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Misses the point: Britain issues sexist driver's licenses

Women's titles are on their licenses - men's are not

We noticed this trending topic out of Great Britain - or straight out of the 1920s, depending on your point of view. Stories such as the Guardian's "Driving Miss Crazy" (bravo, headline writer), point out a curiosity: On driver's licenses issued by Britain's Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), women's licenses automatically in

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VW and several European nations face scrutiny over emissions

South Korea, Porsche are pulled further into the fray.

Regulators around the world question oversight over emissions-testing policies that failed to stop 11 million VW diesels from being programmed to rig the system.

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British Royal Navy shadows Russian carrier group

The carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and her escorts are bound for Syria.

Russia's sole aircraft carrier is sailing from its homeport past the British Isles, and that's drawn the attention of the UK and other NATO countries in the region.

As UK approaches 50,000 EV sales, tax incentives may be extended

50,000-Vehicle Limit On Tax Incentives Was Set In 2011

The UK government's plug-in vehicle tax perks may be used up by the end of the year. Good thing they're considering an extension.

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UK town letting volunteers clock speeders results in predictable logjam

Give someone a hammer and every problem looks like a nail; hand volunteers radar guns and expect to find a whole lot of speeders – too many in fact. The police in a village in England can't keep up with the paperwork from all of the scofflaws. Now, the cops are asking these folks to stop trying to enforce the speed limit.

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Lotus to receive $16M government grant

Troubled British automaker Lotus is getting a second infusion of cash following a 100-million-pound ($161.5-million) investment by its parent company DRB-Hicom that was made in August. The substantially smaller investment, a mere 10 million pounds ($16.2 million), comes from the British government's Regional Growth Fund.

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Europe considering 70-mph speed limiters on all cars? [UPDATE]

If George Orwell were alive today and had read this story from The Daily Telegraph, he'd be standing in the middle of the Rue de la Loi, shouting "I told you so!" at the top of his lungs. In a bid to decrease the 30,000 deaths on European roads each year, the European Commission is seeking to require speed-limiting devices on all vehicles.

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Plug-in car sales growing in UK, slowly

It looks like a few more folks are getting plugged in on the other side of the Pond.

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Ferrari aims to set record at Silverstone with thousand-car parade

The record for the longest parade of Ferrari models was set back in 2007 when 385 examples lapped Silverstone at the same time. That record was broken with 490 cars sometime thereafter, but the Maranello automaker's London-based unit is gearing up to shatter the record once again.

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Great Britain set to introduce laws making "drug driving" a criminal offense

It's taken three years but the Great Britain is finally ready to introduce laws to make driving while impaired by illegal and legal drugs against the law. While Britain's Home Office waitied for approval of a mobile drug-testing unit – currently drug testing is done at the police station – ministers have been working on the details of the law to fall under the Crime, Communications

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UK to use gas station cameras to automatically stop fueling of uninsured cars? [w/poll]

The British sure love their surveillance cameras, don't they? As if living in the police state that is modern Great Britain isn't bad enough for motorists, what with all the speed cameras and the like, there's a new p

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Renault chops UK lineup in half

Renault has a wide array of products in its portfolio. In its home market it offers a baker's dozen model lines, and when you get down to bodystyles the range ratchets up past 20.

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UK extends electric vehicle tax credit to 2015, adds utility vehicles

The UK government has extended its tax credit for electric-vehicle buyers to 2015 and will now include electric vans in the generous incentive.

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BBC maps every accident in Great Britain in last 12 years

According to data acquired by the BBC, roads in Great Britain have played host to 2,396,750 crashes from 1999 to 2010. The Beeb then took that data and plotted every single one of them on a map, represented by a point of light. The resulting graphic looks like a picture from the Hubble Telescope, with major and minor clusters of fender-bender-filled galaxies.

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Chrysler signs on as Official Car of the NFL... in the UK?

Football is big in the UK, but when the Brits talk about football, they're referring to what we call soccer. Even so, American football has its fans in Great Britain, and not just when Peter Griffin got traded from the New England Patriots to the London Silly-Nannies or when the Marines stationed at our embassy get the night off to watch the big game.

Report: SAIC to sell new MG models through GM showrooms in UK

The notion that Chinese automakers would begin selling cars in competitive export markets seemed laughable only a few years ago. But that's what they said about the Koreans, and before them the Japanese. Also laughable: the notion that a British brand like MG would have no outlet to sell their cars in the UK. But that's the situation that MG Rover found itself in after it was taken over by Chinese automakers Noah Joseph

BBC: At nearly $7.30/gal and climbing, UK gas prices hit record high

Think fuel prices are high in the United States? What Yanks pay is nothing to what our former colonial masters are forced to shell out at the pumps, as reports come in of record-high prices in the UK.

Saab marks 50th anniversary of Erik Carlsson's first RAC win with special 9-3

Erik "Mr Saab" Carlsson and the Saab 9-3 Aero Carlsson – Click above for high-res image gallery

British 'Cash For Clunkers' to get extension

We've seen this before, haven't we? Government institutes program to spur auto sales by offering car buyers a federal incentive to turn in an old car for a shiny, efficient new one, leading to sales growth, which later leads to no money in the program and the request for an extension. Our British friends across The Pond are reportedly looking to provide an extension to its version of Cash for Clunkers, which allocates £2,000 (nearly $3,200 USD) towards a new vehicle when a vehicle 10 years

Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen moonlighting as cab drivers

Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen in Vodafone's Taxi GP commercial – Click above to watch video

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