Ford will sell only pure electric vehicles in Europe by 2030.
In five years it will offer hybrid cars across its range as it transforms, two years after its vans, and it will use Volkswagen platforms but assemble models in Cologne.
MG electric car owners can subscribe to a £6 monthly service plan if they do under 10,000 miles annually.
Petrol models cost from £14 and selected used models can qualify for the scheme.
Fuel prices have been rising for 13 weeks and now hit a 13 month high, says RAC Fuel Watch.
It also expects a further 10ppl rise this year to match the levels last seen in October 2018 at over 130ppl.
Demand for new buses and coaches dropped 32.0% in 2020, with just 3,996 vehicles joining UK roads.
Single-deck registrations fell more and were down 58.7% to 755 units, marking an overall decline after a good start which quickly collapsed.
Vehicle makers are facing a year of volatility, says Europe’s components suppliers.
The microchip shortage is going to affect suppliers and car and commercial vehicle makers to differing degrees depending on their products and features and the demands and abilities of the industry to fulfil orders, say CLEPA.
New car registrations tumbled by 24.0% from 956,447 units in January 2020 to 726,491 units this year, marking the lowest January total on record to date across Europe.
Nearly all 27 EU markets suffered double-digit losses last month, including three of the four major ones: Spain was the hardest-hit (-51.5%), followed by Germany (-31.1%) and Italy (-14.0%) and with a slight drop of 5.8%, France was the best performing major market but sales rose in Sweden (+22.5%).
Speeding in urban areas and on motorways is less acceptable than five years ago, says IAM RoadSmart.
The road safety body polled 2,000 drivers after traffic was slashed on roads during last year’s strict lockdowns and exceeding limits is now seen as less acceptable by many.
Ford is introducing a new seven-speed automatic transmission option for electrified EcoBoost Hybrid powertrains.
It will for the first time enable drivers who want an automatic gearbox to reduce their CO2 emissions and save money using Ford’s 48-volt mild hybrid technology with Puma and Fiesta 1.0-litre EcoBoost Hybrid,
Cars with names are far more memorable that those given letters and numbers, according to a survey of drivers by Vanarama.
Most memorable was the Ford Fiesta and the least memorable was the Mazda 3 and among the supercars the recognition was even more marked in favour of names rather than numbers.