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CHAMPION MOTORING ROADTEST DIRECTORY Car reviews by Champion road tester David Simister

The Champion is an award winning series of seven local newspapers, which are delivered to more than 166,000 homes in Sefton and West Lancashire. I have been the motoring correspondent for both the newspaper series and for our sister magazine Gr8Life since 2009, and strive to bring our many readers an informative, impartial and entertaining take on what’s going on in the world of motoring. Included in this supplement are not only some of the many car

reviews featured in our titles, but also examples of my column, Life On Cars, which is published each week. The Champion strives to bring motoring news, views and reviews to the wide audience we serve each week with our growing audience across the north west of England.


The Champion • Wednesday 5 October 2011

MOTORS

GREGORY GARAGE CARS • VANS • 4X4'S

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CARS

06 (06) BMW 118D SE 5-Dr, 6 Speed, climate, CD, PDC, sparkling graphite, 75k. FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7,495 08 (58) MAZDA 6 2.0D 140 SPORT 5-Dr, black leather, climate, PDC, 18" alloys, electric blue, 1 owner, FSH, cruise, xenons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,995 06 (55) AUDI A3 1.9 TDI SPORT, climate, PDC, CD, 17" alloys, phantom black, 72k, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,995 08 (58) FIAT DOBLO 1.3 HDi ACTIVE, SLD wheel chair access with electric ramp, met red, 1 owner, 41k, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4,995 04 (04) MERCEDES C220 CDi A/G S.E AUTO ESTATE FACELIFT, h/leather, climate, cruise, alloys, silver, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4,995 07 (56) VW PASSAT V6 FSi 4MOTION SEL DSG AUTO, climate, cruise, heated seats, PDC, met black, 69k. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4,495 06 (06) BMW 118D SE 5-Dr, 6 speed, climate, CD, PDC, 07 (56) FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCI LX AUTO, 5 door, A/C, e/pack, CD, silver, 69k, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4,495 sparkling graphite. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£7,495 55 TOYOTA AVENSIS 2.0 D-4D T3 - HATCHBACK, A/C, e/pack, CD, alloys, MFS, met black, 2 owner, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4,295 07 (07) FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCi LX ESTATE A/C, e/pack, met black, FSH, CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£3,995 06 (06) FIAT DOBLO 1.3 HDi ACTIVE, 5 seats, SLD wheel chair access with electric ramp, blue, 1 owner, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£3,995 02 (02) AUDI A6 1.9 TDi 130 SPORT, climate, cruise, 17" alloys, CD, T/Bar, silver, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£3,995 06 (56) FORD FIESTA 1.4 TDCi ZETEC CLIMATE 5-Dr, A/C, alloys, e/pack, met black, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£3,695 53 HONDA JAZZ 1.4 DSi SE 5-Dr A/C, e/s/roof, CD, silver, 1 owner, 64k, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£3,495 X (01) BMW 318iSE, climate, cruise, 17" alloys, e/pack, topaz blue, 2 owners, 89K, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1,995 Y (01) CITROEN XSARA PICASSO 1.8 SX, A/C, CD, e/pack, met blue, 75k, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1,495 W (00) VW POLO 1.4S 5-Dr, PAS, e/pack, met grey, 64k, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1,495 08 (08) NISSAN PATHFINDER 2.5 DCI AUTO AVENTURA, Y (01) SKODA OCTAVIA AMBIENTE 1.6 H/BACK, AC, alloys, multi CD, met blue, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1,495 7 leather seats, sat nav, e/sunroof, climate, cruise, privacy, met grey, 54k, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£14,495 G (90) BMW 320i CONVERTIBLE AUTO, e/pack, CD, alloys, met blue, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1,495 52 FORD MONDEO 2.0 ZETEC ESTATE, AC, CD, alloys, e/pack, silver, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1,295

Abarth 500C has plenty of personality and style Road test by

David Simister

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notes, a rally car warble at low revs which builds up to a Pavarotti–esque bellow when you put your foot down. It’s a note that comes courtesy of an engine very similar to the one The Champion tested in the Abarth Punto last year, only in the smaller 500 you can really make the most of its 160bhp. The particular Abarth I tried also came fitted with the company’s Essesse kit, which is a must because it provides not only more in the way of straight–line punch but also upgrades in the ride and

handling department, which transform the 500 from being a slightly soft city slicker to something which really inspires your confidence. Is it worth the £16,000 asking price? That depends on how much space you want with your pace, because the likes of Citroen’s DS3 will offer you a similarly fun drive but with plenty more room for your luggage and rear seat passengers. If, however, you want something with an endlessly engaging personality and sense of style then the Abarth will prove a characterful companion.

56 VW TRANSPORTER SHUTTLE 1.9 TDI S 102 LWB 5-DR, 8 seater, e/pack, CD, blue, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No VAT £10,495 08 (08) CITROEN DISPATCH 1000 1.6 HDi HI, 6 doors, 6 speed, CD, bulkhead, white, 1 owner, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . + VAT £4,995 07 (07) FIAT SCUDO 10Q 1.6 M/JET 90 LI COMFORT 6-Dr, e/pack, CD, blue, 1 owner, 45k, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . + VAT £4,995 03 (03) FORD TRANSIT TOURNEO 2.0 TDCi, 9 seats, e/pack, tailgate, silver, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .No VAT £4,695 07 (07) VW CADDY C20 2.0 SDi PD 5-Dr, CD, c/locking, ply-lined, white, 1 owner, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .+ VAT £3,995 06 (06) VAUXHALL COMBO 1700 1.7 CDTi 16V SLD, Central locking, CD, silver, 2 owners, 79k, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No VAT £3,495 05 (05) MERCEDES VITO III CDi LONG 6-Dr, 6 speed, CD, e/pack, CD, e/pack, ply lined, silver, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .+ VAT £3,995 56 TRANSIT CONNECT 1.8 TDCi, SLD, 1 owner, white. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .+ VAT £3,295 54 FORD TRANSIT 330 2.4 TD LWB, SLD, roof rack, May 2012 MOT & TAX, white. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No VAT £2,795 08 (58) MAZDA 6 2.0D 140 SPORT 5-Dr, leather, climate, PDC, alloys, electric blue, 1 owner, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,995 55 RENAULT TRAFIC 2.9T LL29 DCi 100 LWB WINDOW VAN, 6 seats, CD, white, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .+ VAT £3,495 55 VAUXHALL VIVARO 2.9 CDTi 100 LWB, 6 speed, SLD, ply-lined, silver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No VAT £3,495

4X4’S

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FOCUS 1.6 ZETEC 5-Dr black, PAS, alloys, sunroof ...... £1,995 FOCUS 1.6 GHIA 5-Dr silver, PAS, alloys, A/C ............... £1,995 FOCUS 1.4 CL 5-Dr met silver ...................................... £1,395 FOCUS 1.6 ZETEC 5-Dr blue, a/con .............................. £1,295 FOCUS 1.6 LX PAS, alloys, A/C, blue ............................... £995

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FIESTA 1.4 ZETEC 5-Dr silver, A/C, alloys ..................... £2,795 FIESTA 3-Dr black, full black leather, PAS, s/hist ........... £2,795 FIESTA ZETEC 3-Dr black, PAS, alloys, CD ................... £2,495 FIESTA 1.4 ZETEC met orange, PAS, alloys, CD ............ £2,495 FIESTA 1.4 ZETEC 5-Dr silver, alloys, A/C, CD .............. £2,395 FIESTA 1.3 FINESSE 5-Dr in black, PAS, alloys, A/C ..... £1,995 FIESTA 1.4 LX 5-Dr blue, PAS, A/C ............................... £1,795 FIESTA 1.2 ZETEC met blue, PAS, c/locking, E/W ............. £995 FORD FIESTA 1.3 ENCORE, 1 Year MOT/Tax, CD player, ... £795

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MONDEO TDCi 6 SPEED ESTATE black, PAS, alloys, A/C £2,795 VW POLO 1.4 TDi silver, PAS, alloys, CD....................... £2,795 FOCUS 1.8 TDCi blue, full black leather, s/history, alloys £2,495 FOCUS 1.8 TDCi 5-Dr silver, alloys, A/C........................ £1,995 TOYOTA LUCIDA 2.2 DIESEL 7 SEATER A/C .................... £995

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BMW 323 SE AUTO 4-Dr SALOON,silver, full grey leather, alloys, elec pack, A/C, 1 owner, FSH ............................. £1,995

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04 CORSA 1.2 SXi silver, PAS, alloys, A/C ......................... £1,995 52 CORSA 1.0 5-Dr met blue, PAS, sunroof, s/hist ............. £1,895 51 CORSA 1.2 SXi 5-Dr met blue, PAS, sunroof, CD .......... £1,695 X CORSA 1.0, silver, 1 year MOT/Tax, PAS, CD ................... £995 T

CORSA 1.2 3-Dr red, alloys, PAS ..................................... £795

GENERAL SELECTION 55 RENAULT CLIO DYNAMIQUE black, PAS, 1 owner ........ £2,495 55 CLIO 1.2 DYNAMIQUEsilver, PAS, CD, alloys, A/C ......... £1,695 54 PUNTO 1.2 ACTIVE 5-Dr silver, PAS, CD, alloys, A/C..... £1,695 51 FIAT PUNTO 1.2 3-DR met gold, PAS, sunroof .............. £1,295 Y FIAT PUNTO 1.2 MIA 5-Dr silver, PAS, c/l ........................ £995

PART EXCHANGE BARGAINS Y CITROEN SAXO 1.1 DESIRE 1yr Mot/Tax, Sunroof, CD ..... £995 01 MONDEO 2.0 ZETEC S 5-DR, PAS, alloys, A/C .................. £795 V ROVER 416 met silver, alloys, immaculate ....................... £695 S RENAULT LAGUNA 1.8 RT 1 yr MOT/Tax, PAS, CD, s/roof £695

KA SELECTION 55 FORD KA silver, cheap tax/insurance, PAS, only 50k...... £1,495 53 KA COLLECTION silver, alloys, A/C, PAS ....................... £1,495 52 KA LUXURY blue, full leather, PAS, alloys, CD ............... £1,495 52 KA COLLECTION PAS, colour-coded bumpers, Grp2 ins £1,195 51 KA COLLECTION blue, colour coded bumpers, PAS....... £1,195 Y FORD KA COLLECTION, silver, colour-coded bumpers ....... £995

PEOPLE CARRIER N TOYOTA LUCIDA 2.2 DIESEL 7 SEATER A/C, curtains ...... £995

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THE biggest British sports car company you’ve never heard of is set to bring the iconic Jensen Interceptor back to life. You might not be familiar with Coventry–based CPP Global Holdings but it’s already linked to some of motoring’s best known names and is now vowing to reinvent the Sixties supercar for the 21st century. Brendan O’Toole, founder and co–owner of CPP, said: “I started my career by restoring bodies and components for classic British sports cars, so for CPP to take the lead role in reviving this iconic brand is very exciting for the business, and for me personally. “The Jensen design team has respected and honoured the great heritage and attributes of the original Interceptor, while injecting a contemporary edge and advanced technologies that will ensure it appeals to the passionate, discerning motoring enthusiast of today.” CPP might not be immediately familiar to most car enthusiasts but the brands it owns – off–roader specialists Bowler and Dutch supercar makers Spyker – will be, while the Browns Lane factory the firm operates on was for years synonymous with Jaguar as that company’s main production site.

08 (08) NISSAN PATHFINDER 2.5 DCI AUTO AVENTURA, 7 leather seats, sat nav, e/sunroof, climate, cruise privacy, met grey, 54k, FSH. . . . . £14,495 52 MERCEDES ML270 CDI LUX TIP AUTO, beige leather, heated/electric, A/C, 17" alloys, cruise, met black, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£5,995 03 (52) LAND ROVER DISCOVERY TD5 ES AUTO,7 leather seats, climate, cruise, e/pack, 2 e/sunroofs, multi CD, silver, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£5,995 04 (04) LANDROVER FREELANDER 2.0 TD4 SE 3-Dr, black leather A/C, s/roof, t/bar alloys, e/pack, met black, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£4,995 05 MITSUBISHI L200 2.5 TD DC 4-LIFE TRUCKMAN CANOPY, alloys, side steps, e/pack, T/bar, p/plate, red/silver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .No VAT £4,495 53 NISSAN XTRAIL 2.2 DCi 136 SPORT 6-speed, climate, e/s/roof, alloys, silver, 2 owners, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£4,695 03 (52) HONDA CRV 2.0i VTEC SE EXECUTIVE, black leather, a/c, e/pack,e/s/roof, alloys, met blue, FSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£4,295

06 (55) AUDI A3 1.9 TDCi SPORT, climate, PDC, CD, 17", alloys, phantom black, 72k, FSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No VAT £6,995

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NEVER judge a book by its cover, especially not if the book in question is Fiat’s 500. The 500’s stylish retro shape is surely the Courtney Cox of the car world – in automotive terms it’s getting on a bit, but it seems to have defied the ageing process and doesn’t look a day older than it did five years ago. Stranger still is that Fiat have somehow managed to create entirely different cars underneath those pretty curves, because while the Abarth 500C looks strikingly similar to its small car sisters, it couldn’t feel more different. While the TwinAir 500 came across as a nostalgic nod to the original 1957 Fiat 500 and a generation of Italian scooters thanks to its natty engine noise, the Abarth feels as though Fiat’s tried to sqeeze an entire Ferrari underneath the 500’s skin! This is immediately obvious when you start it up, because – unlike the TwinAir – the Abarth’s blessed with one of motoring’s great engine

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2009 (59 Reg) NISSAN QASHQAI 1600 N-TEC 2WD, in grey metallic, A/C, panoramic roof, sat nav, bluetooth, e/pack, alloys etc, only 13,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£12,995 2009 (58 Reg) VAUXHALL VECTRA 1800 DESIGN 5-Dr, in silver, A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD, c/c etc, only 15,000 miles . . . . . £7,995 2009 (59 Reg) VAUXHALL CORSA 1200 ACTIVE in star silver with A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD etc., only 9,000 miles . . . . . . . . . £6,995 2009 (09 Reg) VAUXHALL CORSA 1400 SXi 5-Dr, in star silver with A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD etc, only 29,000 miles . . . . . . . £6,995 2008 (58 Reg) VOLVO V50 SE 1800 ESTATE in gold with A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD etc., only 6,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£10,995 2008 (58 Reg) TOYOTA VERSO 7 SEATER, in steel silver, with A/C, e/pack, CD, alloys etc, only 20,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8,995 2008 (58 Reg) VOLVO S40 SALOON in orinoco blue, A/C, e/pack, ABS, CD etc, only 18,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8,495 2008 (58 Reg) NISSAN NOTE ACENTA in blade silver, A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD etc, only 8,000 miles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,995 2008 (58 Reg) VAUXHALL ZAFIRA 1600 EXCLUSIVE 7 Seater in panacotta, A/C, e/pack, ABS, CD etc, only 14,000 miles £7,695 2008 (58 Reg) PEUGEOT 107 URBAN 5-Dr in silver with PAS, e/pack, CD etc, only 10,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5,995 2008 (08 Reg) RENAULT KANGOO 1200 AUTHENTIQUE in aqua with A/C, e/pack, ABS, CD etc, only 16,000 miles . . . . . £5,795 2008 (08 Reg) NISSAN NOTE ACENTA AUTOMATIC in cafe latte with A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD etc, only 15,000 miles . . . . . £6,995 2008 (08 Reg) VOLVO S40 S 1800, in panther black with A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD, full spec, only 10,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8,495 2008 (08 Reg) FORD C-MAX 1600 ZETEC, in Avalon, with A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD etc, only 9,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7,695 2008 (08 Reg) VAUXHALL MERIVA 1400 LIFE, in star silver, with A/C, e/pack, CD, ABS etc, only 6,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,495 2007 (57 Reg) NISSAN NOTE SVE, in met blue with A/C, e/pack, CD, alloys etc., only 24,000 miles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5,995 2007 (57 Reg) CITROEN PICASSO 1600 VTX in red, A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD etc., only 10,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,995 2006 (56 Reg) FORD FIESTA STYLE AUTOMATIC in tonic blue with A/C, e/pack, CD, ABS etc, only 13,000 miles. . . . . . . . . £4,995 2006 (56 Reg) FORD FUSION 1400 PLUS, in star silver, with A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD etc, only 17,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5,995 2006 (06 Reg) PEUGEOT 207 SE 5-Dr, in red, panoramic roof, A/C, PAS, e/pack, alloys, only 16,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5,995 2005 (05 Reg) FORD KA in radiant red with PAS, ABS, FSH etc., only 10,000 miles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2,995 2005 (55 Reg) RENAULT CLIO 1200 RUSH, in silver with PAS, e/pack, CD, ABS etc., only 60,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3,295 2005 (05 Reg) CITROEN PICASSO 1.6 DESIRE in silver, with A/C, PAS, e/pack, 40,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4,495 2004 (04 Reg) FORD FIESTA GHIA 5-Dr in star silver with A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD etc., only 52,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3,495

