• New Infiniti QX50 revealed with world’s first production variable compression ratio engine

    New large SUV's groundbreaking petrol powertrain promises diesel-like fuel efficiency; public debut will come at the LA motor showThe new Infiniti QX50 has been revealed, with confirmation that it will use the world’s first production variable compression ratio engine.
    The large SUV, which is also built on an all-new platform, has a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine called VC-Turbo that can adjust its compression ratio from 8:1 (for performance) to 14:1 (for fuel&n
  • UK speeding offences reach a six-year high

    Hugo Griffiths2017-11-23 18:00
    Official figures reveal 2.1 million drivers caught speeding in 2016, up from 1.6 million in 2011The number of drivers caught speeding has reached a six-year high, with 2.15 million motorists caught last year according to new official figures.
    The data – released by the Department for Transport – also reveal an extra 28,000 drivers were issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN), taken to court or given a written warning for speeding in the last year compa
  • Speeding offences reach six-year high

    Hugo Griffiths2017-11-23 18:00
    Official figures reveal 2.1 million drivers caught speeding in 2016, up from 1.6 million in 2011The number of drivers caught speeding has reached a six-year high, with 2.15 million motorists caught last year according to new official figures.
    The data – released by the Department for Transport – also reveal an extra 28,000 drivers were issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN), taken to court or given a written warning for speeding in the last year compa
  • New 2019 Porsche 911 Turbo spied for the first time

    James Brodie2017-11-23 17:36
    Hottest version of next-generation 911 spotted wearing wide bodywork An all-new Porsche 911 is due in 2019, and a flagship 911 Turbo looks set to follow closely in the footsteps of the next-generation base model; our spy photographers have spotted it for the first time.
    Comparing these pictures to those taken on numerous sightings of the regular 911 coupe make it plain to see that this is Porsche’s next turbocharged range-topper. It sits wider with extended whe
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  • Honda targeting 15 minute recharge time for 2022 EV

    James Brodie2017-11-23 17:15
    Reports suggest Honda is looking to develop battery tech that will take full advantage of 350kW Combined Charging System techHonda is currently looking to develop technology that will enable future electric vehicles with ranges of around 150 miles to recharge fully in 15 minutes, according to a report issued by Nikkei Asian Review.
    The newspaper says that central to this plan will be the development of a new high-capacity battery that can handle ultra-rapid charging.
  • New Lexus RX 450h Sport shakes up RX range

    James Brodie2017-11-23 16:15
    Lexus has added a sporty new mid-grade option to the RX line-up, though only for the range-topping V6 hybrid modelLexus has revealed a new trim level for the RX SUV, which is intended to inject some additional sportiness into the RX range with a handful of eye-catching styling tweaks.
    The RX 450h Sport – only available as a range topping hybrid 450h model – has been revealed for the European market, with UK sales to commence in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Video: Volvo XC40 2018 review | Can Volvo SUV match Audi Q3 or BMW X1?

    Smaller than the XC60 and XC90, the XC40 sits on brand new architecture and is designed to rival other small SUVs like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 - how does it compare to its rivals?
    The Volvo XC40 is Volvo's latest SUV/4x4/crossover/call it what you will. Smaller than the XC60 and XC90, sits on a brand new Volvo compact architecture and is designed to rival other small SUVs like the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Jaguar E-Pace.
    How does it go about it? By not being a complete facsimile of larger Volvos. It's
  • Lamborghini Urus picture leaks onto internet

    This leaked image of the Lamborghini Urus shows it without camouflage for the first time
    Upcoming Urus is claimed to be the fastest and sharpest SUV yet; anti-roll system reduces body roll by applying torque to the suspensionThe Lamborghini Urus has leaked onto the internet after the car's digital image was accidentally shown on a frame of a promotional video.
    The frame showed the car picture on its infotainment screen, but it has since been edited so the infotainment now shows an
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  • Aston Martin DB11 demand ensures brand's first pre-tax profit since 2010

