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Skoda's Roomster gets Scout upgrade

Skoda's Roomster gets Scout upgrade

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Time and again manufacturers have sought to inject new life into their model range by adding some rubber, jacking up the suspension, and slapping on thicker tyres all in the name of making something wholly on-road look like it can go off-road. This exercise... >>

Drivers shirking maintenance duties

Drivers shirking maintenance duties

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British drivers are not carrying out basic motor vehicle checks and maintenance because they fear increasingly complex automotive technology. An RAC report suggests that motorists are becoming too reliant on other people to fix problems and more than... >>

Volkswagen unveils new Tiguan compact 4x4

Volkswagen unveils new Tiguan compact 4x4

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Volkswagen has unveiled an all-new concept compact 4x4 at the LA Auto Show – and for what passes as quick turnaround in the automotive world, it will go on sale by the end of next year. The Tiguan, so named after the result of a poll of more than 350,000... >>

Nissan bringing battery powered cars to market within 3 years

Nissan bringing battery powered cars to market within 3 years

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Japanese manufacturer Nissan is planning to sell battery-powered electric cars within 3 years in a bid to catch up with its rivals in the market. The AFP news agency carried a story from the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper, stating that the light, sub-compact... >>

Jaguar to build all-new saloon

Jaguar to build all-new saloon

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Ailing Jaguar Cars has surprised pundits by announcing that it will be producing a brand new sports saloon next year. The Jaguar XF, which will make its public debut next autumn, replaces the much-derided although rather good S-Type. Designed and developed... >>

Pay As You Drive plans praised

Pay As You Drive plans praised

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Pay as you drive plans could be the answer to all our road ills, according to a new Independent Transport Commission report. Research suggests that charging motorists to travel would raise sufficient cash to fund improvements in infrastructure such as... >>

Duo break Guinness World Record for a two-man stoppie

Duo break Guinness World Record for a two-man stoppie

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For most people, getting on a motorbike is extreme enough. But for Craig Jones and Wing Chui, extreme means extreme. Not content with having set two official Guinness World Records for solo stoppies (when you do a forward motion wheelie on your front... >>

Volkswagen Touareg tows Boeing 747

Volkswagen Touareg tows Boeing 747

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As PR stunts go, getting a Volkswagen Touareg to successfully tow a Boeing 747 is rather impressive. The 155-tonne retired passenger liner - the very same one you can see in the background on Top Gear when they’re testing cars on the track - was hauled... >>

Boy racers use YouTube to boast about street racing

Boy racers use YouTube to boast about street racing

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Boy racers have been driving through quiet suburban streets at more than 100mph and then posting their times on video-sharing website YouTube for others to beat just like you can in computer games. The site describes two leafy residential roads in Cheltenham,... >>

Subaru Honours Burns - with 320bhp Impreza WRX STI

Subaru Honours Burns - with 320bhp Impreza WRX STI

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When Richard Burns succumbed to cancer a year ago, the world of motor racing - and indeed the entire sporting world - lost one of its true greats and a gentleman to boot. In honour of his career, Subaru - the manufacturer for who Burns plied his trade... >>

Nissan updates the Skyline

Nissan updates the Skyline

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A legend has been reborn with Nissan’s decision to produce its latest evolution of the venerated Skyline - the mack daddy of boy racers. Succeeding the V35, the new Skyline with its all-new platform and V6 engine has a longer nose, sharply raked A-pillar,... >>

VW has revealed its latest concept in China - the Neeza

VW has revealed its latest concept in China - the Neeza

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A kind of crossover between a sports coupé and an off-road estate car, the Neeza has been designed in China specifically for the Chinese market - another sign that the Far Eastern superpower is fast becoming the most exciting emerging automotive market... >>

Maybach launches the £340,000 62S

Maybach launches the £340,000 62S

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Maybach’s new flagship model is the world’s most powerful chauffer-driven saloon. Quite why anyone other than Simon Cowell or the leader of a military junta would need a 612bhp V12 luxury car is anyone’s guess. Then again, at a shade over £341,000... >>

