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Vauxhall Astra Twin Top 1.6 16v Sport
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Vauxhall Astra Twin Top 1.6 16v Sport

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Peugeot did it first, and now everyone seems to be having a crack. No, we're not talking about building cars that fall apart in a brisk wind, but the current fascination with churning out hard-roof drop-tops – or coupe-cabriolets as they are known –... >>

Renault teams up with Parrot for integrated Bluetooth

Renault teams up with Parrot for integrated Bluetooth

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Renault is set to begin incorporating cutting-edge in-car Bluetooth technology into new production models. In a strategic partnership, Renault will work with in-car Bluetooth experts Parrot who will provide the kit to be integrated directly into the vehicle’s... >>

Volkswagen launch Golf Match

Volkswagen launch Golf Match

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The ever-expanding Golf range, erm, expands even further with a new Match version. Effectively replacing the SE model, the Match gets all-new 15-inch ten-spoke alloys and body-coloured bumpers, side rubbing strips and door handles. On the inside, punters... >>

Peer pressure shames mobile phone motorists

Peer pressure shames mobile phone motorists

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Motorists are not using their mobile phones at the wheel because of peer pressure and not due to concerns about getting collared by the police, according to new research. Using a mobile phone whilst driving has become as anti-social as dropping litter... >>

Youth road deaths plans announced

Youth road deaths plans announced

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Radical proposals to reduce the 1200 young drivers killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads last year have been announced by a new coalition of insurance companies, road safety groups and motoring organisations. The ABI (Association of British Insurers)... >>

Peugeot Makes Its Fastest Ever Diesel

Peugeot Makes Its Fastest Ever Diesel

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Le Mans better watch out – Peugeot’s barn-storming 908 V12 HDi DPFS has arrived. The car, a product of Peugeot’s desore to win the 2007 endurance race with a car powered by an HDi diesel unit equipped with a diesel particulate filter, produces 700bhp... >>

Pay-As-You-Go Premiums Get Go Ahead

Pay-As-You-Go Premiums Get Go Ahead

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Norwich Union is to go ahead with plans to introduce insurance premiums based on a pay-as-you-drive basis, despite heavy criticism from civil liberties groups. Aimed predominantly as younger and older drivers, the plans – which will involve the fitting... >>

Alfa Romeo show off Alfa 8C Competizione

Alfa Romeo show off Alfa 8C Competizione

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We’ve got to admit it ... this is one of the best designed cars we’ve ever seen. The amazing Alfa 8C Competizione, which will be produced in a limited edition for very lucky few people, has made its debut in Paris, and is the culmination of work from... >>

Skoda Joyster launches at Paris Motor Show

Skoda Joyster launches at Paris Motor Show

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Good old Škoda - for years a laughing stock, now a serious player in the European car market thanks to its VW owners, and in the future … very possibly as the cutting-edge of new car design. The Joyster, which gets its world premier today at the Paris... >>

New Kia cee’d to come with 7 year warranty

New Kia cee’d to come with 7 year warranty

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It won’t really matter if Kia’s new cee’d model breaks down – it will sell with a monumental 7-year/150,000km warranty. Simply put, that is the best warranty ever offered by any manufacturer for a car sold in the UK and Europe. Comprising 5 years... >>

Mitsubishi shows of  all-new Outlander SUV and revised Shogun in Paris

Mitsubishi shows of all-new Outlander SUV and revised Shogun in Paris

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Mitsubishi has unveiled its renewed 4x4 line-up at the Paris Motor Show with the Euro debut of the all-new Outlander SUV and revised Shogun. The Outlander, due in 2007, will go head to head with the likes of Toyota RAV-4 and Nissan X-Trail. It will also... >>

Chrysler announce Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Avenge at Paris Motor Show

Chrysler announce Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Avenge at Paris Motor Show

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Chrysler Group has unveiled its Paris Motor Show offerings – the all-new Jeep Wrangler (yawn) and the Dodge Avenger, which the company says hints at a brand new saloon car that will be on sale in the UK as early as the middle of next year. The production... >>

