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New cars and hot deals, 11th August 2007

The latest new cars and hot summer deals

Market Watch – new and used deals

Hyundai i30

i30 hatchback arrives soon

Hyundai launches its new i30 family hatchback in September, aiming to tempt buyers with good value, high specification, and a European feel. But if you’re after something with a more established image, don’t assume that competitors’ higher list pricing will stop you from getting a good deal.

Toyota Auris

Well-specced Auris from under £11,000

Internet car supermarket Online Cars has pre-registered Toyota Auris 1.6 petrols in respectable T3 specification for £10,995. The saving of nearly £3,000 includes metallic paint, and matches the price of the entry-level i30 1.4 petrol.

Ford Focus Studio

From just £8,582 – Focus Studio

Alternatively, Look 4 My Car, is offering the 1.4 petrol Ford Focus Studio at £8,582. The Studio trim level is rather sparse, but the discount is over £2,900. Even with a few choice options, the Focus will be cheaper than buying an i30 at list.

Vauxhall Astra VXR

A two-year old Astra VXR costs around £15,500

And if you’re prepared to buy used, you could be driving a hot hatch for the same price as Hyundai’s i30 1.6 diesel. For example, the Vauxhall Astra VXR is regularly available at no more than two years old with below average mileage from around £15,500. Plenty of performance, but the Hyundai will be considerably cheaper to run…


New engine for Fiat Grande Punto Sporting

Fiat Grande Punto Sporting

Fiat’s Sporting Grande Punto – due soon

Fiat has a new engine for its Grande Punto Sporting. The T-Jet 120 Sporting uses a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol, producing 120bhp and 152lb ft of torque. 0-62mph takes 8.9 seconds and top speed is 121mph, while standard equipment includes 17-inch alloys, air conditioning, sports seats and ESP. Fuel economy is 42.8mpg combined, with CO2 emissions of 155g/km.

The Sporting trim is already available in two engine choices: 1.4-litre 16v petrol and 1.9-litre diesel. Priced at £11,995 for the three-door, £12,595 for the five-door, the T-Jet 120’s performance compares favourably with the marginally more expensive diesel version.

The same engine is also set to appear in the Bravo later this year.


Nissan Note to make value conscious buyers see red

Nissan Note

New Note special edition

The Nissan Note mini MPV will gain a new trim option from September.

The Acenta R specification is principally a styling upgrade, with the R standing for Red – emphasizing the black on red interior detailing that’s unique to the model. However, the extra £500 over the standard Acenta trim also includes a boost in equipment, with 16-inch alloys, rear privacy glass, and black or red metallic paint coming as standard. Air-conditioning, Bluetooth phone connection, and CD-stereo with auxiliary input are amongst the other fitted items. Six airbags and active head-restraints help with safety.

The Acenta R is available to order now, priced from £11,840 to £13,540.


Revised Audi A8 now most efficient in class

Audi A8

New engine for exec A8

Audi’s revised Audi A8 luxury saloon range goes on sale at the end of August. External changes are minor, but amongst the engineering and equipment upgrades is a new 2.8-litre V6 petrol engine that Audi claims is the most efficient in its class.

Offered with front-wheel drive, the 2.8 emits 199g/km of CO2 and returns 34.0mpg combined. This betters every diesel alternative in the segment, as well as Lexus’ LS600h petrol hybrid.

The new A8 range is priced from £49,995 to £80,995. Bi-xenon headlights are now standard, along with DAB digital radio, improved noise suppression, and sharper steering. New options include blindspot monitor and lane departure warning system.


Free Mercedes engine and trim upgrades

Mercedes-Benz E-class

Mercedes-Benz E-class special offers now on

Mercedes-Benz has several special offers running until the end of September.

The E-Class executive saloon buyers are being offered an engine upgrade. The entry-level E220 diesel (from £28,410) can be upgraded to the E280 diesel, and E280 diesel (from £32,275) can be upgraded to the E320 diesel free of charge. The E280 and E320 are also available with a free trim upgrade from Elegance to Avantgarde or Sport.

The R-Class sporting estate (from £36,517) gets an upgrade from standard trim to SE or Sport for no extra cost.

The SL roadster (from £62,865) comes with free extra equipment including 18-inch alloy wheels, glass roof, Bose stereo and ventilated seats.

Various finance deals are also available.


Mitsubishi L200 Raging Bull special edition

L200 Raging Bull

Special edition Mitsubishi L200 pickup

Double-cab pick-ups have recently been in vogue, as a tax loophole classing them as vans made them cheaper to run than more traditional company cars. However, the loophole was tightened in April, so manufactures are finding new ways to attract customers.

Mitsubishi has teamed up with England rugby captain Phil Vickery to offer a Raging Bull special edition version of its L200. This includes nearly £4,000 in extra equipment over the Warrior trim it’s based on, but at £19,249 (plus VAT, registration and tax) is only £2,000 more expensive. Additional equipment includes practical items such as load liner, integrated lockable storage box and climate control air conditioning, plus a number of styling tweaks. Production is limited to 500 vehicles, and the Raging Bull shares its name with Vickery’s sports clothing line.

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