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KIA SOUL SCORES PERFECT MARKS IN 2019 WHAT CAR? RELIABILITY SURVEY

6 Sep 2019 11:38:23

The Kia Soul has received a perfect 100 per cent reliability rating from its owners for the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey. Overall, Kia came in sixth place in the top ten most reliable brands with a reliability score of 96.3 per cent. The annual survey asks owners to detail any problems they have had with their cars in the last year, how long it took for the issues to be fixed and how much they had to pay for the repairs. Kia Soul owners reported no issues with their cars in the last twelve months making it one of only three cars to score 100 per cent. The Kia Soul ranked number one in the Small SUV class where the average reliability score was 93.3 per cent. The best-selling Kia Sportage was named the most reliable Family SUV with a score of 98.6 per cent in a class with an average score of 91.6 per cent. Both the Kia Soul and Sportage, like all other Kia models, come with the industry leading 7-year/100,000 mile warranty as a demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of all of Kia's products.

UK RIDE HAILING APP LOOKS TO PUT DRIVERS BACK IN CONTROL

6 Sep 2019 11:36:01

A former Uber driver is aiming to shake off the industry's bad reputation of inflexible working hours and poor payment conditions for drivers across London by introducing a new app - the Karjoin. This is a neo-capitalist ride-hailing app which shares all its profits with its members to provide both sustainable and economic benefit to both its riders and drivers. David Salem, founder, and CEO of the ride-hailing app suggests that its USP is in its fairness as well as equality in how it treats its drivers. Registered drivers through Karjoin will receive a share of 40% profit and their working hours will be reduced by 50% by fighting monopoly in the industry. The riders will share an 8% profit because the founder believes "the definition of loyalty has shifted to a common interest".

The Cure for Chronic Congestion? Road Pricing

6 Sep 2019 11:34:49

Congestion and its damaging impacts - such as the harm of idle cars pumping pollution into the environment while stuck in traffic - could be fully eradicated with efficient road-use charges, according to new research from the University of Cologne. Professor Peter Cramton says that by harnessing readily-available technologies and employing similar congestion pricing methods used within electricity markets, the chronic and worsening issue of traffic congestion could be eliminated through tailored charges for road-users. The congestion price would be determined by which part of a congested road, and at what time, the driver chooses to use. Cramton suggests that the time is not only apt for an innovation in road-use charges, but that without any move to address congestion it will reach a crisis point.

THE ALPINE A110 RALLY READY TO ENTER THE SCENE

6 Sep 2019 11:33:49

Since its announcement in May, the Alpine A110 Rally has piqued the curiosity and interest of competitors, fans and enthusiasts from the motorsport community. Designed and developed by Signatech from Alpine's general framework, the rally version of the Alpine A110 incorporates the lightweight and agile aluminium chassis of the Alpine A110 GT4 and Cup, derived from the production model. This version has received additional modifications to meet all the rallying specificities. These include three-way hydraulic suspension, new Brembo brakes and safety elements specific to the sport. Coupled with a sequential six-speed gearbox (plus reverse gear) and a limited slip differential, the 4-cylinder turbocharged 1.8-litre engine from the production model has also been specifically adapted to the rally. In addition to particular work on the torque ban, power has also been increased to more than 300 horsepower.

Seven Days Left To Win The Unique Jim Clark Lotus Evora

23 Aug 2019 12:08:48

For just £20 racing fans, car enthusiast and F1 aficionados can win the unique Jim Clark Lotus Evora, the prize in a year-long competition that is raising funds to help The Jim Clark Trust, the charity dedicated to the Scottish racing legend and the exciting new museum in Duns, the Scottish Borders. But note, there's just one week to go. Signed by all 20 drivers from the Monaco Grand Prix 2019, the Jim Clark Lotus Evora is a real piece of motorsport history in itself. Commissioned last year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Clark's tragic death in 1968, it was unveiled at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The competition's close coincides with the official opening of the new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in the picturesque market town of Duns in the Scottish Borders on August 29th. The charity competition, which closes on August 29th, can be entered at www.jimclarklotus.com.

Classic Concept Cars From the '70s

23 Aug 2019 12:07:29

Concept cars are some of the most important debuts at auto shows because their shape or technology gives you a sneak peek into what you can expect from car companies in the future; but what happens to the beautiful creations when they don't make it to the showroom? Using their car care know-how car solutions company Chipex is giving us a glimpse into how classic cars from the '70s might look if they were revisited and revived as concept cars in 2019. "At Chipex," says Johnny Graham of Chipex, "our aim is to help you take care of your car, showing you how a few tweaks here and there can make a difference. Taking this twist on concept cars shows that not everything is lost forever and with some handy upgrades, you can see how cars of yesteryear can become cars of tomorrow." Chipex was launched in 2009 to provide a fast, very effective and safe solution for the home user to repair paint damage to vehicles. To see the cars, go to www.chipex.co.uk/blog.

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