As many as 14.4m cars are expected to take to the country’s major roads from today to bank holiday Monday, according to research of drivers’ intentions conducted by the RAC and INRIX.
Some 11.2m people plan to get away but another 3.2m say they will are at present undecided as to which day they will be travelling on.
With families across the UK keen to take advantage of the final days of the school holidays, leading breakdown cover provider Green Flag is urging motorists to check their vehicles before embarking on any long journeys over the bank holiday weekend.
Green Flag is predicting that up to 42,800 car breakdowns will occur on Britain’s roads from Saturday to Monday. This translates to a staggering 10 breakdowns every minute.
Launching in London’s West End this week is a new play that takes place entirely within a car – with the cast sitting in the front seats and the audience in the back.
The unique play has been created by Olivier Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Bola Agbaje, and entitled ‘Papa Don’t Preach’, and the storyline plays for a 20-minute performance on London’s iconic Drury Lane.
German media reports an inner circle of nearly 40 managers and senior engineers face dismissal from Volkswagen.
Brunswick prosecutors have identified them as being implicated in the diesel gate scandal of three years ago and some could face trial in the US over fraud.
Mercedes-Benz has added the E 450 4MATIC to the E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet line-ups, replacing the E 400 4MATIC.
Prices start at £50,900 for the Coupé and £55,395 for the Cabriolet. The E 400 d 4MATIC All-Terrain is priced from £64,445. The CLS 350 starts at £52,625.
One in ten (10%) millennials cannot afford to learn to drive and 11% have lost a job opportunity because they do not have a car or cannot drive, according to InsuretheGap.com.
Buying and running a car is also out of the question for 11% as they are unable to afford the running costs, despite the fact that 75% of millennial drivers say that having a car is essential to their everyday life and over half saying their local public transport is unreliable and patchy.
VW Group member Ducati may become a merger or joint venture operation.
The luxury motorbike brand is now considered an odd-fit with the mainstream cars business, German media reported and quoted VW CEO Herbert Diess.
Foreign car makers in America, Canada and Mexico are concerned about US Government proposals to raise local supplier content.
The foreign makers supply half of US new models but say they will take years to renegotiate parts supplies and integrate them while potentially facing penalties for not doing so.
One in four have taken a phone call in the driver’s seat, 14 per cent have tapped out a text message and a few admit to a sex act.
Thirty five per cent have taken their eyes off the road to pass something to the passenger in the backseat, and 20 per cent have kept their foot on the accelerator while checking a map on their phone and some admit to being distracted while performing a sexual act on their passenger, they told pollsters for German Autolabs.
Vauxhall has revealed a concept that will signpost its design direction across all models in future, while creating a close link with its core values – British, Ingenious, Progressive and Approachable.
Called the Vauxhall GT X Experimental, it is a five-door, all-electric, coupe-style compact SUV, measuring 4.06m in length.