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Used car buying guide: super-saver plug-in electric cars

Used car buying guide: super-saver plug-in electric cars, including the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Vauxhall Ampera

Plug-in electric cars do what they say on the tin: they feature an electric motor powered by a battery that can be charged by plugging into a mains electricity socket. Some plug-ins are purely electric, others come with a hybrid type of car that combines an electric motor with a petrol or diesel engine. Their attractions are obvious: low emissions and low running costs. But all require a leap of faith for first-time buyers, especially as when new they’re expensive. As used cars, however, they’re cheap. Here are three that are worth taking the plunge for… Continue reading

The six most exciting cars at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show

The Bugatti Chiron can achieve 261mph

The most talked-about car of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show was Bugatti’s Chiron (Picture © Bugatti)

March is an exciting time for drivers. The new registration change, to the ‘16’ prefix, comes into force, prompting the busiest month for the motor trade. And the razzmatazz of the Geneva Motor Show ramps up, where many of the most significant cars of 2016 will be revealed.

This year has been one of the busiest shows in memory. New cars of all shapes and sizes were revealed, and regardless of whether drivers are on the hunt for a stylish new SUV or mind-blowing supercar, the show offered something for everyone – and all the cars will be going on sale in Britain soon.

Here are the six most exciting cars of the Geneva Motor Show.

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Emissions shock: 95% of cars are illegal. What does it mean for drivers?

Emissions shock

New research says nearly every car pumps out illegal levels of toxic gases

It’s not just Volkswagens that allegedly pump dangerous toxins into the atmosphere, according to the latest emissions shock. New research claims nine out of 10 diesel cars on Britain’s roads exceed official limits for illegal gases. The study also found that 10 per cent of petrol cars surpassed nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits, set in 2011. And the majority of petrol cars go beyond EU carbon monoxide (CO) output levels.

According to Which?, part of the Consumer Association: “It’s not just Volkswagen. In fact, it’s not just diesel engines, either. It’s almost everyone. Whether diesel, petrol or hybrid, the majority of cars exceed EU emission limits when faced with our more realistic tests.” So what is the truth behind the latest revelations? And more importantly where, as drivers and car owners, do we stand? Continue reading