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Something For Everyone

Something For Everyone

You’ve got to hand it to car manufacturers. The economic world is basically going to hell in a handbasket yet still they imagine that what we all really want is some more new cars to tempt us. The sad fact is that they are right. With financial gloom and despondency hanging over us like a fog, a chance to dream about or even own a new car will always cheer us up.

Even as we head for the dark dank days of December new cars are appearing all the time. Take Skoda – possibly the success story of the new millennium. Their new model resurrects an old name, the Rapid. At about the same size as the popular Octavia (which allegedly will be sleeker and more luxurious in its soon-to-be-announced next incarnation) this is a car for drivers who don’t want any fuss and palaver but just good and reliable transport. It is never going to set the world on fire but it is sure to find a decent niche in the market.

Elsewhere on our recent pages you will have seen the glorious Maserati Quattroporte. Well, not to be outdone Rolls Royce have revamped their rather lovely Ghost. The company realise that Rolls owners like a bit of pampering so they’ve added a gizmo that will release the boot lid at just the wave of an elegant ankle beneath the rear bumper. There are also 44,000 paint options to choose from which is quite a lot, but then buyers are forking out the thick end of £200k and they are going to want something special.

For hot hatch fans SEAT have very kindly updated the Ibiza Cupra. It retains the 1.4L supercharged/turbocharged engine that rockets the car to 60mph in under seven seconds whilst the driver gives thanks to the sports suspension and clever electronic diff which keep everything on the road. And talking of hot cars Ford have not been slow in introducing the quick Focus ST to its concept bigger bolder brother. If the ST is Flash Gordon then the Focus ST Cosworth CS330 is Ming The Merciless. As the number at the end of the name suggests this is not a car that takes prisoners. Sadly this Cosworth engineered beast is unlikely to make it into production but some good may come of the exercise.

Back in the real world, Honda have produced a Civic that only emits a tax and congestion charge busting 94g/km. This is the company’s new 1.6L diesel which is reckoned to offer up to 78.5 miles from a single gallon. Very useful when we get the next slap in the face from the Chancellor and a boon for company fleet users.

All these cars, for whatever reason, will sell well. This is also good news for those customers searching for a good used car as this should mean there’ll be plenty of quality stock on the forecourts of Britain.

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