Honda takes your humble petrol engine green

Honda takes your humble petrol engine green

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Honda has developed a new flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) system that lets normal petrol engines operate on either 100% ethanol or a wide range of ethanol-petrol fuel mixes. Up to now, this has proved a tough nut to crack but the new system is designed to... >>

NEED TO KNOW: Winter driving

NEED TO KNOW: Winter driving

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Weather forecasters have pretty much given up trying to predict what this coming winter holds, and they've gone down the pub for a few glasses of wet stuff until this climate change thing has sorted itself out. But brief cold snaps and sudden torrential... >>

New Volkswagen Touareg on its way

New Volkswagen Touareg on its way

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V-Dub’s new Touareg 4x4 has been revealed ahead of the Paris Motor Show - and it doesn’t look much different from the last one. The biggest difference is at the front - a chrome-y new grille along with reshaped bonnet and bumper gives the new Touareg... >>

Porsche present the 911 Targa 4, the 911 GT3 RS, the Cayman and the Boxster in Paris

Porsche present the 911 Targa 4, the 911 GT3 RS, the Cayman and the Boxster in Paris

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Porsche will present four new models at the Paris Motor Show - the 911 Targa 4 (and 4S), the 911 GT3 RS, the Cayman and the Boxster (and Boxster S). The 325bhp 911 Targa 4 and 355bhp 911 Targa 4S are the latest versions of the classic rear-engine sports... >>

Subaru's Impreza launches affordable five-door 1.5R Sports Wagon

Subaru's Impreza launches affordable five-door 1.5R Sports Wagon

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Junior rude boys, rejoice! Subaru's Impreza is about to hit the market in a spec that won’t hit your wallet, insurance premiums or a lamppost. From 1 October, the five-door 1.5R Sports Wagon will join the range for just £12,495, which given the standard... >>

Nissan tests intelligent transportation system

Nissan tests intelligent transportation system

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Nissan is testing a newly developed intelligent transportation system, which it is hoped will allow vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to reduce traffic accidents and ease congestion. The test, slated to begin on 1 October and conclude in 2009, is... >>

Fuel-Cell GMs On The Way - by 2015

Fuel-Cell GMs On The Way - by 2015

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General Motors says it will have a fuel-cell vehicle in production by 2015 at the latest. Ailing car giant GM - owners of Saab, Vauxhall, Chevrolet and more - will use some of the $9 billion it is saving from various cost-cutting measures such as plant... >>

Audi Q7 becomes most powerful passenger diesel ever built

Audi Q7 becomes most powerful passenger diesel ever built

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If 2006 has been the year of the diesel-powered vehicle, then Audi’s awesome Q7 V12 TDI is its king, queen and bastard heir. The most powerful passenger diesel car ever built for mass production, the Q7 is effectively a road-going version of the Le... >>

Hyundai release first pictures of the Arnejs concept car

Hyundai release first pictures of the Arnejs concept car

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Hyundai has released the first pictures of its stunning Arnejs (that's pronounced Ar-nez, car fans) concept, which will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show later this month. It's the best clue yet as to what the company’s all new C-segment car will... >>

Honda unviels CBR600RR motorbike

Honda unviels CBR600RR motorbike

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Honda’s new-for-2007 CBR600RR has now been unveiled - and, my, ain’t she pretty? Believe it or not, the CBR600 has been around for 20 years, but the 2007 version is entirely new, with plenty of technology from the MotoGP RC211V variant thrown in for... >>

Honda announce new Civic Type R

Honda announce new Civic Type R

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Details of one of the most anticipated cars of the last few years have finally been released by Honda. The new Civic Type R is one of the first so-called "superhatches", which offers high levels of comfort without compromising on performance or handling.... >>

Volvo C30 SportsCoupe to get first outing at Paris Motor Show

Volvo C30 SportsCoupe to get first outing at Paris Motor Show

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Volvo’s brave re-entry into the world of the small coupe will get it’s first outing at the Paris Motor Show this month. The C30 SportsCoupe is a two-door, four-seater with glass tailgate, and bears a close resemblance to the original C30 Design Concept... >>