    The new DB11 is already a strong seller
    New grand tourer and weak pound have seen exports rise; pre-tax profits have reached £22m so farAston Martin looks set to record its first pre-tax profit since 2010, thanks to strong sales demand for the DB11.
    Pre-tax profit reached £22 million in the first nine months of 2017, marking a U-turn on the £124m loss posted in the same period of 2016.
    The launch of the DB11 grand tourer has seen output rise, with foreign demand, which accounts
  • Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI MHEV prototype review

    VW's 48V mild hybrid technology is still a few years away from production, but we’ve sampled a prototype Golf fitted with it and are suitably impressed
    Volkswagen’s Golf 1.5 TSI MHEVs (mild hybrid electric vehicles) are engineering prototypes equipped with the firm's new 48V electrical systems, which are likely to become commonplace in the next couple of years.The 48V systems are simple, mainly because, unlike a full hybrid or plug-in hybrid, they operate at low voltage, making them
  • SEAT Arona review

    For Refined petrol engines. Slick infotainment system with good connectivity. All versions get decent levels of equipmentOur Rating 
    4 Against Not as practical as some rivals. Sports suspension could feel firm on UK roads. Cabin can appear a bit dark and gloomy2017
    The SEAT Arona is a well-rounded small SUV, with refined engines and generous standard equipment levelsThe SEAT Arona is an above-average offering amongst the burgeoning array of small SUVs currently on the market. It o
  • Audi bids for greater quality with digitalised Virtual Master Jig

    James Brodie2017-11-23 12:33
    Audi's quality assurance team reveals new tech that it hopes will deliver greater quality fit and finish on all future modelsAudi has revealed how it plans to improve the perceived build quality of its cars in the near future, with new, technologically advanced quality assurance systems.
    At the heart of this is the Virtual Master Jig. It’s a new digitalised jig system currently being assessed by Audi’s quality assurance team at the firm’s headquarte
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  • 2019 Porsche 911: range-topping Turbo S to get 630bhp boost

    Next 911 will be first available with hybrid powertrain, but the Turbo will retain a pure combustion powertrainThe 2019 Porsche 911 range will be headed by a 630bhp Turbo S model, powered by a ramped up version of the current car's 3.8-litre flat six to make it a geniune threat to the Ferrari 488 GTB.
    The future flagship series model, recently spotted testing in Germany, will borrow engine hardware from the GT2 RS to ensure that its output jumps by 50
  • 2019 Porsche 911: range-topping Turbo S to get 630bhp

    Next 911 will be first available with hybrid powertrain, but the Turbo will retain a pure combustion powertrainThe 2019 Porsche 911 range will be headed by a 630bhp Turbo S model, powered by a ramped up version of the current car's 3.8-litre flat six to make it a genuine threat to the Ferrari 488 GTB.
    The future flagship series model, recently spotted testing in Germany, will borrow engine hardware from the GT2 RS to ensure that its output jumps by 50
  • Jeep Compass 2.0 Multijet II 170 4WD 2017 UK review

    Jeep enters the competitive compact SUV market with its new Compass, blending ruggedness with contemporary styling and tech
    The Jeep Compass is yet another entrant into a crossover market segment that now contains enough distinct models and derivatives to stretch twice around the globe if you laid them all bumper to bumper. Perhaps.It’s about time Jeep squared up to the likes of (deep breath) the Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Renault Kadjar, Seat Ateca, Skoda Karoq
  • Promoted: Take a 360-degree ride in the Ford Focus RS

    Ex-rally driver and World Rallycross presenter Andrew Coley takes us for a high-speed spin around the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales
    With 345bhp from its 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine and a computer-controlled all-wheel-drive system that delivers the optimum blend of all-round balance and rear-wheel-drive agility, the Ford Focus RS is the perfect car for on-track fun.
    Take a seat, then, as ex-rally driver and World Rallycross presenter Andrew Coley gives us a high-speed lap of the scenic Anglesey C
  • UK car manufacturing up 3.5% in October thanks to growing exports

