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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 ...

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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

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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 ...

VW Golf Plus unveiled at Bologna motor show

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Ben Pulman, 03 December 2008 10:20

Volkswagen used today’s Bologna motor show to unveil its Mk2 Golf Plus, the third Golf model (after the three- and five-door hatchbacks) to get Wolfsburg’s latest looks. Only the nose on the new VW Golf Plus looks new! What’s changed? That new nose is indeed the obvious change. The headlamps, now with daytime running lights, receive a little nip on ...

Mazda 3 five-door (2008): the first photos

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Tim Pollard, 25 November 2008 09:43

Mazda has issued five photographs of its new 3 hatchback ahead of its debut at next week's Bologna motor show. The five-door, announced today, follows hot on the heels of the Mazda 3 four-door saloon unveiled at last week's 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.Few firm details have been released today, but Mazda claims the engines will be more efficient, the ...

Lexus confirms plans for baby IS

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Ben Pulman, 22 October 2008 14:15

Lexus has officially confirmed it will build a BMW 1-series rival. Speaking to the German media, European company MD Tadashi Arashima told reporters: 'We will offer a Lexus in the compact class'. He explained that Lexus needed 'smaller and more efficient vehicles' in the face of European CO2 regulations. When will we see this new baby Lexus? Arashima refused to speculate on ...

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