PEUGEOT 107 5-Dr Urban 1 owner, only 1,000 miles, £20 road tax, 60mpg+......................................................£7695 FORD FIESTA 1.25 EDGE 5-Dr 1 owner, 4,000 miles, massive saving on new price ..............................................£8195 FORD FOCUS 1.6 ZETEC 5-Dr 1 owner, FSH, only 12,000 miles, immaculate, met blue ........................................£9450 SUZUKI SX4 GL 5-Dr 1 owner, FSH, only 13,800 miles, in red ...................................................................................SOLD SKODA FABIA 3 1.4 5-Dr 1 owner, FSH, only 16,000 miles .......................................................................................SOLD SKODA ROOMSTER 2 1.4 TDI MPV 1 owner, FSH, a/c, CD, alloys, only 19k, atlantic blue .....................................£7495 FORD FIESTA 1.25 STYLE CLIMATE 5-Dr FSH, only 14,000 miles, in silver...........................................................£5995 NISSAN NOTE ACENTA 1.6 AUTOMATIC 1 owner, FSH, only 20,437 miles, .............................................................SOLD VAUXHALL MERIVA 1.4 LIFE met grey, 1 owner, FSH, only 6,303 miles ...................................................................SOLD VAUXHALL MERIVA 1.4 LIFE 1 owner, FSH, 13,238 miles, silver ............................................................................£5995 HYUNDAI GETZ 1.4 CDX 5-DR 1 owner, FSH, only 11,000 miles ............................................................................£5995 RENAULT CLIO 1.2 EXPRESSION 5-Dr in red, FSH, 1 owner, only 16,000 miles ....................................................£5995 TOYOTA AURIS 1.6 T SPIRIT 5-Dr 1 owner, FSH, only 33,000 miles ..........................................................................£6495 FORD C-MAX 1.6 STYLE 1 owner, FSH, in ocean blue metallic, only 20,000 miles, A/C, CD, e/w’s...................................SOLD

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Alfa Giulietta is a supercar in disguise Road test by David Simister EVER wanted your Golf or Focus to look a little less like a hatchback and a little more like an Italian supercar? That’s the proposition Alfa Romeo is offering with the Giulietta, which the company reckons has not only the style and excitement the company’s renowned for but also the build quality and the practicality to mix it with the big boys in one of the car industry’s toughest markets. It’s the catwalks of Milan taking on the factories of Cologne and Wolfsburg. Lots of you will be wondering whether to take a bet with this Alfa Giuletta, but it’s difficult to work out so early on its life how the Giuletta will hold together over the years. In the past Alfa’s languished at the less impressive end of new car reliability surveys, like the JD Power Survey, but with the likes of the 159 and the MiTo the company is at least heading in the right direction. For what it’s worth, not one of the Giuletta’s many fittings and features broke or seemed badly put together in any way on the particular one The Champion tried. What it showed off in spades,

LUXURY car makers Lexus are celebrating their 20th anniversary in the UK with a birthday bash as quiet as its any of its models. In 1990 the Japanese firm offered British buyers just one model – the original LS400 – but over the past two decades it’s become a big enough brand to compete with BMW and Mercedes. It now offers the IS, GS, LS and RX brands in its showrooms, along with the L–FA supercar.

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Vauxhall is the car maker of choice for ‘proper fit’ motors UGLY, well–built and not as attractive as this time six or seven years ago. Anyway enough about me; let’s look at the new BMW 1–Series, the second generation of BMW’s entry–level offering, and the new MINI Coupe, which has finally been unveiled in production form after what feels like an epoch. Given the number of their immediate predecessors you see knocking around it’s almost certain they’ll sell like hot cakes. But wait. Is it just me or are neither particularly good looking? It would be spectacularly stupid to buy a car on looks alone because, like a pretty girl who turns out to be rubbish in bed, there a lots of motors that look great but turn out to be a letdown. Nor should you dismiss something with the looks of bulldog that’s swallowed a wasp, because otherwise

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thinking of when they signed off a MINI Cooper wearing a baseball cap instead of a roof and a small hatchback wearing horn–rimmed spectacles. Artworks these new arrivals aren’t. I know beauty’s in the eye of the beholder, but most people agree on motoring’s mingers and I can’t see why – no matter how many degrees in Art and Design you’ve got – someone would deliberately come up with something like the Ssangyong Rodius. There is, in this day and age, no excuse for coming up with an ugly car. Especially not when you consider what Vauxhall came up with just a few days after the 1–Series was announced. I know that small boys don’t dream of owning an Astra when they grow up but the new GTC three–door might help change things; have you seen the styling of this thing? I’ve no idea whether it’s any better to drive than Volkswagen’s Scirocco, my favourite of the small coupes, but it is the Siena Miller of three–door hatchbacks and the Veedub isn’t. I’m not saying it’ll be brilliant, but being a bit of a looker’s a good place to start. So the Astra GTC’s a svelte and pleasingly–styled car where two other new arrivals aren’t. She is, as some of my mates would say, proper fit.

IF you’ve got a hankering for history then you’ll know the A1 isn’t Audi’s first attempt to crack the small car nut. More than thirty years ago the engineers in Ingolstadt created a well–crafted three door hatchback to take on the likes of Renault’s 5 and Fiat’s 127, but when sister company Volkswagen created its own version the first generation of supermini buyers flocked to the cheaper car instead. It’s a top bit of pub trivia; the very first Volkswagen Polo was a rebadged Audi. You might be more familiar with the similarly ill–fated A2, Audi’s innovative and beautifully built answer to the Mercedes A–Class, but the company are hoping it’ll be third time lucky with their latest effort. Thanks to the MINI and the Fiat 500 premium small cars are all

Road test by David Simister the rage, and the A1 wants a slice of the action. The first thing you’ll note is that it strays away from the deliberately retro touches of its rivals and goes for a much more modern style, looking more like a smaller A3 embellished with some neat touches like the silver roof pillars and the headlights which curve around the front corners of the car. It’s a smartly–styled thing, and it’s the same story when you move onto the sophisticated and well–crafted interior. It’s just a shame that the trade–off for polished looks is poor packaging, with the the rear accomodation in particular feeling dark and claustrophobic, while the boot is smaller than many of its

supermini rivals and hampered by a high sill. If you’re taken though with the A1’s looks, build quality and badge value, these are small gripes you’ll easily overlook. But I couldn’t – at least with the 1.4 TFSI Sport version I tried – forgive its ride, which is unbelievably hard. Yes, the A1 handles corners sweetly enough, but everywhere else it crashes and bangs over bumps and potholes, while the seven–speed automatic makes for jerkier progress than you might expect. While I’d hope it’s a problem confined to just the particular version I tried, I can’t reccomend something with a ride that hard. Besides, you can take the same basic ingredients of the A1 and successfully make them sporty in another car I actually enjoyed. Tune in next week to find out what it is...

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exactly 69.99mph and the ones who think it’s fine to shoot out from a slip road into lane three in a single ignorant swoop. Weirdly, there seems to be a correlation between all these drivers and sales of BMW’s X5. So I’d happily back an 80mph limit as long as those expected to do it are forced to learn how to drive on motorways properly. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I honestly believe speed, if you’re trained how to use it properly and responsibly, is harmless in the right conditions. On the other hand, we could ban all BMW X5s from the entire motorway network. Problem solved! david.simister@champnews.com

BMW 640Ci is hard to beat...if you can afford it IT’S probably better to think of this, one of BMW’s biggest offerings, as not really being a car in the conventional sense at all,writes road tester David Simister. The problem with testing plush cabriolets that aren’t trying to be sports cars is that people only end up interested in the price. So let’s get it out of the way so you don’t have to read to the end before discovering you can’t afford it. It’s £65,695. That makes the 640Ci Cabriolet not only significantly more expensive than a

similarly–specced 5 Series salooon, but also £15k pricier than the Infiniti cabriolet The Champion previously tested. But, believe it or not, there are plenty of people in the north west with the funds to spend their sunny afternoons cruising along the Southport Riviera, so to get into the 6–Series mindset you have to think of it as being like a land–going motor yacht. It was also – until Infiniti’s G37 arrived – just about the only luxury car which could fit four adults in al fresco

comfort, so it’s definitely got an appeal if you’re a (rich) family man. The BMW’s unusual now among open tops in that its roof’s still made from old fashioned canvas rather than folding metal panels but it’s still one of the slickest in the business, folding away faster than the Infiniti’s hard top and taking up less of the boot space. From behind the wheel the BMW’s a luxurious affair, cruising effortlessly, although I found the Japanese upstart slightly sharper and more fun to drive.

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HOW many motorway drivers does it take to change a lightbulb? Given the not–at–all defensive tone of most of the articles about proposals to revamp the motorway speed limit, I thought I’d wait a week for the dust to settle to write mine, and open it with a joke. The answer, of course, is that none of them should even be attempting it. Not when they’re at the helm of a tonne of metal doing 70mph. Or 80mph, for that matter. There is nothing funny about getting motorway drivers to change a lightbulb. This is serious business. My dad actually wrote a letter to his MP urging him to vote against any attempts to raise the motorway speed limit to 80mph, saying it was “ludicrous”. Lots of you – mainly the Tory party – argue it’s high time to add another 10mph to the speed limit. Others, including every road safety group you care to think of, say it’ll lead to more accidents and all end in tears. For what it’s worth I don’t agree with sticking with 70mph – but I don’t necessarily agree with raising it either. The thing to remember is that the 70mph was instigated in 1965, when most motorists ventured onto these newfangled superhighways in Ford Anglias and Austin 1100s equipped with skinny tyres and brakes the size of milk bottle tops. It doesn’t take Jeremy Clarkson to tell you that

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What midlife crisis? Audi revamps its A4 range Mazda MX–5 is a seminal sports car AUDI’S refreshed the smallest saloon it makes in response to BMW bringing out its brand new 3–Series. Earlier this month BMW announced the sixth generation of their compact executive express, and now one of their great German rivals, has hit back by completely revamping the A4 that competes against it, with a new range of A4s, Allroads and S4s. The new models will be on their way to the UK early next year. An Audi spokesperson said this week: “A

MY midlife crisis has arrived at least a decade early. That’s the reckoning of my Facebook friends, reacting to the news that I’ve bought what I reckon is a seminal small sports car. After a lot of saving up and careful searching, I’ve finally got myself a Mazda MX–5! Regular readers will remember that last week I failed in my pub–based exploits to buy an early MK1 on eBay (thanks for all your tips and suggestions, everyone who emailed in) but in the end I found what I was looking for in the classifieds of this very newspaper. A tidy blue roadster which, despite having clocked up over 100,000 miles in its 20 year life, felt tight as a drum to drive. I’ve already braced myself for the armchair pundits’ argument; the MX–5, lots of you have already told me, is either a girl’s car or a flashing belisha beacon alerting other road users to an impending midlife crisis. Luckily, I have my ripposte ready to go, and it comes in the form of a question to all you MX–5 cynics. Have you actually DRIVEN one?

bestseller has become even more attractive: Audi has updated the A4 series. “New solutions for efficiency, driving dynamics and infotainment, along with an even more attractive design, show the ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ achieved by the A4 Saloon, the A4 Avant, the A4 allroad quattro and the S4.” UK specification and prices will be confirmed in the next few weeks, but are expected to be similar to the current A4 range.

New Toyota Avensis is a patriotic purchase Champion reporter David Simister is looking forward to enjoying his Mazda MX–5. Code NA If you have then you’ll have felt the finesse of its handling, revelled in the go–kart responsiveness of its steering and enjoyed what I reckon has always been its best feature; the f l i c k –o f –t h e –w r i s t gearchange. The first time I drove an MX–5 two years ago is forever etched into my memory as a masterclass of how well a good car can handle. True, these are features you’ll find fitted to my MGB as standard, but the difference between a British sports car and a Japanese one is that the latter is built properly. MX–5s, in a nutshell, are fun sports cars that work properly. That’s why it is by

far and away the world’s best selling sports car and why every car maker on Earth has copied it; if it wasn’t for the MX–5 there wouldn’t have been an MGF, an SLK or a Boxster. When I was lucky enough to take a brand new one into the wilds of Wales last year, I fell in love with it, and that’s why I decided to take the plunge and actually get one all of my own. Will it be better to drive, to own, and to live with than the Minis I’m used to? I look forward to letting you know. If a midlife crisis is anywhere near as much as fun as driving a Mazda MX–5 is when it’s mid–corner on some twisty mountain road, then bring it on. david.simister@champnews.com

Inside BMW X3 is a ‘lovely place to soak up the miles’

TOYOTA is giving new car buyers a reason to get all patriotic after announcing production of its latest Avensis has just begun in a British factory. The world’s biggest car company said this week that production of the third generation of its Mondeo rival has begun at its factory in Burnaston, near Derby, following a £1.15bn investment from the

Japanese company. Tony Walker, Toyota Manufacturing UK Deputy Managing Director, said: “This is great news for Burnaston, we are proud to be starting work on the new Avensis, a car that is central to Toyota’s European strategy and a key model for the UK. “British–built, and with petrol engines sourced from Toyota’s Deeside factory

plus ultra–efficient diesels, it is a stronger market contender than ever before.” All three versions of the Avensis have been built at the Derbyshire plant since 1997, with the company’s UK employees also building its Carina predecessor. The latest version of the Avensis will arrive in showrooms across the UK early next year, with prices starting from £18,450.

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AS I clambered into the big BMW’s leather–lined cockpit and fired up its 3.0 litre turbodiesel engine, I made sure I’d left my preconceptions at the side of the road. It’s not that I’ve anything against the Bavarian motor maker’s line up of ‘X’ branded off–roaders, but more that since the first X5s appeared on British roads in 2000 I’ve spent years trying to remove them from their natural habitat of a few feet from the back bumper of whatever I’m driving. As someone who’s spent years being tormented by drivers of BMW’s off–roaders I am perfectly placed to absolutely hate the company’s new and much improved X3. But – having worn the boot on the other foot and driven it – I don’t. In fact, I actually rather like it. It is, for something roughly the same size of my old student flat, usefully brisk when you put your foot down. The X3 3.0d is emphatically not a fast car – for that you’ll be wanting the meatier and thirstier petrol–propelled versions – but its turn of speed is enough to power down the middle lane of a motorway of your choice, looking down quite literally on other road users. It has that classic commanding driving position so beloved of White Van Man and off–roader owners.


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The 61 registration plate makes no sense at all

THE centenary–edition Ford Fiesta, the revamped Renault Twingo, the more generously equipped SEAT Leon and a Nissan Micra with a supercharger. What do all these new cars have in common? Well they’re all being launched just in time to tie in with the launch of the 61 registration plate. Back in ye olden days of say, 10 or 15 years ago, new registration plates used to be a big deal. I distinctly recall reading through special supplements made by papers like The Champion listing all the shiny cars you could buy on, say, an ‘R’ registration plate. Now of course the supplements are long gone because – let’s face it – nobody cares. Why would you, when the current registration plates make no sense at all? You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d need a maths degree to understand it. The new prefix, for instance, is 61, which marks out that your new motor’s been registered in the second half of 2011, although it’s too complicated to explain why. The two letters that precede it, I know because I don’t get out much, signify where in the country you bought it – but not in any way Joe Public is going to understand – and the three at the end you make up yourself. Still following? It’s completely and utterly

The current registration system makes little sense. unsurprising that precisely nobody gets worked up about having the latest registration plates anymore, because nobody I know actually understands them. Numberplates, I’ve reckoned for years, need as much as a revamp as some of the cars they’ll be destined to appear on. Why not, for instance, replace the completely meaningless local lettering with, say, postcodes? People understand postcodes and have better chance of being able to tell the police, for instance, that an L39–registered car is from the Ormskirk area. It’d also have the added benefit of giving visiting motorists a clue as to what town they’re in (unless, like me, you run on ‘pub satnav’).

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And scrap the six–month thing, for Pete’s sake. If you lose the smug factor after six months, why bother? Change it to say, just ‘12’ for next year’s new models, and stick with it for the whole 12 months. Buying a new car will regain its cachet in an instant. Finally, the last scramble of numbers should just be something dull and chronological; for instance, if you were the 1,001st person to buy a car in the PR8 area, then yours should be 1001. It’s boring but at least people will remember it, which is what you’d want if your 12–registered C–Class gets stolen in a resumption of last week’s riots. It’s also at least slightly more sensible than the surreal system currently used for new cars. Unless anyone else can suggest any better ideas...

