12th February 2018


In last year’s Autumn Budget, it was announced that further changes would be made to first-year Vehicle Excise Duty for most diesel engine cars. These changes come into effect to vehicles registered from 1st April 2018. Vehicles registered before this date are unaffected. 

The changes bridge the gap between now and when all new cars must comply with Real Driving Emissions from September 2019. The new Real Driving Emission Standards will mean that in the future, all new cars will no longer be tested in laboratories but, in more realistic conditions to include additional vehicle payload, up-and-down hill driving and a mix of real-life motorway, rural and urban driving on roads. 

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22nd January 2018


It’s an ever-lasting topic of discussion as the colder weather starts to draw in: should you get winter tyres, and what should you do to prepare your vehicle for a tough winter, even if the chances of snow and ice are fewer? Well the answer is yes, you should always prepare your vehicle for any winter emergency. We’ve pulled together some pointers to help you get started.


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10th January 2018

It seems the SUV has taken over from the hatchback, as the nation’s preferred car choice. With 2017 awash with new models and arrivals in this sector, what does a newcomer have to do to be successful?

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12th December 2017

Completely redesigned inside and out the Mazda CX-5 Sport Nav we received for the weekend was a change, not just in size but with incredible technology too.

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29th November 2017

Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, has today revealed its future as a new standalone electric performance brand. Polestar confirmed plans for its first three models, a new purpose-built production facility in China and a customer-focussed route to market that will set a new industry benchmark for performance vehicles.

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21st November 2017

Three years ago, this month I bought my first ever car. I remember to this day, it had to be white and have Bluetooth to blast out those tunes that at the time I thought were ‘cool’ - as any 18-year-old would.

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Depending on our work and lifestyle our cars can often be called upon to undertake a multitude of tasks, if we know of them in advance they form part of our decision-making process. I know of someone who chose their vehicle purely based on negotiating a certain track and field to their favourite spot on their annual fishing trip, six months later and the farm had been sold - this fishing trip was no more!

So, what if our needs are as many as Heinz varieties? How do we narrow down our requirements and on which elements do we compromise?

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14th November 2017 

With a 500-mile round trip to visit two of our key Partnerships, the arrival of our week-long Audi Q7 demonstrator was perfectly timed.

Our trip took us from Ipswich to the centre of Liverpool, then back down to Chester for an overnight stop. A short trip to Wrexham then a straight drive back to Ipswich. the route would be mostly motorway but with some A roads thrown in and a tight squeeze in an underground car-park.

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31st October 2017

Last year the Government hinted that to cut air pollution in major cities they were looking to introduce a new scrappage scheme to remove older polluting cars from the roads. The details were naturally missing but the car buying public were naturally interested. After all we are a nation that loves a bargain!

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