BMW Hydrogen 7 car to be mass market within 5 years

BMW Hydrogen 7 car to be mass market within 5 years

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BMW is likely to be the very first mass-market manufacturer to make a hydrogen-drive car commercially available. After successful completion of a development programme, the BMW Hydrogen 7 - a H-powered version of the 7 Series - has been unveiled. Powered... >>

Vauxhall update the humble windscreen wiper with the Flatblade

Vauxhall update the humble windscreen wiper with the Flatblade

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Vauxhall has launched a new windscreen wiper promising better rain clearance than any other on the market. The new flatblade is a joint free, aerodynamic design that incorporates an integrated spoiler and spring loaded rails, which promise to provide... >>

Nissan bring form concept car QASHQAI to market

Nissan bring form concept car QASHQAI to market

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One of the less-thrilling cars unveiled this month is the ridiculously monikered Nissan QASHQAI. Pronounced "cash-kai", the vehicle first debuted as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show in 2004. It will finally go on sale as a watered down production car... >>

Citroen launch C-Metisse concept car

Citroen launch C-Metisse concept car

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Citroen has come up with, quite possibly, one of the all-time sexiest concept cars, after lifting the lid on the extraordinary C-Métisse. The crazy, demonic, sculpted piece of drool fodder promised high performance and good economy, with the HDi V6 diesel... >>

Suzuki announce Swift Sport

Suzuki announce Swift Sport

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It was a case of Swift by name, sort of swift by nature as Suzuki announced the warm-hatch version of its supermini. The Swift Sport will be the new flagship of the rather-good Japanese take on the wildly successful Mini Cooper, which is actually marginally... >>

Car makers praised for reducing emissons

Car makers praised for reducing emissons

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Car makers have been praised by the European Commission for doing their bit to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Between 1995 and 2004, CO2 emissions dropped by 12.4% and continue a sustained downward trend in pollutants caused by the motoring industry.... >>

Cost of owning your car risen up almost 10 per cent in last year

Cost of owning your car risen up almost 10 per cent in last year

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So how much does running a car actually cost? Depressingly, it’s probably more than you think. A new study estimates that the cost of owning and running a car has risen by around 7.2% in just 1 year. Sainsbury’s Bank says that the average annual cost... >>

Toyota Corolla celebrates 40th birthday

Toyota Corolla celebrates 40th birthday

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The humble Toyota Corolla is celebrating its 40th birthday. Now control yourself because this is clearly exciting stuff. It may have a reputation of being one the dullest cars around, but through many overhauls and redesigns, more cars called Corolla... >>

London's motorist shell out almost £300million in fines

London's motorist shell out almost £300million in fines

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Almost £300million - that’s how much London’s motorists forked out in penalty fines last year. A total of 6 million drivers were collared by cops in 2005 for a variety of motoring offences, from illegal parking to bus lane encroachment. But the biggest... >>

Drivers in Lancashire face spot vision checks

Drivers in Lancashire face spot vision checks

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That Mr Magoo was a menace. The short-sighted slap head was a danger to everyone he encountered - not least when he was behind the wheel of his jalopy. Unfortunately, there are a number of people on British roads whose eyesight may be just as bad - and... >>

Shake up for 2007 F1 schedule

Shake up for 2007 F1 schedule

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Germany and Italy will each lose a grand prix race next year after F1 chiefs announced a big shake-up to the 2007 calendar that will see the number of races drop from 18 to 17. The San Marino GP at Imola will definitely be axed, as will the European GP... >>

Korean cars starting to make dent on European sales

Korean cars starting to make dent on European sales

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Korean vehicles may only make up a small percentage of overall European car sales, but they are predicted to make a much larger impact in coming years. New automotive data reveals that efforts made by Korean manufacturers such as Kia and Hyundai to make... >>

Survey proves men haven't a clue when it comes to cars

Survey proves men haven't a clue when it comes to cars

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Men are well rubbish. Not only are they not particularly good at things like hunting or fire-building these days, there also none too hot when it comes to knowing their way around an automobile. According to recent research, while 94% of men claim they... >>