Citroen C–Zero offers plenty to smile about, apart from the price Road test by

David Simister

The all–electric Citroen C–Zero. petrol–engined I car (the other ones, in case you’re interested, are Peugeot’s iOn and Mitsubishi’s own iMiev, which are almost identical in spec). It therefore comes with the gift of a Government grant, and an exemption from London’s congestion charge if you’re venturing down to the capital. Unfortunately it also comes with the same snag that’s bugging all

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electric cars on offer right now; you’re not going to get to London without a series of lengthy recharges. It’s not any fault of the car’s, more a lack of charging points that’ll let you recharge your batteries. Citroen’s city slicker is just that; a city slicker that’ll do 100 miles before you run out. Yet – and I think this is the first time I’ve said this about an electric car

SUZUKI has announced that a hit hot hatch based on its Swift supermini will be revived at next month’s Frankfurt Motorshow. The second generation Swift Sport is not only sportier and sleeker than the outgoing car, but also stiffer, which should mean it’s safer with better handling. A Suzuki spokesperson said: “Higher power and lower fuel consumption are delivered by the 1.6–litre M16A engine, which Suzuki developed exclusively for the Swift Sport. The engine is mated to a specially developed six–speed manual transmission, resulting

in performance that is both exciting and environmentally responsible. “The new Swift Sport offers superior cornering stability and brisker, more responsive handling thanks to struts with internal rebound springs and an exclusive rear–suspension design.” Earlier this year the outgoing Swift Sport impressed The Champion with its eager handling and practicality, and a full test will appear in the next issue of GR8Life magazine. The new Swift Sport is expected to arrive in showrooms across the north west next year.

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IN THE dead of last winter, while everyone else was groaning about how much gritting wasn’t being done, this little Citroen set a unique record. The C–Zero, believe it or not, was the first electric car ever to successfully use Eurotunnel to make a cross–channel crossing between England and France. However, taking Le Shuttle isn’t exactly hard for most cars, so in order to impress motorists on this side of Le Manche it’s going to have to manage more than just the drive into a railway carriage. Luckily the C–Zero’s got green credentials on its side, being one of a trio of volt–powered vehicles all based around the design of Mitsubishi’s

– I like it. Unlike the Nissan LEAF, which is entirely conventional in its size and styling, the C–Zero’s creators have remembered that it’s unlikely to venture outside of the urban jungle and designed it to survive in its natural habitat. It’s small and easy to park, the steering is light and responsive, it packs five people into a very small package and has styling that’s just about cheeky enough to stand out. You forget it’s an electric car. It’s a small, simple car that makes you smile for small, simple reasons. It is a fun little city car I’d happily spend £10,000 on as an eco–friendly city runabout. It’s just a shame it costs £28,000, then. A great car, then, ruined by a ridiculous pricetag.

Suzuki unveils second generation of Swift Sport


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• THE Champion’s motoring correspondent has hit the road to find out which of a clutch of new cars are worth your cash. Reporter David Simister has visited the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

DS3 Racing is lairy but luxurious Road test by

David Simister THE chap from Citroen’s press department, it turns out, was right. Step from a Citroen DS3 into this and you realise it’s a completely different beast. Not that this is necessarily a good thing. Last year I drove two different versions of the company’s then new luxury hatch – the petrol and the diesel – and concluded it was a corker. Good looking, fun to drive and frugal to boot, the DS3 was one of the best drives of 2010, feeling like a true hot hatch without the added engineering weaponry. Of the all the cars I clambered into last year, this was one of my favourites. Making something markedly different, like this range–topping DS3 Racing, runs the risk of diluting the original’s appeal in the pursuit of going faster, harder and noisier than before. It is, without doubt, much lairier in the styling department, with plenty in the way of yoof–pleasing go faster stripes and multispoke alloy wheels. Then again, this is the spiritual successor to hot hatch icons like the AX GT and the Saxo VTS. But where they were all about keeping things lightweight and the simple, the Racing’s a more luxurious affair. You’ll love the leather bucket seats, for instance, which not only look the part but also keep you comfortable whether you’re cruising along the motorway or – more likely – coursing down the country lanes. The quality of the materials and switchgear, apart from the “RACING” motifs, is also good news for drivers of the normal DS3, because the cabin’s a refreshing and solid sort of place to be. Not that you’ll spend much time looking at it, because out on the road the £23,000 Racing’s revvy 1.6 turbo engine is forever recommending you give it the beans. Plant your foot down and its whiff of torque steer will catch out the unwary driver, but learn how well it goes and handles and you quickly appreciate it for what it is; a very, very quick and capable car. Loud, lairy and a little bit scary, the DS3 Racing might be better trimmed than some of its ancestors but it shows Citroen can still come up with a cracking hot hatch when they want to. It might not be to everyone’s taste but it’s seriously good fun. So the Citroen DS3 Racing is different from its slower siblings, but it’s also better.

(SMMT) North testing day, held in Wetherby, near York, to try them out. Among the cars tested are the new Mercedes C–Class Coupe, Citroen’s curvaceous DS4 and Jeep’s imposing Grand

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Road test by David Simister THE throb of a Subaru Impreza’s flat four. The howl of a V12 Aston Martin. With some of today’s most sought after motors, the engine note’s more of a soundtrack than a noise. This Fiat 500 though, has just added to its own equally distinctive music to Britain’s highways and byways – the offbeat clatter of a twin cylinder engine, which hasn’t been heard from a new car since the Citroen 2CV dissapeared from the showrooms more than 20 years ago. If that sounds like a bad thing then don’t worry, because it isn’t. This new TwinAir packs one of the cleanest petrol engines you can buy today. Even before you fire it up you’re in familiar territory, because aside from the badges it’s the same cute ‘n’ cuddly Fiat 500 that became enough of a hit to earn itself the European Car of The Year gong back in 2008. Matching feelgood retro styling with proven Panda mechanicals, it’s still appealing enough to find itself at the sharp end of the UK bestsellers list. But while the looks will earn you plenty of friends it seems the jury’s still out on the new engine, an 85bhp petrol lump which is also on its way into the new Panda. On the plus side it’s very rev–happy in the way all Italian city slickers should be, it sips fuel and its got the lowest CO2 emissions of any production petrol engine on offer today, but it’s also louder than most people would like at higher speeds. The sound itself also seems to be particularly divisive; I have spoken to fans smitten with its waspish buzz, but while I tried my hardest to think back to Lambretta scooters and the original 1957 Fiat 500, all I could hear was a sewing machine. If however, you’re unbothered by the clatter made by every diesel engine on a cold morning than you’re unlikely to get annoyed with the TwinAir’s engine note, meaning you can enjoy the same sort of fuel economy without having to fill up with the sticky stuff at branches of Esso. The 500 TwinAir, then, is a bit like Kate Bush; it might sound slightly irritating at first but there’s plenty to like.

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Lotus cars are like buses... ...You wait ages for one and then five come at once!

IT’S the Paris Motorshow and every right–minded petrolhead is pondering the same question; why unveil one new model when you can launch five? I always imagined the chaps at Lotus would get quite offended if you called them a conventional car maker, so it’s somehow appropriate that just months after returning to the world’s racetracks with a semi–official F1 effort they’ve showed off a quintet of new cars. Not only have the Elise, Esprit, Elite and Elan models been revisted with a selection of sports cars in different shapes and sizes, the Norfolk company’s also gunning for the likes of Porsche’s Panamera with its four–door Eterne, making it the first Lotus saloon since the slightly loopy Lotus Carlton of the early 1990s. Is the company’s PR coup five times better than just launching a single model, which on its

own would have been enough to steal the show, like the Evora managed to at London’s motorshow two years ago? I’m not so sure. The new Esprit is the most immediately exotic and exciting – it’s a real Ferrari–chaser, and the first we’ve had from Lotus since the original Esprit died off several years ago – and the Eterne is a bold venture into uncharted waters, but the others stray from Lotus heartlands a little too quickly. The £35,000 Elise, for instance, is getting worryingly close to Porsche Boxster territory for what’s meant to be a small, lightweight little sports car, but it’s the Elan which is almost unrecognisable from its illustrious predecessors. Lotus reckons Elan drivers demand more but the last two were a success because they gave less – as in less weight, which made them a favourite with keen drivers. And the Elite? As a £115,000 Lotus it makes little sense, but I love it already. Clearly nobody actually needs one, but that’s exactly why I’d have one. I have until 2014 to save up. david.simister@champnews.com

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Fiat’s funky 500 is short on space but full of fun Road test by David Simister FUNKY, full of Fifties charm and favoured by everyone from driving schools to Ferrari fans, it isn’t hard to see why Fiat’s 500 has proven a hit. It’s a fun little thing to hurtle about in, with more than enough get–up–and go from its

1.2 litre engine to keep you happy, although something about its tall stance and the driving position makes you feel as though you’re sitting on the driver’s seat rather than in it. Nor is it the roomiest hatchback you’re likely to encounter – for that you’ll need Fiat’s similarly–priced Panda – but that’s the price you pay for the ease you’ll have parking it and those priceless looks. If you’re tempted by the Italian vibe the 500

Go–ahead for tiny Cygnet A TINY city car with upmarket English trimmings has been given the green light this week by one of Britain’s best–known sports car companies. Aston Martin’s unlikely

Cygnet – a version of the Toyota IQ tested by The Champion last week – has been given the go–ahead for production in 2011, and will blend the Japanese car’s clever packaging and

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gives off you might also want to try the soft–top 500C version I tested, which mimics its illustrious ancestor in having a canvas roof which gives you instant wind–in–the–hair fun without ruining the car’s instantly recognisable profile. What isn’t so impressive is the interior, which the car’s creators have clearly worked hard on to make as individual as possible. It’s not that a white dashboard and creme

steering wheel aren’t to my own taste – you can customise the colour scheme so don’t worry – but something about the materials they’ve chosen somehow feels cheap. The 500 is like pizza – another Italian institution – in that only some of you are going to love it as it comes out of the box. But there’s no reason why you can’t dig out the endless options list and add a few of your own toppings.

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Mr Bean’s Mini and the Ford Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch were among the attractions at Cars of the Stars roof. It was, if you were up in that part of the world in the Nineties or Noughties, a place you wouldn’t want to miss on a rainy day. Holiday visits to Cars of the Stars will be forever etched into my childhood. What’s more, I’m not even sure if Florida will particularly ‘get’ what is still a collection with a peculiarly British twist. The Yanks would, for instance, love the Delorean from Back to the Future, but are they going to understand Del

Boy’s three–wheeled van? There are, of course, lots of other utterly brilliant museums across the noth west which are well worth the day out, but it’s a real shame that one of my particular favourites is being bundled off to the States, although I wish its charismatic owner well. Best of British, Peter, and thanks for the memories. david.simister@champnews.com

High expectations for ‘world’s best car’ Road test: Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi

mid–sized hatchback has some very high expectations to live up to. Yours. On looks alone it’s off to a good start, because while the last Focus drew criticism for its conservative styling the new arrival’s much more exciting, offering up lots of edgy angles and swoops in the body details. Subtle it isn’t, but you couldn’t ever accuse it of being boring. Inside it’s instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with the current Fiesta, with the chrome embellishents of the steering wheel especially similar. It’s a comfy, well–presented place to be, although like its smaller sibling

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be a tidy handler. Paradoxically it’s bigger than the old Focus – particularly in terms of interior space – but it feels smaller and hence sportier. Should you buy the same car you know half your neighbours are going to buy? I would, because the latest Focus shows it hasn’t forgotten how to make safe, sensible cars which just happen to be fun to drive, even if it isn’t the image–conscious choice. If it’s the 1.6 TDCi version I tried, with 115bhp, you’ve got practicality, pace and panache in one handy package. Amazingly, Ford has done it again.

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I PITY the fool who didn’t check out one of the north west’s gems for car enthusiasts before it closed. Cars of The Stars, home of the A–Team van, is no more. Not following? Cars of The Stars, hidden away in a quiet street in Keswick, was exactly what it said on the tin; a museum stuffed full not just with any old motors, but ones synonymous with the TV shows and films they’re famed for appearing in. Weirdly, it was the only place in the world you could check out Knightrider and FAB 1 at the same time. It was so successful that owner Peter Nelson, the former dentist who built up the eclectic collection pretty much from scratch, actually had to open a second museum on the other side of town just to house his cars from the Bond films. I said in this column last year that it was brilliant and you should all go, but you can’t because when I went up last weekend I was greeted with a sign saying it had shut and all the cars were being moved to Florida. Whether you’re into cars, celebrities or just Cumbrian tourist attractions, it’s a sad day when Cars of The Stars closes. I loved it because it was a museum with the personal touch; I will, for instance, never forget being shown around Mr Bean’s Mini by Peter himself, who clocked me and my friends taking an interest in the only car I’ve ever seen being driven sucessfully via a sofa tied to the

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Underestimate Nissan’s new luxurious Infiniti at your peril Road test by David Simister ARE you a rich, Champion–reading family man who wants to capitalise on what’s left of the summer weather with a plush new convertible? Most of you probably don’t have the problem of choosing an open–top with the full four seats – something bigger and more luxurious than the likes of Saab and Volvo offer – but I can sympathise with the people who do. There aren’t actually that many cars to choose from. Mercedes, for instance, stop at the smaller E–Class Convertible, while it’s a kids–only affair in the back of the offerings from Jaguar, Maserati and Porsche. Until very recently, the only car to really cater for you and the children was BMW’s 6–Series. That’s where Infiniti, Nissan’s new–to–the–UK luxury arm, come in with the G37, which not only offers you the four adult–sized seats for a smidgen under £50,000, but also the security of a folding metal roof to transform it into a coupe when the weather turns nasty. You might not have heard of Infiniti but underestimate it at your peril, because it’s more a capable BMW–basher than you’d think. At the heart of it all is the gloriously creamy 3.7 V6 engine, which not only offers seemingly endless amounts of torque but also does it without ever raising its voice, unless you really put your foot down. A refined and slick affair when matched up to the company’s automatic transmission, it’s hard to imagine making smoother progress. The interior’s not only somewhere where four adults can stretch out but also somewhere you’d enjoy being on a longer

The Infiniti G37 is a slick and sophisticated cabriolet. journey, with all the wood, leather and gadgets you’d expect in a comfy cruiser costing a cool £50,000. It’s just a shame that if you’re going away somewhere you’re going to struggle to take all your luggage with you, because while the boot’s more than big enough with the roof, the folding metal occupies almost all of it when you’re travelling al fresco. In that respect, you’re better off with the BMW’s traditional fabric roof.

In fact the Infiniti’s biggest problem is that most people in the UK will have no idea what it is, meaning the brand’s got an uphill struggle to get itself into their minds as a credible competitor to Munich’s finest, but it’s more than up to the task. If you’re in what’s admittedly a very small group of car buyers, it’s good to know you don’t HAVE to go for the BMW anymore. Dismiss the Japanese effort at your peril!

Majority of parents drive It’s official: Ford Transit is aggressively, say children Britain’s most stolen motor THERE’S a very good chance you’ve failed the toughest driving test of them all – the one set by your children, sat in the back seat! In a survey carried out by Continental Tyres, which asked 1,000 youngsters to rate how their parents drove, 63% said their mums and dads drove aggressively,

while another 13% said they were scared or embarrassed on the trip. Tim Bailey, safety expert for Continental Tyres, said: “There are some serious failings highlighted here revealing poor driving practices and lack of courtesy by millions of motorists. “What compounds that

situation is the impact it has on the children. Nearly one in ten said they had gripped the seat in response to the speed of their parents driving.” •How do your parents drive? Let us know by sending an email to david.simister@ champnews.com

Toyota hybrid harks back to MR–2 TOYOTA’S evoked memories of its old MR–2 sports car with its latest concept car – but the new roadster comes with an eco twist. The two–seater GRMN – which stands for GAZOO Racing, tuned by MN – might be a petrol–electric hybrid car but in terms of its looks and mid–engined layout it’s definitely a machine which hints that Toyota might be mulling over the idea of bringing out a new

MR–2 sports car. The concept, introduced to tie in with this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours race, will keep traditional driving enthusiasts happy with a 245bhp V6 driving the rear wheels, but it’s also helped by an electric motor providing drive to the front wheels. The last of the old MR–2 sports cars left the company’s UK showrooms in 2007.

