|Mercedes have continued their reputation for advanced technology by releasing some great new gadgets on the new CL coupe. The new car which will be released early next year with prices starting from around £80,000 gets several new toys.
|The Mercedes CL is the ultimate luxury coupe and as such has to have the latest toys. Mercedes have lived up to expectations by fitting several new toys, which we didn't even know we needed until Mercedes provided them.
|Intelligent Light System
The ILS adapts the headlights according to the type of road you're on. So on fast motorways the lights will look further ahead, but when you're driving more slowly, down a sweeping country lane for example, the Intelligent Light system will adjust to light up the edges of the road more effectively.
|Other Safety and Performance Features
In addition to ILS, the car features Active Body Control and a Pre-Safe braking system to give you the best handling and stopping power possible, and numerous other clever features. The car can even adjust the passenger seat and close the windows and sunroof in the event of an emergency in order to minimise the effects of an accident.
|As usual, expect all these clever advancements to filter down to more ordinary cars in the long term. If you can't wait, then get your name down now for the CL500 with its 5.5 litre V8, or its big brother the CL600 which features a similar sized V12.
|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.