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Citroen C3 Picasso Blackcherry released

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The C3 Picasso Blackcherry compact MPV is based on the VTR+ model, the second of three specifications to choose from. However, for just £200 extra, it adds a smart cherry red and glossy black exterior trim to offset the black metallic...

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Clio to take part in RAC Challenge

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With CO2 emissions of 98g/km, the Clio is the French marque’s greenest ever production vehicle and its task in the challenge is to drive the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run route using the least energy out of the 60...

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Congestion charge exempt - Fiat 500

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The 500 TwinAir actually emits less than 99g/km of CO2 with an emissions rating of just 95g/km and in light of this figure, Fiat says its city car is preferable for fleet operators as well as the independent buyer. While the...

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VW announces EU Jetta

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VW has said that the differences between the American and European models are ‘subtle’ as far as the exterior of the vehicle goes, however EU customers will find a different engine line-up and suspension system. The European vehicle will receive a...

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Mercedes SLS receives Brabus treatment

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The famed tuners have added carbon-fibre to the exterior of the gullwing resulting in a more muscular offering. Similarly the supercar has been given new multispoke forged alloys that are slightly larger at the rear. The front wheels are subject to...

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Ford helps disabled ski team

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The nine-seater Tourneo 280SWB model will be required to transport team members and a wide range of skiing equipment to the Stubai glacier in Austria where the squad will undertake training for the Inter-Service Championships. Members of the squad come from...

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GM predicts Chinese sales growth

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GM’s China President Kevin Wale said: “We predict it will grow a further 13 million by 2020.” Wale also drew attention to the fact that GM sales in China will exceed sales in the US. However, sales in North America...

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Refreshed Citroen C5

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The Citroen saloon joins other vehicles from the French marque currently on the UK market, like the C3. The C5 has received specially designed LEDs that are integrated into the bumper of the redesigned model. Behind the bumper sits a more efficient,...

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Volkswagen Group releases sales figures

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In every sector the group has improved on last year, when VW achieved record global sales of 6.29 million vehicles. Currently VW has sold around 5.35 million vehicles between January and September- a 15.8 per cent improvement over the same period...

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Citroen's Congestion Charge exempt models

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Recent changes to the congestion charge will allow any cars with CO2 emissions of 100 g/km or less exemption from the fee when it is put into practice on the 4 January. Currently Citroen offers two models eligible for the revised...

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Nissan begins Leaf production

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Oppama, Japan plays home to the first examples of the all-electric city car before its release in Japan and USA this December before reaching European markets early in 2011. The Nissan Leaf has zero emissions and is capable of a range...

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Details announced for new Renault Laguna

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There are three trim levels on both the hatchback and estate variants, consisting of the entry-level Expression trim, the mid-range Dynamique TomTom and the high-end GT Line TomTom. Renault expects the Dynamique TomTom to be its best seller and the French...

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Mitsubishi awarded 'blue light' contract

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This means that Mitsubishi’s 4x4 range, the Shogun, L200, Outlander and ASX crossover, will all be available on the ‘blue light market’. The Shogun and L200 have previously been used on the ‘beat’ for a number of years and in a...

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Volkswagen CV scoops another prize

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Green Fleet awarded the prize on the back of “The environmental improvements made to the new Transporter, coupled with the two new Caddy BlueMotion Technology models”. It is the green credentials of the German marques range that is credited with the...

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Prices and details announced for Outlander

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The release has also confirmed the introduction of a diesel two wheel drive version in the UK market for the first time. The SUV was initially released three years ago and has consistently outsold the likes of the Peugeot 407 and...

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Saab celebrates its 50th year in UK

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Saab Great Britain was founded in 1960 as the Swedish brand’s British trading arm. It is now the biggest selling market for the Swedish firm outside of its own. To mark this achievement Saab is releasing two models this year with...

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Fiat wins Technobest award again

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The Italian manufacturer claimed the international prize for its new Fiat Twin Air twin-cylinder engine, which followed the success of the brand’s MultiAir technology in 2009. An international panel of 15 specialist journalists awarded the prize for Fiat’s commitment to emission...

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Pricing details for the new Passat

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Ordering begins today for the new model with prices starting from £18,470 for the saloon and £19,745 for the estate version. The seventh generation of the long running vehicle was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show earlier this month. Despite only...

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Saab reveals its first crossover

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The new 9-4X will make its world debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show and will expand Saab’s product line to three with the crossover drawing on both the 9-3X estate and the 9-5 saloon. Despite the obvious size increases of...

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Mazda 6 passes 2m global sales

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The total global production achievement is the second fastest in Mazda history since the launch of the Zoom-Zoom line-up in 2002, behind the Mazda 3. The Mazda 6 was the first off the Zoom-Zoom production line and was subjected to its...

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Seat rebadges its most economical models

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The new prefix identifies its extra environmentally concerned cars and applies to the model with the lowest emissions in each range. The new badging structure coincides with the imminent release of the Spanish brands new seven seat Alhambra MPV and its...

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Vauxhall expands Movano range

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Vauxhall will premier its new range of models at Interbuild Onsite, the UKs leading exhibition in the building trade, at Birmingham. The expanded range will include dropsides, tippers and box vans as well as the current body styles on offer in...

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Hyundai releases details for its ix20

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The B-segment MPV market, has increased its share in the UK by 5.9 per cent over the last five years and Hyundai believe the ix20 is different enough to other offerings on the market to broaden that share. Now the fifth...