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FORD’S Transit isn’t just a favourite with British businesses – thieves love it too, as recently released statistics have revealed. The Association of Chief Police Officers’ Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, or AVCIS for short, said that Britain’s best selling van is also the nation’s most nicked motor, beating the thieves’ favourite car, the Vauxhall Astra, into second place. The organisation said that not only are Transits a popular choice because they offer a lot of value in terms of spare parts and scrap metal, but are also likely to have valuable tools stored in the back. Britain’s top ten most nicked vehicles, according to the figures, are: 1) Ford Transit 2) Vauxhall Astra

3) Ford Fiesta 4) Volkswagen Golf 5) Vauxhall Corsa 6) BMW 3 Series 7) Ford Focus 8) Mercedes–Benz Sprinter 9) Ford Mondeo 10) Honda Civic Head of AVCIS, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Hooper, said: “Vehicles appearing in the list may surprise motorists. “Although high–end cars are stolen to order by criminals, those driving more affordable vehicles should not be complacent. “Whatever vehicle you drive, security should always be a priority.” david.simister@champnews.com

Ford set for third Focus A ROOMIER version of a Ford favourite is on its way to British showrooms hot on the heels of its hatchback sister. The Focus estate, which comes with the same features as the three door and five door hatchbacks, is expected to account for 18% of Focus

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Insignia VXR is a ‘delight to drive’ THERE was a cracking piece in The Champion a few weeks ago about a man who used to keep a lion in his back garden every night. Admittedly he did work for Southport Zoo but he still must be one of the few prepared to put up with a hard–earned reputation as one of the world’s most ferocious and powerful predators, in a world where most people would opt for a slightly tamer tabby as a pet. It’s exactly the same scenario with the Vauxhall VXR8 I tested earlier. I absolutely loved the growl from its V8 engine and its leopard–like talent for sheer speed, but it’s a beast I’d struggle to own. It really is using a nuclear warhead to crack a nut. Vauxhall however realise this and have just the thing for speed freaks grounded in reality, in the sleek shape of the Insignia VXR. As nutcrackers go this is one I doubt you’ll be dissappointed with; it really is one of the world’s great ground coverers. Take the VXR8 out for a spin and it feels as though it’s constantly on the verge of exploding into a surge of shotgun acceleration, which is exciting when you’re in the mood for it but I’d imagine would start to grate slightly on the Monday morning commute. The Insignia’s 2.8 V6 is much better, being docile and quiet

enough for everyday jobs but you always know that you’ve no less than 325bhp at your disposal, ready to deploy at the slightest twitch of the right foot. It’s particularly handy on motorways, where it’ll effortlessly cruise for miles at a time. But where the range–topping Insignia impresses is when you hunker down into its bucket seats and set if off along a twisty country road, where its four wheel drive and the composure of its chassis really starts to shine. For such a big car it really is a delight to drive, and with plenty of room and gizmos insides it’s unlikely your passengers are going to start complaining. You might think the VXR’s £36,000 is its biggest problem but in fact it’s its styling; the Insignia is a finely styled saloon, but somehow I can’t help thinking the VXR cosmetics make it look like it was made by Nike rather than Vauxhall. Park it up next to say, a Jag XF and it’s knocked for six in terms of style and prestige. But you would have said the same thing about the Lotus Carlton 20 years ago, a car that’s gone onto become a classic on account of its ability to effortlessly devour any road it comes across in a way which puts a huge smile on your face. The Insignia VXR follows in that noble tradition, which is why I’d have one over its cartoonish big brother any day.

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Old cars without an MOT? Count me out CHRISTMAS, as everyone with an old car knows, isn’t just a time for giving. It’s a chance to get the spanners out and get a bit of automotive nip ‘n’ tuck underway. As you’ll read this my old MG will be hidden away in a garage with its wheels in the air as part of a two–pronged effort to keep it out of the winter weather and to get it through the MOT in the spring, although I’ll freely admit I know absolutely nothing about mechanics and have to rely on a team of friends and family to help keep the old girl going. I envy people who have even the slightest bit of mechanical nouse, because they can work miracles with carburettors. But if you own a car older than 50 years old, new Government proposals will mean you won’t have to bother any more. In what’s possibly the loopiest bit of legislation ever to come out of Westminster, cars made before 1960 will no longer be required to go through the MOT. Ever. The Government’s argument is that all classic

All classics, even this Austin 7, should have an MOT. car owners are like my dad; timeless tinkerers, who spend entire weekends in their boiler suits, endlessly mending things that BMC, Rootes and all those other long–gone car companies didn’t get right in the Forties and Fifties. For them, happiness is a Triumph TR3 that comes out twice a year on the back of a trailer, on its way to a car show. But what about the likes of me, to whom mechanics might as well be voodoo? I like to keep my own motors mechanically prim and proper but I bet there’s plenty of people out there who simply won’t bother if there’s no legal requirement for it to pass an MOT. I know it’s a simplistic argument, but surely there’s something

reassuring in knowing that ALL cars – and especially ones with the stopping abilities of an ocean tanker – have been into a garage at least once in the past 12 months? Even a Jaguar XK150, which I reckon is about the fastest, most advanced car to fall into this bracket of golden oldies, will be comprehensively outdragged, outbraked and out–Euro–NCAPped by a three–year–old Focus or Astra, so surely it needs an MOT just as much. I know the chances of coming across a rusty Morris Minor with no MOT on it are slim to nonexistent, but it’s still a chance I wouldn’t want to take.

New Mercedes SL sheds the pounds MERCEDES has vowed that the latest version of its SL sports car – which goes on sale in the UK next year – will be stiffer, lighter and quicker than ever before. The Stuttgart motoring giant said this week that the new version of the luxury two–seater roadster has ditched steel for aluminium in a bid to shed 140kg off its predecessor’s weight, while retaining the gadgets and folding metal roof of the outgoing car. There’s no word on prices yet but expect it to be in the same £65,000 as the outgoing entry level SL350.

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than capable of coming out to play in the rough stuff. You’ll also either love or loathe its interior which seems to modelled more on the world of luxury yachts than motoring. With smoked black wood and lightest of beige leather trimmings it is a very American sort of place to be, but it keeps up the Stateside feel by being wonderfully comfortable and more spacious than any of the rivals I’ve driven. At a whisker under £45,000 it isn’t the cheapest 4x4 you’re likely to come across, but it has a commanding driving position and a sense of imperiousness thrown in as standard, alongside all manner of gadgets and gizmos. The Grand Cherokee isn’t the best off–roader I’ve driven but it is my favourite, which has more to do with its indomitable spirit than any ability to tick the boxes.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee is comfy, spacious and full of gadgets DESPITE its all–American pretensions, the biggest bruiser Jeep sells in Britain speaks to you with a curiously continental inflection. Peel away the glitzy and defiantly stateside bodywork and the latest version of the company’s Grand Cherokee has more than a few components any Mercedes mechanic will easily clock; yep, underneath it’s got an awful lot in common with the latest M–Class off–roader. Yet, for better and for worse, the Americans have managed to make it feel reassuringly different. The way the diesel–propelled 3.0 litre V6 Overland drives is that it doesn’t pretend to be a low–slung sports car, and it’s defiantly off–roader in the way it rolls and lurches if you really press on when you’re driving. If you want revolutionary handling from something so high–riding, look elsewhere. Yet I can forgive it that because the Grand Cherokee was clearly designed for conquering territories a tad tougher than Tesco’s car parks, something immediately obvious when you glance at the centre console. On say, a BMW X3 you’re met with a slick and sophisticated iDrive computer system, but the Jeep instead offers you a big, chunky switch, which lets you choose whether to put it up against snow, mud, sand or the M58. It’s touches like this that let you know it’s a proper mudplugger more

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Car makers call for winter tyres BMW, Suzuki, Saab and Land Rover are among the manufacturers determined to bring winter tyres in from the cold this year. The manufacturers have joined the likes of Roadsafe, the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the Driving Instructors Association in suggesting more motorists fit winter tyres – relatively unknown in this country but compulsory in several EU states, including Germany, during the colder months – in a bid to bring down the number of accidents in icy conditions. Suzuki’s Michael–Le Flay is one of those keen to point out the safety benefits of winter tyres, and said: “Many people are unaware of the fact that when temperatures drop below 7°C, the rubber in standard

tyres becomes harder and less flexible, which affects braking and cornering performance. “It doesn’t matter how many electronic aids your car may have, the quality of its tyres is critical. The compound used for winter tyres, and their tread design are tailored to cope with adverse conditions, so that the best levels of car control can be maintained. “A survey carried out in Canada concluded that they offer an improvement in braking performance of up to 25% and up to 38% less chance of having a collision.” • For more information on winter tyres, visit www.tyresafe.org

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VW Up is brilliant as a beach buggy TRUE to tradition the best of a bunch of new baby Volkswagens is in fact a Skoda. Germany’s giant of the car industry spent ages teasing us with the up! – which for the sake of keeping our grammar school pedants happy I’m going to immediately rename Up – which finally kills off the firm’s unloved Fox in favour of a proper, cleverly thought out city car contender. Five minutes later Skoda (a V o l k s w a g e n –o w n e d company, don’t forget) launched a startingly similar car called the Citigo, which I’ll bet my shoes will be every bit as good as the Veedub but quite a bit cheaper. Shot, self, foot and so on. What grabbed my attention though was an Up which probably won’t be arriving in your nearest showroom any time soon, called the Buggy Up. In a nutshell, it is a bright orange beach buggy, and

The beach buggy version of the VW Up. beach buggies are very cool. Think about it; in an instant VW’s moved the Up from its natural habitat of Liverpool city centre on a grey Monday morning to some sun–kissed boulevard in California which probably only exists in the heads of marketing men and Beach Boys fans. I’ve always had a soft spot for them because they are in essence convertibles with added convertible–ness and rugged styling, which is why I think the beach buggies based on the old VW Beetle sold as well as they did in the

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I DON’T know if there’s an award out there somewhere for Most Improved Car Maker but surely Kia must be in the running for it. You can snigger all you like but I reckon that owners of the Korean company’s cars can now join their Skoda–driving counterparts in switching their smiles to smug mode, because they’re having the last laugh nowadays. Generous warranties and aggressive pricing are always going to count in a car’s favour, but thanks to the massive strides the company’s made with the likes of the pretty Picanto, the Top Gear–starring Cee’d and the strikingly styled Soul, it’s increasingly closing the gap on its European rivals. But if ever there was a dint in the company’s armour it was the Rio, which despite its keen pricing never quite excited UK buyers enough to take on the Fiesta/Polo/Clio establishment. That’s why the Koreans have gone to town with this third generation model, which on aesthetics alone is a huge improvement on its two lacklustre predecessors. Slickly styled with plenty of neat detailing,

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the new Rio is much more like it, pulling off the trick of looking slick and sophisticated without making its five door package difficult to access. The days of new Kias arriving in the showroom with black plastic bumpers and awkwardly proportioned angles, thankfully, are long gone. It’s just a shame that the interior still lets the side down; yes, it’s very spacious and well equipped, but the actual quality of the plastics and the switchgear involved still give the impression of being made to a price, and not a particularly high one at that. Nor is the Rio the most exciting car in the handling or performance stakes but nor will it ever let you down either, with handling that’s reassuring rather than race car exciting and a ride and steering feedback that’s smooth rather than jerkily informative. On its own terms the Rio doesn’t quite topple the Fiesta off its perch but it’s an intruiging alternative, but that’s before you factor in the seven year warranty and the price (the Rio starts at a shade under ten grand). Once you do, the prospect of a Kia and cash in your pocket becomes a very tempting alternative. So much so you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank...

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Chevrolet lines up new hatchback CHEAP car champions Chevrolet are to launch a hatchback version of their Cruze saloon later this year, the company has confirmed. The Cruze hatchback, which will be based on the current Vauxhall Astra, has a more sweeping roofline than the existing saloon is expected to cost around £14,000 when it goes on sale later this summer, and also offers the benefit of a bigger boot. It’s one of five new models being launched by Chevrolet in this country this year, alongside the facelifted Captiva and Aveo, plus the new Orlando and Camaro models.

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SATNAV, cruise control, electric seats, and a folding metal roof. These are some of things Lotus’ latest Elise doesn’t have, and it’s all the better for it. Clamber into the 1.6S verison of the Norfolk company’s evergreen sports car – and it can be a struggle if you’ve got the roof up and you’re not the athletic type – and on the face of it you don’t get much for your £29,230, although the air con and Alpine stereo are luxuries owners of the original 1996 Elise wouldn’t have got. The money, as befits a company famed for making its cars as light as possible, has been spent not on toys and gadgets, but making the two–seater roadster as thrilling as possible. The mid–mounted Toyota engine, for instance, might only be 1.6 litres, but because it’s breathed on by Lotus Performance and has so little weight to push around, the Elise is almost frighteningly quick when you really put your foot down, dealing with the sprint to sixty miles an hour in just 6.7 seconds. But the joy with the little Lotus is not how fast it goes, but how it goes fast. You get the sense that you don’t really need to slow down for the bends because it corners so capably, going exactly where you want it to while giving you an endless stream of communication through the tiny steering wheel, which goes without power assistance to give you even more feedback. Light, loud and low to the ground, the Elise is more like a four–wheeled motorbike than a car. If I had to use a two–seater sports car every day I’d plump for the softer and more easily accessible Mazda MX–5, partly because it’d provide a smaller smile more of the time, but mainly because doing everyday things, like going to the shops, would take the edge of just what a special car the Elise is, which would be my choice as a second car for high days and holidays. It’s an upcoming classic you’d want to leave for sunny days and blasts along the B–roads, because at doing this the frantically fun Lotus is hard to beat.

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New Beetle production starts PRODUCTION of the third generation of an automotive icon has started at a factory in Mexico. The first examples of VW’s new Beetle are now being made at the company’s plant in Puebla,

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FINANCE AVAILABLE (SUBJECT TO STATUS) I AM, according to a letter which landed in The Champion’s postbox the other day, about to be rich beyond my wildest dreams. Naturally, all I need to do is pass on all my personal and account details to a mysterious man in Hong Kong and no less than $14.7m will be mine. This impending windfall, which is not at all suspicious, puts me in a position to buy the new baby Range Rover – you know, the one that’s getting all the glowing reviews at the minute. But is it a proper Land Rover? That’s the big question for the Evoque, the third and smallest take on the luxury off–roader to date, and it seems the jury’s still out. The Land Rover traditionalists, over their pint of real ale, will readily point out that it’s loosely based on the current Freelander, which is itself loosely based – shock horror – on the Ford Mondeo. They’ll also choke on their Hobgoblin when they discover Ranulph Fiennes and Chris Boddington weren’t used as design consultants. But Victoria Beckham was. Annoyingly, I can’t be of much help in giving a verdict on the Evoque because I haven’t driven it yet, but I

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been creating niches for itself with the country set for decades. All of which means a leaner, cleaner, greener Range Rover has got to be a consideration for a new millionaire like myself, because it brings the iconic badge and off–road ability of the original to something that won’t wind Greenpeace up. That it looks fantastically sharp, particularly as a three–door, is only going to work in its favour. I think the Evoque’s going to be great, and the good news is that you can buy one too. All you need to do is send a small fee and all your details to that man from Nigeria who’s been emailing you...

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get us soaked. Mercedes, I’ve always reckoned, has understood this peculiarly British predicament because it revived the art of the folding metal roof for its original SLK, a car which not only looked great but combined the wind–in–the–hair thrills with the security and comfort of a coupe. As a recipe it was always going to be a hit with British buyers, and since the original’s launch in 1996 it’s got faster, smoother and better in the handling stakes. The third generation of the car, tested by The Champion in six–cylinder SLK250 form, has also updated its supercar styling cues;

while its predecessor had a hint of SLR Mclaren about it, the new one’s made more than a subtle nod to the stunning SLS coupe. I reckon in one of the most style–savvy sectors of the new car market it looks fantastic, managing to come across as fun–loving and free–spirited but hard charging and meaty with it. To my mind, better looking than both the Boxster and BMW’s Z4. But don’t be fooled into thinking Merc’s offering is going to be some uncomfortable, uncompromising roadster, because once that slick and secure metal roof’s up you’d swear you were in a C–Class saloon. Putting

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its power to the rear wheels through an automatic gearbox and blessed with sumptuous leather seats, a delightfully powerful heater to keep you snug even if you’re al fresco on the chilliest of winter days, the SLK is as snug as a freshly–knitted jumper. It handles the corners capably enough but if you’re looking for seat–of–the–pants thrills this isn’t the roadster for that; you’re better off trying either Porsche’s Boxster or Lotus’ Elise instead. The SLK is instead a sports car that’s the sensible choice, because it’ll cope better with our British summer. What’s left of it, of course.

