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British cars ‘least reliable of world’s leading brands’ – Warranty Direct has analysed breakdown rates in cars and found that British cars, in particular Jaguar and Land Rover, are the least reliable of the world’s leading automobile brands. The most reliable cars were Japanese, while French cars were found to break down less often than their German counterparts. The performance of UK cars was based on Jaguar, Land Rover and Vauxhall models. The analysis compared breakdown rates on cars of an average age of five years with around 50,000 miles on the clock.
A third of Chinese state cars to be electric – China intends to ensure that at least 30% of cars purchased by its government are electric. The country’s official media agency said around one third of newly bought cars for official use between 2014 and 2016 will be fuelled by clean energy and the level will be raised each year after this. The moves stems from concern over pollution levels.
Jaguar advert banned – Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin revealed yesterday that he was considering a proposal to double the penalty for using a handheld mobile phone while driving. He said he was looking at suggestions offenders should be handed six points on their licence rather than the present three, which would mean a ban from driving if caught twice in three years.
Red Tape proves costly – The cost of complying with red tape is rising for small businesses, despite government insistence that it has overhauled thousands of regulations, a business group has said.
The Daily Express
Concern over illegal ‘foreign’ cars in UK – Concerns have been raised by the RAC over the risks posed by foreign drivers in the UK. Around 15,000 foreigners are said to fail to register their vehicles but the RAC says the number is actually much higher, given that 2.5m cars use Eurotunnel each year. Unregistered cars avoid MOT tests, get away with parking and speeding fines, do not pay insurance and are used by criminals because they are harder to trace.
The Financial Times
Volkswagen in urgent need of makeover, declares Winterkorn – a presentation to senior managers of Volkswagen delivered by Martin Winterkorn, chief executive, committed the group to finding €5billion in annual savings by 2017; and achieving a six per cent operating margin at its core passenger car brand. He said: ‘This is urgent, because today the profitability of our brand is still too low’.
Rate rise expectation grows after prices data – Expectations have grown that Britain’s first interest rate rise of the current economic cycle will come around the turn of the year after an unexpected jump in inflation. Consumer prices rose 1.9% in June, the highest level this year.