Car sales soar in July as buyers splash savings – how to secure your dream model today

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed sales boomed in July with figures up 11.3 percent on last year’s values. Almost 175,000 vehicles left the forecourts last month in another boost on the 145,000 cars which were sold in June. 

How much will the car cost to run?

Every car comes with extra expenditures which will need to be paid alongside the upfront costs. 

Car insurance costs are sometimes calculated based on the value of each vehicle and how easy it would be to obtain spare parts. 

Insurers place vehicles in groups based on overall risks with more popular family cars lower down and supercars higher up. 

It is possible that drivers may be able to secure a cheap upfront cost on an ageing model but could then be stung with heavy running costs. 

What engine shall I get? 

Petrol cars are the most popular type of vehicle in the UK with almost 500,000 models sold so far in 2020, making up almost 60 percent of the market.

Fully electric models have increased in popularity so far in 2020 with a 174.6 percent increase in sales compared to data from 2019. 

Mr Thornton told Express.co.uk: “If you want a more sustainable model, Electric cars have had a huge surge in popularity in recent years.

“However, these aren’t always practical if you live in a flat with regards to charging, so a hybrid or self-charging model may be more suitable.”

Diesel is the second most popular fuel type with over 147,000 models leaving forecourts this year. 

But the models are on a downwards decline of over 60 percent compared to 2019 figures. 

Despite the dramatic decline, Mr Thornton said this could still be the best option for the casual motorist. 

He said: “If you’re doing over 12-15K miles a year, diesel is still more economically efficient.”



Meghan Markle and Harry SPLASH OUT on child friendly home – ‘Perfect for more kids!'

The royal couple moved to California this year shortly before officially stepping down as senior royals in March. Since then, they have lived in a £13 million mansion owned by actor Tyler Perry in the Californian city of Los Angeles.

Recently, the couple purchased their own home around 100 miles from the city.

Royal fans have said the property appears to be perfect for a young family, speculating there could soon be a fourth member of the household.

One social media user said: “That house is just perfect for one or two more kids. Harry and Meghan, please agree.”

Another said: “Good for them! Gorgeous area, I’m sure they will be happy there.”

Regarding children, the Duke stated in a past interview with primate scientist Jade Goodall that he would only like to have “two, maximum!”

Based in Montecito, Santa Barbara, the new nine-bedroom home has been referred to as “The Chateau.”

Page Six reports the house also has 16 bathrooms, a swimming pool, tennis courts and more.

It adds the property also has child-friendly features such as a children’s play house, while photos appear to show play equipment.

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However, a statement issued by the Sussexes’ website reads: “Frogmore Cottage will continue to be the property of Her Majesty the Queen.”

As spokesperson for the Sussexes has confirmed the move, saying they moved in in July and adding Meghan and Harry “have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival.”

The up-market community is home to other celebrities including US television personality Oprah Winfrey.

It is one the richest areas in the United States, with some homes worth in excess of $100 million.

Ms Winfrey’s own Santa Barbara home is worth around $90 million.

Royal author Omid Scobie, who co-wrote a recent biography of the couple – Finding Freedom – called the property “a peaceful home.”

He added: “It has space for Archie, a playground. Really, it’s gonna be a special part of their life.”

In June, Meghan and Harry signed up with the high-profile Harry Walker Agency, which hires out public speakers.

It is claimed the couple could charge up to $1 million per speech at the agency



NASA astronauts splash down aboard SpaceX capsule off Florida

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley landed safely aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after a two-month stay at the International Space Station.

“Welcome back to planet Earth, thanks for flying SpaceX,” mission control said, as the pair made the first water landing in a US spacecraft since 1975.

Hurley reported they were “all good” after hitting the water.

Their trip marks the first manned NASA launch from US territory since the space shuttle program was retired. Hurley piloted the last shuttle mission in 2011.

“Recovery team is GO and the weather is looking good,” NASA tweeted as over 40 staff, including doctors and nurses, were poised to retrieve the astronauts. They later showed the capsule being hoisted up from the water and placed aboard a recovery vessel.

The astronauts were only able to leave the capsule well over an hour after hitting the water, after their module went through a series of checks, including for fuel fumes. The flight surgeon was first to interact with them after the hatch was open in order to ensure the astronauts were in good health condition. As per standard procedure, Behnken and Hurley were then taken by to a medical section for a more thorough examination.

A ‘flawless’ landing

Both the launch and the return journey were fully automated. The capsule had to slow down from the orbital speed of some 28,000 kilometers (17,400 miles) per hour, to 560 kilometers per hour while going through the atmosphere and finally get to 24 kilometers per hour at the impact. The craft deployed four parachutes for the final stage of the trip.