    Foreign demand bolsters output as domestic demand continues to fallUK car manufacturing grew by 3.5% to 157,056 units in October in the face of a continued decrease in demand from the domestic market.
    Demand from British customers was down by 2.9% to 28,178 units across the four weeks, but a 5% boost in exports helped to ensure overall growth. In total, 157,056 cars rolled off UK production lines. For the year-to-date, this is a 6.8% decrease, which equates to about 22,000 cars.
    Society of
  • Volkswagen reveals plans for mild hybrid powertrains

    Volkswagen Golf GTE
    Plans include new 48v version of 1.5 TSI engine, as well as the use of bio and synthetic fuels and new clean diesel technologyVolkswagen has revealed future powertrain plans which include 48v mild hybrids and advanced petrol engines.
    Bio and synthetic fuels are also on the way and are expected to “revolutionise the environmental balance sheet for internal combustion engines,” according to a company spokesman.
    Diesels also remain high on Volkswagen's
  • BMW 1 Series saloon 2017 review

    We had a short drive in a China-only front-wheel-drive BMW 1 Series
    A brief drive in a China-only front-wheel-drive model shows the future is bright for the 1 Series when it makes the switch from RWD next year
    The BMW 1 Series is going front-wheel drive in 2018, when the third-generation model is launched. But in China, that’s already happened; the 1 Series saloon built and sold in that country as part of a joint venture with Brilliance is blazing a trail for the front-wheel-drive 1 Series
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance hybrid prototype review

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    Image 1 of 3 23 Nov, 2017 10:15amJohn McIlroy
    A tweaked version of the VW Golf GTE is in the pipeline, and we’ve been for a quick drive in an early prototypeVolkswagen is hoping to boost the image of its plug-in Golf with a high-performance version of its GTE hybrid model - and Auto Express has been for a quick drive to see how it’s shaping up.
    The German manufacturer is aiming to ramp up its reputation for electrification in the build-up to the arrival of its forthcomin
  • Mercedes cars will text you if they get hit when parked

    The Mercedes me app can notify you if your car gets in a scrape while parked
    New app aims to boost car security by sending notifications of break-ins and car park scrapesMercedes-Benz has developed a system that can send a notification to your mobile phone if someone hits your car or attempts to steal it while it’s parked.
    The new feature has been developed as part of the firm’s Mercedes me connected services. Controlled via an app, it will be available on all of the firm’s car
  • Volkswagen Golf MHEV hybrid prototype review

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    Image 1 of 5 23 Nov, 2017 9:30amJohn McIlroy
    We get a short drive in two next-generation VW Golf hybrids, which will improve performance and lower emissionsVolkswagen is gearing up to introduce 48v mild hybrid technology on its wide-ranging line-up of cars - and Auto Express has been deep inside the company’s test facility in Germany to try it out.
    The systems are expected to be offered first on the next generation of the Golf, due by 2019. There are two levels; the first VW c
  • SEAT Ibiza FR 1.5 TSI Evo review

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    Image 1 of 13 23 Nov, 2017 10:00amRichard Ingram
    Warm hatchback arrives with powerful turbo engine, but is it fun enough to justify its price premium?We’ve already been promised big plans for SEAT’s forthcoming Cupra sub-brand. But until the standalone models arrive, bosses are looking to add a little heat into the line-up by installing the VW Group’s new 1.5-litre TSI Evo engine across the range.
    First up is the firm’s Ibiza supermini. Available only in FR
  • Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell long-term test: an attention-grabbing eco car

    How kind of a BMW M3 driver to give his opinion at traffic lightsIf you swap cars reasonably often, or have done so recently, you’ll be familiar with the sensations of getting comfortable with a different vehicle over time.
    A gearshift that at first seemed too long soon becomes second nature, for instance, or a grumbly engine that shocked you moves to being background noise. Never is this more true than when you jump in an electric car.
    Suddenly, you can hear the rumble of tyres on the roa
  • 805bhp Mercedes-AMG GT four-door to face Porsche Panamera