10 10 RENAULT NEW KANGOO ML20 PLUS 1.5 TURBO DIESEL 105PS DCi, white, side load door, ply lined, bulkhead, air con, e/windows/mirrors CD, 6 speed gearbox, RCL, 1 owner from new, 8,971 miles only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7,995 09 59 FIAT FIORINO MULTIJET 1.3 DIESEL, dark metallic blue, side load door, ply lined, power steering, CD, 1 owner, 18,334 miles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,695 09 59 RENAULT NEW KANGOO ML19 1.5 TURBO DIESEL 70PS DCi, white, side load door, ply lined, RCL, 1 owner, 26,693 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7,495 09 09 FIAT FIORINO MULTIJET 1.3 DIESEL, white, ply lined, power steering, 1 owner, 19,145 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,295 09 09 RENAULT KANGOO SL17 EXTRA DCi 1.5 DIESEL, silver metallic, air con, side load door, ply lined, CD, 1 owner, 40,566 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4,995 09 58 CITROEN NEMO LX HDi 1.4 DIESEL, white, side load door, ply lined, e/windows, RCL, 1 owner, 30,953 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5,995 08 58 FORD TRANSIT 260 SWB MEDIUM ROOF 2.2 TURBO DIESEL, white, side load door, 3 seater, air con, e/windows, RCL, the rear of the van is partitioned off and insulated, extractor fan fitted in roof, direct leasing company, 1 owner, 20,980 miles only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8,995 08 08 RENAULT TRAFIC SL27 PLUS DCi 2.0 TURBO DIESEL 115 PS, white, 6 speed gearbox, ply lined, bulkhead, side load door, 3 seater, RCL, 1 owner, 58,761 miles. . . . . . . . . . . £6,995 08 08 RENAULT KANGOO SL1.7 DCi 1.5 DIESEL, white, side load door, ply lined, RCL, 1 owner, 28,114 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£4,995 07 57 VAUXHALL COMBO 1.3 CDTi DIESEL, white, side load door, ply lined, RCL, 1 owner, 48,114 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£4,695 07 07 FIAT NEW DUCATO 30 MULTI JET SWB 2.2 TURBO DIESEL, white, side load door, ply lined, bulkhead, e/windows, 3 seater, RCL, 1 owner, 62,605 miles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£5,995

CHOICE OF 8 07 07 & 07 56 FORD TRANSIT 280 MEDIUM WHEEL BASE MEDIUM ROOF 2.2 TURBO DIESEL, white, side load door, 3 seater, ply lined, bulkhead, RCL, direct leasing company used by South Ayrshire Council from new, mileages of 34,491, 34,632, 37,599, 39,613, 40,254, 41,131, 41,415, 44,905 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PRICES FROM £6,795 to £6,995 06 06 VOLKSWAGEN CADDY 2.0 SDi DIESEL, green, side load door, ply lined, bulkhead, RCL, direct leasing company, used by Glasgow City Council from new, 27,551 miles. . . . . . £5,795

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CHOICE OF 4 08 08 AND 07 57 VOLVO V50 S 2.0 TURBO DIESEL ESTATES, silver metallic, 6 speed gearbox, air con, electrics, alloys, used by Leicester fire authority from new 08 08 with 65,143 miles ...................................................................................... PRICED AT £8,995 57 07 with 46,171 miles ...................................................................................... PRICED AT £9,495 57 07 with 37,846 miles ...................................................................................... PRICED AT £9,995 57 07 with 31,475 miles ...................................................................................... PRICED AT £9,995

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FORD FOCUS GHIA ESTATE 1.6 TDCi in met blue, FSH, 2 owners............................................Was £4995 NOW £4595 FIAT GRANDE PUNTO ACTIVE 1.2 5-Dr FSH, in silver...............................................................................................SOLD MAZDA 3 1.6TS AUTOMATIC 2 owners, FSH, met red, only 44,168 miles................................ Was £3995 NOW £3695 CITROEN C3 LX 5-Dr in silver, CD, e/windows, c/locking ...........................................................................................SOLD MAZDA MX-5 in silver, e/windows, e/mirrors, alloys, it’s lovely - just in time for summer .......... Was £4695 NOW £4295 RENAULT CLIO 1.2 DYNAMIQUE 3-DR CD, sunroof, alloys, low mileage.................................. Was £2995 NOW £2795 MINI COOPER met blue, FSH, 1 owner, low mileage, CD stacker, alloys ....................................Was £4795 NOW £4550 FREELANDER 1.8 5-Dr met blue, SPECIAL EDITION, fully loaded .............................................Was £4295 NOW £3995 PT CRUISER 1 owner, A/C, chrome wheels .................................................................................Was £1995 NOW £1795 CITROEN SAXO 1.1 I DESIRE CD, Sunroof .................................................................................................................SOLD FORD FIESTA FINESSE 3-Dr met black, sunroof, CD ....................................................................Was £1295 NOW £995

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The Mia Electric is small and simplistic yet full of surprises THE ingredients would make for a mouth–watering supercar. It is rear–engined and rear–wheel drive, like a 911. The driving position is in the middle, just as it is in a McLaren F1. And it’s all put together by a small French specialist – just like the legions of Venturis, Alpines and Matras car enthusiasts love. But the recipe is for a small electric van that’s full of surprises. The Mia – of which the Champion is one of the first publications in the region to test drive – is a battery–powered load lugger which Brit buyers will be able to order as either a car or a van, and the Franco–German firm which builds them is hoping a warm response over here will help to hit its production target of 10,000 cars a year. The van I tested was small and upright in the vein of, say, the Bedford Rascal beloved of small

Road test by David Simister businesses back in the Eighties, but clock the smooth contours and you realise that’s where the similarities end. Once you get used to that central driving position you realise the interior’s got all the gadgets you’d expect but is still sparsely laid out – if anything, it reminded me of the Lotus Elise, which also has a dashboard limited to a simplistic bar running across the cabin. It might not have been the last word in luxury, but I liked it. Yet what really impressed was the way it drove. The steering was a little on the light side but I actually enjoyed the oomph

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54 FOCUS 1.8 ZETEC black, PAS, alloys ............................ £1,995 05 FOCUS 1.8 ZETEC silver, PAS, alloys, 1 owner .............. £1,995

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05 FOCUS 1.4 CL 5-Dr white, PAS, alloys, CD ................... £1,795

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51 FOCUS 1.4 ZETEC 3-Dr PAS, alloys, s/roof ................... £1,295

05 CORSA 1.0 LIFE 3-Dr silver, alloys, a/c ......................... £1,995

Y FOCUS 1.8 ZETEC 5-Dr gold, PAS, alloys, A/C .............. £1,195

05 CORSA 1.2 SXi 3-Dr silver PAS, alloys, A/C, 1 owner.... £1,995

Y FOCUS 1.8 ZETEC 5-Dr PAS, alloys, CD .......................... £995

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FINESSE, 5 DR HATCH, Silver, 69k, very clean, PAS, c/l , alloys, CD, in striking metallic silver with a contrasting grey interior, cheap to insure and run....................................................................................................£2,690 2003 (52) AUDI A4 SALOON 2.0 FSI 4DR, Saloon, Silver, 1 owner, FSH, airbags, ABS, Immobiliser, Remote C/L, Radio/CD, A/C, Dual Climate Control, PAS, e/w, Alloys .................................................................................................................................£2,690 2002 (52) VW GOLF DIESEL H/BACK 1.9 SE TDI 5DR, Silver, S/history, ABS, A/C, Alloys, C/L, airbags, PAS, Front e/w, Remote c/l, low tax/insurance.......................................................................................................................................................£2,690 2004 (04) FORD FIESTA ZETEC, 5 DR HATCH, Silver, s/history, 73k, PAS, e/windows, C/L, A/C, alloys, CD, cheap to insure and run, Dont miss 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52 CLIO 1.4 DYNAMIQUE black, PAS, alloys, A/C, CD........ £1,495

X MEGANE 1.6 1 yr MOT/tax, PAS, CD ................................ £795

03 RENAULT SCENIC 1.6 FIJI PAS, full leather................... £1,495

R FIESTA 1.3 1 yr MOT/tax, s/roof, CD ................................ £695

51 FIAT PUNTO 1.2 3-Dr met gold, PAS, sunroof ............... £1,295

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offered up the little Mia, while the easy–going ride and the tidy handling will keep your passengers on either side happy. You almost forget that you’re limited to a top speed of 60mph. Admittedly, it costs £20,000 – the same as a decently–specced Ford Transit – and only does 80 miles on a charge but I get where the Mia is coming from. If you’re one of those small businesses who raved about the Rascal then I reckon you’d love one of these, because it offers up the same sort of cargo space, it’s cheap to run, a doddle to park and makes other motorists look because it’s cute. It’s also – with the going rate for a secondhand McLaren F1 soaring into the millions – probably the only middle–hand–drive car I’ll ever test.


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WHEN is a Mini not a Mini? That’s the question I’ve put to myself over the past week after immersing myself in three new variations of an iconic little car, and I’m still not sure if I’ve found the answer. BMW are banking on stretching their smallest model as far as it can go, but is bigger really better? First off, the Countryman, which despite having had nine months to get used to the idea is still a stretch too far for MINI (I always cap up the remake, just as BMW still insists we all do). Having now driven it I can tell you that it’s a solidly–constructed, quite stylish rival to the likes of Nissan’s Quashqai, and despite the addition of four wheel drive feels more handy hatchback than junior off–roader. As much as it annoys me to say it, it’s a good car. But is it a Mini? At more than a metre longer than the 1959 original, not a chance. Yet while BMW can do bigger, MINI can do smaller, which is exactly what they’re toying with by sticking Britain’s most famous car badge on a scooter. For the record, I actually think this is an excellent idea, particularly as I always regarded the Mini as a sort of four wheeled graduation from the Mods ‘n’ Rockers world of the original Vespas and Lambrettas of the

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Sixties. If the Countryman is a sop to the miserable modernity of taking Chelsea tractors on the school run, an electrically–powered scooter seems to somehow hark back to the defiant sense of mischief which made the original Mini so much fun. Cool, cheap and clean to run, I reckon this is a much better attempt to expand the MINI brand than a bloated off–roader. But there’s one Mini, new or old, that’s always going to be better than any other. Mine.

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manageable than I could’ve have hoped for – at first you’ll wonder where those beautiful wire wheels at the front are, but you get used to it – it is completely unlike anything I’ve driven before. It is a sort of cross between the open–air buzz of a microlight and the vintage style of a Sopwith Camel fighter plane with the deep–throated roar of an old TVR and the sheer punch of a motorbike thrown in. So it’s my kind of car and – at £30,000 – actually cheaper than the more conventional four–wheelers Morgan fans already know and love. • A full feature on the Threewheeler will appear in the Spring edition of Gr8Life Magazine.

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I’D like to argue this week that my ideal world would be a happy–clappy one brimmed with a healthy helping of democracy, but I can’t because it wouldn’t. Simister’s Britain, of course, would be a benevolent but brutal dictatorship where the great and the good would be forced to share their contributions with the rest of society and the less fortunate would be given a helping hand. Most importantly of all, the stupid and annoying would be punished for their various crimes as I, being the absolute and unchallengeable ruler, saw fit. Particularly those who buy a convertible and refuse to put the roof down. On a fine, sunny, spring day last week I drove all the way to Manchester and back with the roof down and loved it – but every other car that could have had its canvas or folding–metal roof down didn’t. My fellow convertible connoisseurs, in Simister’s Britain, would be seen as wasting an opportunity and thus punishable by a lengthy spell in prison given the absolute power I’d inevitably wield. Naturally, said prison would have a retractable roof which opened every time the sun came out, as part of the corrective justice my dictatorship would provide. Driving a convertible is one of the most enjoyable experiences of motoring – with the wind in your hair, a blue sky rather than a roof lining above your head and the sounds and smells of the great British countryside wafting directly into the cabin, you somehow feel a little bit closer to nature. It’s a thrill that harks back to the dawn of motoring – the very first horseless carriages came al fresco – it’s something British motorists have long embraced and most importantly of all it’s fun. People who refuse to put their roof down when the sky is blue and the sun is shining are missing the point completely. While the officers working for my secret police force will respect drivers’ rights to put their roof up if it’s cold, dark, or rainy, the pleasure of driving an open–top car with the roof down on a beautiful day will be mandatory, because otherwise drivers would be defeating the point of owning a Z4/MX–5/TF (or even lowlier ragtops, like the Escort and Astra cabriolets). A ragtop with its roof down would be a proud, powerful symbol of the freedom Simister’s Britain would bring its citizens. All cars are equal, obviously, but some are more equal than others.

to play. Admittedly, it’s not a car you’d ever want to take to Waitrose and if it rains you WILL get wet but for such an outlandish and overt bit of automotive engineering it’s remarkably civil, and it’ll dawdle along as long as you like. But plant your foot to the floor in just about any gear and the so–bonkers–it’s–brilliant Threewheeler unleashes its considerable firepower in an explosion of noise and speed, which you’re all the more aware of because the wind’s hitting you straight in the face and because absolutely everyone for miles around is looking at you. If they aren’t, they’ll definitely hear you coming. Despite being friendlier and more

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IT’S a new model for the Worcestershire– based sports car builders but not in the conventional sense, writes Champion road tester David Simister. By ditching a rear wheel Morgan are revisiting territory they first trod a century ago, when the company appealed to the newfangled worlds of motoring and biking by fitting tiny little two–seaters with V–twin engines and minimal bodywork. Think of the new Threewheeler, then, as a remake of one of Britain’s oldest automotive adventures. You’d think that’d make the Threewheeler a frantic bit of fun and it is – but only when you’re happy for it come out

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Daihatsu is sure to make you stand out WANT a nice, sporty car nobody else has got? Then – unlikely as it seems – you’ll have to get yourself a Daihatsu Copen. Earlier this year I praised Volkswagen’s Phaeton as being one of Britain’s most exclusive motors, but it seems after looking through official figures released this week which tell you who’s bought what in 2010 so far I’m going to retract my reccomendation. For true exclusivity, you’d be much better off with the Copen. Consider this; so far this year Daihatsu has sold 170 cars in the UK. That’s not just the stat for the two–seater, really rather pretty little Copen, but the entire brand. That’s less than one a day, and the company sells four different models over here. Ford sell 115 times that number in a single month! To make more sense of the shocking statistic you’ve also got to consider the handful of companies that sold even fewer cars, which include soon to be axed SUV masters Hummer (who sold four cars), European luxury car sales flop Cadillac (24 cars), Chevrolet’s Corvette sub–brand (two cars), and deleted upmarket Jaguar maker Daimler (two cars). Almost all of these badges come on cars that are obsolete, irrelevant or, let’s face it, rubbish.

The Daihatsu Copen is a surprisingly rare sports car. But to brand the Daihatsu, er, brand in the same way is missing out on some entertaining little motors, not least the fizzy Copen sports car, which only put British buyers off because it’s so tiny. Anyone who recalls Jeremy Clarkson escaping from a pack of hounds while at the helm of the Terios will know it’s a surprisingly capable off–roader, and even the Sirion supermini has a quirky charm. In fact, the only model I’d actively avoid is the ugly, too–tall–for–its–boots Materia MPV. I also reckon the days of driving a Daihatsu and having people laugh at you are finally gone, partly because it doesn’t make the ridiculous Move city

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what’s a very Oriental automobile and you’ll have an intruigingly different bit of motoring on your hands. Inside it reminds you of a Tokyo flat, with colour schemes straight from the Far East. There’s also thin, bench–like seats and lots of storage nets, which are handy for smaller items but also lift the ambience of the entire car, adding to the airy feel created by the

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car anymore and partly because nobody has ever seen any of the new models. You’re more likely to get quizzical looks from bystanders, genuinely curious as to what that strange little sports car you’re driving actually is. So go on, buy a Daihatsu before the company’s UK importers get put off and delete it from the country’s showrooms altogether. It’ll be more exclusive than any of Aston Martin’s models, and that’s a fact. For more news, reviews and opinions from The Champion’s motoring columnist David Simister, visit www.lifeoncars.blogspot.com

Nissan Cube dares to be different GET a six–year–old child to scribble a picture of a car for you and chances are their creation would look like an unlikely hit with British drivers,writes Champion road tester David Simister. Nissan’s Cube is cute and curious, with its deliberately, defiantly boxy stance being the first thing that hits you when you see it. Get the colours, wheels and spec right on

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expansive window space. With its tall, boxy body it suffers from vague steering and straight–line performance that’s nowhere near gutless but not brilliant either, so keen drivers are better advised to look elsewhere. The £14,000 starting price may put budget–conscious buyers off too, but it does score highly in providing a car that dares to be different.

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said: “No one has ever built a three–cylinder engine quite like this. It’s one of the most technically advanced and efficient engines we’ve ever designed. “The new engine introduces many new technologies that could be part of the DNA of future Ford engines.” The 1.0 litre engine is part of the company’s EcoBoost family of engines, which covers Ford’s entire range of cars. For more motoring news from The Champion’s David Simister, visit lifeoncars.blogspot.com

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The very fast Vauxhall VXR8 is a master of speed. Millbrook Proving Ground, where it’s legal) for the job. 130mph in itself is about as dangerous as a fish finger. But use it in the wrong context and it’s deadly. My point? That simply saying speed kills is a monochrome argument in a technicolour world, because there’s almost always a multitude of other factors that contribute to car crashes that can’t be cancelled out with a Gatso camera. Driver error, road conditions, mechanical maladies, tiredness, drinking, drug taking. The list goes on. Speed just exacerbates things.

I’m not saying we should abolish speed limits, but what about introducing variable limits, like the ones used on motorways, which can change with the conditions? What about educating drivers to the standards advocated by the likes of the Institute of Advanced Motorists? Or using the £40,000 it reportedly costs to stick a speed camera at a rural spot on a police officer, who can book motorists for driving dangerously? The Government asked me to Think! about speed, so I have. I just don’t believe it’s as simple as Speed Kills when it comes to cutting crashes.

