Ford Focus 4x4
|Ford are planning on extending their Focus range with a new 4x4 which should be in the showrooms before the end of next year.
|The number of 4x4 cars on the roads has grown massively in recent years, and that's sufficient proof that there is an ever growing market for these vehicles.
|The Focus, of course, won't be a huge Chelsea tractor like some, rather it will provide some of the benefits of 4 wheel drive in a more compact shell. It probably will stand somewhat taller than the current Focus, and will look a little more rugged than the mini people carrier C-Max.
|The car is expected to use the 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 litre petrol engines shared with the rest of the Focus range.
|We think the timing of Ford's release of this car, just before the winter months is great as buyers will appreciate the extra grip that the car will offer over the winter months. Conversely, this October sees the release of Ford's Focus CC - the convertible coupe variant of the Focus. We can't think of a worse time for the company to release a convertible, unless they're hoping that thousands of rag top owners will see it as a preferable option for them over the winter months.
|A new Mini Cooper S will be seen by the public for the first time at the Paris Motor show in September 2006.
|Ford's new Ka is due to arrive in the UK in 2008, and early indications are that it will be a popular new release.
|Toyota are said to be developing mind reading devices for inclusion in future models of their cars, and these will be used to adapt your car's settings according to how you are feeling.
|But don't expect to your Celica, MR2, Avensis or Corolla adjusting itself to your mood any time soon.
|Hyundai have facelifted their popular Coupe once again, and it looks good.
|The 'Korean Ferrari' has changed shape several times in its life and not always to the customer's liking. However, this latest revision, which will be on sale towards the end of 2006 looks great; the lines are leaner and meaner with a relatively agressive look from the front.
|Yet another peformance car built on the Golf platform will be available from early 2007 in the shape of the incredible Audi S3.
|A Californian Company (Tesla Motors) have developed a 100% electric version of the Lotus Elise with input from the Norfolk company. And before sports car enthusiasts switch off, thinking that electric cars are slow and boring, the new car is claimed to have a 0-60 time of about 4 seconds!
|UK Performance specialists Ralliart have released a 366bhp variant of the current Mitsubushi Lancer Evo.
|VW have stepped up the ante in the value for money stakes with their Blue Motion Polo; the new model is capable of over 72mpg and has a C02 rating of 103g/Km.