What you might have missed on Autoblog: October 15-19


It has been a busy week in the motor industry. From a traffic warden hiding in a bush to the news that the cheapest car on sale in Britain will be arriving in January, Autoblog has reported on a vast array of interesting stories.

But in case you missed any of them, here's our picks of the news on Autoblog this week.

Monday, October 15

Police forces across the UK have been raking in cash from arranging vehicle recovery after motorists have broken down on the roadside. Drivers who call police in their hour of need will pay a commission for their motor being picked up. Read more

A traffic warden has been caught red-handed when he was photographed hiding his traffic enforcement camera behind a newspaper in a van - while being illegally parked on double yellow lines. Read more

Carmakers' efforts to make new cars more fuel efficient by slashing the weight of vehicles is being impeded, thanks to motorists' increasing waistlines. Read more

Tuesday, October 16

One lucky owner has taken delivery of Nissan's GT-R powered Juke – which costs an eye-watering £400,000. Read more

We've all wanted to get our own back on clampers – now one motorist has done just that. Watch this video to see how one driver does it

Having your brakes fail at any speed would be terrifying. But imagine it happening when you're hurtling into a tight hairpin corner at 120mph at the helm of a racing truck. Watch the video to see what happens

Wednesday, October 17

Jeremy Clarkson is the latest celebrity to become embroiled in a Twitter controversy, claiming it to be a "libel-free" outlet for him to name and shame motorists who annoy him. Find out what he's been tweeting about

Good news – Dacia has announced its new supermini will cost from £5,995 when it arrives in January 2013. It'll not only be the cheapest five-door hatchback on sale, but also the UK's most affordable car. Read more

Autoblog exclusive: Taxi! But not as you currently know it... This is the new Nissan NV200 London Taxi caught testing in the wilds of London this week by an eagle-eyed Autoblog reader. See the picture

Thursday, October 18

Motorists are being caught out when they suffer a blow-out – because they're unaware that many mainstream manufacturers supply new vehicles WITHOUT a spare tyre. Read more

French authorities have been forced to postpone the introduction of a new law aimed at reducing the number of drunk drivers. Find out why

Autoblog exclusive: Three-time British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne has launched a campaign to find a young fan who was left disappointed after a commotion over one of the rider's prized boots. Read more

Friday, October 19

It would seem not many racing drivers like the madly-styled Nissan DeltaWing. In testing for this weekend's 15th annual Petit Le Mans, the Batmobile-like DeltaWing was punted off the track by another racing car. Watch what happened

Motorists are forking out almost £150million every year for repairs after putting the wrong fuel in their cars. Around 300,000 vehicles are misfuelled every year in the UK according to car retailer Halfords, at an average rate of once every two minutes. Read more

Volkswagen has released details of its new Polo BlueGT – a sporty hatchback with a green conscience. Read more