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The electric–powered Nissan LEAF. important because a lots of people do buy cars on style alone. I admire Nissan for avoiding the electric car cliches and going for the classic five door hatchback look, but to my mind the fresh–looking front end is ruined by a rear that’s strangely proportioned and hard to get used to. The inside’s far better, thanks to a great use of colour coordination, a suitably futuristic dashboard and a feeling of general solidity and safety boosted by its

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Nissan’s LEAF offers electric solution, but at a high price THIS is, depending on how you look it, a multiple award–winner that’ll start a revolution in motoring or a flop in the making. It’s not unfair to say that Nissan’s LEAF, winner of both the European and world car of the year awards this year, is the first electric car to get taken seriously by the motoring press. It’s also got the Government’s blessing, because they’ll give you a whopping £5,000 off as part of efforts to wean you away from petrol and diesel. Getting this car right isn’t just good for Nissan, then. It’s good for saving the ice caps and mending the ozone layer too. It’s just a shame this car isn’t going to woo with its looks, which is

FORD has fired up its smallest engine yet in a bid to save you fuel when you’re driving around in the company’s new baby people carrier. It’s created a new three–cylinder 1.0 litre petrol powerplant which it says is as smooth and powerful as a four–cylinder engine but with lower emissions and fuel costs, and it’s set to make its debut later this year under the bonnet of the company’s new B–Max MPV. Joe Bakaj, vice president of Global Powertrain Engineering,

batteries in the steering or handling. Sure, there’s the issue of range – 100 miles, if you’re asking – but if you only ever do short trips then it’s unlikely you’ll notice. It’s tricky to say how much it costs to fill up – it depends on whether you have Economy 7 or not – but the smart money says it’ll cost you about 2p a mile in fuel, compared to around 15p for a small petrol car. But as always there’s a price to pay for being ahead of the pack – which is the cost. At £23,990, the LEAF isn’t rubbing shoulders with Focuses and Astras, but 3 Series BMWs and Golf GTis, and that’s after the Government discount. It’s impressive but to buy it you’d have to be someone who either has a second car for longer journeys, or just really, really want one.

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AS PARTY political catchphrases go it was brilliant, even if it was only a Monster Raving Loony candidate brave enough to utter it. Speed only kills in the drug form. I remembered this reading a piece in our Southport edition last week about calls to make the Coastal Road safer by lowering the speed limit, which in turn made me think about the ridiculous “Speed Kills” tagline trotted out by Think!, an agency of Her Majesty’s Government. It’s not speed that kills. It’s what you do with it that counts. If it really was speed on its own that killed then we’d know our number would be up every time we boarded a Eurostar to Paris or stepped onto a plane at Liverpool John Lennon. Doing 550mph on an Easyjet is boring. But doing a tenth of that through a West Lancashire village, depending on what road you’re on, is probably going to land you in trouble. A fortnight ago I drove faster than I’ve ever done before, touching 130mph at one point, but it was fine because I had both the right car (Vauxhall VXR8) and the right place (the high speed banking at the

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Peugeot stylists are ‘back on form’ with new 508 AS the tailgate arced gracefully upward the pretty new Peugeot made perfect sense. The new 508 isn’t the first estate with the option of a door that opens automatically, but it’s a feature you’ll appreciate if your hands are filled with, say, garden furniture. It’s a nice touch that shows the French firm’s been doing its homework with its latest range of mid–range of saloons and estates. Then again, to truly shine it’s got to take on not just the likes of the Mondeo and the 3–Series, and that’s going to require an awful lot of swotting up. Luckily the 508’s got off to a good start before you even open the door, because it looks good. Where its immediate predecessor, the 407, divided opinion with its shark–like styling and unusual proportions, the new arrival harks back to the days of the 406 and 405, when Peugeot were regarded as the makers as some of the prettiest saloons in the business. Lithe, elegant

Road test by David Simister and pleasingly proportioned, it’s clear that Peugeot’s stylists are back on form. It gets even better once you get in; I’ve praised Peugeots of late for the quality of their cabins but this one’s even better, because you get acres of space to play whether you’re in the front and back. By resisting the urge to make their estate into “a lifestyle sports tourer” (or deliberately too small for style’s sake, in plain English) the company’s created a genuine loadlugger for the Dobbies generation. Your luggage might as well be in a different county. But of course the downside of it being such a big car on the

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outside is obvious; it’s a big car on the outside too, meaning it’ll be trickier to squeeze into parking spaces or to slip through narrow streets. It’s also eye–wateringly expensive towards the top of the range, with the version I tested venturing into executive car territory with its £30,000 pricetag! Expect to pay a much more reasonable £22,000 for the entry–level saloon and a grand more for the estate, which both come with 2.0 litre diesels and offer enough toys, performance and space to take on its many rivals for your money. In fact the 508’s only real problem is one that hasn’t arrived yet; BMW’s new 3–Series, which arrives next year. But if you want a saloon or estate that’s as good to be in as it is to look at, then Peugeot’s new arrival is a confident contender.

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New MINI Roadster Fastest ever Astra to hit targets sports car fans showrooms next year THE ever–expanding MINI family can now count six members after the car’s makers announced it was adding a sporty new roadster to the range. Hot on the heels of the standard hatchback, the cabriolet, the Clubman estate, Countryman and the recently–launched Coupe, the MINI Roadster brings the traditional sports car formula of two seats and a soft top roof, and will compete with the likes of Mazda’s MX–5 when it goes on

sale next year. Smaller, shorter and lower than the four–seater MINI cabriolet, the latest version of the reinvented small car is promising a go–kart feel for keen drivers, the familiarly bold interior detailing, and sleeker styling. The new Roadster will start from £18,015 for the Cooper to £24,850 for the range–topping John Cooper Works version when it arrives in British MINI showrooms.

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08 PEUGEOT 107 1.0 URBAN 3-Dr, 25,000 miles, 1 owner, low insurance, e/w, 60mpg, £20 per year road tax ............. £4995 56 CITROEN C1 RHYTHM 1.0 5-Dr, flame red, one owner, 22,000 miles, £20 road tax, 60 MPG................................... £4895

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RENAULT CLIO DYNAMIQUE black, PAS, 1 owner ........ £1,995 PEUGEOT 206 1.4 LX 3-Dr silver, PAS, e/windows........ £1,795 FIAT PUNTO 1.2 3-Dr met gold, PAS, sunroof ............... £1,295 FIAT PUNTO 1.2 MIA 5-Dr silver, PAS, c/l ........................ £995

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GILLIAN McKeith, I reckon, would be a big fan of this sporty little number from Renault. This latest version of the Twingo, you see, has been on a bit of a crash diet, in a bid to get rid of any uneccessary blubber and get into great hot hatch shape. In fact, the only place its piled on the pounds is in the price; this run–out Silverstone GP edition weighs in at £14,995 – more than two grand more than the standard model. But don’t think this is all limited edition badges and no trousers – this run–out version comes with a host of options chosen to appeal to the keen driver, including a stainless steel exhaust system and a performance monitoring system which lets you record your favourite boy racer stats, including your lap times and the amount of time it takes to shoot from nought to 60. Tip for anyone thinking of thrashing one; 8.7 seconds is your target time. Despite all the options and the wonderfully cossetting bucket seats, however, this is definitely a hatchback designed for thrills rather than frills, something you can’t fail to notice with the rather cheap–feeling interior. Spartan on equipment and clad in tacky grey plastics, it’s not a car you buy if you enjoy being pampered in your spare time. Where this car really shines is not on the motorway – where it’s just too noisy to be a comfortable companion – but on the B roads, where it’s clear that all the crash dieting and the company’s Cup chassis really come good as you dart from corner to corner. It is a fanatically fit streetfighter of a car, and always feels far more frantic than its 133bhp 1.6 litre engine initially suggests. While it’s a bit too raucous for my tastes – for my money I’d still go for the slightly more polished Suzuki Swift Sport tested earlier this year in The Champion – it is undoubtedly a true hot hatch in the old school sense, and more than capable of giving weightier rivals a run for their money. Just don’t load it up with too much luggage, otherwise you’ll undo all of Renault’s hard work!

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Vauxhall’s VXR family joins high–performance versions of the Corsa and Insignia, as well as the 6.2–litre, rear–wheel drive VXR8 super–saloon. “As with all new Vauxhalls, first owners of the Astra VXR are automatically covered by Vauxhall Lifetime Warranty. This cover, which is unique in the industry, can quite literally last for the lifetime of the vehicle, or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.”

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2006 (56 Reg) FORD FIESTA STYLE AUTOMATIC in tonic blue with A/C, e/pack, CD, ABS etc, only 13,000 miles. . . . . . . . . £4,995 2006 (56 Reg) FORD FUSION 1400 PLUS, in star silver, with A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD etc, only 17,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5,495 2006 (06 Reg) PEUGEOT 207 SE 5-Dr, in red, panoramic roof, A/C, PAS, e/pack, alloys, only 16,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5,995 2006 (06 Reg) NISSAN NOTE 1400 SE, in cafe latte, with A/C, e/pack, alloys, CD etc, only 28,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4,995 2005 (55 Reg) RENAULT CLIO 1200 RUSH, in silver with PAS, e/pack, CD, ABS etc., only 60,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3,295 2005 (05 Reg) CITROEN PICASSO 1.6 DESIRE in silver, with A/C, PAS, e/pack, 40,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3,995

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The Champion • Wednesday 20 July 2011

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Electric car makes sense on Cornish isle IT COULD be the most exciting rental I’ve never driven. Cornwall, it seems, has cracked the electric car. I think it’s because it’s so unbelievably far away that England’s most southerly county offers you ways of getting about which border on the weird and wonderful. Sure, you get plenty of the clichéd Volkswagen campervans beloved of the surfing set, but the car of choice for the locals seems to be the Peugeot 205 diesel, which are thrashed to within an inch of their lives tackling BMWs and Audis along the twistier bits of the A30. You can also – if you’re a tourist – take to getting around the county by helicopter, or do what I did and see how long you can withstand seasickness on the Isles of Scilly ferry. It’s nicknamed The Great White Stomach Pump, and I now know why.

But what I’m kicking myself for not trying are the hire cars on St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly, because they’re not really cars in the conventional sense at all. It’s Scilly but it’s true; the Isles’ equivalent to an Astra from Avis is an electrically–powered golf cart. Run by enterprising brothers Willie and Michael Pritchard from the village of Porthmellon, The Scilly Cart Company gives anyone on the island the chance to rent out golf carts in a

variety of different sizes – and all left hand drive, incidentally – which have escaped the golf courses of North Wales and been modified to make them road legal. On the island of St Mary’s, a place with just nine miles of roads, they’re everywhere. I really, really wanted a go. They made the entire island feel like a bizarre cross with a Bond baddie’s lair and an episode of The Prisoner, and – because you’re never more than a couple of miles outside of town – it’s unlikely you’re ever going to run out of juice either. By being a little bit bonkers the Isles of Scilly has the first place in the world where an electric car makes complete sense. It’s just a shame I had to get back on the ferry before I got a chance to try one. It’s got to be the most hilarious £30 I regret not spending.

Comfy 9–5 will make or break Saab Road test by

David Simister IT’S a company that, despite a proud history of its products proving popular, seems to go from crisis to crisis. No, it’s not News International but Saab, the Swedish car company which only a few weeks ago narrowly avoided closure after it got a huge order from China. An order that’ll include the impressive second generation of the 9–5. This car, a distant cousin of Vauxhall’s acclaimed Insignia, is the model which will make or break Saab’s future, and if it’s going to succeed it’s got some very strong competition to see off. Is the 9–5, which starts at a shade over £27,000, good enough to tempt you away from not only the BMW 5–Series, but also a revitalised Jaguar XF and Audi’s A6? The good news is that you shouldn’t let its General Motors origins put you off; not only is the Insignia a startingly good base to start off, being an impressive cruiser in its own right, but the 9–5 is sufficiently Saab–ish in its own right. Thanks to an ergonomically–gifted dashboard all of its own, clever toys like the night

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Dragons’ Den car is a big hit with buyers THE smallest car ever to emerge from the British Isles is back and – thanks to a big cash injection from a Dragons’ Den star – it’s proving a hit with buyers. Last year The Champion reported on the Peel P50, which despite being just four foot long impressed tycoon James Caan enough on the show to attract a substantial investment, and now it’s back in production for anyone looking for the ultimate microcar experience.

The latest version, a petrol Peel P50 which does between 180 and 200 miles to the gallon, sports a 49cc engine and a top speed of 40 mph, selling at £14,995. The Peels come as eco–friendly electric versions too, capable of travelling up to 50 miles between charges and reaching speeds in excess of 35mph. For more information or to place an order, visit www.peelengineering.co.uk.

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CHOICE OF 8 The second generation Saab 9–5. function for the instruments and an exterior that’s challenging without being ugly, you’re in no doubt that the new Saab is light years ahead of its predecessor. Yet it’s successfully carried over the one thing I adored about the old model – the comfort. Even though the model I tried was the 2.8 diesel version, it’s near–silent once you get up to speed and the seats, front and back, are among the comfiest I’ve ever

experienced. If you’re an executive who regularly gets a numb bum, this is the car for you. It’s just a shame that – at least on the particular car I tested – build quality wasn’t quite up to the standards of its rivals, with a chrome surrounding on one of the rear doors coming loose. I can only hope it’s an isolated incident, but even then you’d have to concede the bunker–like BMW 5–Series feels more solid. The 9–5 might not tick

as many of the boxes as its rivals but feels somehow more engaging for it; what it lacks as an all–rounder in makes up for in personality, which this saloon has in spades. If you’re in the market for an executive saloon but find the big sellers a bit boring, you won’t be disappointed with this leftfield alternative. We should do our bit to save Saab, because they make good cars.

Toyota Hilux gets new look and gadgets truck will have a new look and new gadgets – including Bluetooth connectivity and a multimedia unit in the cab – for the 2012 version, with prices starting from £16,090.

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The Champion • Wednesday 15 June 2011

MOTORS

Our political parties lack petrolheads

Britain and is being funded entirely by Nissan. It will build on the success of the current Qashqai which is the highest–volume car produced in the UK with export levels of around 80 per cent. The company’s UK plant, in Sunderland, has been producing cars since 1986 when it built the Bluebird, and is also lined up to build the LEAF electric car from 2013. For more motoring news, reviews and opinions by The Champion’s David Simister, log on to www.lifeoncars.blogspot.com

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Volvo seems an unlikely car choice for former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Code NA well–built and proudly British. Oh, and not here any more. Perfect. David Cameron, I suspect, is much more Volvo; plenty more street cred and always full of clever ideas, but ultimately a darling of the middle classes. Nick Clegg, meanwhile, is any car you want him to be but with the the unfortunate snag of a knackered steering rack; vaguely promising to go in one direction, but then suddenly snapping at the last minute and going in the other. Don’t worry; for the sake of impartiality I’ve got to take the mickey out of each of the three big parties equally. The best bit about all of this though, was that Project Volvo actually upset

the Swedes so much that they went on the defensive and issued a press release distancing their cars from Gordon Brown, in which they said senior politicians are all out of touch and haven’t got a clue about what modern Volvo stands for. Peter Rask, Regional President of Volvo Car UK, Ireland and Iceland, said: “If only the Labour party had been like today’s Volvos – dynamic, agile and innovative – perhaps the UK economy would have been in a better place than it finds itself today!” We’ll get the Prime Minister’s reaction to that in a minute. Oh wait...

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alloy wheels, a simple soft top roof and a paint scheme stolen from a Seventies spacehopper, this Smart has a sense of fun! It really is a car for anyone who grew up riding a Raleigh Chopper; like the bike, it’s not the most sensible or practical way of

getting from A to B, but you won’t care because it stands out wherever you take it. If you remember the completely bonkers Bond Bug from the early 1970s (and if you don’t, Google it), you’ll know this is the nearest thing you’ll get in 2011. It might not have the

same surefooted handling through the corners as the IQ – there’s a lot of roll thanks to the skinny tyres and the tall stance – but it’s got plenty of poke from its rear–mounted engine, and will easily cruise at motorway speeds on longer journeys. You also get a choice between two 998cc engines – a 71bhp hybrid or an 84bhp turbo unit, depending on whether it’s frills or thrills you’re after. Sure, for the £9,995 the Midnight Orange costs you could buy all sorts of sensible superminis with more seats, roomier boots and bigger engines, but that’s missing the point. In a world of grey, boring boxes, this is a Belisha beacon which stands out and makes you smile.

Aston Martin’s Rapide to be built in Britain THE first Aston Martin to be made outside England is coming home, the company has confirmed. Production of the Rapide, a four–door luxury saloon, will move to

NISSAN has given the nation a reason to get all patriotic after it announced the next Qashqai will not only be built here in Britain, but designed and engineered here too. Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of the Renault–Nissan Alliance, told Prime Minister David Cameron that the next generation of the company’s hatchback crossover, a regular in Britain’s bestsellers lists, will be developed entirely in the UK and safeguard 6,000 jobs. The new Qashqai represents a £192 million investment in

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Latest Smart is retro and fun IT’S small, easy to park, cleverly packaged and is priced to have a premium feel. Yep, I’m a big fan of Toyota’s IQ. The Japanese small car upstart left the Smart smarting two years ago by offering twice the amount of seats in a car just as small, so when I drove the normal Smart ForTwo last year it wasn’t a car I could recommend over its more practical rival. I’ve still got my bets on the next–generation Smart offering buyers the full four seats whenever it arrives, but it still begs the question. Why buy the current model over the IQ? Simple, if it’s this Midnight Orange edition you’re trying. With big

Nissan to boost British industry

the company’s base in Warwickshire next year. When it was launched it was the only Aston not to be built in Britain, with all Rapides being assembled at a site in Austria.

