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Yesterday, 28 October 2015

EU grants carmakers leeway on emissions
New testing rules watered down as expectations of crackdown after VW scandal are confounded

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Triumph reveals new Bonneville motorbikes
Chief says launch represents ‘huge investment’ in future of lossmaking manufacturer

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VW emissions scandal – Volkswagen boss Müller sets out new priorities for recovery
The rising costs of its emissions scandal pushes Volkswagen into the red in the third quarter of 2015, but the firm has a plan to fight back Volkswagen boss Matthias Müller says the company will emerge from its current emissions scandal “stronger than before” and has set out five priorities for turning the fortunes of the German manufacturer around.Unsurprisingly, Müller says his top two priorities are to rectify those cars affected by the emissions scandal and to investigate how the installation of the so-called ‘defeat device’ became so widespread. In a statement, he said: “Our customers are at the core of everything that our 600,000 employees worldwide do.“We must uncover the truth and learn from it.”As well as investigating the matter internally, Volkswagen has also engaged an independent auditor to assess its findings. Müller has stressed that those responsible will face severe consequences.Beyond the immediate investigation, Müller says that another of the VW Group’s top priorities will be to realign itself with a more decentralised structure. In addition to the personnel moves and group realignments already announced, Müller says that “the key point is that Group management will be decentralised to a greater extent in the future” - something designed to give the different brands in the group more independence in their own regions.Hinting at a possible radical realignment of the brand’s future model portfolio - already known to be affected thanks to £750m in reduced spending per year - Müller said: “We will review in

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Recall costs drag Fiat Chrysler to loss
Shares fall as carmaker takes €761m charge

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Driving in rain and snow could raise your car insurance premiums
News 28 Oct, 2015 New black box tech will mean weather on a journey can stop drivers scoring full marks and receiving discounts

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'The car industry mustn't get bogged down in negativity'
Opinion 28 Oct, 2015 There is a worry that the car industry is currently a soft target and one that needs kicking, says Graham Hope

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2016 Ford Focus RS - new video shows cold weather testing
More than 1500 deposits have been taken for the all-wheel-drive Ford Focus RS, powered by a 2.3-litre engine producing 345bhp and 324lb ft Ford has already received 1500 orders from UK buyers for the new Ford Focus RS in anticipation of first deliveries of the hot hatch in spring 2016.One third of the customer’s deposits were placed before prices and specifications were announced at September’s Frankfurt motor show, and interest has accelerated since the car’s base price of £28,940 was revealed.Many of those ordering the 165mph car are owners of previous RS models, explained Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director.“These enthusiasts are taking great care in building their optimum specification,” he said. “We expected those first in the queue to be exacting about their requirements, and so it has proved, with many opting for motorsport-style Recaro shell front seats, 19in black forged alloy wheels, Luxury pack, electric tilt/side sunroof and Ford SYNC2 navigation and sound system.”Selecting most of these options pushes the transaction price of the Focus RS north of £30,000. The Recaro shell seats cost £1145 and a set of the 19in black wheels are £595. The Luxury pack, which includes folding door mirrors, rear parking sensors, keyless entry, cruise control and privacy glass, comes in at £1000 and the electric tilt/side sunroof is £575.Ford Focus RS development videosThe fifth development video for the Ford Focus RS has been released, with the latest one taking us to Sweden for cold-weather testing and some sideways action on low-friction surfaces.