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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 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.
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 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.
Based on the new Mercedes R-Class the fully tricked up new Vision R 63 AMG will be debuting at next weeks Frankfurt International Motorshow According to the manufacturer, the new Mercedes AMG offers the driving experience of a thoroughbred sports car with a 0-60 time of approximately five seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph.
Knowsley Safari Park's lions are taking a particular interest in the adventurous New Mini. The park's lion keepers have noticed that while the big cats tend to ignore most of the visiting vehicles the nippy little New Mini is causing quite a stir. It seems that the bright colours and unique design of the car ignites their desire for the hunt.
The newest, new mini of them all has received rave reviews from visitors to the Frankfurt Motorshow. A pair of side hinged doors offer access to a boot that can fit more than a shoebox, and a slide out ramp aids loading. On the exterior the car is unmistakeably new mini but has had a few tweaks.
The new Mini Convertible has been named as the UK With its unique suspension system, legendary go-cart handling and retro appeal though the new comers have a lot of ground to make up. Since its launch in 2001 the new Mini has re-established itself as one the country's favourite cars, so much so that the remodelled motoring icon has even produced more new car sales than its manufacturer expected.
With the new 55 registration plates expected to boost new car sales in August, a consumer credit agency is urging motorists to get a credit check before signing up to new car finance schemes. However according to Alison Nicholson, director of a national credit checking agency, getting a credit check before applying for a cheap new car finance deal could save consumers money.
What they are yet to confirm though is whether production models will be available with the same matt silver exterior as the show car. New BMW design chief, Adrian van Hooydonk, did give a hint to Auto Express though: "The matt finish helps you to see the surface changes on the Z4.