    Due in September 2018, AMG's Panamera rival will launch with 604bhp V8, with more powerful petrol-electric drivetrains to come in 2019The production version of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept will be sold with a range of EQ Power-branded petrol-electric hybrid drivelines featuring differing battery capacities, outputs and electric ranges, sources at Mercedes-Benz have revealed.
    The new five-door Mercedes-AMG model has been conceived as an upmarket replacement for today’s&nb
  • Throwback Thursday: 1957 Messerschmitt KR200 first drive

    Germany was banned from producing aircraft in the years after the Second World War, so its most well-known plane builder turned to this 10bhp micro-trikeThe name 'Messerschmitt' is synonymous with the Bf 109 fighter aircraft of the Second World War, the revolutionary German adversary to Britain's Supermarine Spitfire.
    This was the Messerschmitt company's magnum opus, which says a lot, seeing as near the end of the war it went on to produce the Me 262 Schwalbe, the first jet-p
  • Mercedes-Benz showcases new A-Class's 'luxury' interior

    This is the interior of the new Mercedes A-Class
    First official images of fourth-generation compact car, due to be launched in 2018, highlight revamped interiorMercedes-Benz has released the first official images of the new A-Class. They showcase the interior of the firm’s compact car, which has been completely overhauled to give it a more premium feel.
    The current A-Class is the firm’s best-selling UK model, accounting for around 40,000 of the 168,000 cars Mercedes sold here&nb
  • Seat Leon wins What Car? Used Car of the Year

    Seat Leon
    Spanish family hatch tops awards handled by Autocar's sister title; Audi, Ford, BMW and Renault also win awardsAutocar sister title What Car? has crowned the Seat Leon as its Used Car of the Year.
    The hatchback scored best for its mix of good driving dynamics, quality, safety and attractiveness.
    It also won the family car category, where it beat the Kia Cee’d and Ford Focus to the top spot.
    Although not an overall winner, Audi took three titles. The Q7 (pictured be
  • Housekeeping: In Which We Give Thanks

    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S., aka Turkey Day, aka the high holy day of food (and booze-related gluttony), so we’re shuttering a little early today so our American crew can get a jumpstart on the holiday and our Canadian folks can get a little well-earned time off. We’ll be posting here and there over […]
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  • The 2018 E-Pace Drinks More Than Its Bigger Brother

    Just to clear things up right off the bat, Jaguar’s newest model, the E-Pace, is not the brand’s upcoming electric sport crossover. That’s the I-Pace. Because “I” stands for … ions, we presume. No, the E-pace is the smaller answer to Jag customers looking for something less than an F-Pace, but not too much less. Riding […]
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  • Auto Loan Delinquencies Continued to Climb in the Last Quarter

    The 60-day auto delinquency rate continued to climb through the third quarter of 2017. Driven primarily by “relaxed” underwriting standards from years past and increasing subprime originations, TransUnion’s senior vice president and automotive business head, Brian Landau, said two-month payment lapses rose 7 basis points to 1.4 percent. At the same time, the average balance of […]
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  • Opinion: Why the new diesel tax rules are a farce

    Today’s Budget confirmed new taxation for diesel cars, but it has left the industry bewildered thanks to a lack of detailsToday’s news of new taxation for diesel cars has left everyone utterly confused.
    I’ve spoken to car manufacturers, hoping that they can help clarify what it means, but they are waiting, in a long line, to speak to the Treasury because they need clarification as much as the media do.
    Autumn Budget: diesel tax hike confirmed 
    The short of it: new diesel c
  • Rare Rides: The 1979 BMW M1 – BMW Wants to Race, but Wait a Minute (Part II)

