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The Mazda MX-5 has won an award for Best Roadster 2006 from Test Drive magazine. Over 1,000 units of the car were sold within the first two months of release in 2005, as Mazda fans rushed to experience the qualities of the cheap new sports car. Reviewers for Test Drive magazine said: "The Mazda didn?t just win on a value-for-money footing. It won on the twisting, rain-soaked mountain roads.
Chrysler is to release six new models into the cheap new car market this year, making 2006 its biggest year ever. It will also market a new Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will come with reprogrammed traction control and an upgraded suspension. In July, Chrysler will launch its new Dodge Caliber, which is billed as a five-door family hatchback.
Fiat is to launch the new Croma model a car that has the style of a saloon mixed with the practicality of an MPV. Standard features include electric windows, air conditioning, a three litre refrigerated box and 16 inch alloy wheels.
Ford has joined forces with Harrods to bring a New Year treat to shopaholics at the January sales. Students from the London Camberwell College of Arts will be painting miniature plaster models of the cheap new car, which will then be placed on a conveyor belt and placed on display.
Honda is set to launch its new high-performance Civic at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. Honda fans will eagerly anticipate the launch, as the vehicle has a reputation for changing the industry's perception of Honda. It was a cheap new car that was fast and according to many - thrilling to drive.
Sales of the new third-generation Mazda MX-5 have risen by a third when compared to sales of the previous edition last year. The news comes as the new MX-5 wins the New Zealand Herald car of the year award for 2005.
The Mazda 6 has been crowned used car of the year 2005 by What Car? Magazine. Owners of the car admire its looks, which contributed to its top score in the JD Power Satisfaction Index. What Car editor, David Motton, said: "In the 6 Mazda has a superb family car that doesn't sacrifice its personality in the pursuit of practicality. In fact, it delivers both in spades.
Mazda has announced details of its forthcoming CX-7 model, which is scheduled to reach American retailers this spring. It is hoped the result will be an SUV that is fun and practical to drive, but also has Mazda's trademark 'Soul of a Sportscar'. It has a turbocharged 2.
Online voters have named the Honda Civic the best-redesigned vehicle of 2006. The futuristic-looking car is available in 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre petrol versions with a choice of a 2.2-litre diesel engine as well. It is shorter and lower than previous editions, though this does not mean that it compromises on interior space.
Citroen is getting ready to launch its new C6, a model that can arguably be called the safest car in the world. This is partly due to the car's unique active bonnet, which is raised automatically in the event of an accident, thereby providing greater space for impact absorption. It also features a driver head-up display, which prevents the driver from being distracted while driving.