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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.
Jaguar has released details of the September launch of its turbodiesel Jaguar XJ saloon. The standard alloy bodied model is currently taking a chunk out of Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series and Audi A8 sales. Jag is expecting that autumn's addition to the range will shake the market up even further. The new turbodiesel engine has already received high praise from ITV motoring, which described the 2.
The new Ford Focus ST will be released in five-door form when it goes on sale later this year. Both the three and five-door options will be powered by a 217bhp, 2.5-litre engine, and although no official figures have been released the cars should get from 0-60mph in around six seconds.
The new Fiat Panda has won the best city car award in this year. The Panda beat off competition from a range of other hatchbacks and city cars such as Nissan's new Micra, the not so new Vauxhall Corsa and the cheap new Ford Fiesta, which continues to make impressive sales. This is the second year in a row that the Fiat Panda has taken the best city car award.
A special edition new Jeep will be appearing on UK roads this summer offering the Jeep badge for a relatively cheap price. For the more ostentatious new Jeep buyer, Chrysler have also announced that the Jeep Wrangler Sport will be available in three striking new colours: Flame Red, Electric Lime Green and Solar Yellow View New Cheap Jeep Wrangler Deals As well as the startling paint...
The cheap new Fiat Panda is set to join an illustrious list of names including Aston Martin, Lotus and BMW by featuring in a James Bond movie. Filming for Casino Royale is set to start early next year and before die-hard fans protest over the slick secret agent driving a cheap hatchback it should pointed out that Bond's main drive will actually be the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
As the new 55 registration plates near introduction, Citroen is setting out its stall. Alongside the new Citroen C2, the cheap new Citroen C1 city car offers one of the most innovative cheap new cars on the market. According to Citroen the new C2 is aimed at drivers who "appreciate sharp lines, fun performance, affordability and generous equipment levels".
It will be launched early in 2006, and will be fit into the new Fiat range alongside the existing Punto. In spite of the Grande Punto's extra space, the Italian manufacturer intends to differentiate between the two Puntos by making the new one a cheap version of the existing model.