Work on readying Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters for its arrival will begin immediately with a view to production commencing in the second half of 2012.

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BMW X5 3.0 T DIESEL AUTO, silver, black leather, sat nav, s/history, full elecs...................................... £9995 VAUXHALL ZAFIRA 1.6 LIFE MPV, 7 seats, low mileage, only 28,150 miles, a/c, CD etc ..................... £5595 CITROEN PICASSO 2.0 AUTO EXCLUSIVE, red, full spec, alloys, panoramic roof, history, cruise.......... £5495 JAGUAR 3.2 V8 XJ SERIES AUTO, green, full cream leather, full elecs, luxury ....................................... £5495 CITROEN C4 1.6i 16v SX AUTOMATIC, 5-Dr Hatch, in silver, r/c/locking, a/c, CD, low mileage ............. £4795 FORD MONDEO 1.8 LX 5-Dr, panther black metallic, FSH, a/c, CD, quality car ......... Was £4695 NOW £4495 RENAULT MEGANE 1.4 AUTHENTIQUE 5-Dr, 28k, grey, A/C, CD, history, low insurance ...................... £4495 FORD FIESTA 1.25 STYLE CLIMATE 3-Dr mauve, 38k, a/c, efw............................................................ £4495 PEUGEOT 1007 1.4 DOLCE, 3-Dr, black, very low mileage, only 13,000 miles, e/s/doors, very economical car................................................................................................... Was £4495 NOW £4395 RENAULT SCENIC 1.6 DYNAMIQUE, 5-Dr, alloys, CD, a/c, low mileage, panoramic roof....................... £4295 HONDA ACCORD 2.0 VTEC SPORT 4-Dr 1/2 leather, full electrics, silver, 61k ........................................ £4295 SUZUKI IGNIS 1.3 GL, 5-Dr, only, 34,000 miles, one owner, FSH .......................................................... £4195 VAUXHALL MERIVA 1.7 CDTi DESIGN DIESEL, 5-Dr, FSH, a/c, cruise, sunroof, alloys......................... £3995 FORD FIESTA GHIA 1.6 5-Dr, silver, 77k, alloys, full electrics, CD, a/c ................................................... £3995 FORD FOCUS 1.5 GHIA 5-Dr AUTOMATIC, met red, alloys, only 51,000, a/c, CD ................................. £3795 PEUGEOT 206 1.4 S ESTATE, ice blue, 49k, FSH, a/c, CD, very versatile, very low mileage at 49,000 ........................................................................................ Was £4995 NOW £3695 NISSAN ALMERA 1.5 S, 5-Dr, silver, low mileage at 40,000, full elecs, a/c, CD, great value .................. £3495 BMW 316 Ti SE COMPACT, silver, 115k, alloys, full elecs, a/c, cruise, stunning condition..................... £3495 VAUXHALL CORSA 1.0 12v LIFE, 3-Dr, blue, ONLY 32,000 MILES, very economical, low tax/insurance.. £3295 VW BEETLE 2.0, silver, 69k, alloys, full elecs, multi CD, very chic looking.............................................. £2995 FORD FOCUS 1.8 GHIA ESTATE, blue metallic, excellent car, low mileage, service history, great value.. £2895 FIAT PANDA 1.1 ACTIVE, 5-Dr, silver, low insurance and tax, 58k, highride, easy to drive ...................... £2695 FORD FIESTA 1.3 FLIGHT, 3-Dr, black, alloys, sunroof, low mileage, last owner 8 years, great value .... £2295 MAZDA SUPREMACY 1.8 GXi, blue, s/history, full elecs, 5 seats.............................. Was £2495 NOW £2295 RENAULT LAGUNA 2.9 DYNAMIQUE, 5-Dr, silver, e/s/roof, alloys, 1/2 leather, 65k .. Was £2495 NOW £2195 RENAULT SCENIC 1.8 PRIVILEGE, silver, twin s/roofs, full elecs, 1/2 leather, highride, 83k .............................................................................................................. Was £2495 NOW £2195 FORD MONDEO 1.8LX, 5-Dr, grey, 109k, service history, CD, a/c, very good drive................................ £1995 FORD FIESTA 1.3 FLIGHT, 3-Dr, grey, 64k, s/roof, alloys, CD, economical ............................................ £1895 FORD FOCUS 1.8 ZETEC, 5-Dr, silver, a/c, alloys.................................................................................... £1795 Part Exchange Bargains MAZDA MX-5 1.6 MONZA, soft top, cream leather, excellent for the year............................................... £1695 MGF 1.8 VVC, blue, cream leather, looks and drives well........................................................................ £1495 ASTRA 1.5 CLUB, 5-Dr Hatch, good car, FSH, T+T 9/11, only .............................................................. £1295 ROVER 75 2.0 VS CLUB, silver, 88k, climate, alloys, service history, cambelt done ............................... £1095 MITSUBISHI GALANT 2.5 AUTOMATIC SALOON, 4-Dr red, alloys, e/windows, e/mirrors, r/locking, a/c, Tax 08/11.............................................................................................................................. £795

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IT’S got to be one of the best car–related tales I’ve ever been told. David Cameron is a sports car and Gordon Brown is a Volvo. Ed Balls and the tabloids told us so. The “If you were a car, what would it be?” question’s been doing the rounds in the motoring magazines for donkey’s years but thanks to the emergence of – and I’m honestly not making this up – Project Volvo from the Labour party’s skeleton closet it’s suddenly a game that’s entered the national consciousness. It’s a fun way of matching up your own automotive prejudices with people you don’t like very much. It’s also a fun way of wasting the next five minutes. Project Volvo, I reckon, shows up not what people thought of Gordon Brown a few years ago but the lack of petrolheads in the last Labour government (with the possible exception of Stephen Ladyman, who owned an Alfa 156 at the time). Gordon Brown a Volvo? Not a chance. Given the task of assigning an automotive brand to our last Prime Minister, I’d opt instead for Humber. Like him, it’s sturdy, reliable,

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Small Suzuki saloon could be a big hit Road test by David Simister THERE is, thanks to mankind’s obsession with pigeonholing absolutely everything, a distinct heirachy when it comes to buying a new car. Whether it’s the new Mclaren at the very top end of the motoring marketplace, or the parsimonious Nissan Pixo at the bottom, everything is divided up into convenient classes and segments, so that any particular car is roughly the same size and shape as the ones it’s competing against. Anything that breaks the rules just confuses Britain’s notoriously fussy buyers. So can Suzuki’s Kizashi, which the Japanese are considering bringing to our shores, carve a niche? It is, after all, an unusual prospect; a Mondeo–style saloon that’s smaller than a Mondeo, or an Insignia, or indeed any of the mid–range repmobiles usually found lurking on the outside lanes of Britain’s motorways. It honestly could go either way, being either usefully smaller when it comes to parking and navigating the urban jungle, or not as capacious when you call on it to be a cargo freighter. Whatever you make of it, it’s a bit bigger than, say, Volkswagen’s Jetta but not quite the full Passat. What it does do though is a passable impression of Doctor Who’s TARDIS, because while its smaller exterior does translate into an air of agility from behind the wheel, your passengers in the back seats will swear they’ve stepped into a larger car. The interior might be a little darker than I’d like, thanks to the black materials used throughout, but boy is it spacious. It also carries off the clever trick of looking a bit like every other contemporary saloon you’ve clapped eyes on – the front’s got a hint of Golf to it, and the side profile a hint of Mondeo, but again that’s not a bad thing. Suzuki haven’t decided a price for it yet but have hinted it’ll be around the £23,000 for the automatic, four–wheel–drive version they’re considering for this country’s roads, and while I can’t see it wiping out the Mondeo’s dominance there’s definitely a gap in the marketplace for this kind of car. If you’re looking for a sturdy saloon which is a smidgen smaller than the rest of the pack, go and start pestering your local dealer for it. david.simister@champnews.com

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Sporty Swift is a hot hatch hit Road test by David Simister

EVER wanted to own your very own sports car but never could because you’d struggle to get the kids, the shopping and your suitcase in the back? Well anyone familiar with the letters G, T and I will already know you can, because ever since the hot hatch was invented in the late Seventies it’s been showing the family man the sort of full–throttle thrills he’d normally miss out on. Whether it’s the Golf GTi of the Seventies, the Peugeot 205 GTi of the Eighties, or the Renault Clio Williams of the Nineties, chances are there’s a go–faster shopping car from your generation that proved you can pack both a big punch and a big boot. Fast forward to 2011 and Suzuki’s Swift Sport, yours for a smidgen under thirteen

Suzuki Swift Sport is a bargain hot hatch. grand, brings the familiar formula bang up to date. Although it’s based on the outgoing model rather than the new range brought in last year, it mixes funky styling with sporty touches like a rear spoiler, alloys all round and

bucket seats on the inside, and definitely looks the part if you’re a keen driver. With the same practical touches and easy–revving nature as its slower siblings in the Swift range, it’s a doddle to drive around town. It’s a shame the boot doesn’t offer the room of larger rivals like the Fiesta or Corsa, but it’s very easy to get comfortable inside, with plenty of space front and rear. But you can do all that with a normal hatchback, which is why to see the Sport in its element you have to get off the housing estates and onto the hills, like the Yorkshire Dales. Take it to somewhere like the Buttertubs Pass, one of Britain’s toughest driving roads, and you’ll see exactly where the Sport shines. Out here, its handling is as impressive as much more expensive sports cars like Mazda’s MX–5, and the 126bhp engine eggs you on into every corner, giving you all the confidence you could ever ask for.

After tackling the Buttertubs I could have pulled over, but I carried on, heading right through the Dales and across the whole of Cumbria, simply because it’s a car you never get tired of driving. It’s never anything less than a giggle from behind the wheel, and when you do decide you’ve had enough fun for the day the price and practicality prove plenty to smile about. Forget your posey, pricey sports cars – get yourself one of these and get into the countryside. This is one of the best hot hatches you can buy today. • For more news, reviews and opinions from The Champion’s motoring correspondent, David Simister, you can log on to www. lifeoncars.blogspot.com. Alternatively, you can access the blog by visiting The Champion website at www.champnews.com

Facelift for off–roader A ROUGH ‘n’ ready Vauxhall’s just been given the revamp treatment which the company says is more than just skin deep. The Antara off–roader, which starts at £19,995, has been given a mid–life tweak which not only sees it given a fresh new look but also a series of changes beneath the bodywork to make it comfier and easier to drive. New for the 2011 model is also a series of high efficiency engines created to cut emissions and an electronic all–wheel–drive system, which powers just the front wheels in normal driving and sends power to the rear when it’s needed. The cheapest of the new range will be the front–wheel drive 163PS Exclusiv when it arrives in the UK later this year.

Nissan’s new loan scheme ANYONE still on the waiting list for one of Nissan’s more popular models might want to take Note of a new scheme launched by the company last week. The maker of the Juke and Quashqai said that because these two cars had proven so popular many of its customers are still waiting for their cars, so to help out the Japanese manufacturer is loaning them other models free of charge. Juke buyers are being offered a Micra to tide them over, while Quashqai buyers are being given the option of a Note to drive around, with both models being covered by free insurance. Any customer who has already placed an order will also be eligible to request a loan car through their supplying dealer, providing the remaining waiting time exceeds three months. The first customers will receive loan cars on 24 February. Meanwhile, the company’s UK plant in Sunderland has upped production to try and cut down the waiting lists.

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Land Rover ad shows true grit DON’T worry about winter getting a bit nasty this year. Providing you’ve got at least £19,775 to spare you’ll be absolutely fine. That’s what Land Rover, Britain’s longest established maker of off–roaders, reckoned in its latest full page advert in the nationals, which instead of a car showed shots of snowy scenes from earlier this year. The cost of staying on top of the next Big Freeze, the company reckons, is the entry–level price for the Defender. Convenient or what? As a longtime lover of all things Land Rover I’d like to say I couldn’t agree more; but unfortunately the chaps at the Solihull factory, I reckon, have got it wrong this time. You shouldn’t need to use a Land Rover Defender to drive to work because the roads should have been gritted by your friendly, cash–strapped local council. It’s a crazy idea, but it might just work. Even when the roads were at their snowiest, slippiest point during last year’s particularly cold snap, there was nothing a bit of carefully–used throttle and a

dab of opposite lock steering couldn’t solve. I actually developed my snow driving to the point where I was actually enjoyed the daily skid into work, but in most cases all but the quietest roads had actually been gritted long before I’d woken up each morning. What’s more, Lancashire County Council in particular have said they’ve learned their lessons from last year and are already prepared with a third more grit this time, so I suspect the need to pop out to your friendly local Land Rover showroom won’t be quite as pressing as last winter. Anyone who’s seen any of

the Land Rovers or Range Rovers I used to get ferried to school in will know I’ve nothing against them; they are charismatic, capable and genuinely useful things to have around, but chances are you’ll only genuinely need one if you’re venturing off the beaten track. If you’re not, I’m actually going to suggest you spend a small fraction of what a Defender costs by showing true grit....and buying grit instead. Life On Cars has launched a new magazine! Log on to www.champnews.com or visit the Life On Cars blog online at www.lifeoncars. blogspot.com

Swift is an unexpected hit Road test by

David Simister UNDERESTIMATE this innocuous–looking little scamp at your own peril, because for all its supermarket–run styling Suzuki’s Swift is the unlikely driving hit of the year. You might struggle to spot the difference between this and the outgoing Suzuki supermini – thanks to the mildest of aesthetic updates, the two do look VERY similar – but the slightly frumpier proportions and the larger lights let you know this is the latest in a long line of small cars from the Japanese company. Whisper it quietly, but I actually preferred looking at its predecessor! Part of the new look is a boot lip that’s unusually higher than its small car rivals, which shouldn’t bother the trendy younger buyers it’s aimed at but could prove a problem if you’re a pensioner struggling to lift a week’s worth of shopping into the boot. It doesn’t give off the same feeling of quality as Ford’s Fiesta either; don’t worry, the Swift’s screwed together superbly, but it just doesn’t show it off in the same way.

But put all that behind you and give it a go anyway, because on the road the Swift is far more fun than you’d ever expect it to be. It’s balletic rather than ballistic and relies more on its finely–balanced suspension than its 1.2 litre engine to put a smile on your face, but the charming rasp from the exhaust and the wonderfully communicative steering egg you on into every corner. One of the best things about is its flick–of–the–wrist gearchange, easily the most enjoyable of any car this side of Mazda’s MX–5. Admittedly, the feel of the gearchange isn’t going to be high up your list of priorities when you’re looking for your next new car, but the difference between a duff one and something as smooth and rifle quick as this one can completely change the feeling from behind the wheel. Amazingly, it’s very nearly as much fun to drive as Citroen’s DS3, a much more powerful motor costing almost twice the price. Get past your small car prejudices and there’s a hot hatch hit screaming to get out of the little Swift, and you’d be an idiot to overlook it.

Citroen updates C4 Audi launch new IT’S out with the adventurous and in with the ‘fearsome’ model upmarket for Citroen’s latest crusader in the hatchback sector. The French firm’s answer to the Ford Focus, the second generation C4, goes on sale in January with a little less distinctive styling but a lot more up–to–date technology. Among the gadgets is a blind–spot monitoring system.

THE badge reserved for Audi’s most fearsome models is back. The blistering RS3 is based on the normal Audi A3 hatchback but packs a 340bhp punch to help it take on ever more powerful rivals from the likes of Ford and BMW. It arrives in showrooms next spring priced £39,000.


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Auris beats Prius on style and simplicity Road Test by David Simister TRAFFIC jams. You hate them just as much as I do, but it’s where this clever hybrid hatchback from the world’s biggest car company starts showing off. Slip the hybrid version of Toyota’s mid–sized hatch into its EV – or Electric Vehicle – mode and it suddenly becomes your very own Coalition Government, refusing to let you spend any money at all by frittering away precious fuel. Instead it sidles along in silence, determining not to restart its 1.8 litre engine unless you mash your foot to the floor. Like its pricier Prius sister, crawling through jams using absolutely no petrol at all is the Auris Hybrid’s party trick. Toyota practically invented the hybrid – the car which combines petrol with electric motors in the quest for eco–friendly motoring – over a decade ago with the original Prius, but I reckon the Auris is actually the better buy. It might not come with the Cameron Diaz celebrity endorsement its more iconic sibling gets but what you do get is a slightly more resolved package. The Auris is, to my mind at least, not only better looking than the Prius but also a better drive, giving you more confidence once you leave the jams, stick it Power Mode and drive it like, well, like a car. No, it isn’t going to make you the Jenson Button through the bends but thanks to its effortless auto box, fingertip light steering and a handy amount of grunt from its petrol–burning department it is startling easy to drive. Only the slightly fidgety ride and a

The hybrid version of the Toyota Auris. lack of all–round visibility let the side down but otherwise I reckon it’s got the Prius – an impressive car in its own right, don’t forget – licked. If your drive to work involves lots of twisty lanes then this probably isn’t the car for you; it’s too woolly and not communicative enough for

cross–country work, where the petrol–powered traditionalists like Ford’s Focus still rule the roost. If, on the other hand, your commute seems to be a never ending series of traffic jams, the Auris Hybrid is well worth a look. Your wallet will thank you for it.

