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Ford Focus BEV at 2009 Frankfurt motor show

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 15 September 2009 10:00

Not one to miss out on a party, Ford gatecrashed the French brands’ electric carfest at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show. The new Focus BEV (battery electric vechicle) is a working prototype and not bound for production – yet, although that is the longer term intention. A demo programme starts with 15 cars hitting UK roads in 2010. The battery ...

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Ford Focus BEV at 2009 Frankfurt motor show

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 15 September 2009 10:00

Not one to miss out on a party, Ford gatecrashed the French brands’ electric carfest at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show. The new Focus BEV (battery electric vechicle) is a working prototype and not bound for production – yet, although that is the longer term intention. A demo programme starts with 15 cars hitting UK roads in 2010. The battery ...

Volvo facelifts the C30 (2009): first photos

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 08 September 2009 10:42

The pace of previews for the 2009 Frankfurt motor show gathers pace. Today it’s the turn of Volvo to show off its new, gently facelifted-for-2009 C30. The Swedes are trying to ‘sport up’ the C30, so there’s fresh front and rear styling, in line with the revised C70 and taking its inspiration from the S60 concept car. Think curvier lights, ...

Toyota Auris Hybrid, Prius Plug-in Hybrid, Land Cruiser and iQ (2009): first official pictures

Rated 2 out of 52

Tim Pollard, 02 September 2009 13:25

Toyota has announced its line-up for the 2009 Frankfurt motor show – and it’ll be led by a new hybrid version of the Auris hatchback. The Hybrid Synergy Drive tech from the Prius has squeezed under the bonnet of the Auris to make a new, cleaner hatch and extend the Japanese firm’s lead in petrol-electric tech. It won’t be just ...

Lexus Premium Compact Concept – a 1-series by Lexus

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

Gareth Evans, 17 August 2009 10:03

Lexus today issued a sneak peak at its new Premium Compact Concept ready to make its public debut at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show in mid-September.Think BMW 1-series by Lexus, and you'll get the idea. Not that you'd know too much from the solitary teaser sketch released today.Details are vague at present, with only the above sketch and no technical ...

Kia Ceed facelift at 2009 Frankfurt motor show

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

Ben Pulman, 10 August 2009 10:01

The Ceed is the car that changed our perception of Kia, and three years after launch the first model the Korean company designed and built entirely in Europe has been given a mid-life facelift. What are the important changes to the new Kia Ceed? The new looks are obvious, with revised headlights and a tweaked grille meant to give the Ceed ...

Vauxhall Astra (2009): first interior photos

Rated 3 out of 53

Ben Pulman, 18 June 2009 15:15

Vauxhall has released the first interior pictures of the new sixth-generation Astra, showing that the inside of the five-door hatch has been heavily influenced by the bigger Insignia's. Talk me through the Vauxhall Astra's insides The architecture broadly follows that of the Insignia, with (at least in top-spec models) a high-set sat-nav system, sitting above the audio and air-con controls and ...

Vauxhall/Opel Astra (2009): the first official photos

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Tim Pollard, 12 May 2009 23:01

Vauxhall and Opel today whisk the covers off the new Astra family hatchback. It’s the sixth-generation Astra and these first photographs suggest it’s adopting a slew of Insignia styling cues – but squashed down into a smaller, 4.4-metre long footprint. It might be shorter than the Insignia, but the new Astra is 10cm longer than today’s hatch.It’s not just a ...

Opel Ampera unveiled at Geneva motor show 2009

Rated 2 out of 52

Ben Pulman, 02 March 2009 23:28

This is the new Vauxhall/Opel Ampera extended-range hybrid – just unveiled at the Geneva motor show – and General Motors has confirmed it’ll go into production in the second half of 2011. And it won’t just be as an Opel (or American Chevrolet Volt), there will be a right-hand drive Vauxhall version too.What must I know about the Vauxhall Ampera?For ...

Seat unveils a hybrid: Leon Twin Drive Ecomotive

Rated 4 out of 54

Gareth Evans, 23 January 2009 09:00

Seat showed its prototype Leon Twin Drive Ecomotive today at its technical centre near Barcelona. The finished petrol-electric hybrid is expected in showrooms by 2014. The new hybrid Leon uses Twin Drive with power generated by an electric motor for shorter, urban trips while, for longer drives, the car seamlessly switches to an internal combustion engine. Seat is still developing ...

Holden to build new Astra-based car in 2010

Rated 4 out of 54

Ben Pulman, 23 December 2008 16:31

Holden will start building an all-new small car in Australia from 2010. It’ll be based on GM’s Delta small car platform, which underpins the new Vauxhall/Opel/Saturn Astra and Chevrolet Cruze, and this solitary teaser picture reveals next-gen Astra design cues grafted onto a three-box saloon shape. So the new small Holden will only be a saloon? No. GM says the new car ...

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