The Week: 26-30 Nov

Time 5:10 pm, November 30, 2012

HERE ARE the most interesting and talked-about stories over the past five days, collated and summarised by us.


Monday, November 26

Consumers no longer treat garages with quite the same degrees of suspicion they once held, said  Motor Codes.

Aston Martin found themselves in the centre of a bidding war – as Mahindra and ex-Ducati-owner Investindustrial both raise their hands in interest at purchasing the firm.

Nissan set a world record – driving over 230 electric Leafs in convoy around the Silverstone racing circuit.

BMW announced plans for 20 new front-wheel-drive models – and a successor to the limited-run 1M.


Tuesday, November 27

Road-based vehicle tax could be here as soon as 2020, if government plans go ahead.

4×4 drivers were blasted by the police – getting stuck in flood water after ignoring warning signs.

Kia announced plans for a sporty, hot-hatch version of their pro_cee’d three-door – badged the ‘GT’.


Wednesday, November 28

New cars’ low CO2 emissions are starving the government of tax revenue, a report by CAP said.

3M opened a brand new, state of the art vehicle refinishing centre in Warwickshire.

Audi announced details of their first diesel ‘S’ model – the SQ5 sporty SUV.

Fiat’s 500L, Ford’s new Fiesta and Mercedes’ A-Class and others have all done well in EuroNCap’s latest crash tests – each scoring five stars.


Thursday, November 29

The new faces of the SMMT were announced – with BMW managing director Tim Abbott appointed president.

Petrol prices dropped – with Asda and Tesco dropping 2p and 3p per litre at their pumps, respectively.

A unique collection of Saabs were announced for auction: Including one of the few examples of the last 9-5 ever built by the defunct manufacturer.

Manufacturers exhibited a whole host of new models at the Los Angeles Motor Show – including a Hyundai Veloster with a soft-top, and Mercedes-Benz’s re-imagining of the G-Wagen.


Friday, November 30

Britons are increasingly being forced to leave their cars unused on driveways, a report by the RAC said.

CAP warned of changes to the UK car market – suggesting pre-registration may alter the strong used values that currently stand.

HPI launched ‘Spec Check’ – a service that allows dealers to quickly determine the additional, factory options fitted to their used stock.

EV drivers got help from an unlikely place – as home owners started renting out their driveways to help the cars charge up.



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