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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.
The cheap new Mazda MX-5 is being offered to members of the MX-5 Owners Club three months before it goes on sale to the public. "This is simply great news for us," said Mr Neville-Parry. "The MX-5 has always enjoyed a huge following of enthusiasts in this country, but even we have been surprised by the number of new members ordering cars.
With the brand new Ford Mondeo model due to go on sale from June this year, several leading car magazines have been trying it out. WhatCar? recently reviewed the new Ford Mondeo. Giving it a full 5-star score, they commented ‘The Mondeo delivers everything you could possibly expect from a family car. It’s big, safe, comfortable, affordable and extremely refined’.
The new model of the Focus has proved to be particularly successful in Ford's line-up as it also ranked as the best-selling diesel model available. Meanwhile, Ford's general position in the marketplace has proved to be strong after 347,550 of its units took up 14.2 per cent of the total market.
In its report, the OFT report maintained that it had a "stringent code" in place for dealing with unscrupulous practices, rejecting claims for mandatory licensing from the Trading Standards Institute. It pointed to initiatives such as its consumer code approval scheme, which gives a seal of approval to bodies that meet their requirements.