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster coming soon

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster coming soon

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The launch of a new Aston Martin is always a moment to savour. The very name evokes more about the beauty of motoring than any other, and that’s set to continue with the unveiling of the new V8 Vantage Roadster at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this... >>

Mazda gives first look at new concept car

Mazda gives first look at new concept car

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Mazda has revealed a rather enigmatic first look at its new concept car. The Nagare will get its first public viewing at a motor show in Los Angeles later this month, and follows 2006 reveals of Mazda concepts Sassou, Senku and Kabura. According to Laurens... >>

Mini Cooper S
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Mini Cooper S

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Even though the old (new) Mini was a blast, it always failed the acid test, which for almost any car is the answer to the following question: "Would I buy one?" Gloriously, the new (new) Mini - which looks almost exactly like the old (new) Mini but is... >>

Smart shows off new look Fortwo

Smart shows off new look Fortwo

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Smart has given the world the first glimpse of its new fortwo, which will hit showrooms in autumn 2007. Launched back in 1998, the original Smart Fortwo (the City Coupe as it was known) revolutionised the way people viewed urban driving, despite weak... >>

Bristol builds 1012bhp Fighter T sports car

Bristol builds 1012bhp Fighter T sports car

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The Bugatti Veyron is the world’s only 1000+bhp sports car, right? Not any more it isn’t after venerable British carmaker Bristol announced that its new Fighter T is capable of churning out a quite staggering 1012bhp. It’s rare to see any Bristol... >>

Report finds brake failure widespread

Report finds brake failure widespread

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The brakes on a third of all cars could fail without notice, a new report warns. Tests carried out by independent service garages on behalf of car care company Comma found half of all motorists had defective braking systems, with 29% of them so poor they... >>

Campaign to increase driving age to 18 gets boost

Campaign to increase driving age to 18 gets boost

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The campaign for raising the driving age to 18 has been boosted by the news that a much higher number of teenagers are driving or being driven in cars that are untaxed, uninsured and unroadworthy than previously thought. And according to Thisislondon.co.uk,... >>

Bang & Olufsen named best sound system for cars

Bang & Olufsen named best sound system for cars

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Bang & Olufsen’s quite extraordinary in-car audio system has been named best sound system in the automotive world. Judges at the annual Interior of the Year awards in the US heaped praise on the B&O Advanced Sound System, which is available only for... >>

Pay-As-You Drive Plans Could Be Costly

Pay-As-You Drive Plans Could Be Costly

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Introducing the controversial pay-as-you-drive scheme could cost the average British family more than £3000 extra a year, according to the Sunday Telegraph. The Government plans, aimed at improving traffic flow but cutting the amount of time people spend... >>

Chrysler 300C CRD Touring
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Chrysler 300C CRD Touring

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Chrysler, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge ... no, we’re not on the long straight highways that criss-cross the USA. We’re on sedate country lanes in Berkshire, Cheshire, Somerset and Lancashire. The Americans are invading. In a country once almost entirely... >>

Classic mini dragsters go up for auction

Classic mini dragsters go up for auction

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Stuck for an idea what to buy your car-loving sprog or sprogette for Crimbo? Well how about a mini dragster? Engineer Brian Eyre, one of the founders of kart racing in Britain, designed the so-called "bathtub hotrods" nearly two decades ago. His grandchildren... >>

Volkswagen looks to the future with Nanospyder concept

Volkswagen looks to the future with Nanospyder concept

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Rating about a 9.6 on the what-the-f*ck-is that-ometer, the new Volkswagen Nanospyder concept might just be a little too way-out there for even the most optimistic future gazers among us. Futuristic nanotechnology supported by hydrogen fuel cells, solar... >>

BMW unveils new BMW 3 Series

BMW unveils new BMW 3 Series

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The new BMW 3 Series convertible has been revealed - and Pocket-Lint is sad to say that it’s one of the most ghastly vehicles to come out Germany since the Tiger tank. The bizarre-looking creation, with its slabby sides, fat arse and ludicrous rear... >>

