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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.
Citroen has been named as the MPV Maker of the Year by 4x4 MPV Driver magazine. According to the manufacturer nearly 50,000 cheap new Citroen C8, Xsara Picasso and Citroen Berlingo Multispace models have been sold since their launch.
BMW has launches the latest incarnation of its ever popular 3 Series Touring (or estate to you and me) on home turf this week. Like the new BMW 3 Series Saloon, the Touring will be available with four wheel drive, and as such the 3 Series becomes the fourth BMW variant to feature the xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
After months of teasing from the boys and girls at Ford the rapid new Ford Focus ST has finally been unveiled, and on paper at least it looks set to make quite an impression. A leather steering wheel, sports seats from Recaro and a six-speed gearbox ensure the new Ford Focus ST feels fast even when its sitting still.
Ford has given journalists an official first look at the cheap new Ford Galaxy. According to Ford a great deal of attention has gone into improving passenger comfort and developing innovative technologies for the new MPV. As such the car features Ford's new Advanced Front Light System, which pivots the headlamps when turning, providing the driver with a better view of what is coming next.
Two new Jeeps have been added to the list of brand new cars to be unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show on September 12th. The new Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass Rallye have been designed to deliver "fun, freedom, utility, capability, as well as the potential for exceptional fuel economy and interior flexibility," according to a statement from Chrysler.
Ford has launched its Ford Focus RS World Rally Car; a car conceived, designed and built in 12 months. The new car is based on Ford's high performance Focus ST model, launched in Europe this autumn, and follows from Ford's 2003 edition rally model. Jost Capito, director of Ford TeamRS, said: "What we have unveiled this morning is Ford's future in the WRC.
The first cheap new Ford Focus to be fitted with the manufacturers Flexi-Fuel engine is being tested in the UK. The cheap new Ford will be the first bio-ethanol fuelled car to be marketed in the UK by a major manufacturer, and Ford's marketing men are hoping that the Somerset pilot will help boost interest in their alternative fuels.
The new Ford Focus has taken the coveted car of the year award at this year Auto Express' decision suggests that the new Ford Focus, with its more refined and comfortable drive is not going to relinquish that top spot at anytime soon. Ford are even hoping that new Focus sales will be given a further boost in 2005 with the sporty Focus ST model.