What Car? news round-up

  • VED, VAT and fuel duty changes
  • Driven: Ferrari California
  • Audi Q5, Mazda 3, Mini Convertible revealed
Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling revealed his Pre-Budget Report this week, announcing VED road tax revisions, a reduction in VAT and a rise in fuel tax duty. Read more here: Pre-Budget Report details

To find out more about the implications of the changes, click Pre-Budget Report explained

The VAT drop has already resulted in car manufacturers lowering prices. Ford drops its prices

There are even bigger savings to be found, though – and they're all in this hot deals section. Whether you're after a new VW Golf or Ford Fiesta, or fancy an Aston Martin DBS or Ferrari F430, read this: Save £1000s with the hottest car deals

First drive: Ferrari California
Our thoughts on the latest Ferrari can be found in this special report, Driven and reviewed: Ferrari California

Someone else who has driven a Ferrari is triple Olympic gold medallist Usain 'Lightning' Bolt Olympic champion Usain Bolt's dream car

First drive: Audi Q5
Find out what we think of Audi's new 4x4. First drive: Audi Q5

New cars revealed
First pictures and details of the Mini Convertible are here: Revealed: new Mini Convertible

The first four-seater Porsche breaks cover here: Revealed: new Porsche Panamera

See the new Mazda 3 hatchback: Revealed: Mazda 3 hatchback

Volvo's S60 is pictured for the first time here: First image of Volvo S60 concept

News latest
The Renault Megane has equalled the highest score ever in Euro NCAP crash tests. For the full story, plus results of the other 11 cars evaluated, click Renault Megane tops Euro NCAP crash test

Euro NCAP also announced the results of its first tests on seats. Euro NCAP seat test results

London Mayor Boris Johnson is axing the western section of the Congestion Charge zone. Mayor scraps Congestion Charge zone

A 140mpg Volkswagen could be on sale in less than five years. Full details here: 140mpg Volkswagen

A VW Golf hybrid could become a production reality during the lifetime of the recently launched car. VW Golf hybrid a reality

Toyota could follow Mini and Fiat's lead by offering customisation options for its upcoming Toyota iQ supermini. VW Golf hybrid a reality

Learn more about the green technology that's coming to Mercedes' products in the near future. Mercedes' green future

Good news: The Mini diesel holds its value better than any other car, according to new reserach. Mini diesel tops residual values chart

Bad news: Mini has axed 300 workers from its Oxford plant, as the global slowdown in car sales hits home. Jobs go at Mini

It's not only Mini suffering. Dealership group Caffyns has announced £2.1 million of losses. Caffyns dealerships announce £2.1m loss

Motorways will benefit from part of an investment plan designed to stimulate the economy. Roads to benefit from £1 billion

A historic agreement will bar drivers banned from driving in the UK or Ireland from getting licences in the other country. UK and Ireland agree driving ban deal

The Government is under pressure to ban drivers under 21 from drinking any alcohol before they get behind the wheel. Zero alcohol limit for under-21s?


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