with another fall in November reflecting the current climate of uncertainty. "It's good news, however, to see registrations of electrified cars surging again, and 2020 will see manufacturers introduce plenty … [Read more...] about UK new car sales down 1.3 pct YoY in November
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The petrol-electric family SUV, which has been a huge sales hit since its launch in May, beat a quality field of finalists selected from dozens of new models launched in 2019. News Corp Australia motoring editor Richard Blackburn says the RAV4 Hybrid “could become a watershed car for the industry”. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has been crowned the 2019 News Corp Car of the Year.Source:Supplied “It’s the first SUV to offer hybrid tech at an affordable price,” Blackburn says. “It’s guilt-free family motoring — saving the planet without breaking the bank.” The RAV4 triumphed after an exhaustive eight-week testing process, in which the best three cars in seven categories were pitted against each other to come up with the finalists. Three SUVs, a sedan, a hatchback, a sports car and a ute greeted judges for the final testing, held over two days. Judges assessed the cars against several criteria: value for money, performance, design, … [Read more...] about Car of the Year: Australia’s best new car revealed
New York Times, companies are looking to turn away from the traditional 12-volt systems to provide the juice for these cars of the future, and looking to a 48-volt standard instead. For the last seven decades or so, 12-volt batteries have been the standard. But now that vehicles have an increasing number of electrical components and are relying on hybrid drive systems, it would appear that carmakers are turning away from this norm. Previously, efforts to increase the voltage in cars has generally died due to cost concerns, but as the Times notes, “recent regulatory developments and the hardware that will one day make autonomous cars feasible” have also opened the doors to more powerful batteries. Plus, they’re cheaper today than they were before, too. As Jürgen Wiesenberger, director of the hybrid electrical vehicles unit at Continental North America told the Times, “The market was not ready for [these batteries] in the past because of cost, but the … [Read more...] about 48-volt systems could be the new standard in the future’s vehicles
Brad flies private jets for a variety of clients, but despite the flashy nature of his job he has a pretty modest car. He is looking for something that can “blend in” a little better with some of the fancier rides that show up at the airport. However, he is working with a reasonable budget of around $30,000. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy ? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. ) Advertisement Here is the scenario - I fly people around in private jets. As you can imagine, passengers arrive to the hangar in some shockingly nice vehicles, parking next to my taupe 2006 Toyota Corolla. Inevitably I get some good natured ribbing. My regular passengers drive lifted Shelby and Roush-tuned Ford pickups. There’s also a smattering of Ford Raptors, top-trim Lincoln Navigators, and maybe a Jeep or Land Rover. The problem is 1.) I only have $25-$30k to spend 2.) I have no real need for a truck or full-size SUV. Is … [Read more...] about I Fly Private Jets And I Need A Car That Blends In With High Rollers For $30,000! What Should I Buy?
The American auto manufacturer says that during this three-day campaign, the buyers will receive assured gifts ranging home appliances, LED TVs, high-end smartphone to a family vacation in London. The offer will cover all models in the brand's portfolio.It also says that deliveries made during December will qualify for a bumper prize in Ford EcoSport, which will be selected via a lucky draw.Vinay Raina, executive director – Marketing, Sales & Service at Ford India, said, "With the unique Midnight Surprise, we are not just looking to enhance convenience, but also double up the joy of owning a Ford with assured gifts and surprised on offer."Read also South African watchdog fines carmaker Ford for SUV fires Ford issues recall for 2019 Ranger over taillight defect … [Read more...] about Ford offering gift worth Rs 5 crore with new cars
New Delhi: After irresponsible comments on rising cases of rape and eye-watering prices of onion, comes another tone-deaf statement from within Parliament, this time on the slowdown in automobile sector. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, BJP MP from Balia Virendra Singh ‘Mast’ sought to link the plummeting automobile sales to traffic jams on the road. “To defame the nation and government, people are saying that the automobile sector has slowed down. If there is a decline in automobile sales, then why are there traffic jams on roads?” the lawmaker asked. The auto sector has been going through a prolonged slump. Domestic passenger vehicle sales witnessed year-on-year decline in wholesales for almost a year till September. The sales increased marginally by 0.28 per cent in October, driven by festive boost. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had in September blamed millennials for the auto sector slowdown, saying they now prefer to hitch rides with taxi aggregators like … [Read more...] about If Car Sales are Down, Why are There Traffic Jams on the Road: BJP MP Virendra Singh ‘Mast’ in Parliament