Car Industry News

The Car Expert provides you with a variety of news and information from and about the car industry, with monthly industry updates from SMMT.

Zero-star Fiat shows the progress of safety standards

This week's shock result of the Fiat Punto being given a zero-star Euro NCAP safety rating highlights how much safer new cars have become in recent years.

Car finance debt still on track for record despite sales slide

Car finance records for the first ten months of 2017 show that the sector is still on track for record lending this year despite falling new car sales.

First zero-star car sparks crash-test fears

A mass end-of-year set of crash tests have sparked concerns at safety body Euro NCAP, with many low scores topped by the first-ever no-star result.

Volkswagen admits 17,000 complaints about Dieselgate fix fails

Volkswagen has been forced to admit that it has received 17,000 complaints from UK owners whose vehicles have suffered after receiving the Dieselgate "fix".

Diesel woes get even worse as sales keep falling

November marked the eighth month in a row of falling new car registrations for 2017, and once again it was collapsing diesel sales causing the most concern.

Used car sales on the slide

Used car sales are following the new car market downwards – but at a much slower rate, sliding 2.1% in the third quarter of 2017.

Volkswagen blaming customers for failing to fix Dieselgate cars

The Environmental Audit Committee has demanded that Volkswagen explain why it has not fixed nearly 400,000 emissions-cheating Dieselgate cars.

‘No confidence’ as UK car sales slump again

UK car sales plummeted again in October, as industry figures blamed the slide on collapsing consumer confidence and an over-hyped campaign against diesel.

PSA Groupe takes control of Vauxhall finance division

The next step in Vauxhall's absorption into the PSA Groupe (Peugeot, Citroën, DS) has been finalised, with PSA  taking control of Vauxhall Finance.

Car makers struggle to predict diesel future

Car manufacturers have very different views as to which direction the sliding market for diesel-engined cars might go in coming months.

Oxford plans to start banning petrol and diesel cars from 2020

Oxford city centre could be closed to all conventional petrol and diesel cars from 2020, under plans about to go out for public consultation.

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