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Toyota Prius wins Car of the year award

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The third-generation Toyota Prius has been voted Japan Car of the Year by a panel of journalists and experts at the Tokyo motor show. In Japan the Prius has notched up over 31,000 sales in September alone in its domestic...


New Golf BlueMotion can be ordered now

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The new 99g/km Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion is available to order now at £17,325, returning 74.3mpg on the combined cycle. The new Golf BlueMotion uses a 104bhp 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine that develops 184lb-ft, sprints to 62mph in 11.3 seconds and goes...


Seat launches new Exeo and Ibiza models

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The new Seat Ibiza supermini range now includes new FR, the Cupra and Bocanegra sports models, and the 1.6 TDI which has the VW new generation common-rail diesel engine. Prices start from £9,135. The new model, along with the new Exeo...


UK manufacturer plans hybrid cars by 2011

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UK manufacturer Axon Automotive says it will bring its plug-in hybrid model at to market by 2011. The twos-eater Axon car fits in two adults plus luggage and is manufactured from recyclable materials. Powered by a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, it will...


BMW introduces X1 and 5 Series GT

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BMW is hoping to boost its UK sales with the introduction of the of the 5-Series Gran Turismo and X1 ranges in showrooms from 24 October. The 5 Series Gran Turismo is aimed at owners who want something that combines the...


Land Rover Defender is reader's top pick

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The Land Rover Defender has taken the top gong in the What Car? Reader Awards 2009. 20,000 readers voted the Defender best car over beat 387 other models across 52 brands. The Fiat 500 was named top supermini; Jaguar XJ as best...


Mixed outlook on car sales

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says car sales are recovering in 2009 but will fall again in 2010. SMMT has revised its forecasts for 2010 upwards by 100,000 units as a result of scrappage scheme registrations. Car sales will...


New generation Vauxhall Meriva due 2010

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The second-generation Vauxhall Meriva supermini MPV will go on sale in the UK in Summer 2010. The new Meriva has been delayed by GM's financial crisis and uncertainty over the new owners of Vauxhall and Opel. As a result the release date...


Ford launches new Fiesta line-up

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Ford has added the Fiesta Titanium Individual special edition to the supermini line-up. The new line-up consists of six derivatives and five engine options, now consisting of Studio, Edge, ECOnetic, Zetec, Titanium and Zetec S models. Engine choices include and 1.25-litre...


Save cash - buy now, says Toyota

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Toyota is urging car buyers to place now to avoid price rises resulting from Toyota list price and VAT rises scheduled for December and January respectively. Cars ordered and registered before the end of December will pay only 15 per cent...


PCP offers on VW MPVs

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Volkswagen has Personal Contract Purchase finance offers on the California camper van, Caddy Maxi Life and Caravelle MPVs until the end of 2009. The Caddy Maxi Life range is available from £159 a month under the offer; the Caravelle at £259...


Few models selling well in 2009

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The Volkswagen Golf, Ford Fiesta, Fiat Punto, Fiat Panda and Renault Mégane are at the heart of the fragile European car market recovery in 2009, with few other models selling well. The European new car market was up 7.5 per cent...


New Megane Renaultsport 250 prices

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The new Renault Megane Renaultsport 250 will be available to order from 1 November from £21,995. That buys the hardcore Mégane Cup version with a limited-slip differential, stiffer springs, red Brembo callipers, tweaked dampers and anti-roll bars and 235/40 Michelin Pilot...


Peugeot RCZ Coupe at MPH Show

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The new Peugeot RCZ Coupe will make its UK debut at the 2009 MPH Prestige & Performance Motor Show in Earls Court London and the NEC Birmingham. The shows runs from 5–8 November at Earls Court and between 12–15 November at...


New VW Polo finance offers

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The new Volkswagen Polo is now available with a number of finance offers from VW. Models ordered between now and 31 December 2009 can be purchased with two finance schemes, making the Polo available from £99 per month with a deposit...


Toyota hits 130g CO2 figure

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Toyota is the first mainstream manufacturer to hit the European Union's target for CO2 emissions - 130g/km by 2012. Mini and Fiat are the only other manufacturers closing in on the 130g/km target closing in on the 130g/km figure. Toyota has hit...


New Peugeot Bipper Tepee prices

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The new Peugeot Bipper Tepee compact five-seat MPV, derived from the Bipper van, is on sale now with prices starting at £9,995. The Bipper Tepee is available in two trims, S and Outdoor, and is powered by 1.4-litre engines in HDi...


2009 Mazda CX-7 prices

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The new Mazda CX-7 crossover SUV will be available in one single specification and engine choice when it goes on sale from 1 November. The new CX-7 will cost £25,785 equipped with a new 171bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine developing 295lb-ft of...


Audi R8 Spyder V10 at new Audi dealership

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The new Audi R8 Spyder V10 has marked the opening of the new Audi West London dealership, prior to ordering opening for the new V10 drop-top. Ordering opens next month at £109,580 for six-speed manual versions or £114,670 for R tronic...


Vauxhall's winter car care package

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Vauxhall is offering a £35 winter car care check to winter-proof cars from the elements in preparation for bad weather. Vauxhall MasterFit will offer a Winter Safety Check & Top Up, including a 25-point visual safety inspection in addition to topping...


Suzuki's green concepts at Tokyo

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Suzuki will show a plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicle at the Tokyo Show, highlighting a commitment to alt-fuel vehicles for the future. A Suzuki Swift supermini with a plug-in hybrid system and an SX4 supermini powered by a fuel-cell vehicle will...


New Nissan Land Glider at Tokyo

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Nissan will unveil the is-it-a-bike-is-it-a-plane? Land Glider concept at the Tokyo Motor Show this month. The Land Glider is Nissan's idea of a futuristic urban transport solution, small enough to be good for parking and replacing rear-view mirrors with cameras to...


New seven-seat Peugeot 5008 prices

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The new Peugeot 5008 seven-seat MPV will go on sale from January 2010 from £16,895 in three trim levels and five engine choices. All three trim levels - Active, Sport and Exclusive – offer a seven-seat capacity, ESP stability programme, Hill...


Toyota and Subaru's new sports coupe

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Toyota is set to put a new £20K sports coupe, developed with Subaru, into production - with a concept version set for the Tokyo Motor Show. The FT-86 sports coupe will be a rear-wheel driven 2+2 targeted at the Volkswagen Scirocco,...


New Subaru Legacy Tourer prices

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The all-new Subaru Legacy Tourer is on sale now - with prices ranging between £23,295 and £27,295. The fifth-generation Legacy Tourer is larger in every dimension than the outgoing previous model, boasting 526 litres of luggage space, which extends to 1677...


First British-built Honda Jazz in Swindon

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The first British-built Honda Jazz supermini has been produced at the Japanese manufacturer's Swindon plant. Honda sells 70,000 examples of the five-door supermini in Europe every year, and has shifted production to the UK, one of the biggest markets for ht...


Infiniti to introduce performance hybrid

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Infiniti will introduce a hybrid model based on its M range of luxury performance saloons by Spring 2011. Based on the all-new Infiniti M, the M35 HYBRID is driven by an electric motor and a naturally-aspirated 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine. The electric...


MG halts UK production

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MG UK is to halt UK production of its TF sports cars until Spring 2010 with the loss of up to 20 jobs. The company says it produces the models in batches and does not expect significant demand of its drop-top...


Nissan unveils new Micra

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Nissan has unveiled the brand new Micra supermini, set to go on sale globally in 2010. The model will be first launched in Asia and will go on to be sold in over 150 countries, with assembly based in a number...


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