New survey finds Hackney full of hit and runners

New survey finds Hackney full of hit and runners

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It’s been a bad week for Hackney - first it was named by Channel 4 as the UK’s worst place to live, and now it’s been shamed as having the highest rate of incidents where drivers fail to stop after a collision. The crime-ridden borough - along with... >>

Porsche 997 Carrera S cabrio
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Porsche 997 Carrera S cabrio

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Remember the old car sticker, usually stuck in the rear window of a banged up old Rover that read: "My other car’s a Porsche"? That was back in the day when the Porsche badge meant rich, ostentatious and exclusive. These days, Porsche means something... >>

Kremlin to sell off G8 golf carts

Kremlin to sell off G8 golf carts

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For Sale: One golf buggy, good condition, one former world-leader owner. £70,000 ono. Well that could be the ad after the Kremlin announced today that it is auctioning off the golf buggies used by visiting G8 heads of state in July. The eight carts used... >>

Fiat launches new look Fiat Bravo

Fiat launches new look Fiat Bravo

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Fiat (stop yawning at the back) has stunned everyone by unveiling its best looking car in decades - the new Fiat Bravo. Available from summer 2007, the Bravo sure is pretty. A curved, wedge-lie shape and a ridiculously raked waste line and varying window... >>

Peugeot 4007 becomes company's first 4x4

Peugeot 4007 becomes company's first 4x4

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Just when the world seems to be going cold (or should be hot?) on 4x4s, Peugeot has decided to produce its first ever SUV. The 4007 is the result of co-operation between PSA Peugeot-Citroen and Mitsubishi, and it will be on sale sometime next year. Styled... >>

New Ascari supercar hits 60mph in 2.8 seconds

New Ascari supercar hits 60mph in 2.8 seconds

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Britain’s only genuine supercar manufacturer, Ascari, has debuted its new A10 - a 625bhp road-legal barnstormer than can hit 60mph in (gulp) an amazing 2.8 seconds. Ascari’s answer to the Ferrari Enzo FXX, which isn’t suitable for road driving,... >>

Scotland voted best place for driving

Scotland voted best place for driving

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Scotland in the autumn ... a beautiful place to visit, and a great place for a seasonal drive. The nation’s top ten autumnal drives are named today, with Scotland claiming four of the top positions. The Aberfeldy-Loch Tay-Glen Lyon stretch and Crief... >>

Harley Davison XR 1200 gets first official outing in Birmingham

Harley Davison XR 1200 gets first official outing in Birmingham

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Harley-Davidsons are for fat, grizzled, middle-aged weirdy beardies, right? Hogs may have their Hell’s Angels image, but that hasn’t stopped the world’s most famous motorbike manufacturer having a go at something different. The high-performance... >>

Toyota Auris concept car to be on the road by 2008

Toyota Auris concept car to be on the road by 2008

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Revealed as a concept at the Paris Motor Show last month, it seems Toyota’s new Auris will be pushed into European service sooner than expected. Details of the new C-segment vehicle were announced today, demonstrating a startling similarity in looks... >>

New top-of-the-range Panda to be unveiled at the MPH '06 show

New top-of-the-range Panda to be unveiled at the MPH '06 show

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Italian, powerful and iconic … it’s either a Ferrari or Jake La Motta, si? Actually it’s the Panda 100HP … the new range-topping city car in the Fiat catalogue. The 100bhp "goliath" is making it’s debut at the MPH’06 show later this month,... >>

Citroen named manufacturer of the year by GreenFleet

Citroen named manufacturer of the year by GreenFleet

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Coal mine, coal mine in the valley, who’s the greenest car manufacturer of all? It’s Citroen, apparently. The GreenFleet awards, designed to increase ecological awareness among those responsible for transport procurement (car fleet managers, to you... >>

