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Jaguar looks set to stalk new territories with plans to release a new executive level SUV. The new Jaguar has been designed to raise the firm's profile and sales in the US where demand for SUVs is stronger than ever; and while it is being pitched against the new BMW X5 and the new Mercedes M-Class, Jag are being careful not to disturb the market for sister company Land Rover.
With a manual six-speed gear box as standard the new BMW 130i reaches 60mph in a startling 6.1 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 155mph. The new BMW 130i is available with two spec levels, the standard SE or the tricked up M Sport option, and it has to be said the M Sport looks the part.
Motor manufacturer Honda is reportedly giving its Accord family car range a revamp. Honda has also given the new car's rear bumper and lights a makeover and there is a new design for the instrument panel, revised steering wheel and gear knob.
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.
Two specially modified Citroen C2 superminis are set to star at this year Citroen's highlight for many of the tens of thousands of mod-crazed visitors will be the specially commissioned C2 Ninja with its 150bhp turbo charged engine, steroid pumped body kit, 18" alloy wheels and whale tail of a spoiler.
Data from Jato Dynamics shows that car sales reached 1.24 million vehicles in July, with new car registrations dropping slightly, and figures for the first seven months of the year are on a par with 2004. Volkswagen topped brand performance, with a 1.1 per cent rise in sales last month, and Renault was the market leader for the first seven months of July.
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.
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.
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.
If you have £108,000 burning a hole in your pocket you could go out and bag yourself an Aston Martin. Alternatively head up to Manchester and pick up the most valuable Citroen C2 in the world. The interior has been completely gutted to make room for an "F1-style" centrally mounted drivers seat and joystick steering control.