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ŠKODA models awarded best in class by Parkers (latest news)

The ŠKODA Octavia has retained its crown as ‘Best Family Car’ from respected consumer buying guide Parkers. It is a second triumph in a row for the company, as the Octavia S 1.2 TSI won in the ‘Family Car’ category last year.

Parkers’ Car of the Year awards are unique in ensuring that price bracket wins are entirely fact-based. Using Parkers’ Cost of Motoring Tool, depreciation, road tax, showroom tax, first registration fee, servicing costs, breakdown cover and even fuel bills for three years/30,000 miles are all taken into account.

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Business Car Manager award for Kia (latest news)

The Kia Rio 1.1 EcoDynamics has won the Business Car Manager Best Business Car Award in the sub-100g/km category. It is the third award of the year for the car, having already scooped CarBuyer's 2012 Green Car of the Year Award as well as having been singled out for special praise in Kia's What Car? 2012 Ultra-Low-Carbon Award.

"Any Kia Rio is a good car - but the EcoDynamics version is a champion," said Ralph Morton, Editor, Business Car Manager. "It returns a staggering 88mpg and emits just 85g/km of CO2 thanks to a punchy and characterful 1.1-litre three-cylinder diesel engine."

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No cut in fuel duty (latest news)

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has expressed disappointment at the decision of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, not to cut fuel duty in his Budget last week.

“The Chancellor has missed an open goal by deciding not to cut fuel duty. We will see public outrage as fuel prices continue to rise ahead of the scheduled August duty increase," said BVRLA chief executive John Lewis.

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Work pressures leading to dangerous driving (latest news)

One in four business drivers are being put under pressure to get to appointments on time and meet ambitious sales or delivery targets, according to new research released by RSA.

The study, commissioned by commercial insurer RSA, examines the extent to which businesses and their employees are turning a blind eye to road safety as they try to cope with increased pressure to perform post-recession.

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Roads privatisation ahead? (latest news)

The Prime Minister has announced a feasibility study into new ownership and financing models for the national roads system, as part of a comprehensive review of the UK's infrastructure.

"We need to look at innovative approaches to the funding of our national roads to increase investment to reduce congestion," he said, during a major speech at the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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