Potholes Costing Motorists 320million pounds A Year

Potholes Costing Motorists 320million pounds A Year

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Poorly maintained roads are accounting for one in five of all car failures in some parts of the country, according to a new study. Warranty Direct shames Scotland as having some of the poorest quality roads in the UK, while just 8% of car breakdowns are... >>

Audi unveils the latest TT Roadster

Audi unveils the latest TT Roadster

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Audi has unveiled its new TT Roadster – and the good news is that it looks even better than the coupé and it’s choca with technology. This thing even has magnetic suspension. Like the coupé, the new Roadster has an advanced hybrid Audi Space Frame... >>

Speed cameras deceived by switching lanes

Speed cameras deceived by switching lanes

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Despite it’s oh-so clever name, the new generations of SPECS cameras can’t actually see very well. Designed to calculate a vehicle’s average speed over a long distance, the "hi-tech" cameras can apparently be fooled by the incredibly fiendish tactic... >>

Cleaner Diesel Hits US Market This Week

Cleaner Diesel Hits US Market This Week

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The cleanest commercially available diesel fuel yet goes on sale in the US this week, which is likely to encourage a massive surge in diesel-powered vehicle sales. The new fuel, limited to a sulphur content of no more than 15 parts per million, promises... >>

2CV Named Ultimate Bond Chase Car? Sacre Bleu

2CV Named Ultimate Bond Chase Car? Sacre Bleu

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We Brits sure are an unpatriotic lot, after voting a French sardine can on wheels as the best ever James Bond movie chase car. Now pardon moi, but the Citroen 2CV barely qualifies as a voiture let alone being considered in the same category as an Aston... >>

Drop in traffic cops has led to lawless motorists in London

Drop in traffic cops has led to lawless motorists in London

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London’s roads are "lawless", according to the Mayor’s official road safety czar. Jenny Jones said the massive drop in the number of traffic police in the capital was “disastrous” and that the Met had become “heavily over-reliant” on technology... >>

SEAT technology ready to create intelligent cars

SEAT technology ready to create intelligent cars

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The boffins at SEAT haven’t been shirking, it appears, after the Spanish car firm announced significant advances in vehicle-generated information technology. Demonstrated at the ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) Congress in London, SEAT today... >>

One in six drivers turn down help at breakdowns

One in six drivers turn down help at breakdowns

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One in every six motorists who have stopped to aid drivers that have suffered a breakdown has been turned away, according to new research. The rejection of so-called "charitable motorists" is fuelled by growing distrust of other people in society, and... >>

Mazda launch Mazda3 Sport

Mazda launch Mazda3 Sport

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Mazda – possibly the manufacturer least likely to produce the world’s first genuine super hatch. So, kudos to the Ford-owned Japanese marque for tearing up the rule book and doing just that with the quite unbelievable Mazda3 MPS. When it goes on sale... >>

Range Rover's new diesel incapable of accepting petrol

Range Rover's new diesel incapable of accepting petrol

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Range Rover’s new flagship diesel version will be the first production car to have a special system built in to prevent drivers filling the tank with petrol instead of diesel. With modern diesel cars behaving more like petrol-powered vehicles than ever... >>

Smart launches the Smart Car Credit Card

Smart launches the Smart Car Credit Card

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A great reason to buy a Smart Fortwo is the fact that as petrol-powered motors go, it’s pretty green. Sure, you have to put up with some atrocious handling and a car that’s beginning to show its age - but if green motoring on a budget appeals, there... >>

Atacama VW concept van sees light of day

Atacama VW concept van sees light of day

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Yes, it’s a van. But, lordy, what a van. It’s unlikely you’ll have heard of the Crafter - VW’s new load carrier - unless you work in the trade, but it’s conceptual sister is the Atacama, and it looks great. The four-wheel drive concept is the... >>

Chrysler has announced record sales outside of North America

Chrysler has announced record sales outside of North America

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Although homegrown motors are facing a crisis in the States, Chrysler Group has announced record sales outside of North America. Continuing Grand Voyager and Grand Cherokee sales, couple with addition of fresh models such as the 300C and Dodge Caliber... >>