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The cheap new Mazda MX-5 has undergone some serious slimming to make way for a few flash new features, according to NewCarNet. In addition to the new side airbags, stronger body-work, more powerful engines and more generous equipment packages this amounts to a lot of extra weight.
A cheap new BMW 3-Series convertible is set for launch in March 2007 and will feature a folding hard top, according to Automotive News Europe. The roof system is to be built in BMW's Regensburg factory by German firm Edscha, the same people who will work on the drop top for the highly anticipated and cheap new Peugeot 207CC.
Mercedes has produced a drivable, road legal new A-Class that runs on a fuel cell and produces only water from its exhaust system. Sounds nice and simple doesn't it. In fact the car houses two large hydrogen tanks, an air compressor, an electric motor and a very big battery. And that's all there just to feed the complex fuel cell itself.
Over 9,000 new Mazda cars were sold in September this year, beating the manufacturer Car sales in September are traditionally higher than in other months because of the launch of new number plates in August, and Mazda's 9,000-plus sales gave it 2.2 per cent of the entire cheap new car market.
Mercedes has added a hot hatch option to its cheap new A-Class range. The car offers a 2.0-litre turbo charged engine, 193bhp and 0-60 time of 7.5 seconds. Perfectionists can choose the car's Autotronic transmission option and shave an extra 0.2 of a second from this time. In spite of the performance figures Mercedes claims that the new car will fit into insurance group 14E and deliver 34.
Audi A4 2.0 TDI is the same engine that features in the A4 Saloon and Avant models However, the reduced weight of the cabriolet, combined with Audi's pump-injector fuel injection system mean that it is even more economical to run. View Cheap New Audi A4 Prices With fuel consumption figures of up to 43.
Chrysler's Dodge Nitro mid-size SUV is set for a UK launch in 2007, the company has confirmed. A five-seater, the Nitro comes with a diesel engine, 20-inch cast aluminium wheels, rear hatchback and sliding cargo floor. Based on the new Jeep Cherokee platform, the Dodge Nitro also sports an independent front and a five-link rear suspension.
The new Mazda RX-8 has set 40 international speed and endurance records. During a 24-hour period last year two RX-8s took to Papenburg's 12.3km oval track and set 20 records in FIA Category A (Special Vehicles) and 20 records in FIA Category B (Mass Production Vehicles).
The cheap new Fiat Punto Grande has received top ratings in the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) crash tests. Under the NCAP programme cars are put through a vigorous series of tests, which assess safety in the event of various types of collision. Across this range the new Fiat Punto Grande was awarded 33 points out of a possible 37, putting it in the five star bracket.
Unsurprisingly the unique record attempt has drawn admiration from many quarters with current land speed record holder Andy Green commenting: "I have followed the progress of Mike Newman and the Speed of Sight team to their current record of 144mph with fascinated interest.