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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013: The new Skoda Octavia vRS

Skoda’s ‘vRS’ performance brand has long been associated with bringing power to the people, with its attractive combination of practical performance and budget-beating price tags. And this new Octavia vRS model was getting a lot of admiring glances when I dropped by.

Freshly available as either this 4-door saloon or a large-load-carrying estate, the new Octavia vRS looks to have kept much of what made the previous model great – huge interior and boot, good equipment leve...

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New Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG is the most powerful high-performance luxury saloon

The new Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG is the most powerful and lightweight it's ever been, and while it's not on sale in the UK until the end of the year – after a public debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September – the performance statistics are already impressing.

Under the expansive bonnet is an AMG, 5.5-litre, V8 biturbo petrol engine that produces some 585bhp and a thumping 900Nm of torque. However, thanks to many modifications and the brand's famous BlueDIRECT econo...

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New Octavia is “fastest ever”

The Octavia vRS is making its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ahead of its August launch, and Skoda says it’s the fastest version ever.

With a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 154mph for the petrol hatchback version, it’s been designed with performance in mind. But Skoda is also hoping to attract buyers with a combination of practicality and generous space.

Alasdair Stewart, brand director at Skoda UK, says: “The new Octavia vRS has a very special ...

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Suzuki Swift goes four-wheel drive

The nippy little Suzuki Swift is now more attractive to those seeking greater grip. A new four-wheel drive Swift model goes on sale in the UK this month after strong interest from customers in Japan and mainland Europe.

The new Suzuki Swift 4x4 will be offered with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and five doors, in either SZ3 or SZ4 trim grades; priced at £11,516 and £13,116, respectively – not a huge premium at all over the two-wheel drive car.

Even with its efficient engine, automati...

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Volvo XC90 to include innovative safety features

The new Volvo XC90 will feature innovative technology such as road edge detection when it goes on sale next year.
In what the manufacturer describes as a world first, the vehicle will be able to locate where the physical road ends and apply steering assistance to prevent the vehicle driving off - even if no road markings are present.

Other safety features include pedestrian detection and auto braking in darkness, while a cruise control system that follows the vehicle ahead is intended to make th...

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“World’s best” Beetle to be auctioned

The “world’s best” Volkswagen Beetle is to go under the hammer in the UK later this month.

A restoration project saw £55,000 invested in the 1962 1200 De Luxe model and Silverstone Auctions estimates it will fetch between £30,000 and £35,000 at the Silverstone Classic Sale on July 27th.

Rescued from disrepair in 2009, it features a rebuilt chassis and its 1192cc engine was increased to 1384cc. Nine weeks’ worth of work went into the body and paintwork ...

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Auto Express Awards: Range Rover voted Best Luxury Car

The all-new, high-tech, light-weight Range Rover has been voted the Best Luxury Car by a panel of esteemed judges, at the this week's Auto Express Magazine Awards.

The new, all-aluminium super-SUV impressed the judges from every angle; further enhancing Range Rover's reputation for comfort and on- and off-road prowess.

Steve Fowler, Auto Express Editor-in-Chief said: “The new Range Rover is an awesome achievement, combining the highest standards of luxury with a hitherto impossible blend...

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Super-sized Mercedes-Benz S Class goes on sale

The order books have opened for the biggest new Mercedes on the famous German fleet – the S Class. Prices start from £62,650 for the S 350 BlueTEC SE Line, rising to £88,130 for the very appealing S 500 L AMG Line.

For those that like to get driven, rather than drive, the new S Class is once again offered in a long wheel base variant, giving rear seat passengers limo-like space and many customising options.

Just three powertrain options will be offered when the new S Class go...

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