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.

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.

Porsche tops growing hybrid resale values

The £80,000 Porsche Panamera will retain the most value amongst hybrid cars when a buyer sells it after three years, according to data specialist hpi.

September new car sales slump to five-year low

Private new car sales slumped to a five-year low in September to cap off a horror six months for the industry, according to the latest industry figures.

Ten safest used family cars 2017

For the second year, Co-op Insurance, in conjunction with Thatcham Research and road safety charity Brake, have recognised the safest used family cars.

Autonomous Emergency Braking ‘a must’, say experts

Buying a new car? Insist it has Autonomous Emergency Braking and you could help save hundreds of lives, say road safety and motor industry bodies.

Car manufacturers electrify Frankfurt

The big theme at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show was electrification, as car manufacturers showed off their latest hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric cars.

Car buyer debt increases further despite warnings

The latest car finance figures show that buyers are borrowing more money to finance both new and used cars, despite all the media attention of late.

Another slow month for new car sales in August

New car registrations fell by more than 6% in August compared to last year, with buyers shying away from showrooms and diesels having a disastrous time.

Will scrappage schemes really boost new car sales?

A flurry of new "scrappage schemes" has been announced, with manufacturers offering thousands of pounds for owners of old cars to trade them in on new ones.

SMMT does a recount; everything’s fine in used car sales

A week after publishing disastrous used car sales results, the SMMT has now published corrected numbers and decided that things aren't so bad after all.

Used car sales record worst results in years

Used car sales for the second quarter of 2017 fell significantly and are the worst results in years, according to figures published by the SMMT today.

‘More effort needed’ to beat car hackers

Smart cars, allowing drivers to access all kinds of digital services from the cockpit, are all very well. But could they be hacked?

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