Monthly Archives: October 2009 Page 2

Volvo Trucks honoured for fuel efficiency achievements

Volvo Trucks has been recognised at a number of recent industry awards for the strong fuel efficiency and environmental performance of its vehicles. The Swedish manufacturer scooped the Irish Truck of the Year 2010 prize for the 11-litre Volvo FM in recognition of its fuel economy, in addition to its lightweight design and adaptability. Read the full article…

Stronger car sales ‘driving higher production rates’

The recent recovery in vehicle sales is contributing to improved conditions in the automotive manufacturing sector. New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed that the pace of decline in production is now at its lowest level in 12 months, with 119,616 cars having been manufactured in September. Read the full article…

SMMT increases 2009 vehicle sales forecasts

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has increased its predictions for new car and van sales in 2009 to account for the success of the scrappage scheme. An additional 10,000 units have now been predicted to be sold this year, taking forecasts for car registrations to 1,928,100 and van registrations to 182,800. Read the full article…

Scrappage scheme extension commences

The government has reminded aspiring car buyer its extended and revised scrappage scheme has now begun. An additional £100 million in funding has been committed to grants for motorists looking to trade in their old vehicles for new ones, with the scheme now set to last until February 2010. In addition, the scheme will Read the full article…

Stock shortages ‘are hindering used car sales’

A lack of used vehicle stock is hindering the industry’s attempts to recover from the economic downturn, according to research. Vehicle information source HPI has suggested that a slowdown in production of new cars has reduced the supply of vehicles to the second hand market down to a “trickle”. This is despite recent encouraging Read the full article…

Van use ‘on the increase’

The number of vans in use in the UK has seen a marked increase over the past decade according to research. Statistics published by the Commission for Integrated Transport have revealed that van use among British drivers has increased by 40 per cent in ten years, prompting the body to commission a further study of Read the full article…

Fife taxi training scheme ‘will improve standards’

Fife authorities have expressed confidence that their newly launched training scheme for cabbies will help to improve standards of driving and client care in the area. Local police have allied with Fife Council to host a series of free half-day courses for prospective taxi drivers, the first such initiative to be commenced in Scotland. Read the full article…

Perodua sees sales increase thanks to scrappage

Malaysian carmaker Perodua has seen an increase in business thanks to the government scrappage scheme. The manufacturer reported a 21.4 per cent year-on-year increase in new car registrations last month, representing its best September results in years. In particular, the firm’s Myvi vehicle model showed a significant sales improvement over last year, with the Read the full article…

Pink ‘is least popular colour among UK motorists’

UK drivers have identified pink as the least desirable colour for a car in a new survey. A poll conducted by online vehicle dealer Carsite.co.uk has revealed that the garish hue, popular among celebrity drivers such as Paris Hilton and Elton John, is the one most likely to put British car buyers off. Other Read the full article…