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SEAT FACTORY REDUCES WATER CONSUMPTION BY 31%

[categories maintenance] SEAT’s Martorell factory in Barcelona has reduced its water consumption per car produced by 31% in the last eight years. By using cutting-edge technology and more efficient processes to reuse and recycle water used in its manufacturing processes, particularly in the paint workshop and rain test booth – the two areas that consume […]

Škoda celebrates 60th anniversary of the first Octavia model

[categories specials] The Škoda Octavia, the brand’s multi-million seller around the world, celebrates another remarkable milestone in 2019 – the 60th anniversary of its introduction. Originally designed to bring affordable and high-quality motoring to the audience at a cheap price, the design and engineering philosophies behind the Octavia remain the same today. Over the years, […]

Stolen keyless car recovered in an hour!

[categories technology] A BMW that was stolen by thieves who hacked into the car’s keyless system has been returned to its driver less than an hour after he reported its disappearance. The prestige motor was stolen from the driveway of a South East London motorist and searched by the criminals for any security trackers in […]

Trains, Planes and Cars – Bentley’s inception

[categories specials] As Bentley marks its Centenary year, the Crewe-based luxury car maker celebrates the life of the innovative British engineer whose drive and ingenuity started it all. Walter Owen Bentley – or W.O. as he is fondly known – was born in 1888 in London, when horse and carriage was still the most common […]

Volvo unveils first full size autonomous electric bus

[categories autonomous vehicles] Bus manufacturer Volvo has revealed what it claims is the world’s first full-size autonomous electric bus. Working in conjunction with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), it unveiled the single-deck 12-metre long vehicle, which can transport up to 80 passengers. The launch is a key milestone in NTU and Volvo’s development programme […]

The dangers of phoney war

[categories driving] More than half of van drivers admitted to making calls behind the wheel without using a hands-free device, according to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ research. Van drivers spend an average of 35 minutes on the phone each day in their vehicles, making an average of seven calls a day. One in 10 spend two […]

Waste powers Scania truck in Australia

[categories uncategorized] Scania has supplied a 16-litre engine for a trial in Australia that will see a flatbed truck powered by waste plastic, old vehicle tyres, farm and forest waste. Over the next 12 to 18 months, Queensland-based company Southern Oil will be trying out renewable diesel from its Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant in the […]

New semi-autonomous tech offer untapped opportunity for growth

  The surging consumer appetite for increasingly sophisticated automotive technologies offer a huge opportunity for growth, but the use of complicated marketing jargon, unclear pricing and a lack of frontline education means retailers and manufacturers are missing out. That’s the key finding from the seventh edition of the Auto Trader Market Report, which found that […]
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