    In our last Rare Ride entry we covered the difficult conception and birth of the BMW M1 at the hands of a financially faltering Lamborghini. In Part II, we talk about the second issue BMW faced, which would ultimately alter (and shorten) the M1’s life. BMW wanted the M1 to participate in the Group 5 […]
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  • Uber Paid Hackers to Delete the Stolen Data of 57 Million People

    In the midst of Uber Technologies’ corporate restructuring and cultivation of a squeaky-clean new image, the ride-hailing company was apparently hiding a dark secret. Striving for transparency, the company has now confessed that hackers stole the personal information of 57 million customers and drivers in October of 2016. The coverup, apparently conducted by the firm’s chief […]
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  • Opinion: Diesel is dying - get over it

    Are the days of diesel cars numbered?
    We hear the views of a reporter for The ENDS Report, the environmental business and policy journalI have been writing about the lethal impacts of poor air quality for a decade, so I am not going to mince my words.
    I did a little dance when chancellor Phillip Hammond said that £400 million would be invested in electric vehicle infrastructure, alongside an extra £100m for the plug-in car grant and £40m for research into charging.
    Charging a v
  • Car, Tell: Quintet of Safety Suppliers Fined for Price Fixing

    It appears the fictional JR Ewing isn’t the only one having to deal with cartels. Antitrust regulators in the EU have fined five safety equipment suppliers a combined 34 million euros ($40 million) for taking part in a scheme to fix prices for seat belts and airbags sold to Japanese automakers. The cartels were allegedly […]
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  • Honda N-One review

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    Image 1 of 11 22 Nov, 2017 3:45pmJonathan Burn
    We drive the Japan-only Honda N-One in Tokyo to see how it compares to our European city carsThis dinky little contraption is a Honda N-One, a Japanese ‘Kei’ car designed for life in one of the world’s most congested cities. Kei cars launched in Japan back in the 1940s as a way of getting the country mobile on the cheap, following World War II.
    The idea quickly caught on, and Kei cars today account for almost a third
  • “Here’s to the next 1,500 issues and a diverse future”

    Graham Hope2017-11-22 10:15
    Editor Graham Hope This week marks an impressive milestone for Auto Express, as we have published our 1,500th issue. Since 1988, we’ve been leading the way in UK automotive publishing with our weekly mix of news and tests.
    As our columnist Mike Rutherford reflects this week, a lot has changed over the years. But I suspect that it’s small fry compared to what’s to come over the next decade. Something that was reinforced to me again last week when I sp
  • "Many told me Auto Express wouldn’t last 15 issues, never mind 1,500"

    Mike Rutherford2017-11-22 16:22
    Founding member of the Auto Express team, Mike Rutherford, celebrates issue 1,500 with some choice memories...When I became one of the founding fathers of Auto Express in the summer of 1988, prior to launching the mag that autumn, many ‘experts’ took great delight in telling me it wouldn’t last 15 issues, never mind 1,500. How wrong you were, chaps.
    Since then, so much has altered on the car, driving, design, tech, corporate, insurance, retailing
  • BMW Developing Hybrid M Cars, Whether It Wants to or Not

    There’s a reason BMW’s M sub-brand is the performance division all other automakers strive to copy. Few letters hold as much clout as “M.” That one little addition to a BMW’s model name promises an overly generous heaping of horsepower, handling, and general sporting prowess. Continuing to this day, “M” ensures buyers of the presence […]
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  • New legislation to allow driverless cars on UK roads by 2021

    Jaguar has started self-driving trials on public roads
    Government uses Autumn Budget to unveil plans to make the UK a world leader in self-driving adoptionSelf-driving cars without a human behind the wheel will be allowed to run freely on UK roads from 2021, the chancellor has announced in the Autumn Budget.
    The plans by Philip Hammond are one of a host of measures intended to boost the automotive and technology industries.
    A number of UK companies have recently ramped up testing of autonom
  • Accidenti! Rambo Lambo Revealed by Mistake?

