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Suzuki aims high

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Ben Oliver, 25 October 2007 02:24

Looks kinda lairy for a Suzuki… Yes, but it could be your next company car. Suzuki is on a mission to break into the car makers’ top ten, raising production from 2.4 to 3 million, and it needs a decent Mondeo-sized saloon, hatch and estate to help do it. The Kizashi launched at Frankfurt will be the saloon and hatch ...

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Suzuki aims high

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Ben Oliver, 25 October 2007 02:24

Looks kinda lairy for a Suzuki… Yes, but it could be your next company car. Suzuki is on a mission to break into the car makers’ top ten, raising production from 2.4 to 3 million, and it needs a decent Mondeo-sized saloon, hatch and estate to help do it. The Kizashi launched at Frankfurt will be the saloon and hatch ...

Mitsubishi goes electric

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Ben Oliver, 24 October 2007 12:58

What on earth is that? The iMIEV Sport, a teardrop coupe based on the same running gear as the regular iMIEV (more of which shortly), but with two in-wheel electric motors at the front to complement the single electric motor under the boot driving the rear wheels. The firm says the set-up can mimic the four-wheel drive grip of the ...

GM's next eco-concept car

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Ben Oliver, 12 October 2007 11:18

General Motors will unveil a European concept car built on its radical new E-Flex platform at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept will feature radical styling, with a diesel engine acting as a generator for the concept’s electric motor. And General Motors is believed to be collaborating with urban electric scooter manufacturer Segway; the unnamed concept may be able to ...

Jaguar XF show debut

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Ben Oliver, 12 September 2007 06:18

The Jaguar XF makes its debut - but haven't we seen it already? You've already been treated to advance pictures and details of Jaguar's crucial new 5-series rival in CAR magazine and on CAR Online, but the troubled Midlands firm has chosen BMW, Mercedes and Audi's home motor show for the official launch of its new XF. A bold move, ...

Gordon Murray launches car company

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Ben Oliver, 05 July 2007 08:11

Gordon Murray has launched his own car company. Forget million-pound price tags; his first effort will be a radical new small car so frugal you’ll recoup its £5000 cost in four years of ownership. Gordon Murray Design describes it as 'a new class of vehicle. You won’t get in it, sit in it or put luggage in it like a ...

GM's next eco-concept car

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Ben Oliver, 03 July 2007 06:17

General Motors will unveil a European concept car built on its radical new E-Flex platform at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept will feature radical styling, with a diesel engine acting as a generator for the concept’s electric motor. And General Motors is believed to be collaborating with urban electric scooter manufacturer Segway; the unnamed concept may be able to ...

Ferrari Turns 60...

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Ben Oliver, 26 June 2007 09:52

Happy Birthday to you... Ferrari is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a five-day party at its famous Fiorano test track. More than 1000 Ferraris have descended on Maranello from around the world, including some of the rarest and most valuable road cars. Invited Ferrari owners saw Scuderia legends from Nino Vaccarella to Michael Schumacher take to the track in the ...

Ferrari Mille Chili conceept (2007): first official pictures

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Ben Oliver, 21 June 2007 05:51

The Mille Chili? So this is Ferrari’s green supercar… Yes. Officially it has no name, but internally it’s called the Mille Chili (thousand kilos) and it’s arguably the most important concept car Ferrari has ever shown. Don’t be fooled by its shrunken-Enzo appearance. In revealing the car today at its Fiorano test track, Ferrari has lifted the lid on a ...

Vauxhall's World Environment Day Initiative

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Ben Oliver, 05 June 2007 06:43

Vauxhall is using World Environment Day to launch its latest green initiative - a hefty £1000 discount off your new car if you agree to scrap your old one. The incentive applies to all makes of trade-in, but only if you’re buying one of Vauxhall’s most efficient Corsa, Astra, Meriva or Zafira models. Which means no discounts on a VXR8. ...

BMW 3-series Convertible

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Ben Oliver, 09 January 2007 06:04

A folding hard-top? On a BMW? Yep - BMW has followed arch-rival Mercedes' lead and developed its first folding tin-top for the new 3-series Convertible. It goes on sale in the UK in March priced from £33,030 for the 325i (although cheaper versions will follow), but it made its show debut here in Detroit. BMW’s sales and marketing boss Dr Michael ...

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