What’s the problem with VW diesel emissions?

Mark Schneider | 24/09/2015 1:34:03 PM

Volkswagen has been in the news recently and for all the wrong reasons. American environmental watchdogs, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have discovered that VW’s diesel vehicles’ low exhaust emissions aren’t what they seem. Under pressure VW have admitted that their diesels are equipped with software that detects when its cars are being tested for emissions and turns on pollution controls when that’s hap...

Speeding around the world series - China

Mark Schneider | 24/09/2015 12:28:38 PM

With its crowded streets and clogged roads, China might seem an unlikely place to get a speeding ticket, but China has a lot of road deaths and the government is cracking down on bad drivers, with speeding and alcohol a major focus. China relies heavily on speed cameras to detect speeders, so rather than being pulled over by a traffic cop with all lights flashing, you’re likely to receive a ticket in the mail with a demand for payment if you’re caught speeding. Or perhaps ...

Vehicle Thefts At Record Lows In Australia

Mark Schneider | 16/09/2015 10:31:48 AM

There’s some good news and bad news in figures on car theft in Australia. The good news is that car theft is at its lowest since records started in the 1970s, with 52,000 cars stolen in 2013/14 according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council. That’s a big reduction from the peak year of 2000-2001, when 142,000 cars were stolen across the country. The bad news is that “professional” vehicle theft – where vehicles are stolen and not recovere...

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Speeding around the world series - Germany

Mark Schneider | 9/09/2015 8:38:49 AM

Speed kills, but not on Germany’s autobahns Speed limits have been in the news in Australia lately with the controversy over the Northern Territory’s decision to expand open speed limits, but how do Australia’s speed limits compare with the rest of the world? Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking a look at speeding around the world, starting with those freewheeling Germans with their famous autobahns where you can barrel down the road at any speed you like. O...

Australians still love their SUVs

Mark Schneider | 2/09/2015 3:08:10 PM

Australians’ love of SUVs shows no signs of cooling if the latest new car sales figures are any indication. While sales grew by around 3% overall in July 2015, SUV sales were up by no less than 13.4% for the month, contributing to an overall increase of 13.7% year-on-year. Where once sedans such as the Falcon or Commodore, or perhaps their station wagon equivalents, were the natural choice for the family’s set of wheels, today the SUV seems the natural choice. So what&...