Monthly Archives: January 2011

Stretching the concept (Jaguar XJ 3.0 Diesel Portfolio)

Whatever your view is on Jaguar’s new XJ there can be no doubt that the car and its maker have generated an unprecedented amount of attention. Since its launch, the radically styled luxury saloon has caused a stir – thankfully … Continue reading

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First Drive: Audi RS3

It’s been 30 years since the quattro four-wheel drive system first appeared on an Audi road car in the UK, and it’s hard to imagine the effect it would have on the perception of the brand. A few World Rally … Continue reading

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Volvo demonstrates hands-free ‘platooning’

Volvo has carried out a successful test of ‘platooning’, where cars travel in an automated road train along a dedicated lane. The EU-financed SARTRE project carried out this demonstration at the Volvo Proving Ground close to Gothenburg, Sweden. This is … Continue reading

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Drivers urged to stub out cigarettes

Opening a car window does not protect a child passenger from the dangers of second-hand smoke, new research has shown. Harmful air levels are reduced slightly but winding down a window does not lower them to a “safe level”, according … Continue reading

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£560m fund for green travel plans

A £560 million fund to encourage green transport initiatives is at the heart of a local transport White Paper from the Government. As well as tackling climate change by cutting carbon emissions, the White Paper will also contain initiatives that … Continue reading

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All-new Ford Focus arrives in March

Ford’s all-new Focus comes to the UK in March, with a two-model line-up of five-door hatchback and five-door estate. With over 1,4 million examples sold in Britain since its launch in 1998, the Ford Focus has become a favourite with … Continue reading

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Road toll evasion sentence causes outcry in China

The brother of a farmer sentenced to life in prison in central China for evading highway tolls has turned himself in to police in a case that triggered a massive public outcry over the heavy punishment. A court in Henan … Continue reading

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A comforting trend (Saab 9-5 TiD 160 Vector SE Auto)

Brand values are something of a 21st Century intangible. Car manufacturers are relentless in their pursuit of maintaining and projecting a particular image, but ultimately it is in the minds of you and I as car buyers that this phenomenon … Continue reading

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