SpaceX Dragon as seen from space (Imago Images/NASA)

The module had to withstand the heat of over 1,900 degrees Celsius (3,500 Fahrenheit)

Talking to DW, astrobiologist and former NASA employee Keith Cowing described it as a “textbook landing.”

“It was flawless,” he said.

He noted that the commercially developed module would help to open up space travel.

“I think when you see that there are more ways to get more people up there, that just means the result is more people will be up there for reasons other than doing science,” he said.

Start of a new era

NASA’s shuttle has been replaced by a capsule developed by the private company SpaceX. Boeing is developing a rival vehicle. NASA awarded billions to the airplane maker and the tech company owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk in 2014 for the purpose of creating rival spacecraft, but Boeing’s candidate would likely only be ready next year.

For most of the past decade, NASA has relied on the Russian space program to ferry astronauts into space.



Astronauts splash down aboard SpaceX capsule off Florida

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley detached from the International Space Station and landed safely aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, completing a historic mission with a first NASA splashdown in 45 years.

“Welcome back to planet Earth, thanks for flying SpaceX,” mission control said, as the pair made the first water landing in a US spacecraft since 1975.

Hurley reported they were “all good” after hitting the water.

Their trip marks the first manned NASA launch from US territory since the space shuttle program was retired. Hurley piloted the last shuttle mission in 2011.

“Recovery team is GO and the weather is looking good,” NASA tweeted as over 40 staff, including doctors and nurses, were poised to retrieve the astronauts. Both the launch and the return journey were fully automated.

The capsule had to slow down from the orbital speed of some 28,000 kilometers (17,400 miles) per hour, to 560 kilometers per hour while going through the atmosphere and finally get to 24 kilometers per hour at the impact. The craft deployed four parachutes for the final stage of the trip.

Start of a new era

NASA’s shuttle has been replaced by a capsule developed by the private company SpaceX. Boeing is developing a rival vehicle. NASA awarded billions to the airplane maker and the tech company owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk in 2014 for the purpose of creating rival spacecraft, but Boeing’s candidate would likely only be ready next year.

For most of the past decade, NASA has relied on the Russian space program to ferry astronauts into space.

More to come…



WW3: North Korea gives MILLIONS to China as they splash out on surveillance cameras

The new equipment cost North Korea several million dollars, according to Daily NK. The move has caused many to speculate that trade will resume between China and North Korea following the coronavirus crisis, which has destroyed economies worldwide.

New surveillance cameras were last installed on the Sino-North Korean border last year, with local reports speculating the purchase is aimed at ramping up surveillance to stop smuggling activities and defections across the border.

This comes amid mounting border tensions with South Korea following the North’s decision to blow up a liaison office.

Tensions have also been building with the US, which has vowed to fight alongside South Korea should the two come to blows.

“The equipment was purchased from China in mid-May and cost approximately RMB 20 million [around USD 2,825,497],” a source based in China told Daily NK on Wednesday.

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North Korea has spent millions on new surveillance cameras from China according to local news report (Image: GETTY)

China

Many have speculated that trade will resume between China and North Korea following the coronavirus crisis (Image: GETTY)

“The camera system will be set up in areas where smuggling activities are common – not across the entire border,” he continued.

“The installation of the system will begin in late June.”

Given that the cameras will only cover a limited area on the border, the high price tag suggests advanced technology is being used, with little known about the systems at present.

The installation of the new system is speculated to be part of preparations to resume trade between China and North Korea, namely by further cracking down on smuggling activities by individuals.

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North Korean officials believe that smuggling activities conducted by individuals are a key way information and illicit goods enter and exit the country (Image: GETTY)

“The purchase of the new system shows that North Korea wants to stamp out these smuggling activities to ensure only [official] Sino-North Korean trade is allowed across the border,” the source speculated.

The source noted that North Korean officials believe that smuggling activities conducted by individuals are a key way information and illicit goods enter and exit the country.

“They believe that eradicating smuggling activities can prevent South Korean-made products, foreign-made videos and music from entering the country,” he added.

Meanwhile, South Korea has also been strengthening its relationship with China according to reports.

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The new equipment from China cost North Korea several million dollars (Image: GETTY)

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New surveillance cameras were last installed on the Sino-North Korean border last year (Image: GETTY)

South Korea is reportedly plotting to bolster ties with neighbouring countries, such as China, to overcome the pandemic-caused challenges they are facing.

In particular, Seoul is wanting to develop their relationship with nations that lay within their field of marine shipping.

They plan on going about this by utilising smart technologies and promote non-contact cooperation.

A virtual ministerial meeting, from South Korea, is due to take place on Monday, where they will discuss plans to request both China and Japan to bolster their shipping ties.

