Car News Archive 12-2010

Jaguar XJ named Executive Saloon of the Year
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Bloomberg News has hailed the Jaguar XJ as ‘gorgeous inside out’, declaring the car its Executive Saloon of 2010. Charged with revitalising the Great British brand, the XJ saloon racked up...
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Kia reveals radical KV7 gullwing concept
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Boasting gullwing doors and already tipped to be the star of the show of the US auto show, the KV7 succeeds the hugely popular Pop concept from this year’s Paris...
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Corporate demands soar as Mazda lead times are slashed
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Mazda is securing significant conquest fleet business as a result of the ultra-low lead times that have come with the ‘fleet vehicle sold order pot’ programme. With vehicle waiting lists at...
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Customer demand prompts launch of Mazda2 Automatic
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Mazda says it listened to customer demand when launching the 2 Automatic supermini, which is tipped to be popular among driving schools and Motability drivers. The new five-door automatic – badged...
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November sees big rise in UK car production
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Car production in the UK saw a significant rise in November, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has confirmed, no doubt thanks to British car marques such as Jaguar...
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Peugeot 3008 the ‘sensible option’ this winter
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Peugeot believes its 3008 crossover is the perfect solution to beating this winter’s big freeze thanks to its innovative Grip Control feature. Grip Control pairs an intelligent traction control system and...
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Kia SUVs scoop hat-trick of off-road awards
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The new Kia Sportage crossover and Sorento SUV have helped the Korean car manufacturer score a hat-trick of accolades at the Total Off Road Awards. Fending off strong competition from 18...
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Ford Fiesta ECOnetic saves London drivers £2,500 a year
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Ford has announced that two models in its current line-up of vehicles will be exempt from London Congestion Charge from 2011. The Ford Fiesta and Fiesta Van ECOnetic both break the...
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Fiat Panda Cross best in class at off-road awards
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The Fiat Panda Cross has been named best Junior Crossover at Total Off Road magazine’s 4x4 of the Year awards. Total Off Road praised the Panda’s styling, handling, ease of controls...
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2011 Vauxhall VXR8 super saloon breaks cover
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Vauxhall has unveiled the all-new VXR8 super saloon, which undercuts rivals by as much as £29,000 with its sub-£50,000 pricetag. Coming in at £49,500, the new Vauxhall VXR8 boasts a new...
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Extensive crash testing for 2011 Ford Focus
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Ford has revealed that in a bid to meet and exceed global safety regulations, it has crashed the third-generation Focus more than 12,000 times in virtual- and real-world safety tests. The...
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Chevrolet Volt accepted onto EV subsidy scheme
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The Chevrolet Volt will benefit from the £5,000 government electric vehicle subsidy when it arrives in the UK in 2012, it has been announced. Chevrolet’s Volt is one of only nine...
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Citroen DS3 named best in class at Fifth Gear Awards
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The Citroen DS3 has just picked up the Small Car of the Year accolade at the Fifth Gear Awards; rounding off a hugely successful first year for the supermini. Described by...
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New Kia models take home top design awards
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The new Kia Sportage crossover SUV and Optima saloon have each drove off with an iF product design award; widely renowned as one of the world’s most important prizes for...
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Jaguar XJ crowned Top Gear’s Luxury Car of the Year
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The Jaguar XJ has been named Luxury Car of the Year by Top Gear Magazine; ‘one of the toughest judging panels anywhere in the motoring world’, according to the British...
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Next-gen Kia Picanto sketches revealed
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Kia has revealed the first design sketches of the next generation Picanto, which is scheduled for release in the UK in spring next year. Kia says the new Picanto is ‘designed...
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2011 Ford Focus production commences in Europe
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Production of European-bound next-generation Ford Focus models got underway this week at the firm’s Saarlouis plant in Germany. The new Ford Focus is scheduled for release early next year and is...
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Kia Soul Searcher joins ‘distinctive’ Originals collection
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Kia has bolstered its range of Soul Originals with the addition of the Soul Searcher, which goes on sale from 4 January 2011 in the UK. The Soul Searcher joins the...
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Kia adds diesel option to special edition VR-7
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Kia has extended its line-up of VR-7 special edition cee’d and pro_cee’d models with the addition of a diesel engine. This joins the 1.4-litre petrol unit that has been offered...
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Land Rover reveals special edition Freelander 2
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Land Rover has launched the Freelander 2 SD4 Sport Limited Edition at the Bologna Motor Show today. The special edition compact SUV is powered by the new 187bhp diesel engine, which...
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Citroen DS3 named Top Gear Car of the Year 2010
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Top Gear has crowned the Citroen DS3 its Small Car of the Year as well as overall Car of the Year for 2010. Released earlier this year, the DS3 is the...
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