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The Steer | March’s motoring news and highlights

This month we’ve got the Geneva Motor Show, the sale of the world’s most expensive new car and the go-ahead for some huge changes to driving in the UK.

Speed limiters confirmed for UK cars from 2022

It was only last month that we shared news on a proposal to make speed limiters mandatory in the UK and Europe, and that’s now been approved by the European Commission.

The technology will use GPS to determine speed limits and slow down vehicles driving beyond that. Drivers won’t have the option of turning the feature off altogether but will be able to temporarily override it by pressing on the accelerator.

The plans are expected to be approved by the European parliament and member states in September, before the rules take effect in 2022.

One-off Bugatti becomes the world’s most expensive new car

The Bugatti La Voiture Noire – translated as “The Black Car” – sold for a baffling £14.36m this month.

Bugatti Car
Image from Sky News

Displayed at the Geneva Motor Show this month, it’s the only car of its kind, and the only model to ever be fitted with its 1,500bhp, 16-cylinder engine.

It was designed as a tribute to the limited-run Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic, with rumours that Ferdinand Piëch, former chairman of Volkwagen Group, was the man to make the record-breaking purchase.

The Geneva Motor Show never fails to impress

Perhaps the ultimate petrolhead pilgrimage – with a focus on electric vehicles too – the Geneva 2019 didn’t disappoint.

The world’s most expensive car aside, the show also debuted a host of battery-powered models, reflecting the shift in consumer trends.

Among them was a hybrid SUV from Lagonda, the born-again car brand headed by Aston Martin, and the Pininfarina Battista – now the world’s most powerful road-legal car.

Councils told to remove confusing road signs

The Government are ordering councils to remove “obsolete or unnecessary” road signs that waste taxpayers’ money and confuse drivers.

Road Signs
Image from Auto Express

Recommendations made by the Department of Transport state that there’s been an “overuse” of traffic signs in recent years, which has led the Government to promote a “less is more” approach to road signs.

Between 1993 and 2013, the number of UK road signs rose from 2.16 million to 4.57 million.

This year’s premier motorsports championships are underway

The best in two- and four-wheel motorsport kicked off this month, with the opening rounds of the Formula 1 and MotoGP championships.

F1’s first race took place in Australia on March 17th, with Valtteri Bottas taking first place and current champion Lewis Hamilton settling for second at Melbourne’s Grand Prix Circuit.

MotoGP kicked off the weekend before on the floodlit Losail International Circuit of Qatar. Andrea Dovizioso finished in first, despite controversy surrounding the use of a new aerodynamic device on his bike.

Australian GP
Image from Formula 1

And from the world of Lookers…

Lookers dealership wins Sales Retailer of the Year

Lookers Land Rover Colchester has been awarded Sales Retailer of the Year by Jaguar Land Rover, as part of its annual Retailer Awards.

The dealership only opened in November 2017 and saw £7m invested into a new retail environment and enhanced experience for customers to view the Land Rover range.

The site also came in 5th place for Overall Retailer of the Year and finished in the top 10 for Customer Satisfaction.

Land Rover Colchester

Lookers is now on Drive Tribe!

Yes, Lookers is now live on Drive Tribe – the online motoring forum set up by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May – under the guise of The Shortcut, our online car review series.

The first post features our latest video and written review of a custom Nissan NV300 campervan.

Find The Shortcut by Lookers here, and stay posted to our page for more video reviews and heaps of discussion.

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