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Cross-traffic alert

What is cross-traffic alert?

Cross-traffic alert uses sensors to monitor and alert drivers to any passing traffic in their blindspot when emerging out of a parking space. How does it work? When pulling out of a parking space (usually reversing), cross-traffic alert uses sensors...

16 January 2017

Beat Blue Monday with these 8 cars to make you smile

Blue Monday - January 16 2017 - is apparently the most depressing day of the year.  Whether it‘s due to impending Christmas credit card bills, Dry January meaning you can’t indulge in a cheery pint, or the weather likely to be rubbish, today is...

16 January 2017

Fiat Chrysler emissions: what you need to know

While the Volkswagen ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal rumbles on, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) regarding emissions-cheating software. What is FCA being accused of? The notice issued...

13 January 2017

Driverless cars: everything you need to know

While they are not yet on sale to the public pending some major legal and ethical wrangling between governments and car companies, the technology to build self-driving cars is very close to becoming a viable possibility. And in fact, this robotic car...

13 January 2017

What is an MPV (multi-purpose vehicle)?

MPV is short for multi-purpose vehicle – a type of car generally favoured by families due to a more practical interior than a regular hatchback's, often coming in five- and seven-seat forms. Range of sizes Smaller MPVs – sometimes based on superminis...

12 January 2017

VW facing legal action from UK motorists over dieselgate

VW facing legal action from UK motorists over dieselgate

In the latest twist in the Volkswagen ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal, a group of UK motorists are bringing legal action against the carmaker. The proceedings are a claim for compensation by owners of diesel vehicles – including those made by Audi,...

12 January 2017

Deal watch: top cash and finance offers

Choosing the right car for your needs is a big enough challenge, but how do you know that you’re getting the best deal? Well, we’ve done the hard work and fished out some of the best-value offers available this week – for those with cash to splash...

12 January 2017

Winter driving guide. Credit: Getty Images

Winter driving - your ultimate guide

The nights have drawn in, the clocks have gone back and temperatures have dropped. Winter’s here but life doesn’t stop, so here’s a handy guide to everything you need to know about winter driving. There are many things you can do to prepare both...

12 January 2017

Lane-departure warning switch

What is lane-departure warning?

Lane-departure warning is a safety system that alerts the driver if it detects the vehicle unintentionally straying out of lane. How does lane-departure warning work? A small camera or sensor – usually mounted at the top of the windscreen behind the...

12 January 2017

Ford S-Max high-beam assist

What is high-beam assist?

High-beam assist recognises oncoming vehicles at night, switching headlights between main and dipped beam automatically. It's a very clever bit of kit and is claimed to make nocturnal driving less stressful. How does high-beam assist work? A sensor...

12 January 2017

Mercedes-Benz Active Lane Keeping Assist

What is active lane-keeping technology?

Active lane-keeping technology is designed to assist the driver by automatically guiding the vehicle within its lane on a motorway or dual-carriageway. Also referred to as Lane Assist (Volkswagen) and Active Lane Keeping Assist (Mercedes-Benz). How...

11 January 2017

Nissan Intelligent Get & Go

How to part-own a new Nissan Micra for £77 a month

Nissan is pioneering a new car-sharing scheme with a difference to encourage take-up of its new Micra supermini among those who might not otherwise own a vehicle. The new Nissan Intelligent Get & Go club is being tested in Paris and will let...

11 January 2017

Top 10 safest cars of 2017 according to Thatcham

The top 10 safest cars according to Thatcham

Thatcham Research, an independent car safety body in the UK, has announced its list of the 10 safest cars you can buy in 2017. Since we're only a few days into January at the time of writing, it seems a bit early to be reaching that conclusion, but...

11 January 2017

Audi Q8

Ultimate travel for four? The Audi Q8 concept unveiled

What you see here is the Audi Q8 concept car; the firm’s flagship hybrid SUV unveiled at the 2017 Detroit motor show. While this is unlikely to be identical to the production model arriving in 2018, it does provide a close representation of what...

10 January 2017

2017 Skoda Octavia

2017 Skoda Octavia: All you need to know

The big-selling Skoda Octavia receives a mid-life facelift, with new front-end styling, a revised engine line-up, an upgraded infotainment system and a host of new mobile-enabled apps for the driver and their passengers. No pricing details have been...

10 January 2017

Driverless car

What are driverless cars?

Driverless cars are vehicles that are capable of driving for you. How do they work? Driverless cars are fitted with an array of cameras and sensors that are responsible for a number of functions including keeping track of other vehicles, detecting...

10 January 2017

New 2016/66 car prices updated now

All 2016/66 updated prices are LIVE on Parkers now

If you’re looking to buy a new car, sell your own, or just value your car for your own interest, then head to Parkers where all the 2016/66 prices have now been updated. Not only will you get the most up-to-date valuation of your car with Parkers,...

09 January 2017

UK new car registrations hit record high in 2016

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders – the SMMT – reveal the UK new car market to be at an all-time high, with 2,692,786 new cars registered in 2016. That’s an increase of 2.3% over 2015, making it the fifth consecutive...

05 January 2017

Ford Ka Plus

Cheapest new cars to insure

The third quarter of 2016 has seen the average price for comprehensive insurance cover rise to £737, with many motorists – especially younger drivers – feeling they’re being priced off the road. However, buy the right car and you might be surprised...

03 January 2017