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New driver information system for M25

New driver information system for M25

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Drivers on the M25 can now see real-time information on how long their journey will take on electronic roadside signs as a new service is rolled out across England. This new service follows a trial in the West Midlands and South West which has proved... >>

Jeep Cherokee arriving in 2008

Jeep Cherokee arriving in 2008

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Old dogs never die, and that’s no truer than with the Jeep Cherokee. The all-new, and even uglier, daddy of US 4x4s will be unleashed in 2008 and will be seen for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show next week. Chrysler promises that on-road ride... >>

Ford brings new crossover SUV to Europe

Ford brings new crossover SUV to Europe

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This is the Kuga, Ford's new crossover SUV, which will be offered with a "soft" four-wheel drive and cost from around £20,000. It's set to rival the Toyota RAV 4, the forthcoming VW Tiguan and the Nissan Qashqai when it goes on sale next year in 134bhp... >>

Citroen shows of C-Cactus concept car

Citroen shows of C-Cactus concept car

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Citroën’s big concept at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, which kicks off next week, is this – the bizarrely named C-Cactus. At once cute and deranged, the C-Cactus is eco-friendly (natch) and packed with technology. A diesel hybrid engine returns... >>

Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi Laurin & Klement
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Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi Laurin & Klement

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Skoda has been getting a lot of good press in the past few years. As a manufacturer it has topped customer the JD Power and Top Gear satisfaction surveys, and the Octavia has won a variety of "car of the year" accolades all over Europe. But is it all... >>

Clarkson's Cossie for sale

Clarkson's Cossie for sale

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A car once owned by Jeremy Clarkson is for sale on Auto Trader. Described by the Top Gear presenter as "one of my all-time favourite cars" and "the ultimate hot hatch", the 1993 Cossie packs some serious punch with its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, 227bhp... >>

Fiat 500 smallest car to achieve 5-star safety

Fiat 500 smallest car to achieve 5-star safety

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The impossibly cute new Fiat 500 has become the first ever car of its size to achieve top marks for accident safety. The Euro NCAP five-star crash safety rating, which looks at all aspects of driver and passenger protection, is reserved for only the sturdiest... >>

New car demand soars

New car demand soars

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Demand for new registration cars has risen by almost a quarter in the last year despite interest rate hikes, according to new research from AA Personal Loans. The Deals on Wheels reports also show that motorists have not been put off brand new car purchases... >>

Jaguar XF launched

Jaguar XF launched

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The new Jaguar XF will cost from £33,900 in the UK, it was revealed today. Buyers of Jaguar’s XF will also enjoy class-leading residual values in addition to owning a very well-equipped vehicle with a driving experience that matches the excitement... >>

Petrol stations on the decline

Petrol stations on the decline

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There are now fewer petrol filling stations in the UK than almost a century ago, thanks to a surge in closures this year. 150 forecourts have already closed this year, according to figures released by oil industry body Catalist. There are now less than... >>

147 gets sportier

147 gets sportier

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Alfa Romeo is releasing a limited number of stunning special edition Alfa 147 Sport and Sport Q2 models in the UK. The new Alfa 147 Sport features a number of enhancements to the Alfa’s exterior styling. New 17in five-spoke wheels add poise, while satin-effect... >>

Infiniti coming to the UK

Infiniti coming to the UK

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The all-new 2008 Infiniti EX coupe crossover, shown for the first time this week, will form part of a four model premium range that will be launched across Europe starting in a year's time. The EX is a new addition to the global Infiniti range not previously... >>

Women can't get enough of company cars

Women can't get enough of company cars

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Women workers now value a company car more highly than men in the workplace, ranking it above a pension scheme when it comes to employee perks. The Bank of Scotland Drivers’ Report 2007/8 claims this is points to a growing "live-now" attitude among... >>

New Fabia Estate incoming

New Fabia Estate incoming

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Contain your excitement, motoring fans - Skoda has released pictures of its new Fabia Estate. With not a cake in sight, the new Czech load lugger is fractionally larger than the one it replace. Boot capacity has grown by an impressive 54 litres (up to... >>

MPH makes 200mph kings of the show

MPH makes 200mph kings of the show

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This year’s MPH motor show extravaganza will for the first time ever assemble every 200mph+ car ever made under one roof. The Jeremy Clarkson-fronted event, which runs in November in both London and Birmingham, will feature the fusrt ever 200mph+ car... >>

New Impreza set for Frankfurt debut

New Impreza set for Frankfurt debut

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Subaru will debut its all new Impreza at September’s Frankfurt International Motor Show. As well as the 15. and 2.0 five-door hatch, the World Rally Car concept Impreza, the facelifted Tribeca SUV, the new Justy supermini and the R1e electric car will... >>

Tyres put to the test

Tyres put to the test

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Wider tyres improve braking but are noisier and offer less roadholding in wet conditions, according to new tests. Germany's ADAC motoring association looked at five different Michelin tyres with rims of between 15in and 18in, all on the same Kia Cee'd.... >>

C-Charge set for big changes

C-Charge set for big changes

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The capital's Congestion Charge is set for a shake-up, linking a new incremental system to a car’s C02 emissions as well as ending the automatic hybrid exclusion. Models that emit 120g/km or less will be exempt from the £8-a-day charge, while those... >>

UK motorists can't read road maps

UK motorists can't read road maps

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New research suggests 11million motorists cannot read a basic road map. Over a third of motorists polled struggled to read a four-figure grid reference and a 83% couldn’t identify the map symbol for a motorway. More than a thousand UK drivers were tested... >>

Fiat warms up its Grande Punto

Fiat warms up its Grande Punto

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Fiat has added a hot (more like warm) hatch to its Grande Punto lineup. The 1.4 T-Jet 120 Sporting features a turbo-charged petrol engine without compromising too hard on emissions and fuel consumption. Available in both three- and five-door versions,... >>

Nissan shows off anti-drink concept car

Nissan shows off anti-drink concept car

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Nissan has showcased a new concept car featuring multiple preventative features designed to tackle drink-driving. The various technologies are designed to detect the driver's state of sobriety and to activate a range of preventive measures including immobilisation... >>

Special edition Santa Fe on the way

Special edition Santa Fe on the way

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A new Hyundai Santa Fe limited edition model will offer around a grand's worth of additional equipment over the usual CDX model. Diesel powered, the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited is available as either a 5 seater for £23,795 or a 7 seater for £24,895, with... >>

Peugeot shows off new coupe concept

Peugeot shows off new coupe concept

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Peugeot has lifted the conceptual lid on its latest sexy little number - the 308 RC Z. A 2+2 coupé, the stylish design at the front is taken directly from the standard 308 but has been given a sharper and sportier lower panel incorporating the single... >>

Steering wheel developed for drifters

Steering wheel developed for drifters

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MOMO has answered the ongoing buzz surrounding the Japanese drifting trend by specially designing two steering wheels specifically for people who like to drive sideways. The Drifting steering wheel comes in two versions – racing and tuning – and features... >>

207 special editions launched

207 special editions launched

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Peugeot has unveiled two new 207 special editions. The m:play, powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine and available in both three- and five-door body styles and a trio of exterior colours, features air conditioning, sports seats, leather steering wheel,... >>