Car News - : 2008

  • Seat at the London motor show 2008

    24 July 2008 by Ben Pulman

    Seat has a true world debut at Excel, with the three-door version of its new Ibiza. Then there's also an old Ibiza in the shape of the eco-friendly Ecomotive, which we're actually quite keen...

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  • Land Rover at the London motor show 2008

    24 July 2008 by Tim Pollard and CAR reader reporter SandyT

    LRX concept made its UK debut at the London motor show. Let's hope it doesn't get watered down too much...

    Land Rover put in its first full motor show appearance since the takeover by Tata – and made a rash of environmental announcements to appease the anti-SUV sentiment that lurks in certain strata of...

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  • Peugeot at the London motor show 2008

    24 July 2008 by Guy Bird and CAR reader reporter SandyT

    Pride of place might have gone to the UK unveil of the RCZ concept but a scissor-door Irmscher 207 GTi was the real surprise on the Peugeot stand. What’s new on Peugeot’s London motor show stand? The...

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  • Westfield at the London motor show 2008

    24 July 2008 by Guy Bird and CAR reader reporter asp

    Westfield's Active Drift Experience is a welcome breath of fresh air at the London motor show. Cue sideways action galore

    If you're attending the London motor show and fancy a breath of fresh air (it gets swelteringly hot in Excel), you must head outside to see some oversteer action in the Active Drift Experience.

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  • Corvette at the London motor show 2008

    24 July 2008 by Guy Bird and CAR reader reporter asp

    Corvette ZR1: a large slice of Americana supercar-style on the GM stand at the London motor show 2008

    Surrounded by a sea of silver Cadillacs, the trio of colourful Corvettes offered a beacon of sports car relief on GM's rambling stand that stretched from brash Hummers in one corner to a procession of...

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  • Isuzu at the London motor show 2008

    24 July 2008 by Guy Bird and CAR reader reporter asp

    Star of Isuzu’s compact island stand was the Rodeo LE Sport gunning for a slice of the lifestyle pick-up market.   What’s new on Isuzu’s London motor show stand? Pick-up obsessed Isuzu showed...

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  • Alfa Romeo at the London motor show 2008

    24 July 2008 by Guy Bird and CAR reader reporter Jacomoseven

    Alfa Romeo Mito had its world premiere at the London motor show. Note classic Alfa stand beauty next door

    Although many journalists – including CAR – have already driven the Mito, the London motor show was the official public world premiere of Alfa’s new small car sensation. Click here for CAR's first...

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  • Lightning at the London motor show 2008

    24 July 2008 by Guy Bird and CAR reader reporter asp

    Lightning GT: Britain's first all-electric sports car? Sat intriguingly next to the Lotus stand

    The previous GT revealed by the Lightning Car Company two years ago was a conventional 4.8 V8 petrol sports car but then the firm decided to start again from scratch and become a pure electric car...

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  • Mini at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by Guy Bird and CAR reader reporter Carcare

    Mini John Cooper Works hogs the limelight on Mini's original stand

    Mini went ‘all intellectual’ on us with a university theme to its London stand on account of its Oxford connections. It also served up some quality crumpet (more of which later)… So what’s new on...

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  • Suzuki at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by Guy Bird

    Suzuki Kizashi takes centre stage on Suzuki stand. Think Mondeo rival, but cheaper. Sounds promising...

    Suzuki’s London motor show stand played host to two UK debuts. They’re worth a look for several reasons… most notably because Suzuki tends to make its own concept cars, rather than farming it out to...

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  • Lexus at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by Ben Whitworth and CAR reader reporter Carcare

    Lexus LF-A stars on the Lexus stand – just ahead of the IS-F. High performance, Japanese style

    There was a performance bent on the Lexus stand, proving that Toyota's upmarket premium brand is keen to shed its image as a purveyor of steady-Eddy, high-luxury but low-on-thrills cars. What’s new on...

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  • Hyundai at the London motor show

    23 July 2008 by Ben Whitworth and CAR reader reporter Carcare

    Want to cool down? Visit the Hyundai stand to check out this wacky i10 ice cream van, filled with 300,000 frozen drinks

    Fancy a cut-price 350Z? Then you need to visit the Hyundai stand to see the new Genesis coupe. It was a real surprise-and-delight treat at the show. What’s new on Hyundai’s London motor show stand?...

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  • Morgan at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by James Foxall and and CAR reader reporter asp

    Considering Morgan has been making largely the same cars since the Ark was launched it’s a bit much to expect the tiny Malvern firm to have much new to shout about. What’s new on Morgan’s London motor...

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  • Citroen at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by Ben Whitworth and CAR reader reporter Carcare

    A modded Citroen C-Crosser wasn't enough to keep us awake on the Citroen stand

    A quiet show for Citroen, to be honest... What’s new on Citroen’s London motor show stand?Not a great deal at all, sadly. There’s the UK debut of the C-Cactus concept car – which we originally saw at...

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  • Jaguar at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by James Foxall and CAR reader reporter Jacomoseven

    Jaguar XK 60. Still looking good on that diamond anniversary...

    After the spate of new Jaguars of late, not to mention a takeover, it should come as no surprise that Jag didn't have much to shout about at the London motor show. What’s new on Jaguar’s London motor...

