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Vauxhall announce the VXR8

Vauxhall announce the VXR8

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The Monaro was, quite simply, motoring genius. Vauxhall’s decision to axe the muscle car was a blow to many, but one that’s been cushioned considerably with the announcement that a replacement is incoming. The new Aussie-built muscle car – the VXR8... >>

Kia to show off Excee'd cabrio concept in Geneva

Kia to show off Excee'd cabrio concept in Geneva

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Kia will display its Excee'd cabrio concept on at the Geneva auto show in a couple of weeks. Styled by Kia's new chief design officer Peter Schreyer, it's based on the new three-door Cee'd hatchback, due to go into production at the Zilina factory in... >>

Eden Project to hold Green Motor Show

Eden Project to hold Green Motor Show

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The Eden Project in Cornwall is to hold what it claims is the world's first green motor show. From 30 March to 15 April, the oddly named Sexy Green Car Show will feature hybrids, electric cars and biofuel-compatible vehicles from manufacturers including... >>

Potholes tackled by new website

Potholes tackled by new website

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A new website has been launched to help motorists tackle Britain’s potholed roads. Designed to assist long-suffering motorists, potholes.co.uk will allow people to highlight poor road surfaces to their local councils, plus advise on how to make a compensation... >>

Brake discs break sooner than you would expect

Brake discs break sooner than you would expect

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Brake discs are wearing out faster, warping and losing their braking performance earlier on some modern vehicles according to an alarming new report. A leading auto parts supplier claims it is regularly supplying replacement brake discs for nearly new... >>

Pink Panther limo for sale on eBay

Pink Panther limo for sale on eBay

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Fancy owning a piece of TV motoring history? Well now you can, after the owner of the Pink Panther limo posted the vehicle on ebay today. The famed stretched pink monstrosity from the opening Pink Panther cartoon credits, based on an Oldsmobile, was designed... >>

Ferrari celebrates 60 years with exhibition movie

Ferrari celebrates 60 years with exhibition movie

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If you’re heading over to Milan before the end of June this year and you're also a film fan it might be worth taking a tour of the Maranello – the home of Ferrari – for a unique exhibition. As part of the company’s 60th Anniversary celebrations,... >>

Audi TT Roadster arrives in UK

Audi TT Roadster arrives in UK

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The car that almost single-handedly spearheaded the resurrection of the two-seater sports convertible returns to UK roads this month with the arrival of the new Audi TT Roadster. Concealing somewhat radical new advances in construction and suspension... >>

C-Charge Extension Good News For Honda

C-Charge Extension Good News For Honda

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The extension of London’s congestion charge zone will lead to massive growth in the adoption of cleaner hybrid cars, says Honda. Sales forecasts predict there will be over 6500 more low-emission hybrid cars on London’s roads by 2008 – each taking... >>

Hyundai European C-segment hatchback coming

Hyundai European C-segment hatchback coming

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Hyundai will unveil its new European C-segment hatchback at its press conference at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday 6 March 2007. Codenamed FD, this will be the first ever car from the Korean manufacturer designed specifically for the European market.... >>

Mitsubishi  i minicar on sale from July

Mitsubishi i minicar on sale from July

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Mitsubishi has confirmed that its cute "i" minicar will go on sale in the UK in July. The rear-mid-engined, four-seater “i” has already achieved cult status in Japan with its original styling, agile handling and clever use of interior space. Around... >>

Enzo Ferrari voted world's most iconic supercar

Enzo Ferrari voted world's most iconic supercar

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What's the world's most iconic supercar? Apparently, it's the the Enzo Ferrari. The legendary £425,000 model, of which only a few hundred were built, topped a definitive list of the 100 most iconic contemporary cars that money can buy. The Zurich Iconic... >>

Road pricing will hit vulnerable people hardest, admits Government

Road pricing will hit vulnerable people hardest, admits Government

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It's official - the elderly, poor and those living in rural areas will be hardest hit by road pricing. Paying to use roads could trap hard-up people in run-down areas while the rich are free to travel, a Department of Transport study warns. The report... >>

BMW 320d M Sport Touring
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BMW 320d M Sport Touring

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I own a 1989 BMW 320i Touring. I love it, despite its foibles. Sitting at the helm somehow makes you feel that little bit special. Sitting in the cabin of the latest 3 Series Touring gives me more of the same. It’s great how BMW has a sense of heritage... >>

Rover RDX60 prototype found in Longbridge storeroom

Rover RDX60 prototype found in Longbridge storeroom

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Just as the surrounded Third Reich spent much of its dying energy developing machines it thought might turn the tide of war, defunct manufacturer Rover was working on its own white elephant in the days before its demise. As the former MG Rover factory... >>

A Caterham for the sensible speed freak

A Caterham for the sensible speed freak

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Caterham has added another model to its legendary Seven range with a 112kW Ford Sigma engine, offering a whopping 200kW/ton performance for just £17,495. With the K-Series engine now well and truly past its prime, Caterham introduced its new engine lineup... >>

