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Audi dealers probed by BBC Watchdog

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SEAT Leon

CAR OF THE YEAR 2013

The new Leon takes the best elements of its VW Group stablemates and improves on them. This award-winning recipe combines the space and interior quality of the Golf with the affordability and solidity of the Octavia. Add SEAT’s typically sporty handling and a healthy slug of Latin styling flair, and you have a compact family car to trump them all.

 


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BMW i.

THE FUTURE OF URBAN MOBILITY.

BMW i is an all-encompassing, groundbreaking concept for sustainable mobility. It represents visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is defined by sustainability. And it thrills with its innovative cars: the fully electric BMW i3 – an emission-free* car for urban motoring that is sustainably designed throughout, and the BMW i8 Concept – the future of the sports car.
*excluding the use of energy to charge the vehicle.

BMW i is all about visionary electric vehicles and services, inspiring design and a new definition of premium that is defined by sustainability and pursues a holistic approach. BMW i redefines the idea of personal transport with purpose-built car concepts and a focus on sustainability throughout the entire process – from materials to end-of-life recycling – and a host of complementary mobility services.

 

BMW revealing the Concept X5 eDrive, a plug-in hybrid X5 show car that bows at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show, is so predictable that we wish we had placed bets on it. (Anyone know of any shady, underground gambling rings that focus on future automotive products?) However, the Concept X5 eDrive does feature a few surprises. Despite featuring a plug-in hybrid powertrain, it isn’t being shuffled off to BMW’s i sub-brand, and it previews a more-advanced, downsized future for the hybrid versions of its mainstream models.
BMW clearly is taking its i brand seriously, reserving the status only for the most eco-focused, standalone models like the i3 and the i8. But whereas the i cars boast a near-singleminded focus on lightweight materials, and a new “LifeDrive” architectural concept, the X5 eDrive is pretty much a standard X5 with a battery and the addition of an electric motor. Hence, the more pedestrian X5 skips i badging and instead gets the “eDrive” moniker. BMW previously used the eDrive descriptor on last year’s Concept Active Tourer, a front-drive plug-in hybrid hatchback.

MG3 3FORM Sport tested

MG3 3FORM Sport tested

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Network Q to open pop-up high street stores

Network Q to open pop-up high street stores

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Toyota recalls thousands of cars

Japanese car giant Toyota is recalling 200,000 vehicles around the world due to a problem with the hybrid system - as well as 169,000 more because of an engine bolt defect.

No accidents have so far been attributed to either of the problems, the first of which involves an inverter in the hybrid system for the Lexus RX400 and the Highlander models worldwide, as well as Harrier and Kluger hybrids in Japan.

Toyota warned that the defect could set off an alarm and the hybrid may stop running.

The United States will witness 141,000 vehicles being recalled in the alert and Japan 15,000. Such warnings emphasise the need for drivers to take out breakdown cover to minimise any unforeseen inconvenience.

In the second case involving the engine bolts, these could loosen on the Lexus GS350, IS350, Crown and Mark X models, which could lead to the engine stalling, according to Toyota.

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Jaguar F-type review

Jaguar F-type review

The Jaguar F-type bridges the gap between the Boxster and 911 on price, but can it offer the best of both worlds on the road?

Citroën DS Wild Rubis concept car unveiled

 

The Citroën DS Wild Rubis shows how a future Citroen luxury SUV could look.

 

Citroen Wild Rubis concept car

The Citroen Wild Rubis concept car gives the best idea yet of how a Citroen luxury SUV would look.

Citroen has released pictures of the Wild Rubis ahead of its public debut at the 2013 Shanghai motor show later this month, and has described it as being "as wild and rebellious as it is refined and sophisticated".

Rubis is French for ruby, and the concept car is finished in ruby red paintwork that changes hue according to the intensity of light on it.

At 470cm long the Wild Rubis is 5cm longer than a BMW X3; it's wider than a BMW X5, and lower than both. The concept car has a plug-in hybrid powertrain and 21in alloy wheels.

The Citroen Wild Rubis concept car is finished in ruby red paintwork that changes hue according to the intensity of light on it
The Citroen Wild Rubis concept car gives the best idea yet of how a Citroen luxury SUV would look.

Citroen has released pictures of the Wild Rubis ahead of its public debut at the 2013 Shanghai motor

show later this month, and has described it as being "as wild and rebellious as it is refined and sophisticated".At 470cm long the Wild Rubis is 5cm longer than a BMW X3; it's wider than a BMW X5, and lower than both. The concept car has a plug-in hybrid powertrain and 21in alloy wheels.

Many styling cues – including the headlights, rear lights and front grille – are similar to those of Citroen's Numero 9 concept car, which made its debut at the 2012 Beijing motor show.

 

 

The Citroen Wild Rubis concept car gives the best idea yet of how a Citroen luxury SUV would look.

Citroen has released pictures of the Wild Rubis ahead of its public debut at the 2013 Shanghai motor show later this month, and has described it as being "as wild and rebellious as it is refined and sophisticated".

Rubis is French for ruby, and the concept car is finished in ruby red paintwork that changes hue according to the intensity of light on it.

At 470cm long the Wild Rubis is 5cm longer than a BMW X3; it's wider than a BMW X5, and lower than both. The concept car has a plug-in hybrid powertrain and 21in alloy wheels.

 

Vauxall Cascada

First Look – Vauxhall Cascada

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Vauxhall have released the first pictures of their new convertible, a four-seat, fabric-roof number which will make its UK bow in March 2013.

The new Vauxhall Cascada will house one of three engines. The entry-level engine is a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol unit with 137bhp. There’s a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine offering 168bhp and a 2.0-litre diesel offering up 163bhp. Vauxhall promise more powerful versions in due course.

Elsewhere, if the Cascada gets out of control and rolls, spring-loaded bars are automatically deployed behind the rear seats. These bad boys are also triggered during impacts, along with airbags  The Cascada bodyshell is almost 50 per cent stiffer than its open topped predecessor, the Astra Twin Top. The Cascada will use Vauxhall’s HiPerStrut front suspension from Insignia VXR, so expect decent handling. The Cascada will feature Vauxhall’s FlexRide, a fully adaptive control system, which adapts to suit driving styles and road conditions. Flexride can be over-ridden with one of three driver modes.

Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director, noted:

“The full-size convertible sector tends only to be occupied by very high-priced cars from premium manufacturers. With the Cascada, we’re offering customers high levels of equipment, technology and luxury but at an affordable price.”

According to Vauxhall, the hood is made from a fabric that offers superior acoustic and thermal insulation. Apparently, there’s a layer of polyester fleece between the outer and inner linings. The opening time on the hood is around 17 seconds and will open at anything up to 30mph. The roof is available in three colours

 

 

Revised Freelander

Revised Land Rover Freelander revealed

Land Rover has given its Freelander SUV a mild makeover.

Revised Land Rover Freelander revealed

 
Exterior modifications are restricted to new lights and three new paint colours 
 
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