What the papers say: November 25
Car industry welcomes tax rise re think
The Financial Times reports that the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Report has received a 'muted' welcome from the UK car industry. It says the decision to curb VED road tax increases was applauded by the industry, but attacked by environmental group Greenpeace.
No change for fuel prices
The Financial Times calculates that 50 litres of fuel, costing 91p-a-litre, will now cost £45.68 as opposed to £45.40 before Alistair Darling's Pre-Budget report. The cut in VAT and increase in fuel duty has left the price of fuel relatively unchanged for the immediate future.
Fuel duty increase
The Daily Telegraph looks further ahead than The Financial Times and reports that fuel duty increases will result in a 6p-a-litre rise in fuel prices by 2010. However, the paper believes that the anger felt because of this, was tempered by the Chancellor's 'climbdown' over plans to increase road tax.
Fuel increase costs us £300 million
The Daily Mail continues with a fuel duty theme and puts a price on the increases that are planned over coming months. The paper says the rise in duty will cost the UK's motorists an extra £300 million each year.
Son for David Coulthard
Former Formula One driver David Coulthard has become a dad, reports The Sun. The star's fiancee, Karen Minier, gave birth to 6lb 3oz Dayton on Friday. David is also celebtating a new job as part of BBC1's new F1 coverage for the 2009 season.
Sleeping pill danger
The Daily Mail reports how commonly prescribed sleeping pills can cause people to crash their car the day after taking them. Research has also revealed that men and younger drivers are more likely to crash than women after taking the pills.
Kia rules the streets of Iran
With the demise of the Pakyan, a box-shaped saloon based on the Hillman Imp, Iran's motorists have fallen in love with a car built under licence from Kia Motors. The Pride is now 'king' of Iran's roads, three years after their largest car maker stopped producing the British-inspired Pakyan.
Downturn for India's car sales
Car sales in India fell 6.6% in October compared with the same period in 2008. Figures are predicted to fall 4% for the year ending March 2009 and 10% for the same period in 2009.
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