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Do you drive a tax-free car?

The VW Polo BlueMotion is tax-free

The VW Polo BlueMotion is tax-free

With a road tax increase around the corner, driving a tax-free car could save you between £35 and £950 per year.

There’s a growing range of band A vehicles which don’t incur tax, from the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion to the Tesla Roadster electric sports car.

Do you drive a tax-free car, or know anyone who does?

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Are you buying a car in January?

The new Alfa Romeo Mito is out this month

The new Alfa Romeo Mito is out this month

January will see a bundle of hot new superminis unleashed onto UK roads – including the Alfa Romeo Mito, Ford Ka and Fiat 500 Abarth.

With plenty of car deals, low petrol prices and postponed tax increases, 2009 is a great time to buy.

Are you going to buy a new or used car this month?

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Snowed-in family runs fridge, freezer and TV on Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

When an ice storm hit the US town of Harvard last month many houses found themselves without electricity for several days.

But one quick-thinking man converted his hybrid Toyota Prius to run his family’s essential appliances. Here’s how: Continue reading

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Which of the Sultan’s 3,000 cars would YOU blag?

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Forget his 1,788 room mansion. Forget the private aeroplane with gold-plated furniture. Forget his Oxford Law degree – this man has more than 3,000 cars. THREE THOUSAND.

If driven all at the same time, his planet-eating collection would melt the polar icecaps and suck the ozone layer by Christmas. Probably.

You have think, surely he wouldn’t miss one of them?

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Toyota iQ is a clever package

Toyota iQ

Toyota iQ

The genius of the original Mini was its use of space. The Toyota iQ’s designers clearly understood that.

Alec Issigonis placed the Mini’s engine sideways under its bonnet, and placed the battery in the boot so there was more room inside the car for passengers and luggage.

The Toyota iQ is the latest interpretation of this design ethos and becomes the world’s smallest four-seater.
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Top Gear hits America

It’s like Top Gear… in America.

The UK’s biggest motoring programme hops across the pond to deliver high-octane thrills to the US – swapping Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for a trio of American hosts in Top Gear USA.

The new series of Top Gear starts in the UK this Sunday with the familiar line up of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Meanwhile, the new American version will feature radio personality and comedy star Adam Carolla, stunt driver Tanner Foust, and soap opera actor and builder Eric Stromer.

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What used cars can you get for the cost of a Kelisa?

Britain’s lowest priced new car is the Perodua Kelisa, with prices starting from £4,499.

Fitted with a 1-litre petrol engine, it delivers 62.4mpg on the combined cycle and emits 121g/km of carbon dioxide, putting it in tax band C with an annual bill of £120.

But what used cars can you get second hand for the price of a Kelisa?

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Lexus tease us with the LF-A supercar

The Lexus LF-A supercar looks fantastic, packs a sledgehammer-like 5-litre V10 engine behind the front wheels and can spit road out of the back at the rate of more than 200mph.

But please Lexus, let us drive it.

Lexus LF-A

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My car was inspired by Kate Winslet

Auto Trader has delved into the inspiration behind some well-known cars and found out some surprising things.

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How reliable is your car?

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The Honda Accord is the UK’s most reliable motor.

The trusty Japanese saloon – which takes aim at the BMW 3 Series – tops the Reliability Index using data available to insurance company Warranty Direct.

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