Vauxhall to supply police cars for Merseyside and Lancashire GET pulled over by a police car in the near future and chances are it’ll be a Vauxhall that’ll be looming large in your rear view mirror. The National Police Improvement Agency

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Suzuki Swift has made me question my need for speed I’D rather have a Suzuki Swift than a 170mph Lexus. This is one of the contrived conclusions I’ve come to after spending a day driving a selection of newly–launched cars around the Yorkshire countryside, after which I sat down and pondered whether I really am The Champion office petrolhead. I’ll say it again; I’d rather have a Suzuki Swift than a 170mph Lexus. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders test drive days for the media are a bit like speed dating for cars, and it was at one of these events this week that I somehow managed to persuade a nice man working for the Toyota/Lexus press office to lend me the keys to the Lexus IS–F, a banzai belter of a saloon that’s being dubbed the Japanese M3. No, I don’t know why he thought it was a good idea either.

The Lexus LS–F is the Japanese answer to the BMW M3. Don’t get me wrong; I loved the Lexus, primarily because it’s by far and away the most bonkers car I’ve ever been allowed to drive. Anyone not familiar with this four–door flyer might dismiss it as a normal Lexus saloon with a bad Max Power

bodykit on it, but the first moment you mash your right foot into the floor and get the 414bhp V8 to strut its stuff is sublime and scary in equal measure. It is intoxicatingly, frighteningly and licence–losingly fast. Which is why I couldn’t recommend it, because its strongest suit, the tidal wave of torque it offers up, is also its biggest drawback. The moments when you feel the explosiveness of this car’s engine are just that; moments, because within seconds you’ve shot up to speeds you really shouldn’t be doing. It’s an addictive hit of epic acceleration, but get hooked and it’ll get you into trouble. I’m actually beginning to wonder whether I hanker for horsepower at all. A week after whinging that a wheelspinning Jag was completely outclassed by Escorts and Polos in an endurance race, I’ve realised that an entirely different bit of Japanese automotive engineering to the Lexus is a belter for Britain’s highways and byways. Suzuki’s new Swift is about as far from the IS–F as I can imagine, but a combination of balletic handling, a flick–of–the–wrist gearchange and a sweet engine that sings rather than roars made it far more fun in the real, Gatso–ridden world. It’s as if someone’s stolen a Mazda MX–5, one of my favourite sports cars, disguised it as a small shopping car, and then put it on sale. It really is that good.

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TOYOTA’S tiny IQ isn’t new but it’s still top of the city car class thanks to a blend of zany styling and clever packaging. Smart drivers definitely won’t need a high IQ to get the point of Toyota’s smallest model, which defies conventional car logic by squeezing four seats into a space where you’d normally struggle to get two. The IQ is similar to the Smart in so many ways and yet so much smarter where it matters, with a better Euro NCAP safety rating, cheeky styling straight out of a Pokémon cartoon, and surprisingly surefooted handling. Admittedly it’s not going to give you hot–hatch style thrills if you venture out of its natural habitat of crowded town centres and onto the country lanes but it’s still fun to drive, mainly because it’s so easy to hustle through tight spaces and because of how its engine sounds. Toyota say it has a 1.0 litre petrol engine but – sounding like an F1 car when you push it and eerily quiet when you don’t – this particular powerplant is one which will delight most drivers. It’s just a

The Toyota IQ is a master of clever packaging. shame then that the nannying dashboard reminders to change up and down through the gears are constantly pestering you, proving an annoying bit of gadgetry you don’t need when you’re trying to make progress. Anyone who expects MPV levels of space is going to be disappointed, the boot is practically non–existent,

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and it’s not cheap in the way the Aygo, Toyota’s other baby offering, is. But what it does do is answer age–old questions about how to fit four people into a very small amount of space very intelligently, and its styling is cool in a uniquely Japanese sort of way. It’s not perfect but you can’t help loving it.

MINI range continues to grow BMW’s expanding MINI range just got a whole lot smaller, after the company announced the latest car to wear the badge is in fact a scooter. There’s still no word on when the MINI Scooter E, an electrically–powered two–wheeler,

will arrive in British showrooms, but the company are hoping its small size and styling hints straight from the Sixties will prove a hit with fans of the four–wheeled version, as well as attracting customers who find even the smallest of the MINI range a little

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Government crackdown Toyota Prius hybrid on drug–driving with is an impressive car new screening device THE Government is closing in on drivers who try the dangerous cocktail of drugs and driving after it announced its specifications for a new device to screen motorists. The Home Office said it is inviting companies to submit their plans for drug–screening device – dubbed the Drugalyser – which if successful could be adopted by police forces nationwide as part of efforts to make testing for drivers using illegal drugs as easy as catching drunk ones. “Motorists under the influence of drugs are a danger on the road. “We are determined that police have the highest quality devices to help identify them. This specification is a big step towards that goal,” said Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshore.

“Police already have robust powers to test drivers for signs of impairment and this device will make it easier for them to identify the reckless drivers who are putting lives at risk.” Although the device is planned to be used at police stations to test drivers arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, the Government will continue working with manufacturers to investigate the feasibility of introducing portable drug screening devices which could be used to test drivers for drugs at the roadside. It is an offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 to drive, attempt to drive or be in charge of a vehicle when unfit to drive through drink or drugs. Toyota Prius hybrid

Ferrari unveils new car A TOTALLY new type of Ferrari which offers high–tech thrills has been unveiled by the iconic Italian supercar maker this week. Older readers might remember the Jensen FF, the first ever four–wheel–drive, four seater supercar, and now Ferrari’s revived the name for its first ever four–wheel–drive car. Set to replace the outgoing 612 Scaglietti as the company’s four–seater Grand Tourer,

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the FF also adopts an estate–style rear end to add extra room, which should help to make it the company’s most practical car ever. To keep traditional Ferrari fans entertained there’s also the company’s V12 up front, which they say should get the FF from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds. The car will be shown publicly for the first time at the Geneva Motorshow in March.

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TOYOTA’S Prius at ten years old, is a global icon of the world’s biggest car company, beloved of eco warriors and Hollywood actresses alike, and the first car you’re likely to think of when it comes to saving the planet or saving at the pumps. It isTHE hybrid. Hybrids are, as the name suggests, motors which use a mix of petrol and electricity to get you moving, with the Toyota’s 1.8 litre lump doing the sterling job of not only moving you about, but also helping to charge an electric battery, which in turn helps with the duties of swooshing along silently in traffic and in low speed parking manouveres. Cast your eyes over the latest version, the third generation of the car, and it’s definitely a love or hate job. To my mind it’s the best looking Toyota hybrid to date, ditching the dowdy looks of its predecessor in favour of some crisp detailing, like the edgy headlights and alloy wheels.

It’s the same story on the inside, which looks more like the cockpit of a spaceship than a rival to the Golf or Focus. The dials are replaced with a brilliantly bizarre computerised screen in the middle of that deep dashboard, and the gearstick is a minute, translucent blue affair which you’d swear has been nicked straight off a gaming console. You have to forget the too–light steering and slightly stodgy handling and concentrate instead on learning the low speed coasting this car loves to get anywhere near the 70 miles to the gallon the Prius can and will do. There’s even a game you can play to make it more fun; choose the animated display of the car’s energy consumption on your car’s Starship Enterprise display panel, and see how long you can get it to run on just electricity. The Prius is also almost certainly a better bet than the rash of electric–only cars coming later this year, because after 100 miles on a longer trip you’ll still be saving the planet long after the ‘leccy–driving do–gooders have run out of battery power and ground silently to a halt. It’s not an exciting car, but it is impressive.

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Toyota’s latest Yaris is roomy and well equipped but has ‘big boots to fill’ Road test by David Simister you might not have expected it has always been a Yaris party trick, but with the 2011 model the world’s biggest car company has moved the goalposts again. If you’re one of those freakishly tall people who find the Fiesta and Corsa a bit of a squeeze, the extra inches Toyota’s eaked out of the Yaris might just swing it for you. What you also notice is that the likes of the 1.3 SR version I tested are definitely aiming for the upmarket segment of the supermini sector – where people care more for equipment and bombproof reliability than image or driveability – and I doubt anyone familiar with the outgoing model are going to be dissapointed by the quality of the materials and the way it’s been screwed together.

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Golf Cabriolet beats other Volkswagen cars on style GOLF, as anyone who’s enjoyed a couple of rounds at the Royal Birkdale knows, is best enjoyed outdoors. I reckon it’s as true for the car as it is for the game, which is why it’s so refreshing to see the good old Golf Cabriolet name making a comeback to Volkswagen’s showrooms. In much the same way that the Golf GTI is synonymous with the hot hatchback, so the Golf Cabriolet is one of the icons of the open–top world. You might have thought the company had played all its cabriolet cards with the Eos and its slick metal roof, but the smaller, soft–top Golf is positioned slightly below its older sister, in a bid to appeal to younger style–conscious

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David Simister buyers. Costing roughly a grand less than the Eos across the range, it’s giving fans of al fresco Volkswagens more choice than ever before. The great thing the Golf, based on the proven mechanicals of the sixth–generation hatchback, has in its favour is its looks. Unusually for a cabriolet it’s appealing with the roof up AND down, with the steep rake of the canvas hood giving it an almost coupe–like look when it’s raining. The folding metal roofs which are de rigeur amongst its rivals might offer you more security, but on style alone the

Golf’s got ‘em licked. The 1.6 diesel version I tested didn’t offer a spectactulary exciting drive but there’s plenty else to count in its favour, pulling well throughout the rev range while remaining quiet at higher speeds. Importantly for a cabriolet there’s very little in the way of buffeting – the unwanted gust of wind that messes your hair up – and the decision to decapitate the Golf doesn’t seem to have spoilt any of its handling or composure. Would one buy one? That depends on how badly you want a fancy folding metal roof with your flash cabriolet, in which case it’s the older and slightly larger Eos you’ll want. In terms of driving, looks and packaging though I reckon the Golf’s the better buy. But only slightly.

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Pickup trucks are stupid but that’s no reason to ban them BECAUSE I’M guilty of being a newspaper reporter, it’s an idea that lots of people have suggested to me. Let’s crack down on antisocial behaviour by banning hoodies from town centres at night. Before you pick your pen in disgust I’d like to say I disagree with the idea. There is, of course, nothing wrong with people who wear hooded tops, and being young and in a town centre after dark is not in itself illegal. Well, it isn’t until Lingering With Malicious Intent becomes a bookable offence. Banning things simply because someone doesn’t like them is an idiotic idea. It’s the same with pickup trucks, which apparently the good people of Miami now want to ban from the city at night. Under a proposed reenactment of bonkers bylaws dating back to the Sixties, you’ll be fined if you’re spotted with an example of an all–American icon between 7pm and 7am. Even if it’s parked up on your driveway overnight. Personally, I’ve never had much truck with pickups; they are the Transits of the American Bible Belt, only worse because your stuff in the back gets wet whenever it rains. They’re also, if you’ve been brought up to think the Land Rover Discovery is a big car, incredibly excessive and a tad wasteful of the world’s resources. Pickups – even the really fast ones with pushrod V8 engines – are stupid. But I wouldn’t ban them, because it’s a bylaw that boils down to automotive taste and I don’t think it’s fair to tell hardworking Dolly Parton fans what they can and can’t drive, in exactly the

Miami officials are proposing a ban on pickup trucks. same way you shouldn’t outlaw Max Powered hot hatches or the Nissan Micra. I’m sure if the local council got wind of this idea they’d slowly ban everything, and we’d all eventually end up being forced to own hybrid hatchbacks. Banning certain types of car in order to make suburbia look more respectable is one Miami Vice we could definitely do

without. The day some jobsworth from the local authority knocks on my door and tells me I’m in breach of their Local Vehicle Bylaws because I own an old MGB is the day I book my plane ticket out of here (but not to Florida). People should be able to pay road tax on whatever they choose. Having said that, I’ve always hated the Kia Pride.

diesel engines Polo GTI is polished and practical Volvo promise more power DEAR Audi, I’m sorry that I didn’t like the A1 which got given The Champion road test treatment recently. It’s a smartly styled car, don’t get me wrong, but I just didn’t enjoy the ride. It’s not even as though I don’t enjoy the engineering that’s gone into it, because I’ve also driven Volkswagen’s Polo GTI, which takes the same basic technology and takes a different approach to making it sporty and fun to drive. At £18,275 for the three–door version I tried, it’s also roughly the same price as the A1. The Audi badge is always going to offer you a more polished air of prestige than the familiar Volkswagen logo, but the GTI name’s got a special appeal all of its own, and when you clock the most potent of the Polo range you’re in no doubt it’s a bit of a treat to look at. With the five–spoke alloys and the

Road test by David Simister subtle red rim around the radiator grille, matched up to the trendy tartan trim (no, seriously) on the inside, it’s a car that’s sporty in a subtle way, gently implying what it can do rather than shouting about it. It’s also a traditional hot hatch in the way it goes; thanks to the 1.4 TFSI engine up front being mated to a supercharger, it knocks out 180bhp, so it’s got more than enough straight line speed to keep you entertained. More tellingly it also takes you through the corners smoothly and sweetly, and while it’s not as manic as some of its rivals – particularly MINI’s Cooper S and Citroen’s DS3 – it’s also smoother and more reassuring when the going gets tricky.

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The great thing is that once you’ve stopped having fun the Polo GTI stops being a GTI and becomes a Polo, which last year impressed the motoring scribes enough to be crowned European Car of the Year. It might not be Earth–shatteringly innovative, but it’s a polished, practical supermini that’s tough enough to take whatever challenges you throw its way. It’s just that this version’s a lot faster than the others. Should you buy one? That depends on how raw you like your hot hatches to be, because I reckon some of its rivals give you more smiles per mile by losing the Polo’s smooth edges. None of them though have the same quietly menacing style or sense of impeccable quality as the Polo, which will still impress you on the right road. It is as impressive as the fundamentally very similar Audi A1 wasn’t.

A HOST of different Volvo models are going to be fitted with a diesel engine that’s not only more powerful, but more frugal too. The company said its improved range of D5 diesel engines are going to be fitted to its V70, XC70 and S80, boosting power to a prodigious 215bhp while improving fuel economy by as much as 8%. Selwyn Cooper, Volvo UK’s national sales manager, said:

“We have made these vehicles more enjoyable and as cost efficient as possible to drive. “With that comes lower CO2 which means company car drivers have a widened choice of vehicles powered by larger engines without the expected hike in the amount of tax they would have to pay.” The D5 models are available to order now, starting from £30,100 for the V70 D5.

Bumper order saves Saab SAAB has been saved from the brink of bankruptcy by an order for more than 500 cars from a mystery Chinese company, it has emerged. The maker of the 9–3 and the 9–5 was forced to suspend production earlier this year and was having difficulty paying its Swedish workers after the

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company’s owners found it difficult to sustain the losses being encountered by the firm, but the order for 582 cars from the anonymous company has provided the funds needed to restart production. The company’s UK customers are currently unaffected by the new developments.

FIAT GRANDE PUNTO ACTIVE 1.2 5-Dr FSH, in silver .......................................................... £4295 MAZDA 3 1.6TS AUTOMATIC 2 owners, FSH, met red, only 44,168 miles .............................£3995 FORD FUSION 2 1.4 in silver, only 35,000 miles, C/L, A/C ........................................................SOLD CITROEN C3 LX 5-Dr in silver, CD, e/windows, c/locking ........................................................£2895 MAZDA MX-5 in silver, e/windows, e/mirrors, alloys, it’s lovely - just in time for summer ........£4695 RENAULT CLIO 1.2 DYNAMIQUE 3-DR CD, sunroof, alloys, low mileage ...............................£2995 MINI COOPER met blue, FSH, 1 owner, low mileage, CD stacker, alloys ................................ £4795 FREELANDER 1.8 5-Dr met blue, SPECIAL EDITION, fully loaded ......................................... £4295 FORD FIESTA FINESSE 3-Dr met black, sunroof, CD ..............................................................£1295 TOYOTA YARIS 1.3 SR in red, low mileage, looks great ...........................................................£2195 NISSAN MICRA 1.0 GX AUTO 1 owner, FSH, 28,000 miles.....................................................£1495 SUZUKI SWIFT 1.0 GC 5-Dr 1 owner, FSH, beautiful car, in blue...............................................£795

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