The Week: Sept 17-21

Time 3:46 pm, September 21, 2012

HERE ARE the most interesting and talked-about stories over the past five days, collated and summarised by us.

Monday, September 17

AUDI has filled yet another niche with the limited edition SQ5 TDI exclusive concept.

RADIO DJ Chris Evans is well-known as a frequent auction-goer, but is his latest purchase a bridge too far by buying one half of the famous Dunlop bridge?

THE government looks set to scrap plans to raise the UK motorway speed limit to 80mph.

ALTHOUGH it has yet to be officially ratified, it seems pretty likely a new world record was established yesterday for the biggest parade of Ferraris ever organised.


Tuesday, September 18

TWO decades after McLaren rocked the car world with the ground-breaking F1, here’s the benchmark hypercar’s spiritual successor – the P1.

LUCAS the playboy racer will take to the wheel of the mad Nissan Deltawing Batmobile in the Petite Le Mans endurance race next month.

REMEMBER the scrappage scheme? MG Motor UK dealers are now offering an allowance of £3,000 against a new MG6 for a customer’s banger.




Wednesday, September 19

WE launch Ewards for 2012 and our search for the best automotive trade websites has started. We want to offer you a FREE place at our Ewards & Online Experts Conference. Read more

ASTON Martin has given the DB9 a comprehensive refresh to keep its long-in-the-tooth GT competitive.

VOLVO has showcased a new version of the V40 hatch which has more than a little of the country casual look about it.

THE number of dealerships who are ‘SAF Approved’ has reached 2,000 the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) has announced. Read more

Thursday, September 20

UK car manufacturing fell 8.9 per cent in August, latest figures from the SMMT reveal. Read more

THE Dacia Sandero, a cut-price supermini that’s set to pull the rug from underneath the Fiesta sector’s feet with a rumoured sub-£6k price tag, has been unveiled ahead of its public debut in Paris.

KOREAN firm Kia has unveiled an all-new Carens compact MPV – and despite the same name, the car gains a bold new look.

NOT enough people are buying a car suitable for the £5k government plug-in car grant – and the Transport Select Committee is investigating why.

Friday, September 21

HONDA is ditching its image of selling boring cars and has revealed it WILL be producing a new Civic Type R.

ARE we paying more for diesel than we should be? The AA certainly thinks so as its research has discovered the gap between petrol and diesel should be much closer than it currently is.

FRENCH firm Citroen has launched a new car comparison tool that makes it easy for prospective buyers to see how individual Citroen models compare to the competition.

AUDI says it’ll be presenting a 298bhp version of the new A3 at next week’s Paris Motor Show. The all-new S3 will also be able to manage 40mpg.

James Batchelor's avatar

James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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