Buying A Car In September? Here Are Your Finance Options On A Plate

Brand new cars with the latest ‘70’ number plate will start to arrive on forecourts in the next few days for sale from 1 September.

But those in the market for a new set of wheels – whether brand new or second-hand – should tread carefully if they need credit or finance to fund the purchase. Taking time to understand the pros and cons of various payment options can ensure you don’t pay over the odds.

New car sales usually spike in March and September – the months when new plates are issued – as drivers rush to be the first with the new numbers. But the coronavirus pandemic hit sales earlier in the year – new car registrations were down 44% in March, the month when the ‘20’ plate arrived, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Pent-up demand during lockdown saw sales rally in

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Honda Goes Small With First Mass-Produced All-Electric Car | Investing News

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan (Reuters) – As many automakers bet on sedans and SUVs in the switch to electric vehicles (EV), Japan’s Honda Motor Co Ltd <7267.T> has decided smaller is better for its first-ever mass-produced all-battery car.

The Honda e, released in Europe earlier this month, is a compact model meant solely for city driving. That contrasts with Tesla Inc

, whose Model 3 sedan dominates the battery EV market, and others such as Audi AG

and Hyundai Motor Co

that have focused on SUVs with long driving ranges.

High battery costs have kept EVs at the premium end of the car market, and many automakers are developing bigger, all-purpose models, some of which can drive as far as 570 kilometres on a single charge.

The Honda e, however, has a battery capacity roughly half that of the Model 3, driving just 280 kilometres per charge.

“Most EVs use large capacity batteries,

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‘The Land Rover Defender and Aston Martin DBX must be front runners for World Car Design of the Year’

The greatest car designer? In 2016 it was Ikuo Maeda with his latest Mazda MX-5. Twelve months later, Ian Callum (Jaguar F-Pace) inherited the crown, followed by Gerry McGovern (Range Rover Velar), then Callum again in 2019 (Jaguar I-Pace). Now, in 2020, Maeda’s done it again thanks to the Mazda 3.

Who says this trio are best of the best, 2016-2020? Only a select group of legendary designers – Professor Gordon Murray, Shiro Nakamura and Patrick le Quément included. They’re official
World Car Awards design gurus. And it’s they (in conjunction with WCA’s circa 90 jurors across the globe), who effectively voted Maeda and Callum joint No. 1, with McGovern runner-up. Maeda (plus right-hand man Yasutake Tsuchida) was scheduled to collect the 2020 World Car Design of the Year award for the Mazda 3 at the New York Auto Show in April. Covid-19 prevented that, so the trophy was presented

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One man’s incredible ‘Saga’ in designing Malaysia’s first national car!

a group of people sitting at a table: Halim during his time with Mitsubishi in Japan, with a small team from Malaysia.

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Halim during his time with Mitsubishi in Japan, with a small team from Malaysia.

“HAH, build a national car? Where do you even start,” exclaims Halim Hassan, former manager of Design Management for Proton Holdings Bhd (Proton), his eyes under his dark-rimmed glasses flashing mock bewilderment.

Incredulously, he adds: “Nobody had taught us how to build a car before. We were never trained. So, yes, when the-then Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad decided to approve a national car project in 1982 in order to accelerate technology transfer, increase local content etc, I don’t think I was the only one with my mouth hanging open!”

In fact, way back in 1979, Mahathir, who was then the Minister of Trade and Industry, had already conceived of the concept of a “Malaysian car”. He was strongly in favour of encouraging the development of heavy industries in

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A Scaled-Down Version Built In Collaboration With ‘The Little Car Company’

Aston Martin has collaborated with ‘The Little Car Company’ to unveil the DB5 Junior. The Aston Martin DB5 Junior is a two-thirds scale electric model of the vintage classic. The Junior has been built using the 3D scan of the original Aston Martin DB5 to ensure the scale model is as authentic and accurate as possible.” data-reactid=”12″Aston Martin has collaborated with ‘The Little Car Company’ to unveil the DB5 Junior. The Aston Martin DB5 Junior is a two-thirds scale electric model of the vintage classic. The Junior has been built using the 3D scan of the original Aston Martin DB5 to ensure the scale model is as authentic and accurate as possible.

