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Major manufacturers announce autonomous car targets

Three major car manufacturers have announced their intention to develop autonomous cars.

Ford has decided to double the size of its autonomous vehicle research team, with the intention of having a high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle operational within a car sharing service by the year 2021.

The company is working alongside four start-ups to help enhance development in the area and has doubled its teams in both Silicon Valley and Palo Alto.

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Peugeot Citroën unveil car that runs on air

Peugeot Citroën has launched a prototype of the world’s first car to successfully run on air.

The ‘Hybrid Air’ technology, launched at the Geneva motor show this month, will feature a normal combustion engine along with a hydraulic system which stores and releases energy from the atmosphere.

This will enable the car to successfully run on either conventional petrol, air, or a combination of the two, removing the requirement for battery technology associated with electric hybrids.

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Major vehicle manufacturers recognising the benefits of parts recycling

While ASM Auto Recycling continues to lead the way as one of the UK’s leading parts recyclers, it would appear that some of the leading car manufacturers are attempting to catch up.

Ford celebrates 10 years of its Core Recovery Program; the American-based firm has announced it has processed over 54 million kilograms of damaged vehicles parts, from Ford dealers, since its inception in 2003.

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Toyota responsible for 75% of UK hybrid car market

Japanese vehicle manufacturer Toyota has revealed they have currently held a market share of more than three quarters of the UK hybrid car market over the last five years.

Almost 100,000 hybrid cars have been sold between 2007 and March 2012 – 77,000 of which were Toyota-made vehicles, either from Toyota’s everyday brand or its high-class subsidiary Lexus.

These are encouraging figures for Toyota, at a time when the overall market share of hybrid cars in the UK almost doubled from 0.7 per cent to 1.3 per cent. Toyota successfully stole a march on its competitors by introducing its first Prius in Japan 15 years ago. In February this year Toyota astonishingly sold its 2.5 millionth Prius model.

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Toyota Yaris most stolen car in UK

A survey from insurance comparison website Confused.com has revealed the Toyota Yaris is top of the table of the UK’s most stolen cars.

Although Toyota’s cars are well-known for their reliability, it appears the super-mini is seemingly irresistible to the nation’s thieves.

In the last seven years, one in every 244 Yaris models insured via Confused.com was stolen. By comparison, the Ford super-mini, Ka was the least stolen car using the same measure with not a single vehicle pinched.

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