Drivers ditch the car over high fuel costs
Published 22/06/2011 | 05:00
high fuel prices are forcing drivers to change their motoring habits, new research suggests.
It shows that 14pc of drivers have ditched their cars while a further 7pc use a motorbike or a scooter on some or all journeys.
The findings come from UK breakdown service Green Flag.
Plenty are still using their cars, but many are changing the way they drive and approach filling up.
More than half say they change the way they drive in order to save fuel, with 58pc now driving slower. Some 46pc are shopping around for cheaper fuel.
Audi slashes CO2 on revised model
The revised version of the Audi A1 1.6 TDI cuts CO2 emissions below 100g/km for the first time.
The 104bhp engine, with a five-speed manual gearbox, has been tweaked and tweaked so that its CO2 has fallen from 105g/km to 99g/km with fuel economy going from 70.6mpg to 74.3mpg.
Mini's 'official' snap of new Coupe
A couple of weeks back, we showed you pictures, and outlined details, of the new two-seater Mini Coupe.
Now, here is a much better looking 'official' picture, above right, which I think makes it a more visually appealing proposition.
Based on the rare and sporty Mini Cabriolet, there will be four versions -- entry-level Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper SD and range-topper John Cooper Works (JCW).
Millions poured in to indoor track
No shortage of money, it appears, when it comes to the seething rivalry between the top carmakers. Audi has revealed it will spend more than €10m on an indoor test track at this year's Frankfurt Motor show. Why? So it can outshine BMW and Mercedes. Audi usually showcased its models as part of the VW group's display. But now it is investing a fortune in its own pavilion.
The Frankfurt show is Europe's largest and runs from September 15 to 25.
The splashout by Audi is part of a drive to overtake BMW as the world's largest maker of luxury cars by 2015.
Not to be outdone, Mercedes is also planning a display with a roadway.