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Man jailed for using fake plates on stolen cars

January 21, 2013
Posted in Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

A man from Leicester has been jailed for displaying fake number plates on stolen vehicles.

Kyle Ross, operating as part of a group, arranged for three vehicles to be taken and rebranded with new registrations.

“It was professional and reasonably well organised,” said Recorder Keith Raynor, at Leicester Crowd Court.

Twenty-year-old Ross admitted to be involved with 3 car thefts in September 2011.

The court heard that the vehicles were targeted at night while the owners slept. The houses were broken into and car keys were stolen, allowing the group to drive them away.

All three cars were later recovered bearing false registration numbers.

Keith Raynor told the Leicester native: “You were facilitating new identities for the cars as part of a group.”

“The defendant was involved in obtaining cloned identities,” said Jonathan Cox, prosecuting.

Texts to a friend were found on Ross’s phone requesting the plates be made.

Louise McManus, mitigating, said Ross felt pressured and was coerced into taking part by the group.

“He was there when his friends were planning the offence,” McManus said, “he facilitated matters by sending a text in relation to the car number plates.”

Record Raynor said that Ross “accepts he was part of a joint enterprise” despite not being the ringleader.

Ross, who holds no previous convictions, “lacked the maturity to realise the severity of his actions” the court was told.


Audi Named Car of the Year

January 10, 2013
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

What Car? Magazine has named the Audi A3 Sportback as Britain’s Car of the Year.

“The Audi A3 Sportback mixes excellent refinement and an accomplished driving experience,” said Chas Hallett, editor-in-chief of What Cars? “It sets a new benchmark and it is keenly priced, a combination that makes it a worthy Car of the Year.”

The German-made vehicle was announced as the winner at the publications 36th annual awards. It was also given recognition as the best Small Family Car of the Year.

Ford was also a big winner at the ceremony held at the Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane, including the Supermini of the Year (Ford Fiesta), Best Hot Hatch (Ford Focus ST-1), Best Family Car (Ford Mondeo) and Best Estate Care (Ford Mondeo Estate).

“Ford really is building great cars,” said Chas Hallett. “Its cars look good, are great to drive, reliable and make great buys.”

What Car? readers voted the Alfa Romeo 4C as the most exciting car coming in 2013.

Other major awards included Sports Car of the Year (Porsche Boxster 2.7), Luxury Car of the Year (Range Rover) and Executive Car of the Year (BMW 320 ED).


Auto Trader links up with Yahoo! Cars

January 3, 2013
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

UK used car site, Auto Trader, has announced a partnership with popular motoring site, Yahoo! Cars.

The partnership allows Yahoo users to search Auto Trader classifieds, increasing outreach to up to 90% of online consumers in the UK and Ireland.

“We are very excited to welcome Yahoo! Into our partner portfolio,” said Auto Trader’s Nathan Coe.

“The Yahoo! Cars channel has long been a favourite destination for many car enthusiasts and we are proud to provide our market-leading search to Yahoo!’s audience.”

Yahoo visitors can browse Auto Trader’s entire selection, and perform searches without leaving the Yahoo search engine. They can then click through to Auto Trader to see full adverts.

Auto Trader is the UK’s largest used car marketplace, seeing 11 million unique visitors to their website as well as 2.7 million mobile users. This gives them a market share of 49%, they claim.

At the same time Yahoo! Cars is one of the most active motoring sites around, even beating out rival Google’s equivalent.

Author: Daniel Walker