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Mazda has announced the definitive spec list for the cheap new Mazda 5. Like the new Mazda 5, the new Vauxhall Zafira goes on sale this week and apart from some extra storage compartments and tweaked body work it is not too different to the first generation model. The new Mazda 5 hopes to tempt customers away from the Zafira with a relatively low cost coupled with improved equipment levels.
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.
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.
Car maker Honda has announced that it will unveil four new cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Civic Hybrid achieve a 20 per cent greater output than the current model on the four-door version, which comes with a 1.3-litre three-stage i-VTEC engine combined with a more efficient integrated motor assist system (IMA). According to Honda, its performance is equal to a 1.
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.
Honda is expecting to sell over 3 million cheap new cars worldwide by the end of the year, with extra growth predicted for 2006. The US will see an expected 1.45 million sales, making a four per cent increase and European sales will rise to 285,000, which is a jump of 11 per cent.