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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,... >>

New resource for green motoring

New resource for green motoring

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The Government has launched a new website that gives consumers online information about the lowest CO2 emitting models on the market. Launched at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) HQ in London, www.dft.gov.uk/ActOnCO2 lists the 10... >>

Insurance cost of flouting mobile phone law

Insurance cost of flouting mobile phone law

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Motorists are being warned that ignoring mobile phone laws could have an impact on their car insurance premiums. As well as a fixed penalty notice, which includes a fine and points, motorists are legally bound to inform their insurance companies. Research... >>

Route 66 Chicago 6000 GPS receiver
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Route 66 Chicago 6000 GPS receiver

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Portable in-car satnav systems have come a long way in a short time. Budget models have shown particular improvement. Garmin's woeful Streetpilot, launched a couple of years back, would have forever put many off buying a budget model again. Today, devices... >>

SEAT announces new models

SEAT announces new models

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SEAT is to produce not one but two new B-segment models. Competing against cars such as the Ford Mondeo and Peugeot 407, SEATs will enter the mid-size family hatch/junior executive sector with a saloon and estate in 2009. B-segment cars account for around... >>

Breathalyse drivers at random, says ROSPA

Breathalyse drivers at random, says ROSPA

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Police should be given special powers to breath-test any motorist they choose, according to experts. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said that recent figures about young drink-drivers underlined the urgent need for a reduction... >>

Peugeot 407 SW HDi 136 SE
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Peugeot 407 SW HDi 136 SE

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I used to own a 307. It was without doubt the worst car I have owned and coupled with the experience I have had in testing a multitude of French cars, it convinced me once and for all that our Gallic cousins are as good at making cars as they are at making... >>

More economical Minis on the way

More economical Minis on the way

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Mini hatchback models are set to become super economical thanks to a variety of technical revisions due later this year. Already BMW Group’s cleanest ever car, the Cooper D will be capable of returning an astonishing 72.4mpg, with emissions of just... >>

Kia remodels the Picanto

Kia remodels the Picanto

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When is a facelift not a facelift? When Kia launches its new Picanto, natch. Due for it’s world debut at the Barcelona motor show on June 7 (contain your excitement, please), the new Picanto does very little different to the old one. But seeing is the... >>

Mitsubishi launches two special edition versions of the Colt

Mitsubishi launches two special edition versions of the Colt

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The Mitsubishi Colt has gone all funky with the launch of two special edition Black Hawk models. Both are based on three-door versions of Mitsubishi’s funky hatch, the distinctive Black Hawk styling provides two silver stripes running from front-to-back,... >>

Say hello to the 670bhp Golf GTI

Say hello to the 670bhp Golf GTI

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Volkswagen has unveiled the GTI W12-650 – that’s a Golf GTI packing a mid-mounted bi-turbo W12 670bhp engine. With rear-wheel drive. Not only is it the most powerful Golf ever produced by V-Dub, but it’s also the fastest. The sprint from standstill... >>

Conquest pricing announced

Conquest pricing announced

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Renault has confirmed pricing and specification for the first two models in the new Scénic Conquest range. Priced £17,945 for the 2.0 VVT 136 and £19,135 for the 1.9 dCi 130, a further two engines will be added in September. The Conquest is another... >>

Suzuki launches SV1000 Classic

Suzuki launches SV1000 Classic

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Making its encore following 2 years away from the UK market, Suzuki GB has unveiled a special edition, limited-edition SV1000, featuring a "café-racer" inspired specification, named the SV1000 Classic. A popular model in the Suzuki range for years, the... >>

Servicing Lottery

Servicing Lottery

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Motorists may be benefiting from increased competition to get their cars serviced, but some dealers are still charging twice as much as neighbouring garages. European laws aimed at removing restrictions on servicing new cars have allowed independent garages... >>

90% of ladies slam male driving habits

90% of ladies slam male driving habits

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Around 90% of female drivers believe men have irritating driving habits, according to a new study. Research by women's car insurance provider Diamond found that the majority of chicks thought male driving habits were irritating, with half also believing... >>

£51 billion cost of driving

£51 billion cost of driving

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£51 billion a year - that's how much it costs Britain to keep motoring every year. Tax, maintenance, parking and fuel cost each of us an average of £1777 a year, and 91% of drivers say that the cost of keeping a car has increased in the last 5 years.... >>

McQueen's first Ferrari up for grabs

McQueen's first Ferrari up for grabs

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A rare Ferrari once owned by Steve McQueen is up for sale. The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso was owned by the Bullitt and The Great Escape actor for 10 years before going into a private collection and being completely restored. The Christie’s... >>

BMW Z4 Coupe 3.0si SE
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BMW Z4 Coupe 3.0si SE

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When I first drove the Z4 a few years back, I really loved it. Its challenging looks won me over, it's supremely quick and its roof mechanism is first rate. The Coupe is essentially unchanged dynamically so I wasn't expecting much difference. I was wrong.... >>

