With the first week of 2018 already under our belts, last year might already feel like a distant memory. However, the effects of a tumultuous 2017 can be seen on the figures released for new car registrations in the past twelve months. Uncertainties surrounding Brexit, changes to the VED road tax regime, and the continuing anti-diesel rhetoric are just some of the factors responsible for the first overall decline in new car sales for six years. We’ve delved deeper into the figures released by the SMMT to understand just what this means for Britain’s car-buying public.
This week we’ve also looked ahead to the best motoring events of 2018, checked out a scarily discreet police car, driven a Mazda2 in the middle of the Atlantic, and caught up on all the latest news.
UK buyers might have been more cautious in 2017, but these ten cars still topped the sales charts. We’ve analysis of all the important trends from the figures, too.
- If you wanted a new Seat Leon Cupra R, you’re already out of luck. Sorry!
- The prices are in for the revised Citroen C4 Cactus. They’ve grown up, too.
- Car insurance policies have risen by 35% in the past five years.
- Whilst petrol prices have reached a three-year high in the UK.
- Volkswagen produced 6 million cars in 2017. So much for dieselgate.
- Kia has added a sporty GT-Line version of the Sorento to the range.
- Renault has created an ultra-luxurious variant of the new Koleos SUV.
2018 Mazda2 – Driven in paradise
The Mazda2 defies much of the regular supermini conventions, avoiding turbo power and relying on lightweight construction. Does it work in the epic Azores though?
Calmer police – the stealthiest traffic car on the road
The days of easy to spot unmarked police cars are long over, but a Skoda Superb estate is a new subtle way to terrify the unsuspecting speeder. We’ve driven it.
50 ultimate motoring events for 2018
The time to get planning which motoring events you’ll attend in 2018 is now! We’ve got a list of 50 to help get your calendar sorted.
Car manufacturers don’t always need to think outside the box, as these designs show. They might be square, but they’re still hip.
If you’re bored with the cold, head to Arizona. You’ll get heat, and the chance to buy a rare classic car in the RM Sotheby’s sale.
Retro MR – Why the Lotus Europa failed to find new fans
Taking a name from the Lotus back catalogue, and applying it to a ‘luxury’ version of the Elise, wasn’t enough to fool customers. Find out what made the Europa a flop.
Retro MR – David Bowie’s Volvo goes big at auction
Styled by Italian design house Bertone, and with less than 7,000 produced, the Volvo 262C is already a rare machine. Adding a famous former owner meant a sizeable sale price for this one at auction.
Retro MR – Vauxhall Omega V6 on the road
The Omega harks back to the final days of almost every major manufacturer offering a sizeable executive saloon as part of their range. A recent experience suggests this one has hidden charm.