It’s a familiar route from your front door to your office, but what if your car could drive itself between the two?
Growing pressure for the release of strategic oil reserves to calm world oil markets, with reports the White House is preparing for the move
The AA has warned that the cost of petrol is set to rise again with predictions that prices will reach a record high by the end of August.
The UK's low-cost navigation system can recognise its surroundings using small cameras and lasers discreetly built into the body of the car.
The vehicle is an adapted electric road car, linked to a computer in its boot, and controlled from an iPad mounted on the car's dashboard.
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Researchers from the UK have designed a 'self-driving' car that is much cheaper to get on the road than Google's multi-million pound venture.
Oxford University researchers have enabled a Nissan Leaf electric road car to 'drive itself' on stretches of a familiar route.
Used car prices are now at a 15-month low but some regions are missing out on the good deals.
Prices of second-hand cars dipped by an average of 1.71% between November and December, according to advice site UsedCarExpert.co.uk.
The average price for a used car is now £8,540 - the lowest figure since September 2011.
But while buyers in South-West England are now paying an average of only £6,951 for a second-hand car, those in North-East England are having to fork out as much as £10,805 on average.
Sales of luxury car maker Bentley increased by 22.18% from 2011 to 2012.
1,037 Bentleys were sold in 2011 giving the British manufacturer a 0.05% market share, in 2012 Bentley sold 1,267 car giving them a 0.06% market share.
Richard Lowe, head of retail and wholesale at Barclays commented on the positive car sales figures, saying;
As we look to the year ahead the real question is whether this demand will hold.
Consumer pockets will continue to be squeezed, and with pre-registration figures increasingly accounting for a larger percentage of the market, both manufacturers and dealers will have to be careful that supply does not outstrip demand.
- Diesel cars took a record 50.8% market share, with sales of just over a million compared with 978,000 petrol vehicles.
- Sales of alternative fuel vehicles, such as electric, increased by 9.4% to almost 28,000, a market share of 1.4%, a new high.
Private sales of new cars increased from 823,000 to 929,000, fleet sales increased by 0.6% to just over a million, while business sales fell by 9.5% to just under 90,000.The SMMT said 2013 would be "challenging", but it expects performance to be on a par with 2012.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "More than two million new cars were registered in the UK during 2012, up 5.3% on the previous 12 months and the best result since recession struck in 2008.
"Boosted by strong consumer demand, the market grew at its fastest rate for 11 years with innovative, fuel-efficient cars keeping buyers in showrooms.
"Looking ahead to 2013, we anticipate the market will hold firm, with manufacturers and dealers working hard to deliver quality and value to motorists."
The most popular models bought in 2012 were:
- The Ford Fiesta more than 109,000 models
- The Vauxhall Corsa (89,434)
- Ford Focus (83,115)
- Vauxhall Astra (63,023)
Last year's healthy sales figures followed a 12.9% increase in private demand for new cars.
Despite the strong performance of the motor industry, the new car market was 14.9% below the pre-recession level of 2.4 million sales in 2007.
More than two million new cars were sold in the UK last year, an increase of 5.3% on 2011 and the highest since 2008, new figures have showed.
The increase was the biggest since 2001, with sales of new vehicles boosted by strong consumer demand, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Sales of new cars reached 2,044,609 over the year, with a 3.7% increase in December alone compared with the same month in 2011.
Toyota has been trying to fix its reputation after a series of massive recalls of 14 million vehicles over several years. The recent recall will include:
- 2.47 million vehicles in the United States
- 1.40 million in China
- 1.39 million in Europe
- 650,000 in Australia and Asia
- 490,000 in the Near and Middle East
- 240,000 in Canada
- 330,000 elsewhere