BMW unveils new Concept CS

BMW unveils new Concept CS

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BMW has shown its new Concept CS grand tourer. A four-seat, four-door coupe, if it hit the market it would be a direct rival to the Merc CLS. The CS is 400mm wider 67mm longer than standard 7 Series. It’s gets a reworking of the classic kidney grille... >>

Nissan trials mobile phone safety system

Nissan trials mobile phone safety system

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Nissan is developing an advanced mobile-phone based system to help reduce accidents involving pedestrians. The Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) will use 3G and GPS function to provide pedestrian location information to drivers. Geographical data... >>

New Wrangler due in May

New Wrangler due in May

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Three things in life are certain: death, taxes and the fact that Jeep will never stop making the Wrangler. The "new" version of the classically homoerotic off-road legend hits the UK in May, and unsurprisingly looks a lot like the current one. The range... >>

More motorway service stations due

More motorway service stations due

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Over-priced Cornish pasties, ancient coin-operated arcade machines, inbred yokels on caravanning holidays … it can only be a motorway service station. Whether you think they are god-forsaken hell holes or welcome respites on a long journey, one thing’s... >>

Government to offer pay-as-you-drive incentive

Government to offer pay-as-you-drive incentive

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The Government has announced plans to bribe the public into taking part in road-pricing experiments aimed at reducing traffic congestion. Rather than forcing drivers to install a black box to track their cars’ movements, ministers hope to encourage... >>

Volvo refreshes S40 and V50

Volvo refreshes S40 and V50

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Volvo’s two best-selling models last year – the S40 saloon and V50 Sportswagon – have been given a retouch. Not that you’d notice. The S40 gets a redesigned nose with chrome-framed grille, clear-lensed headlamp units, full-width air intake, integral... >>

BMW unveils the new M3

BMW unveils the new M3

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BMW has finally lifted the lid on its latest M3 Coupé. The new 4.0-litre V8 engine develops a massive 420bhp at a whopping 8300rpm and 62mph can be reached in 4.8 seconds. Power is transferred to the road by a six-speed manual gearbox and variable differential,... >>

Honda CR-V 2.0 i-VTEC
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Honda CR-V 2.0 i-VTEC

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The CR-V has always been a cracking machine, offering a truly car-like driving experience with the ride height and practicality of a 4x4. The last version added great styling, high levels of comfort and relatively low running costs. Unfortunately, the... >>

Chevy shows off three new concepts

Chevy shows off three new concepts

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Making their all-singing, all-dancing debut at this week’s New York Auto Show, a trio of new concept cars proves that Chevrolet has gone a bit loopy. The Beat, Groove and Trax are a trio of urban yoof cars, created at GM’s design studio in South Korea.... >>

Kia set to unveil new SUV concept

Kia set to unveil new SUV concept

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Kia will unveil its KND-4 concept car at the Seoul International Motor Show. The exterior styling of KND-4 is aimed squarely at the ‘active lifestyle’ brigade – the sort of people who would buy an SUV if they weren’t worried that other people... >>

Armoured Phantom goes on sale

Armoured Phantom goes on sale

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Rolls-Royce is pimping its insanely sumptuous Phantom flagship – with armour, no less. Offering the highest levels of personal protection and engineered to VR7 level, the highest current international protection rating, the Phantom Armoured is indistinguishable... >>

Lexus takes World Car of the Year honours

Lexus takes World Car of the Year honours

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The Lexus LS 460 has been declared World Car of the Year 2007 by a group of international motoring journalists. The LS 460, launched in January, was chosen from an entry list of 28 contenders nominated by jurors from 22 countries. WCOTY jurors considered... >>

More than a million people fear driving ban

More than a million people fear driving ban

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More than a million British motorists are on the brink of losing their licences, according to a new report. There are currently 6000 speed cameras monitoring drivers in the UK and currently 4.5 million drivers have points on their licence for speeding.... >>

Seat develops first ever RC touring car

Seat develops first ever RC touring car

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Seat has trialled the first ever driverless touring car. Cutting-edge developments in electronics, virtual reality and on-board computers have enabled the Seat Sport UK team to create what they claim is the most advanced remote control car in the world.... >>

Golf reaches 25million mark

Golf reaches 25million mark

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Volkswagen has produced its 25 millionth Golf. The very first example of the production Golf was assembled at the German marque’s Wolfsburg plant in 1974. Over 33 years and four generations later a Golf 1.4 TSI fitted with auto transmission and finished... >>

Citroen launches special edition C2

Citroen launches special edition C2

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Citroën has made the C2 more attractive (not difficult) by taking its lively 125bhp C2 1.6i 16V VTS supermini and chucking in cow skin seats, sporty exterior styling touches and an exclusive paint job. The C2 Code special edition – pretty good value... >>