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Toyota Prius celebrates its 10th year in UK

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The Prius is now in its third generation and the leading hybrid across all global markets with over two million sales worldwide. The Toyota hatchback was the first hybrid on the market using Toyota’s Hybrid System (THS) powertrain that combined a...

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Ford Ranger to be released in Europe

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The pick-up, following the likes of the Focus range, has been developed on the American manufacturers One Ford platform and as such is looking to push into previously untried territories. The Ranger has enjoyed success in both the U.S.A and Australia,...

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Exclusive trim added to the VW Touareg

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The new trim joins the ranks of the 4x4 alongside the SE, Altitude, Hybrid and Escape trims. The new Exclusive option features improvements to both the interior and exterior of the SUV, including new materials, upholstery and alloy wheels. There are two...

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Land Rover launches animated marketing campaign

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The animated campaign features a character named Clay Mason and will be shown online before eventually switching to TV sets from January 2011. The animation, called ‘Claynation” shows its star character driving across a range of terrains, broadcasting the all-terrain capabilities...

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS wins Autocar award

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The 911 beat off competition from the likes of the Noble M600, the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Lotus Evora to claim the prize. The GT3 RS two seater is fitted with a 450 BHP engine that is capable of clearing...

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BMW receives main award at Green Fleet ceremony

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The award comes off the back of further improvements in CO2 emissions, an expansion in BMW’s range of low emission vehicles and its alternative fuel offerings to fleet customers. This was symbolised, says BMW, by the new 5series and the 320d...

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Peugeot awarded emergency services contract

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Peugeot scored well in a number of categories, including a first place finish in the coveted ‘beat car’ category after a rigorous tender process. The contract entitles all Police, Fire and Ambulance authorities to purchase Peugeot’s bespoke range of vehicles depending...

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Ford Fiesta sets record at Brands hatch

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Brands Hatch was the setting for a successful Ford Fiesta record attempt after one of the five superminis taking part recorded the highest ever fuel economy figures at the Kent circuit. Five teams of drivers were equipped with a 1.4 litre...

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Skoda records best September ever

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Chairman of the board of Skoda Auto, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland attributed this success to “an attractive model range”. The Skoda range has been significantly improved recently by the new GreenLine technology that offers low CO2 emissions and low fuel...

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Seat EV concept moves closer to production

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Having first showcased its IBE electric concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, the Spanish firm could be expected to allow the dust to settle on its sports coupe, however they have shunned this measured approach in...

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City Car Club moves in to Glasgow

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City Car Club in Glasgow is an all-hybrid venture that will operate an hourly car and van rental service across the Scottish city. The scheme will begin with a fleet of nine cars that will hopefully increase in number to...

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Nissan crossovers help September sales

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For September, Nissan was the fourth largest retailer thanks mainly to its crossover line-up, including the Qashqai- the UKs tenth top-seller. Pricing for the Nissan Qashqai starts at around £15,000 on a range that includes the option of a low-CO2 Pure...

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Volkswagen unveils new Eos coupe-cabriolet

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The show on the 17 November will provide the backdrop for the Eos and its new set of modifications. The additions to the coupe-cabriolet are in line with the new design language featured on the Polo, Passat and Sharan. The VW...

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Mazda 5 on sale now

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The compact, seven-seat MPV is nothing out of the ordinary in terms of performance or practicality, but its design has got people talking. The Mazda MPV uses the Nagare design language that featured on the Hakaze, Taiki, Furai, Ryuga and eponymous...

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Citroen wins Green Van award

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The Fleet Van panel commended Citroen for its low fuel consumption, low emissions and across the board availability of Trafficmaster Smartnav. The Trafficmaster Smartnav, as the name suggests, is a satellite navigation system lauded for its interactive design. It works to...

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Peugeot 508 given 2011 release date

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The new 508, available in estate or saloon variations, will be available to buy in the UK from spring 2011. The design of the 508 and particularly its front-end is dominated by its ‘floating’ grille and angular headlamps. The design has...

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New CLS steals spotlight

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Set for release in March, the 2011 CLS is the second generation of a model first introduced in 2004. The original CLS sold around 170,000 units worldwide, and Mercedes is looking to improve on that figure with the release of...

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Honda extends its finance services

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The Japanese manufacturer has extended its “Three Years’ Affordable Driving” campaign that offers a range of benefits over a three year period. This includes three years of complimentary servicing, three years free road tax and other finance options on the...

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Details released for the Focus Sport

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The SE sport combines a sporting intent with a comprehensive features list, says Ford, with a view to targeting “60” plate buyers. Standard equipment for the Focus includes satellite navigation with European mapping, voice control, parking distance sensors and a self-dimming...

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Mitsubishi EV set for UK release

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Based on the “i” minicar platform, the engine and fuel tank of the electric car, is replaced with a lithium-ion traction battery pack, electric motor, inverter and other EV components. The EV is therefore able to maintain the seating and...

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Ford Focus takes the limelight at Paris

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The Paris Motor Show will be the first time that all three core Focus models have been seen together. There are two basic models of the Focus on show, a five door hatchback and a five door saloon that have been...

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First hybrid supermini: Honda Jazz

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The hybrid Jazz is the first hybrid available in the B-segment to be released. The hybrid Jazz utilises a compact IMA hybrid system that is currently in use on the Honda Insight and CR-Z hybrid models. This particular hybrid system has been...

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Ford Focus ST unveiled at Paris

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The new Focus ST, is the first global high-performance model from the American manufacturers and it is set for release in 2012. Developed by Ford’s global Performance Vehicles group, whose previous models include the Focus RS, the Shelby GT500 Mustang and...

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