Keep an eye on your car in London, a vehicle was stolen every 20 minutes last year. In 2017, there were 30,766 thefts of a motor vehicle recorded by police in London, three every hour, an increase of a third (16%) compared to 2016, when there were 26,414 thefts. This works out as a rate of 351 thefts for every 100,000 people living in the area covered by Met police. That is the highest rate in the country. In order to protect your car from thieves, police suggest fitting an alarm, and, if the car is older than four years, you should consider having an approved immobiliser professionally fitted. Never leave keys in the ignition, even for just a few seconds. Read More Latest crime news With the new keyless cars, thieves are using relay technology to unlock and start the engine by intercepting a signal from a nearby set of car keys. To protect your car against this type of theft, the police suggest to keep your keys far away from windows and doors so that the signal is harder to pick … [Read more...] about How often a car gets stolen in London and how to protect yours
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Before I went to Iceland to review the Land Rover Discovery Sport, I had one goal in mind: drive a Lada. I've always been fascinated by the old Soviet-bloc cars, and I've hardly ever even seen one in person. I knew Iceland had some, and thanks to the good people at Geysir Car Rental, my inane dream was made an inane reality. I should just take a minute here and really thank everyone at Geysir. They saw my plea for a Lada online, and they were so friendly and willing to give me one to try out for a couple of days, even without making me promise to plug them all over the place or anything. The manager himself handed me the keys and an amazing xeroxed handwritten page of notes about the Niva from a Russian client. Now, let's just enjoy this ceremonial Handing Off Of The Keys photo: A magical moment. So, thanks, Geysir. Now let's talk about this car. For those of you not familiar with the Lada Niva, some background is in order. The Niva is possibly the most successful Soviet-designed car … [Read more...] about What It’s Like To Drive The Greatest Soviet Car Of All Time
The Jaguar XF has been around for a while but constant revisions have kept pace with its German rivals. But what is it like to live with day to day? Our car: Jaguar XF Portfolio 3.0 V6 Turbocharged Diesel 300ps RWD List price: from £47,600 Price as tested: £64,595 (includes £16,995 of extras) Official fuel economy: 51.4mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests May 24th, 2018 Fuel economy this week: 34.9mpg At 7,670 miles a warning light appeared on the dash, indicating low exhaust cleansing fluid. The alert looks like an ice cream cone but, if ignored, the car will not restart after a certain number of miles – a figure also indicated on the dash. In common with many modern diesels, the XF’s exhaust system is fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) in which a solution of urea converts oxides of nitrogen into harmless water vapour and nitrogen. The filling point for the AdBlue urea solution is located on the left inside … [Read more...] about Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 diesel – long-term test: still a viable alternative to Audi, BMW and Mercedes?
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THE Škoda Superb has come a long, long way since the days way back in the Thirties when it first appeared on the market. Now this well-turned out car, whose name was inspired by a Latin-derived word that translates aptly as a superbus, absolutely bristles with 21st century technology and know-how and checks in as a motorway flyer. Take a first for the Czech carmaker that appears on the Superb, the brand’s first model to offer the optional virtual pedal for contactless opening of the boot lid. On the test car I have been driving this comes as a £150 extra. But it is worth it for the sheer convenience for the driver this technology offers. The virtual pedal uses a sensor located in the lower part of the rear bumper. When it detects foot movement, the electric boot opening mechanism is triggered. This function works in combination with the Kessy keyless locking and starting system. Without the virtual pedal, the electric boot … [Read more...] about Downsized Skoda bristles with up-to-date technology