March 03, 2008
VAUXHALL’S Meriva looks set to get a stunning new look if this “concept” is anything to go by. Due to be on show at the International Motor Show in Geneva next week, Vauxhall says the Meriva “illustrates how the new Opel/Vauxhall design language can be adapted to create bold, fresh design solutions for this segment.” Features include the innovative FlexDoors system, which consists of rear-hinged rear doors that swing open toward the back of the car.
A CAR with more power per tonne than a Bugatti Veyron will raise the curtain on Caterham’s new RS Performance arm. The first RS-badged Seven to be built will feature a 2.4 litre V8 engineand will achieveover 1000bhp per tonne. But it won’t come cheap either, with a price tag of over £115,000. Caterham Cars says it has joined forces with RS Performance in order to “offer the ultimate in bespoke Seven coachbuilding”.
SMART is set to celebrate its 10th birthday with a party at Mercedes-Benz World on Saturday, June 21. At the now annual smart Festival, visitors will be able to enjoy a range of engaging and entertaining smart-related activities, including test drives of the smart electric car. Customers who want more information on smart can log onto www.smart.com/uk or call the smart information line on 0808 000 8080. Meanwhile, a new book entitled The Little Book Of Smart reveals the story of the brand which was originally launched by watchmaker Swatch and has since accounted for sales of 750,000 cars. It is priced at £7.99.
NISSAN claims to have already addressed the cause of some of the complaints which led to a low Euro NCAP crash test for its 2008 year Navara. The safety organisation founds that airbags deployed too slowly, seatbelts were inadequate, and that the car’s bodyshell was not strong enough. Nissan has responded by saying that it has tackled the airbag issues, but has not said anything about seatbelts or bodyshell.
ONE in seven people who drive for work eat a meal at least once a week while driving, research revealed by national road safety charity Brake and Green Flag shows. This is far higher than other drivers, with only one in 25 admitting to eating at the wheel once a week or more. The survey also found at-work drivers were twice as likely to break the law at least once a week by using a hand-held mobile while driving. The results indicate that many at-work drivers are much more likely to risk crazy multi-tasking than other drivers. Road safety charity Brake has urged companies to ensure they instruct employees who drive for them to never eat or take calls while on the move.
THE all-new Ford Kuga – Ford’s first entry into the growing crossover segment – will go on sale in June, 2008. Prices start from £20,495 for the Zetec and £22,495 for the Titanium. The Ford Kuga is based on Ford’s acclaimed C-car architecture – well proven in both the Ford Focus and the Ford C-MAX. Distinctive design, intelligent AWD system, and impressive on and off-road ability make the Kuga an attractive proposition.