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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.
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.
Mazda has been forced to ramp up production of cheap new Mazda3s due to an unexpected increase in car sales. With its ABS, power steering and twin airbags as standard the Mazda3 has shifted over 16,000 units in the UK and is considered by many to be an excellent low cost alternative to buying the likes of a new Ford Focus, Volkswagen Bora, Peugeot 307, Audi A3 or Volkswagen Golf.
For another £1,995 the new BMW X5 Exclusive Edition boasts an impressive array of extras including high-gloss Shadowline finish, 18-inch alloys, colour-coded exterior and black exhaust tailpipes. Meanwhile the interior offers leather upholstery After a shaky start to UK sales the new BMW X5 can now boast many fans thanks to its safety record, image and levels of performance.
Aside from the new grille the German manufacturer has chosen to leave the new Audi A4 Cabriolet with the same clean, understated lines that have made it a favourite over the last decade. Only the rear light cluster and alloy wheels get a re-design. Under the bonnet and three new power plants will be available when the new Audi A4 goes on sale in November this year. Typically refined 2.
Recently unveiled at the Limousine and Chaffeur Show the relatively cheap new Audi A8 impressed the organisers so much that it was named Chauffeur Car of the Year for its performance, available variants, low maintenance costs and of course passenger comfort.
A stunning new Citroen concept car will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year. It certainly looks the part with sharp, sleek lines and aluminium detailing that looks like something straight out of the latest Sci-Fi blockbuster.
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.
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.
The new Mazda5 C-MAV has achieved a maximum five star rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) safety tests. The most common type of accident scenario, the off-set front crash, scored the car 84 per cent of the available maximum with the its seat belt reminder winning two bonus points.