Christie’s to sell uber-expensive 1939 Auto Union D-Type

Christie’s to sell uber-expensive 1939 Auto Union D-Type

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Auction house Christie’s reckons it could sell the most expensive car in its history later this month. Christie’s has estimated the value of the 1939 Auto Union D-Type, one of just two remaining examples of this legendary grand prix racer, at between... >>

Volvo V70 details released

Volvo V70 details released

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Volvo has released the first details of its new V70 – and it looks like the Swedish marque’s slow progression from boxy middle-class childwagon to almost cool load lugger is coming along nicely. Due in September, the new V70 has sleeker and more athletic... >>

Retailer amnesty on illegal camera detectors

Retailer amnesty on illegal camera detectors

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Motorists caught using an illegal speed camera detection device are soon to face a fine and penalty points on their licence. But one supplier is offering to take back all illegal devices from their customers rather than see them break the law. Car Parts... >>

BMW X3 2.0d SE
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BMW X3 2.0d SE

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I’ve never really understood why anyone would buy a BMW X3. It’s by no means a bad car – far from it, in fact. Sure, early ones looked a bit funny, the ride was unforgivably choppy and the interior had been built by Romanian peasants earning three... >>

British motorists are mass murderers

British motorists are mass murderers

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British motorists are mass murderers. A million animals and 10 million birds are killed on Britain’s roads each year, something the Guild of Experienced Motorists believes should be offset by a voluntary fines scheme. To salve the conscience of drivers... >>

AA slams Richmond over emissions parking plan

AA slams Richmond over emissions parking plan

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A vote to determine the introduction of emissions-based parking charges is going ahead dispite, a leading motoring organisations claims the move is nothing more than a cynical money-making scheme. Larger vehicles in some of the capital’s boroughs –... >>

Mini use RFID tags in advertising

Mini use RFID tags in advertising

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Mini has become the first company in the world to use RFID technology to communicate directly with its customers through billboard advertising. Mini Motorboards feature an ever-changing array of unique and personalised messages targeted to and triggered... >>

TV Row Sees Brazil Dropped From A1GP Calendar

TV Row Sees Brazil Dropped From A1GP Calendar

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The A1GP Brazil, due to take place on March 18, has been withdrawn from the World Cup of Motorsport’s 2006/07 season calendar. Following a delay in securing a local terrestrial TV partner to provide nationwide coverage of the series, A1GP representative... >>

McQueen voted most iconic biker of all time

McQueen voted most iconic biker of all time

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Hollywood legend Steve McQueen has been voted the most iconic biker of all time. The 1960s all-action film star took polled 25% of the 2254 votes registered on Yahoo.co.uk. McQueen, who died of lung cancer in 1980, saw off a list of motorcycle racing... >>

Hamster and BBC cleared of crash wrongdoing

Hamster and BBC cleared of crash wrongdoing

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Richard Hammond and the BBC are to be cleared of any wrongdoing over the spectacular crash in which the TV presenter almost died. An inquiry by the Health and Safety Executive will rule out driver error as well as exonerating the makers of the Top Gear... >>

BMW 1 Series gets a tweaking

BMW 1 Series gets a tweaking

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It doesn’t seem that long ago that BMW introduced the 1 Series, but they’re already updating it. Due in spring, the refreshed 1 Series gets a more fuel efficient model and, most drastically, a three-door version. Technologies such as Brake Energy... >>

Ford creates stretched Transit XXL

Ford creates stretched Transit XXL

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On the scale of uselessness, a limousine van would rate pretty high. None the less, Ford’s Commercial Vehicle development team has created an unusual one-off – the Transit XXL. Using "off-the-shelf" Ford Transit components throughout, the XXL is based... >>

Vauxhall announce Corsa VXR

Vauxhall announce Corsa VXR

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Continuing its ludicrous habit of turning mild-mannered and dull mass-market vehicles into near-uncontrollable, bloodthirsty, screaming banshees of the road, Vauxhall has unveiled the hot version of the Corsa. The latest VXR model is immediately distinguishable... >>

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Russ Swift

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Russ Swift

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Russ Swift goes through a set of tyres every 3 miles because, in the stunt-driving business, rubber and money get burned together. Swift’s party piece – and something he’s been doing for decades and with a 100% success rate – is getting a car... >>

Saab AlcoKey praised

Saab AlcoKey praised

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Saab has been given an award in recognition of a device that prevents drunk people from driving. The AlcoKey, now being trialled on a widespread basis in Sweden, is smaller than a mobile phone, and incorporates a flip-top cover with a mouth piece where... >>

Parents failing to protect their kids

Parents failing to protect their kids

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Most parents are endangering their children because they are not using, or fail to correctly fit, child seats. What Car? found that 65% of parents had not fitted their child seats properly, while only 35% of parents knew the specifics of new child seat... >>

Mercedes show off Ocean Drive concept car

Mercedes show off Ocean Drive concept car

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Merc has weighed in at the pre-North American Auto Show Detroit concept title rumble with a large luxury convertible that looks suspiciously as though it might eventually see the light of day (translation: it’s dull). The Ocean Drive four-door drop-top... >>

