March 10, 2008
Nissan has released details and prices for the hotly anticipated GT-R supercar, which arrives this month. Prices start at £52,900 and go up to £55,500 for the GT-R Black Edition with exclusive Kuro black paint, gunmetal grey alloy wheels and black leather and Pearlsuede interior.
While silver is often quoted as the most popular shade for new cars, when it comes to used cars, blue is the colour of choice according to new research by car auction company BCA. When BCA analysed the colour spread of over 125,000 vehicles last year from a huge range of sources, hundreds of individual colours were recorded, ranging from Antique Green to Zambesi Silver. Once sorted into broad constituent colour groups, blue was the most popular colour, but only by a fraction of a percentage from silver.
Kia is offering a free upgrade from standard 16in to sporty 17in alloys on specific cee’d five-door and cee’d SW models during March. The offer is available, while stocks last, in three exterior colours – Silver Storm, Phantom Black and Abyss blue versions of the 1.6 CRDi LS cee’d five-door and cee’d SW models.
Have you got deep pockets and expensive tastes? Then a new service from Ferrari might be right up your street. The iconic Italian car company has launched a new One-to-One Personalisation Programme for the 612 Scaglietti, with a corner of the Ferrari factory set aside for clients to create their bespoke supercar from a selection of materials. And the price? It all depends on whether you go for the diamond-encrusted dash or settle simply for steel.
Volkswagen is the latest car company to join the hybrid bandwagon. The company used the Geneva motor show to unveil a hybrid Volkswagen Golf powered by a combination of a 1.2litre diesel engine and an electric motor. The Golf TDI Hybrid is capable of 83 mpg but produces only 89 g/km of C02, meaning that it would be exempt from road tax. VW say there is a strong possibility that the concept model will spawn a production vehicle.