Nitro and Avenger coming to the UK soon

Nitro and Avenger coming to the UK soon

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The American invasion shows no sign of abating, with the announcement that the Dodge Nitro SUV and Dodge Avenger saloon will be available in the UK soon. Leading the charge to generate more sales outside of their domestic market – in which homegrown... >>

Hummer heads over here

Hummer heads over here

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Be afraid; be very afraid – Hummer is coming to the UK, The government might be rumoured to be slaming 4 x 4 with more taxes but that isn't stopping the first dedicated Hummer showroom on these shores opens this week, and the right-hand drive H3 goes... >>

Toyota's newer, warmer Yaris

Toyota's newer, warmer Yaris

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Toyota has unveiled its new range-topping Yaris – the SR 1.8. Powered by a new petrol engine with Dual VVT-i technology and with sports-tuned steering and suspension, body kit, 17-inch rims and a load of premium equipment spec such as climate control... >>

Capital cab ride "among world's best"

Capital cab ride "among world's best"

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A trip in a London taxi through the heart of London is among the top ten best cab journeys in the world, according to a leading international travel guide. ForbesTraveller.com has ranked a trip in a black cab from Marble Arch to the London Eye, via Piccadilly... >>

Overhaul of teenage driving standards proposed

Overhaul of teenage driving standards proposed

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Young drivers face a 2-year ban on driving at night under a proposed overhaul of the driving test system. Designed to cut road deaths, the change would force teenagers to wait until they are 18 before taking their test. And even if they pass, youths will... >>

Government  launches CO2 emissions campaign

Government launches CO2 emissions campaign

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The Government has launched a new campaign designed to encourage drivers to reduce their vehicle's carbon dioxide emissions. Launching the first phase of the Act on CO2 campaign, an initiative aimed at tackling climate change, transport minister Gillian... >>

Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 EX Auto
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Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 EX Auto

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I'll make something clear up front: I'm currently working out what company car I can afford to run, and I was close to discounting the Accord Tourer because it's just out of my budget range. Since having one on test, I’ve decided there are some things... >>

Morgan to produce fuel-cell car

Morgan to produce fuel-cell car

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Traditional, hand-built car specialist Morgan has announced its plan to be one of the first car makers to produce a hydrogen fuel-cell car. Morgan "Life Car" - a hydrogen-fuelled, zero-emissions car – will be built using Morgan’s existing wooden-framed... >>

Altea gets the 4x4 treatment

Altea gets the 4x4 treatment

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SEAT has unveiled the Altea Freetrack Prototype, a 4x4 concept based on its existing Altea hatchback. At 185 mm higher than the Altea, the Freetrack has the same 250bhp 2.0 T FSI engine as the recently debuted in the new Leon Cupra. The model’s width... >>

Justy switches to Subaru

Justy switches to Subaru

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Subaru is to bring back the Justy small car programme. Later this year, Subaru dealers will be selling a new Justy based on the Daihatsu Sirion city car. Both Daihatsu and Subaru are now part of the Toyota group after being bought from General Motors.... >>

Audi to launch yet another coupe

Audi to launch yet another coupe

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Audi is taking the fight to arch-rival BMW with the launch of its new A5 and S5 four-seater coupes. The cars are pitched squarely against BMW’s 3-series coupe – and its M3 performance derivative. Audi’s is looking to have a model in every car segment... >>

New Fabia due soon

New Fabia due soon

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Skoda is looking to attract younger buyers with its all-new second-generation Fabia hatchback. The car, which goes on sale in the UK on May 17, has borrowed some styling devices from the Mini, such as different-coloured roofs in white or silver, with... >>

Volvo pimps the XC70

Volvo pimps the XC70

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Volvo has given its rather sedate XC70 AWD (all-wheel drive) estate a shot in the tracking rod with some bold new styling and a shed load more equipment. Available with a 3.2-litre straight six-cylinder petrol engine (245bhp) and its second generation... >>

Convertible Phantom coming soon

Convertible Phantom coming soon

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The new Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé will make its Euro debut at the Geneva motor show this week, with production of the new model beginning in Goodwood this summer. The two-door, four-seat convertible is hand-built on an advanced aluminium spaceframe,... >>

Audi unveils most powerful diesel SUV

Audi unveils most powerful diesel SUV

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The most powerful diesel SUV on the market will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show next week. The 335bhp Audi Q7 has a 4.2-litre V8 TDI, capable of hitting 62mph in just 6.4 seconds and with a top speed of 146mph. Power is transmitted through a six-speed... >>

2p rise in petrol price predicted

2p rise in petrol price predicted

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Petrol and diesel prices could jump 2p a litre because of the ongoing rogue petrol fiasco, drivers were warned last night. The Sunday Mirror reports that the rise will happen because supermarkets will have to pay higher prices for emergency replacement... >>