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  • Honda at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by James Foxall

    Honda's Open Study Model was a genuine world debut at the London motor show 2008

    Honda came up with a genuine global surprise at the London motor show 2008 – with the OSM concept car that previews a potenital successor to the S2000. The Open Study Model is a junior roadster that...

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  • Bentley at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by James Foxall

    Bentley Flying Spur Speed: one of the world debuts at London

    Along with Seat, Bentley was the only member of the VW Group in evidence at Excel – and there was a world debut in the fulsome shape of the new Flying Spur Speed. What’s new on Bentley’s London motor...

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  • Toyota at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by James Foxall and CAR reader reporter Sandy T

    Toyota's Aygo Crazy is a madcap hot hatch in the Renault Clio V6 guise: it's mid-engined and a little bit Max Power

    With a massive 18-car product offensive planned for 2009, Toyota should have been one of the stars of this year's London show. But there's a clue in the timing; 2008 is a quiet year for Toyota, with a...

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  • Ford at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by Ben Barry and CAR reader reporter Jacomoseven

    Ford Focus RS: one of the handful of world debuts at the 2008 London motor show

    Ford's stand is one of the undisputed highlights at this year's London motor show, with something for visitors of all persuasions. Like hot hatches? They don't come much hotter than the new Focus RS,...

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  • Nice at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by Gavin Green and CAR reader reporter Jacomoseven

    Nice Ze-O is designed in Europe but built in China

    The London motor show is awash with electric cars – and some of them like the Nice e500 are downright intriguing. Unsurprisingly prime minister Gordon Brown immediately gravitated towards the electric...

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  • Chevrolet at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by Gavin Green and CAR reader reporter Sandy T

    Chevrolet Beat. Say hello to the new Daewoo Matiz...

    Chevrolet's most exciting car for ages – the Volt plug-in hybrid – wasn't at the London show, as we'll have to wait until autumn 2008 to see the finished thing. But Chevy continued to show its eco...

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  • Lotus Evora at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by James Foxall and CAR reader reporter Jacomoseven

    Lotus Evora – the production name for the Lotus 2+2 codenamed Eagle for so long

    Lotus will call its new 'Project Eagle' 2+2 sports car the Evora, it announced today at the London motor show. And whatever you think of the name, the new Lotus Evora was one of the undisputed stars...

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  • Kia at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by Gavin Green

    Kia Soul Burner: it's a lightly modded version of Kia's new junior Qashqai coming in later 2008

    Expansionist Kia shows no sign of slowing down its forays into the European car market – and the London show provides more evidence of what's to come from the Koreans. What’s new on Kia's London motor...

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  • Hummer at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by By Gavin Green and CAR reader reporter Sandy T

    Hummer HX made its UK debut at Excel

    If any stand at London's Excel exhibition centre lays claim to being the least in tune with the zeitgeist, Hummer's must be up there. GM's military spec brand has only sold 128 cars in the UK so far...

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  • Mercedes at the London motor show 2008

    23 July 2008 by By Gavin Green and CAR reader reporter Sandy T

    Little in the way of new metal on the Merc stand – but you can let your kids have a crack at driving if they're taller than 4ft 11in in a special Merc contest

    Mercedes were one of the few premium brands to bother making an appearance at the 2008 London motor show and, although there were no whizz-bang world debuts, there was a reminder of just how busy the...

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  • Saab at the London motor show 2008

    22 July 2008 by Gavin Green and CAR reader reporter asp

    Saab 9-4X and 9-X star on the Saab stand at the London show – but we've seen both before

    A quiet show for Saab, but then this is a brand with which waiting has become synonymous. What’s new on Saab's London motor show stand? They’ve both been at other motor shows around the globe, but...

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  • Subaru at the London motor show 2008

    22 July 2008 by Ben Whitworth and CAR reader reporter Jacomoseven

    Trust Subaru to launch an Impreza with 380bhp. And we thought the power struggle with Mitsubishi had lapsed years ago...

    It's the British motor show – so we were banking on Subaru pulling off some outrageous Impreza versions. Sure enough, the UK importer didn't disappoint, with a (quite literally, we suspect) handful of...

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  • Nissan at the London motor show 2008

    22 July 2008 by Ben Whitworth

    Nissan pulled off a cornucopia of intriguing new models at the London show – with some pretty weird extremes, as practical family cars jostled for attention with supercars and tallboy square city...

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  • Mazda at the London motor show 2008

    22 July 2008 by Ben Whitworth

    Mazda Furai at the London motor show 2008. Mazda's latest concept is as barmy as ever

    Mazda's not a company afraid of striking out on a limb every now and then. And it rammed home its rotary-engined know-how with a brace of sports cars featuring its Wankel motor at the London show.

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  • Renault at the London motor show 2008

    22 July 2008 by James Foxall and CAR reader reporter Carcare

    Renault's Megane R26.R is a junior 911 GT3 RS. There are no rear seats (or rear wiper) – just a roll cage, some sticky rubber and a carbon bonnet

    With the Paris motor show coming up in October 2008, it’s a surprise Renault had anything of interest to offer show-goers at this week's London exhibition. But Renault UK had other ideas... What’s...

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