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What is a diesel particulate filter?

The diesel particulate filter (DPF) is a key component of every modern diesel engine, but do you understand what it does or how to maintain it?

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Nissan Qashqai test drive

Does the Nissan Qashqai’s refreshed engine line-up have what it takes to keep the SUV as a UK favourite?

Volkswagen ‘sold thousands of unlicensed pre-production vehicles’

Volkswagen has found itself in hot water again – this time over claims that it knowingly sold thousands of unlicensed pre-production vehicles.

Aston Martin shows off Valkyrie’s massive Cosworth V12 engine

Aston Martin has revealed some key details about the 6.5-litre V12 engine that will power its eagerly anticipated Valkyrie hypercar.

Hyundai targets hydrogen for its electric future

Hyundai plans to invest billions of pounds in hydrogen fuel-cell technology in a bid to become the world leader in the field.

Premium diesel and petrol – do they work?

Do premium diesel and premium unleaded petrol give you extra performance and economy, and are they worth it? The Executivecondominium investigates.

BMW 3 Series test drive

The BMW 3 Series is a household name – which means this all-new version has a lot riding on it. So does it live up to expectations? We find out.

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Essential off-road driving accessories

Many 4x4 owners wouldn’t dream of going off-road for fear of breaking down or getting stuck. But as long as you're properly equipped, you should be fine.

Five-star safety ratings for seven new models

Seven new cars have been awarded five-star safety ratings from Euro NCAP, in a very positive end to the year for car manufacturers.

Fiat Panda branded a ‘zero-star car’ for safety

The Fiat Panda has become only the second car to ever be awarded zero stars for safety by Euro NCAP – and the other car is the Fiat Punto, tested last year.

Average of 179 motorists caught drunk-driving every day in December 2017

Police caught an average of 179 drunk-drivers per day across the UK in December 2017, new research has found.

Christmas bargains for clever car buyers

As another year draws to a close, car dealers start looking at their sales numbers and many of them will be getting quite nervous. If you are in the market to buy a car, you are in a strong position to get a deal on your perfect new set of wheels this Christmas.

Daytime running lights causing confusion for drivers

Drivers across the UK could be causing confusion for other motorists by relying on daytime running lights (DRLs) for illumination in low visibility conditions.

‘Cyclist-aware’ drivers should get cheaper car insurance

A government proposal suggests a course to make drivers more aware of cyclists should be rewarded with cheaper car insurance.

New car reviews

Porsche Macan S test drive

A refresh has made Porsche Macan an even more appealing package. The Macan S, in particular, is a more compelling option than the four-cylinder base car.

Renault Kadjar test drive

While other SUVs of this size may get the job done in a little with a little more style and flair, the Renault Kadjar is still well worth considering.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon test drive

The C-Class does all of the things you’d want a premium saloon to do. It’s comfortable over long distances and comes with plenty of standard equipment.

BMW X5 test drive

The new BMW X5 falls down in too many areas to be a class leader, but will appeal to many buyers – it’s still a status symbol and still great to drive.

News

McLaren lifts the lid on new 720S Spider

McLaren has lifted the lid on its new 212mph 720S Spider, the second model in the 720 'Super Series' range.

Pricing and specs confirmed for Seat Tarraco SUV

Pricing and specifications for the all-new SEAT Tarraco SUV have been confirmed, with order books now open.

Skoda confirms nine electrified models by 2020

Skoda is the latest manufacturer to announce its ambitious aims for the electrification of its models, with nine expected to go on sale in the next year.

Skoda unveils all-new Scala hatchback

Skoda has unveiled its new Scala family hatchback, which showcases a new interior design for the brand as well as claiming class-leading practicality.

Renault Kadjar refreshed for 2019

Pricing and specifications for the refreshed Renault Kadjar have been revealed, with the updated SUV starting from £20,595.

Industry news

Revealed: The major car manufacturers facing ‘massive’ CO2 fines

Nearly two-thirds of top car manufacturers are facing 'massive' CO2 fines, according to new research due to be published today.

‘Black box’ devices could be fitted to all new cars

All new cars sold in the EU could soon be fitted with 'black box' devices, if a proposal by the European Council in February 2019 is approved.

New car sales fall in November

New car registrations were down by 3% in November, just as they were in October, according to the latest data released today by the SMMT.

Thousands of electric car chargers to be installed at Tesco stores

The largest retail network of electric car chargers is to be rolled out across Tesco stores nationwide.

Stricter MOT test doubles emissions failure rate

Changes to MOT emissions testing has seen the number of cars failing more than double since being introduced earlier this year.

Record number of illegally clocked cars on the road

The number of UK cars with false mileages has hit 2.3 million, leading for calls to ban DIY mileage-correction 'clocking' tools.

Used car sales down 2% but market still strong

More than two million used cars changed hands between July and September, according to the latest data published by the SMMT.

Car finance debt continues to grow despite falling sales

Car finance debt increased in the third quarter of 2018, despite the number of new finance agreements falling in line with lower new car sales in September.

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Best of British

Pricing and specs for new Toyota Corolla hatch and estate

Toyota has announced pricing and specifications for the new Corolla – marking the return of the nameplate to the UK after a 12-year hiatus.

Luxurious new Bentley Continental GT Convertible revealed

Bentley has taken a blowtorch to its Continental grand tourer and created this – the new Continental GT Convertible.

Evolution, not revolution, for new Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover has unveiled the second generation of its popular Range Rover Evoque compact SUV, replacing the current model that has been on sale since 2011.

Why Aston Martin had to change – and is still changing…

Since becoming Aston Martin CEO in 2014 Andy Palmer has tranformed the brand from loss-maker to profit, with new desirable cars and much more to come.

Aston Martin Vantage test drive

The all-new Aston Martin Vantage is more aggressive than its predecessor, combining performance, technology and quality to great effect.

Aston Martin remembers Le Mans glory with DBS limited edition

An Aston Martin dealership has revealed a limited-edition DBS Superleggera that pays homage to the iconic vehicle’s legendary 1959 Le Mans triumph.

The greatest cars from Stan Lee’s cinematic legacy

Comic book icon Stan Lee’s work has made a big impact on cinema, and during the film adventures based on his work, cars were often part of the action.

How to avoid car sickness

Car sickness is a common problem for many of us. We've put together this list of tips for keeping a queasy stomach under control on a road trip.

Jaguar I-Pace – secrets of the Pixel Pansies

The Jaguar I-Pace is not only the brand's first all-electric production car but also a car that takes a completely new design direction.

The best hot hatches for under £10k

Britain loves a hot hatch, so we’ve picked out some of the best hot hatches you can find on the used market for less than £10K.
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