Information of this meeting has been brought to attention by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries in South Korea.

“South Korea, China, and Japan have been enjoying economic growth through specialisation and cooperation, connected by marine logistics,” Oceans Minister Moon Seong-hyeok said in a statement.

“The three countries will continue to make efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, and maintain the steady flow of logistics down the road,” he added.

In order to minimise face-to-face contact, South Korea is also aiming to work on establishing deeper ties with China and Japan so they can utilise smart technologies that can inspect ships.

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Tensions have been building between North Korea and the US, which has vowed to fight alongside South Korea should the two come to blows (Image: GETTY)

They aim to do this whilst also promoting the development of self-driving vessels.

South Korea said earlier this month that it will spend 160 billion won (US$133 million) to launch a vessel capable of sailing with a minimal number of sailors by 2025.

The ministry plans to request China and Japan to provide discounts on port fees to support troubled passenger ferry operators in Northeast Asia as well.

This comes amid news that South Korea and China have both just experienced new clusters of COVID-19 cases, sparking fears of a second wave of the disease.



WW3: North Korea gives MILLIONS to China as they splash out on surveillance cameras

The new equipment cost North Korea several million dollars, according to Daily NK. The move has caused many to speculate that trade will resume between China and North Korea following the coronavirus crisis, which has destroyed economies worldwide.

New surveillance cameras were last installed on the Sino-North Korean border last year, with local reports speculating the purchase is aimed at ramping up surveillance to stop smuggling activities and defections across the border.

This comes amid mounting border tensions with South Korea following the North’s decision to blow up a liaison office.

Tensions have also been building with the US, which has vowed to fight alongside South Korea should the two come to blows.

“The equipment was purchased from China in mid-May and cost approximately RMB 20 million [around USD 2,825,497],” a source based in China told Daily NK on Wednesday.

Kim Jong-un

North Korea has spent millions on new surveillance cameras from China according to local news report (Image: GETTY)

China

Many have speculated that trade will resume between China and North Korea following the coronavirus crisis (Image: GETTY)

“The camera system will be set up in areas where smuggling activities are common – not across the entire border,” he continued.

“The installation of the system will begin in late June.”

Given that the cameras will only cover a limited area on the border, the high price tag suggests advanced technology is being used, with little known about the systems at present.

The installation of the new system is speculated to be part of preparations to resume trade between China and North Korea, namely by further cracking down on smuggling activities by individuals.

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Kim Jong-un

North Korean officials believe that smuggling activities conducted by individuals are a key way information and illicit goods enter and exit the country (Image: GETTY)

“The purchase of the new system shows that North Korea wants to stamp out these smuggling activities to ensure only [official] Sino-North Korean trade is allowed across the border,” the source speculated.

The source noted that North Korean officials believe that smuggling activities conducted by individuals are a key way information and illicit goods enter and exit the country.

“They believe that eradicating smuggling activities can prevent South Korean-made products, foreign-made videos and music from entering the country,” he added.

Meanwhile, South Korea has also been strengthening its relationship with China according to reports.

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The new equipment from China cost North Korea several million dollars (Image: GETTY)

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New surveillance cameras were last installed on the Sino-North Korean border last year (Image: GETTY)

South Korea is reportedly plotting to bolster ties with neighbouring countries, such as China, to overcome the pandemic-caused challenges they are facing.

In particular, Seoul is wanting to develop their relationship with nations that lay within their field of marine shipping.

They plan on going about this by utilising smart technologies and promote non-contact cooperation.

A virtual ministerial meeting, from South Korea, is due to take place on Monday, where they will discuss plans to request both China and Japan to bolster their shipping ties.

Information of this meeting has been brought to attention by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries in South Korea.

“South Korea, China, and Japan have been enjoying economic growth through specialisation and cooperation, connected by marine logistics,” Oceans Minister Moon Seong-hyeok said in a statement.

“The three countries will continue to make efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, and maintain the steady flow of logistics down the road,” he added.

In order to minimise face-to-face contact, South Korea is also aiming to work on establishing deeper ties with China and Japan so they can utilise smart technologies that can inspect ships.

Kim Jong-un

Tensions have been building between North Korea and the US, which has vowed to fight alongside South Korea should the two come to blows (Image: GETTY)

They aim to do this whilst also promoting the development of self-driving vessels.

South Korea said earlier this month that it will spend 160 billion won (US$133 million) to launch a vessel capable of sailing with a minimal number of sailors by 2025.

The ministry plans to request China and Japan to provide discounts on port fees to support troubled passenger ferry operators in Northeast Asia as well.

This comes amid news that South Korea and China have both just experienced new clusters of COVID-19 cases, sparking fears of a second wave of the disease.