According to ‘The Little Car Company’, the Aston Martin DB5 Junior took 15 months to build and features all the elements from the actual car. The Junior is powered by an electric motor with a 1.8kWh battery

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California’s New Regulations On Heavy Duty Diesels Is Equivalent Of Removing 16 Million Cars From Road

It was a decision 10 years in the making. On Thursday the California Air Resources Board finally approved new regulations that will dramatically reduce Nitrogen Oxide emissions in the state.

The unanimous decision will phase in new regulations on heavy-duty diesel trucks and require manufacturers to comply with tougher emissions standards, overhaul engine testing procedures, and extend engine warranties.

Heavy duty diesel engines produce high levels of NOx during “low load” conditions, such as idling, moving slowing, or making frequent stops. Current regulations do not effectively control these pollutants. There are about 1 million heavy-duty trucks on road in California today, and sales of approximately 25,000 heavy duty trucks each year. 

Manufacturers of heavy-duty trucks have several engineering options to comply with

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The Blues Brothers Declared a Catholic Classic by the Vatican

They’re on a mission from God. The Blues Brothers is an undeniable classic. It’s a musical. It’s a comedy. It’s one of the best car chase movies ever made. And now it is getting special recognition from of all places The Vatican. Apparently the pope loves him some Jake and Elwood Blues.

Some have declared watching The Blues Brothers a religious experience, but it was never released or promoted as a faith-based movie. The comedy from director John Landis starring Saturday Night Live breakout cast members John Belushi and his best friend Dan Aykroyd is an R-rated smash and grab that is epic in length and a bit raunchy at times. But all of that doesn’t matter. The Catholic Church has now deemed The Blues Brothers as a ‘Catholic Classic’.

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Perhaps it is the best

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Lunaz will be creating 30 electric Rolls-Royce cars

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Talk about electric cars and a classic Rolls-Royce won’t be the first thing that comes to mind. 

Yet a Rolls-Royce Phantom and Silver Cloud are exactly what Tesla’s going to have to compete with once they hit the roads, thanks to a 21st-century update courtesy of Lunaz.

Based in Silverstone in the U.K. — the birthplace of many a motoring legend — the classic design company isn’t stranger to giving rarified vehicles a new lease of life, and has put itself on the map by retrofitting EV drivetrains into luxury and classic British cars like those from Jaguar and Bentley. Its latest project will see it transform the gas-guzzling leviathan that is this 1961 beauty into an earth-loving giant — with even more power too, if you can believe it.

Only 30 will be made available and they’ll debut as the world’s first electric Rolls-Royce 

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Jerry Lindquist’s sports memories: The Richmond Coliseum | Local

“It consumed so much of my time, you have no idea,” Einwick said the other day, dropping his guard ever so slightly, “It was a labor of love, no doubt about that.”)

In February of 1972, Einwick’s tournament left the Arena after six years to join hockey’s Richmond Robins as the Coliseum’s only permanent tenants. It was a logical upgrade and, for the most part, he has good recollections of the place. Oh, there were some glitches, don’t kid yourself. “Our major problem was putting the court down over the ice. One time we had to put it down, take it up, then put it down again,” said Einwick, who turns 84 in less than a month.

Then there were comparatively small but none the less irritating things, like the well-known local politician going on a rant when he was stopped at the door of the Coliseum’s restaurant for not

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What’s the Best New-Car Deal for Labor Day 2020? | News illustration by Paul Dolan

Labor Day is traditionally a significant weekend for new-car incentives, but the COVID-19 pandemic has rendered prognostications for 2020 about as useful as Coachella tickets. Still, the traditional end of the summer might have seen comparatively modest deals in a normal 2020. The holiday falls this year on Sept. 7, well after the industry’s cutoff for August sales — a factor that might have played against heavy incentives tied to month-end sales.

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Discounts hovered around $4,000 per vehicle through August, or more than 11% of average transaction pricing, per data analytics provider J.D. Power. That’s significant, albeit down from the industry’s sky-high incentives in April and May, when deals averaged closer to $5,000 per car. Unsurprisingly, fewer shoppers are looking to buy new today. Sixty-nine percent of nearly

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