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New cars and hot deals, 14th December 2007

Renault prices Grand Modus; how much for a Rover?

Renault prices new Modus and Grand Modus

Renault Modus new

Both models have striking new headlights

February sees the arrival of a revamped version of Renault’s likeable mini-MPV, the Modus. And alongside the regular car, there is now a bigger ‘Grand Modus’ as well.

As you would expect, both are filled with all manner of useful cubby holes and storage options.

There are two trim options – Expression and Dynamique – while buyers can choose from three petrol engines and two diesels. Apart from the 1.6 petrol automatic, all variants comply with Renault’s green-friendly ‘eco2’ scheme. This means 140g/km CO2 or less, or the ability to run on bio-fuel, and that they are 95-percent recyclable.

Renault Grand Modus

Grand Modus is 24cm longer

What’s the point of the Grand Modus? Well, it offers a similar package, only with more room – thanks to an extra 93mm in the wheelbase (the Grand is 242mm longer overall). But then it also costs more – priced from £10,250 to £13,400, compared with between £9,650 and £12,550 for the regular Modus.

General changes during this mid-life revision include sharper steering, and a face-lift with prominent new headlights.


Astra VXR Nurburgring Edition – all white

Vauxhall Astra VXR Nurburgring

VXR Nurburgring – only in white

Vauxhall is bringing a limited edition Astra VXR to your local drive-thru carpark in the new year.

Finished all in white – including the 18-inch lightweight alloys – it’s badged the Astra VXR Nurburgring Edition.

Since it’s been named after Germany’s famous test track – the Nurburgring played a key role in the VXR’s original development, apparently – there’s a distinctly motorsport theme. It even features bespoke Dunlop tyres – which could be a pain when it comes to replacement time.

Vauxhall Astra VXR Nurburgring

£1,575 more than the standard VXR

You’ll find out soon enough, as with 237bhp and front-wheel drive, the standard VXR isn’t exactly easy on rubber. Other extras include ‘carbon-fibre effect’ trim, unmissable chequered flag graphics, and Nurburgring-branded Recaro seats. Plus each car gets a plaque with its individual build number.

UK buyers will also get a Remus Sports Exhaust for their money. The Nurburgring VXR is priced at £20,995 – £1,575 more than the standard VXR.


Market Watch – new and used deals

Vauxhall Astra VXR

Easy to save £3k on a standard VXR

The arrival of Vauxhall’s Astra VXR Nurburgring Edition got us wondering about prices for the standard car. Not many car supermarkets stock it but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good deal.

Top of the lot is New-Car-Discount.com, with brand new examples for just £16,315 – more than £3,100 below list price. However, a quick AutoTrader search reveals year-old examples with around 12,500 miles under the wheels going for just £13k.

Rovers at BCA

Collectors likely to bid for late-model Rovers

We don’t often feature auctions here, but this is particularly unusual. British Car Auctions (BCA) is selling three ‘as-new’ Rovers at its Blackbushe centre on Friday 21st December.

They’re newly registered on 2007/57-plates, with delivery mileage only – having been in storage since Rover’s financial collapse. They are also rather rare examples of the marque: a long-wheelbase Rover 75 Limousine; a Rover 75 V8 (complete with factory-fitted 4.6-litre Mustang engine and rear-wheel drive); and an MG TF 160.

The auction is expected to attract the attention of collectors the world over, so it will be interesting to see the eventual prices.

Finally, car buyers whose top priority is the environment should check out New Car 4 Me’s recently relaunched website. It now features an ‘Emissions’ search option, making finding the most environmentally friendly (or least tax-attracting) vehicle available for your money even easier.


Third generation G-Wiz promises improved safety

The third generation G-Wiz all-electric city vehicle, the G-Wiz i, has just been announced.

Following the dreadful crash test performance of the previous version, Lotus Engineering has been helping boost safety levels. Improvements for the G-Wiz i include better impact protection, a stronger space frame, collapsible steering column, and bigger brakes.

Performance is also up. Top speed is now 50mph, while power delivery and response – especially from 0-30mph – should make keeping up with traffic much easier. New batteries mean a 48-mile range, and the cabin has been redesigned to improve comfort.

The G-Wiz i is available to order now from GoinGreen, for delivery in February. There’s a two-year warranty, one year’s roadside assistance, and electricity running costs are claimed to be just £40-£50 a year.


Peugeot 207SW Outdoor – looks adventurous

Peugeot 207SW Outdoor

207SW gets an ‘outdoorsy’ makeover

The Peugeot 207SW Outdoor is based on the 207SW Sport, but features unique ‘off-road’ style looks and raised suspension height.

Similar in principle to Skoda’s Scout range, the Outdoor is designed to appeal to adventurous types, or basically anyone who wants to look like their weekends are always action packed. Hence the grey body-cladding and extra ground clearance.

Peugeot 207SW Outdoor rear

207SW (hiking boots not included)

Extra items of standard equipment are not in fact hiking boots and a kayak, but one-touch electric windows, dark-tinted side glass, washable floor mats, and some unique choices of interior trim. Reassuringly, it still has the glass roof and the neat seat-folding mechanism of the standard SW.

Priced from £13,650 to £14,740, there’s a choice of 120bhp 1.6 petrol, 90 or 110bhp 1.6 diesel. It’s on sale now.


Proton’s winter offers

Proton Savvy

Save £750 on the Savvy Style

Proton has announced its latest batch of offers on the Savvy, the Gen-2, and the Satria Neo.

Starting with the Savvy city car, there’s a £750 saving on the price of the 1.2 Style. Available with a manual or automatic gearbox, the Savvy Style includes parking sensors and 15-inch alloys as standard, and now features a new tailgate spoiler. From £6,995.

Proton Gen2

Save around £1,000 on the mid-sized Gen-2

The Gen-2’s a bigger car, so you get a bigger discount – namely £1,000 off any GSX model. There’s also £500 off the GLS when you opt for manual transmission, and both GLS and GSX currently get a free dark-leather interior upgrade, also worth £1,000. Prices for the Gen-2 start at £7,995.

Proton Satria Neo

Satria Neo is not bad for £9k

Finally, the Satria Neo also benefits from a £750 discount – this time on the ranging-topping 1.6 GSX model. Probably the best car Proton sells – with Lotus-tuned handling and a respectable looking exterior – this offer makes the GSX £9,245.

The deals last until 31st March 2008.


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