Volkswagen announces Iroc sports car concept

Volkswagen announces Iroc sports car concept

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Volkswagen has revealed its Iroc sports car concept - a car VW hopes will emulate the runaway success of the legendary Scirocco, which made its debut 33 years ago. The daftly named Iroc’s shape - with a very long roof and steeply sloping rear - makes... >>

Over half think they are better drivers than their partner

Over half think they are better drivers than their partner

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Mix together a confined space, hours of waiting, a few people and an optional sprinkling of children and allow to simmer. Alternatively, go away for a short UK break this Bank holiday weekend - a sure-fire recipe for disaster. Apparently 53% of us reckon... >>

Citroen unveils probably the most expensive garage in the world

Citroen unveils probably the most expensive garage in the world

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Fancy shelling out £112,330 on a new garage? Citroen has unveiled what it believes is the garage of the future, designed by renowned architects Neutral and which covers more than 50m square. Drawing inspiration from the pronounced architectural forms... >>

Call for more widespread use of Crash-Prevention aids

Call for more widespread use of Crash-Prevention aids

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All cars should have electronic stability control (ESC) – that’s the verdict of one of the UK’s leading insurance research centres. According to Thatcham, 400 deaths and 3000 injuries could be prevented every year if manufacturers were more prepared... >>

Land Rover Defender gets to get makeover for 2007

Land Rover Defender gets to get makeover for 2007

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Some cars grow old and die, others mature with age - Land Rover’s Defender, however, is probably immortal. Comprehensive changes are scheduled for the 2007 Defender, which won’t realy make it look or feel much different but give the impression that... >>

Met police add green Honda Hybrids to its fleet

Met police add green Honda Hybrids to its fleet

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The Met Police may be committed to working for a safer London, but now they are also working for a greener London after deciding to add 117 new Honda Civic Hybrids to its 6000-strong fleet. The deal represents the biggest ever British fleet deal for alternative... >>

Women face higher insurance premiums

Women face higher insurance premiums

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The days when women were assured lower car insurance premiums than their male counterparts could be coming to an end. Female drivers in their early-20s have seen their premiums rocket of late, according to new stats. Between April and June, average premiums... >>

Distractions cause accidents ‘Shocker’

Distractions cause accidents ‘Shocker’

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Eating while driving is dangerous, says a new report from the Department of the Bleeding Obvious. Actually it was based on research from a car insurance firm and Brunel University, which tested 26 experienced drivers in a car simulator who were asked... >>

Dieselmax hits magic 300mph mark

Dieselmax hits magic 300mph mark

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As predicted on Pocket-lint last week, the JCB Dieselmax team punched through the magic 300mph barrier today, putting the diesel-powered land-speed world record in their sights. While the 308mph reached today does represent the fastest speed ever recorded... >>

Mercedes CL Gets Pre-Safe as Standard

Mercedes CL Gets Pre-Safe as Standard

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Mercedes is renowned for pioneering bleeding-edge tecno wizardry in its flagship models that eventually finds its way to the innards of most production cars. Now, the German manufacturer is adopting its Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system as standard... >>

Gap year students up to four times more likely to be killed on roads abroad

Gap year students up to four times more likely to be killed on roads abroad

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Brits taking gap years abroad are far more likely to die in a road accident than catch a tropical disease, warn leading motoring groups. With A-level results announced today, around 30,000 18-year-olds will be thinking about heading off to overseas adventures... >>

Car seat law still confusing parents

Car seat law still confusing parents

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Motorists are confused about changes to laws affecting child seats, according to a new report. Tougher legislation, which will force drivers to place children up to the age of 12 or of a height below 135cm in appropriate seats or boosters, are fully understood... >>

4x4 sales decline for the first time

4x4 sales decline for the first time

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Has the Chelsea tractor had its day? Quite possibly, according to new figures released today that show a dip in 4x4 sales for the first time ever. Following years of condemnation from green politicians and ecological lobby groups, as well as tax hikes... >>