How have new car sales fared for ’13′ plates?

New statistics have provided a resounding answer to the question of whether it has been a case of unlucky thirteen for new car sales - with sales of "13" number plates having beaten any of the previous nine new plates.

New registrations from March to July have reached 1,115,459 vehicles - a total is higher than those previous years even before August's sales have been counted, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed.

New '63' plates ...

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The car that drives itself is here – but would you trust one?

The car that drives itself is here - but would you trust one? The long-awaited first testing of driverless cars on Britain's roads, involving other traffic, will happen later this year. Proposals to trial the technology have been unveiled as part of the Government's £28 billion road strategy announced by ministers this week. Oxford University scientists have been liaising with Japanese motor manufacturer Nissan on the robot car project, using an adapted Nissan Leaf. But how comfortable would you feel in a car that drove itself? Researchers have already trialled a car on a private road in a UK science ...

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Can the 1,000mph land speed barrier, not the easiest game, be hit?

Is it possible for a car to break the 1,000mph barrier? Experts at luxury British car maker Rolls-Royce seem to think it is. That's why the company is sponsoring for the first time a world land speed record attempt. Rolls-Royce announced on Monday (May 13) that it is supporting the Bristol-based Bloodhound project. A Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine will be used alongside a custom designed hybrid rocket. The Bloodhound team hopes to travel to South Africa to break the 763mph land speed record before targeting the 1,000mph barrier. Colin Smith, Rolls-Royce director of engineering and technology, said the firm will ...

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Volkswagen unveils new BlueMotion

If you find yourself behind the wheel of the new Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion, on sale from this August, you might only have to refuel it 10 times a year. With its 970-mile theoretical range, and assuming a 10,000-mile annual mileage, its "highly efficient" fuel economy system presents an opportunity for real savings at the pumps. This, plus owners have no tax to pay because BlueMotion falls under band A vehicle excise duty. Volkswagen says the new model has a 50-litre fuel tank offering drivers 88.3mpg on the combined cycle and 85g/km in pollution emissions, as well as the same "refinement ...

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