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BBC.co.uk

Volkswagen sales fall 20% in the UK

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Sales of Volkswagen cars fell 20% in the UK last month following the diesel emissions scandal.

In November, 12,958 new VWs were registered, down from 16,196 in November 2014, SMMT figures show.

Other VW Group marques were also hit, with Seat down 24%, Skoda down 11% and Audi down 4%. Only Bentley managed an increase, with sales up from 73 vehicles to 88. Overall 3.8% more new cars were registered than for November last year.

David Cameron: No EU reform deal at December summit

David Cameron has said that he does not expect an agreement to be reached on his EU reform aims at December’s summit of European leaders. The prime minister said “good progress” had been made in the talks, but the scale of the UK’s aims meant he would not get an agreement “in one go”. European Council President Donald Tusk said the summit “should pave the way for a deal in February”. The UK’s PM has promised an in/out vote on EU membership by the end of 2017.

 

The Financial Times

Services survey fuels hopes for UK growth

Growth in the UK economy looks set to increase in the fourth quarter following encouraging data on the country’s dominant services sector on Thursday. The sector rebounded in November according to Markit’s purchasing managers’ index, brushing off fears that overall UK growth might be slowing after disappointing construction and manufacturing data this week.

 

The Times

Bumper to bumper? Traffic jam gadget will drive car for you

New technology is being introduced to take the monotony out of traffic jams. A self-driving system that will allow motorists to take their hands off the steering wheel – and their feet of the pedals while stuck in traffic is being developed by Ford.

Posted by Lois Hardy on 04/12/2015