New cars and hot deals, 10th July 07New cars from Mazda and VW and good Citroën deals.

10 July 2007

Pricing and specification revealed for all-new Mazda 2

Mazda 2

All-new Mazda 2

Mazda has released pricing and equipment details for the all-new Mazda 2 supermini. Based on the same underpinnings as the next Ford Fiesta, the Mazda 2 will initially be available with three petrol engines and three trim levels.

The entry-level Mazda 2 TS features a 74bhp 1.3 with two airbags, alarm, remote locking and auxiliary input for MP3 players. The 86bhp 1.3 TS2 gains side and curtain airbags, alloy wheels, and air-conditioning. The 1.5-litre Mazda 2 Sport has 102bhp, a bodykit, bigger alloys and extra items of equipment including stability control, climate control and automatic lights and wipers.

On sale 8th September, prices range from £8,499 to £11,799. Diesel TS and TS2 models follow later.

BMW revises line-up

3 Series

3 Series gets economy boost

During the last week BMW has announced revisions to virtually every model range in its car line-up.

Many of the changes are related to the adoption of BMW’s ‘EfficientDynamics’ technology, already available on the 1 and 5 Series. Comprising a number of individual components, the implementation of EfficientDynamics results in fuel consumption improvements of up to 24 per cent and cuts in CO2 emissions up to 19 per cent. These are significant gains, reducing both the amount you’ll pay at the forecourt pumps, and in tax.

Changes to engine components, new regenerative brakes, active aerodynamics and Auto Start-Stop – a system which switches off the engine whenever it’s stationary in neutral, and re-engages it as soon as the clutch is depressed – are responsible for these achievements.

BMW X3

BMW X3

From a driving perspective, the added benefit is increased engine power in most cases. For example, the attention grabbing figures above are from the EfficientDynamics 318i, which also sees a 14bhp performance gain. It’s the 3 Series that gets the biggest overall upgrade: from September, every model gets at least a five per cent improvement in fuel economy (mpg) and better emissions by at least six per cent – and most of them much more. The technology is also being applied to reworked versions of the X3 4x4 and 6 Series coupé and cabriolet.

Elsewhere in the line-up, BMW’s 2.0d diesel engine (now with 177bhp, better mpg and reduced emissions) is being introduced to the 5 Series (from £27,190) and the X3 (not yet priced). BMW’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel is also seeing service in the X5 (from £42,630) and 6 Series (from £53,610) for the first time. The 6 Series is also getting minor cosmetic tweaks, and some new safety kit – including Active Headrests to help reduce whiplash injuries. Priced from £49,300 to £63,215, the new 6 is on sale in October.

VW reveals all-new Tiguan 4x4

VW Tiguan

Tiguan to take on Honda's CR-V

The first pictures of Volkswagen’s all-new compact 4x4, the Tiguan, have been officially released.

Slightly bigger than VW’s Touran MPV, the Tiguan will have three trim levels – S, SE, and Sport – while the initial two-engine range comprises a Euro V emissions-compliant 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel, and a 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol. Three others follow later. All will have four-wheel drive, but two different levels of off-road preparation will be offered.

Rivalling models such as Honda’s CR-V and Land Rover’s Freelander 2, the Tiguan is likely to cost from £19,000. It’s not set to officially arrive in the UK until February 2008, but VW will start taking orders in November.

Nissan’s new cash cow

Nissan Qashqai

Qashqai becoming a cash cow

Nissan’s Qashqai, which bridges the gap between family hatchback and compact 4x4, is proving so popular you can forget about getting much of a discount on one right now.

We learnt this week over 33,000 of them have sold since it went on sale in March, and that Nissan has another 60,000 confirmed orders. The Sunderland factory is running flat out and can’t keep up with demand.

Jeep Patriot

Patriot: a good deal?

For an alternative you could try the Jeep Patriot that launched last week. This starts at just £15,995 for the 2.4-litre petrol, has plenty of standard equipment, and should be capable off-road. The 2.0-litre diesel gets 42.2mpg combined, and costs from £16,995. However, bear in mind that last week’s Which Car? survey revealed Jeep to be the least recommended brand among owners, with some of the poorest dealer service.

Summer offers from Citroën, Proton and Vauxhall

Citroën is knocking the cost of road tax off all of its vehicles that emit less than 120g/km, in an effort to get new car buyers into greener cars. There are 22 different Citroëns that fit the criteria – from C1 city cars to C4 family hatchbacks. This is in addition to existing trade-in and cashback offers, and is valid on all cars ordered and registered by 31 July.

Proton Gen-2

Deals on the Gen-2

Proton currently has flexible low rate finance deals with zero deposit available on its entire range of cars. Payment plans from between 12 and 60 months are possible, with a typical APR of 4.81 per cent. In addition, the Gen-2 comes with free leather interior, and a half price ‘GLS upgrade pack’ is on offer to GLS buyers, comprising a spoiler and fog lights for £225 fitted.

Vauxhall has taken 10 per cent off the price of all its official accessories. Accessories range from roof boxes to in-car DVD players, child seats to floor mats, so if you’re after something for your Vauxhall now may well be the time to buy. Visit your local showroom, or the accessories website: www.vauxhall-accessories.com