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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.
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.
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.
Following closely behind the cheap new Megane's ample boot space came the new Audi A4 Cabriolet, which tempted 4,529 buyers with its clean, understated lines. Speaking to Auto Express a Mini spokeswoman said (in a tiny voice): "The Mini Cabriolet is popular because it's got all the good aspects of the standard Mini and you can take the roof off. It has a very quick and easy-to-use mechanism.
Plans for the new BMW Z4M have been confirmed and according to figures released by the manufacturer it looks set to become one of the fastest production drop tops in the UK. Externally, BMW has given the Z4M a characteristically aggressive new body kit, with lowered suspension, an expanded grille and large air intakes.
Both the new Jeep Patriot and new Jeep Compass Rallye will make it into production, perhaps as early as next year. Both of the cheap new Jeeps have drawn a great deal of attention at the show, and mark a move into the SUV market for parent company Chrysler.