Ford Focus CC
|Ford's new Convertible Coupe, the Focus CC is released later this year, and no doubt the company would have loved to have had it in the showrooms for the fantastic summer we've been having in 2006.
|Despite being late to market, Ford hope that their prices which are set lower than those for the Vauxhall Astra Twin Top will help them catch up in the CC sector. List prices start from a little under £17,000 which is a shade cheaper than the Astra. Conversely, Volkswagen who, are also late to the sector with their new Eos, have plumped for a considerably higher starting price of over £19,500.
|Despite the low cost, the Ford CC should have a decent specification. Alloy wheels, Aircon, CD stereo system should all be included in the price, even on the lowest specification model, the CC-1. The range also includes the CC-2 and CC-3 which cost a little more, but which of course have even more goodies as standard (including leather seats and cruise control on the latter).
|As usual, Ford's trusty 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 litre petrol engines will be available in the new car, as will the company's 143bhp 2.0 litre diesel engine. Not many years ago you could hardly find a diesel convertible and there was probably no demand for them anyway, whereas today, the mainstream manufacturers all seem to be including the diesel as an important option in their convertible cars.
|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.