By Simple Car & Van Hire Ltd in General Articles, Blogging | 23rd January 2018
The Department for Exiting the European Union has published a set of reports providing sectoral analysis on the impact of Brexit across a variety of key sectors including ‘automotive’.
A wide mix of qualitative and quantitative analysis was carried out following the referendum and the findings have been collated into a range of sector-specific reports, published by Brexit Secretary David Davis’ newly formed department just before Christmas.
The reports cover a description of the sector, the current EU regulatory regime, existing frameworks for how trade is facilitated between countries and sector views.
The sectoral reports can be accessed here on Parliament.uk website.
By Neal Hewitt in General Articles, Blogging | 23rd January 2018
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By Neal Hewitt in General Articles, Blogging | 24th December 2017
Exclusive images from www.autoexpress.co.uk preview the all-new hi-tech hatchback, which will feature electric drivetrain options
Volvo will follow up its successful XC SUV range with an all-new V40 to rival the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series – and it’ll challenge its German rivals by offering not only a plug-in hybrid version but also a pure-electric edition.
The XC40 is the first of the Swedish brand’s cars to be launched on its all-new platform architecture, called Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). But Volvo plans to quickly expand its line-up on the new chassis, with the next model expected to be a replacement for the ageing V40 hatchback.
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The new V40 will look a little wider than the XC40 because, while the two cars are actually likely to feature the same width at the front axle, the newcomer’s lower roofline will give the car a more aggressive stance. As previewed by our images, the V40 will incorporate elements from the 40.2 concept, which was shown alongside the 40.1 that ultimately became the XC40.
The next V40 is also likely to adopt the XC40’s wheelbase, which is usefully longer than that of the existing hatchback. That should help the new car to deliver more room in the rear, potentially making it more spacious than the rival A3 and 1 Series.
The V40 is likely to have a more dynamic feel than the comfort-oriented XC40. Volvo’s head of research and development, Henrik Green, told Auto Express that CMA gives his team the flexibility to produce very different types of vehicles. “CMA is a good platform to build the SUV – the XC40 – but we can also build low, dynamic cars with it,” he said.
“XC40 aims for an urban environment, giving you comfort and also the commanding view in the traffic and at junctions. But we don’t have to follow this approach with other 40-series models that are coming.”
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By Neal Hewitt in General Articles, Blogging | 23rd December 2017
FUEL economy is incredibly important and now modern cars tell you how much range you have left, but what if you get stuck miles away from a petrol station when your tanks ticks over to empty?By LUKE JOHN SMITHPUBLISHED: 08:01, Sat, Dec 23, 2017
Every driver has felt the dread when the fuel needle hits empty and the warning light glows on the dashboard.
Ideally, you should never let your car hit empty before getting it refuelled, but sometimes it is unavoidable.
Cars don’t immediately shut down as soon as you hit zero as there is usually some fuel left in in the tank as a reserve, for this very eventuality.
But, how much further can your car travel when it hits empty?
Of course, there is no way to give a definitive answer on how many miles you can continue on for
This is because of the amount of variables that affect the fuel economy.
Your driving style, average speed, road surface, temperature, make and model of your car, engine size among others drastically impact how thirsty or frugal the car is.
However, WKYC 3 consumer investigator Danielle Serino put a 2017 Toyota to the test to see how far it could go when the car hit empty and managed 43 miles after the warning light came on.
The reporter also had some advice for drivers wanting to try and find out how far their car could go after it hits empty.
She said: “If you want to find out how far your car can run on empty, check your owners manual to for the exact volume of your fuel tank.
“Then the next time the needle show empty, fill it up.
“Subtract the number of gallons it took to fill up your tank from the volume in the manual and you’ll known how much further you can go when the needle hits empty.”
Similarly, research conducted in 2016 by Your Mechanic revealed data about a number of USA 2015 cars and how they performed when the needle hit zero.
While this may not be transferable to your car, it does reveal a certain pattern and can be a good gauge.
For example, economy sedans, hatc...