Audi R8 goes disco

Audi R8 goes disco

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The Y-front moisteningly beautiful Audi R8, due out in spring, has gone all disco. The 187mph two-seater sports car will come with an optional interior lighting package (who knew we needed one of them?) that will see the addition of LED cabin illumination... >>

Exports of South Korean cars will hit a record high this year

Exports of South Korean cars will hit a record high this year

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The Koreans are coming. Exports of South Korean cars and parts will hit a record high of £23 billion by the end of the year. The ministry of commerce, industry and energy in Seoul said auto exports were expected to reach 2.7 million units, up 11.9% from... >>

Think! Campaign "A Waste Of Money"

Think! Campaign "A Waste Of Money"

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The Government’s annual multimedia Xmas anti-drink drive campaign is a waste of money, according to road safety experts. Aimed primarily at 17 to 29-year-old males and launched across TV, cinema, radio, outdoor and ambient media at the start of the... >>

Volvo announces XC60 concept car

Volvo announces XC60 concept car

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The latest concept from Volvo has been unveiled - and continuing the current trend for genre mash-ups, it looks like a 4x4 coupe could be coming our way. The design, which we are assured will form the basis of the new XC60, will be shown at the Detroit... >>

Save on repair bills by using Air Con in Winter

Save on repair bills by using Air Con in Winter

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Who uses their air-con in the winter? Well, apparently, we all should be doing just that to save ourselves big repair bills. Specialists say that prolonged periods of inactivity leave air-con systems prone to failure when warmer weather returns, resulting... >>

18 million vehicles expected to be on UK roads next weekend

18 million vehicles expected to be on UK roads next weekend

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With 18 million vehicles expected to be on UK roads next weekend, analysts are predicting a miserable couple of days for traffic. The worst day for seasonal congestin is expected to be Thursday 18th December, when commercial, commuter and leisure traffic... >>

Cost of accidents claimed to cost us £1billion a year

Cost of accidents claimed to cost us £1billion a year

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Car accidents cost the UK economy at least £1 billion every year in lost working hours, a report claimed today. Motorists spend an average of 3.5 days dealing with the aftermath of a crash, says a leading accident and claims management company. More... >>

China home to most expensive Rolls-Royce ever built

China home to most expensive Rolls-Royce ever built

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There’s yet more evidence of China’s superpower status with the news today that it’s now home to the most expensive Rolls-Royce ever built. An anonymous (not for long, surely) property developer in Beijing has snapped up the $2.2 million super-luxury... >>

Citroen launch parking space measurement system for Citroen C4 Picasso

Citroen launch parking space measurement system for Citroen C4 Picasso

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We’ve all been there. You see a gap in a row of parked cars and it looks impossibly tight. You pull up next to it and try to work out if you can fit. You either bottle it and park a mile away or you go for it. Wouldn’t it be nice to know instantly... >>

Journey times up to three times longer during term time

Journey times up to three times longer during term time

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The real impact of school-run mums on traffic congestion has been revealed today. Analysis from Trafficmaster shows that average journey times in some areas of the UK are up to three times longer during term times than during school holidays. The two-mile... >>

Skoda gives Fabia a makeover

Skoda gives Fabia a makeover

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One of the most underrated superminis is getting a much-needed makeover following the news that Skoda is finally updating the Fabia. The "finest Czech export since the writings of Franz Kafka and pilsner lager" - according to the somewhat overcooked press... >>

London to introduct two-tier parking system

London to introduct two-tier parking system

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London will introduce the country’s first city-wide two-tier parking penalties scheme, which will see drivers punished depending on the seriousness of their parking offence. From 1 July 2007 drivers parking at bus stops, on pedestrian crossings, or... >>

Volvo to revolutionise hybrid and electric car making

Volvo to revolutionise hybrid and electric car making

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Volvo has invested £150,000 in a company that says it has developed am energy-efficient conductor that could revolutionise hybrid and electric car making. The conductor is used, among other things, when battery direct current is converted into alternating... >>

Hummer goes Green with new concept car

Hummer goes Green with new concept car

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The words Hummer and environmental sustainability don’t normally sit too well with each other, but a concept design for a next-generation Hummer has won an award for demonstrating just that. General Motors’ Advanced Design department scooped the LA... >>

Freelander 2 gets iPod dock and more

Freelander 2 gets iPod dock and more

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Land Rover’s all-new Freelander 2 goes on sale in the UK this week, and a range of accessories for the mid-sized 4x4 have been announced. An audio connectivity module allows you to integrate an iPod nano, iPod 30+60GB and iPod Photo (version 4), using... >>

Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi people carrier
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Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi people carrier

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If you ever feel the need to buy a car with seven seats, it’s time to take yourself to the shed, put some Cure on the stereo and blow yourself away with a homemade pipe bomb. Yes, life is over for you, but if you want to carry on with your miserable... >>

Pay-as-you-drive "could save economy from £22bn loss"

Pay-as-you-drive "could save economy from £22bn loss"

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A landmark report into the future of British roads has called for radical adoption of congestion-charging schemes and a thorough upgrading of the transport infrastructure. Sir Rod Eddington’s landmark study claims congestion will soon cost the UK economy... >>