    Eagle-eyed fans have spotted a revealing clip in a new teaser video for the upcoming Lamborghini Urus, potentially confirming the shape of the Italian company’s new machine. In a teaser spot meant to highlight its track-focused Corsa mode, a quick shot of the infotainment display shows what appears to be the entire vehicle without any […]
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  • New Jeep Compass SUV 2017 review

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    Image 1 of 15 22 Nov, 2017 2:45pmLawrence Allan
    Jeep is aiming high with its latest Compass SUV, but can it topple the best cars in its class?Jeep has enjoyed extensive growth in Europe over the last few years, moving from around 300,000 sales in 2009 to nearly 1.4 million in 2016. That success looks set to continue, too, with cars like the all-new Compass vying for market share against some seriously established segment giants.
    Those who recognise the Compass name may remember the
  • QOTD: What Car Would You Avoid Owning at All Costs?

    Today, our question circles around cars with issues. The sort of issues that could send an owner to an early grave or perhaps some preventative therapy, at the very least. Cars with widely-known issues, bad ownership propositions for running costs, depreciation, safety, or something else — they all qualify today. Which cars would you avoid owning […]
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  • Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo 2017 review

    Porsche bolsters its hybrid range with a 671bhp Panamera Sport Turismo flagship. Can it justify the premium over the Turbo?
    The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, to give this sleek four-door estate its full title, is the all-inclusive adventure holiday of the Porsche range.It’s difficult to conceive, from the specs at least, how it could possibly achieve, or its driver request, anything more. It’s as fast as all but the looniest 911s, pretty much as practical as the SUVs
  • The Government is wrong to penalise diesel drivers

    With the Government confirming new taxation for diesel cars, we discuss why the core focus should be elsewhereThe Chancellor’s plan to force drivers and buyers of diesel cars to pay more to own, run and even park their cars – allegedly to reduce toxic pollution in city – must surely rank as one of the worst-targeted pieces of (proposed) legislation in many a long day. 
    Budget 2017: diesel tax hike confirmed
    The knee-jerk nature of Philip Hammond’s move, which wi
  • Opinion: The Government is wrong to penalise diesel drivers

    With the Government confirming new taxation for diesel cars, we discuss why the core focus should be elsewhereThe Chancellor’s plan to force drivers and buyers of diesel cars to pay more to own, run and even park their cars – allegedly to reduce toxic pollution in city – must surely rank as one of the worst-targeted pieces of (proposed) legislation in many a long day. 
    The knee-jerk nature of Philip Hammond’s move is especially depressing. This man, whose judgem
  • New Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo 2017 review

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    Image 1 of 15 22 Nov, 2017 1:00pmKyle Fortune
    Porsche’s sleek Panamera Sport Turismo estate gets boosted plug-in performance, with 671bhp and 850NmThe Turbo S badge is one reserved for the fastest, maddest models in Porsche’s line-up, and it’s just been tacked onto the hatchback door of the new Panamera Sport Turismo.
    By doing so, Porsche has upped the power from the 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 that powers the standard Turbo, adding a parallel hybrid powertrain. This
  • Autumn Budget: diesel tax hike confirmed

    Diesel tax and new autonomous car legislation announced as top motoring-related changesThe UK Government has introduced a diesel car tax hike in its Autumn Budget as part of plans to reduce the number of them on Britain’s roads.
    Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that diesel vehicles that don’t conform the “next-generation” emissions standard will be pushed up by a tax band.
    He also said that company car tax for the same vehicles will increase by 1%.
    Opinion: The governm
  • Autumn Budget 2017: diesel tax hike confirmed

    How the Budget will affect motorists: tax penalties for new diesel cars, plans to revamp autonomous driving laws, investment in electric vehicle infrastructure and moreThe UK Government has introduced a tax hike on new diesel cars in its Autumn Budget, as part of plans to reduce air pollution.
    Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that diesel cars sold from April 1 2018 onwards will be pushed up a tax band unless they conform to next-generation Real Driving Emissions step 2 standards, wh