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Sunday 21 September 2014

Motoring briefs: GM recalls go on and on

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

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General Motors (GM) Chief Executive Mary Barra
General Motors (GM) Chief Executive Mary Barra

General Motors just keep on recalling in what must be the largest series of its kind in motoring history. Last Friday they announced four more recalls covering 105,688 cars and trucks globally. That raised the number of recalls to 34 including the high-profile one for defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.

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GM's 34 recalls so far this year cover almost 13.9 million vehicles in the US including the 2.6 million older cars with the defective switch. Globally, GM has recalled about 15.9m.

Spain extends scrap scheme

SPAIN has extended its car scrappage scheme for the sixth time. Drivers who scrap their old car get a €2,000 subsidy against a new one – half from the government and half from the carmaker.

New car sales there increased by 17pc last month – the ninth consecutive monthly sales rise.

50 new cars on display at show

THE Drogheda Motor Show takes place this weekend (starting Friday) with 50 new cars from nine different brands on display.

Volvo’s XC70 is given a facelift

Volvo has smartened up its XC70 and prices start at €48,895. There are changes to the outside and in the cabin.

Driving in Spain: things that you should know

HERE’S a timely little reminder from the road safety charity IAM on driving regulations for Spain.

You must carry two warning triangles in your vehicle so that you can put one front and back should you have a breakdown.

If you wear glasses, you must have a spare pair in the car.

Parking in many towns is controlled by blue zones (zonas azul) where you have to display a disc.

Children of 12 years or |over are allowed in the front seat.

Radar speed camera detectors are still allowed but they are expected to be banned shortly.

Police can issue heavy on-the-spot fines for many offences.

A finer estate of affairs

WE are not renowned for our love of estates, especially at a time when we are buying crossovers at a phenomenal rate, but like everything else in life there are exceptions to the rule.

I just discovered, for example, that sales of the Skoda Combi have more than doubled since 2009 (up by 54pc to be exact).

It’s interesting to see how Combis now represent a higher proportion of Octavias, for instance. In 2013, Combis (from €19,995 ex-works) accounted for 12.3pc of Octavias, compared with 6.1pc in 2009.

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