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HERE'S ARE SOME of the new models which caught my eye at the Paris motor show yesterday.


HERE'S ARE SOME of the new models which caught my eye at the Paris motor show yesterday.



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Most of my fellow journalists think the new Range Rover is stunning. The front-end looks a bit fussy to my eyes, but I seem to be in a minority of one. I spoke to a colleague who has ridden in the passenger seat, and he told me the ride is even better than the current car’s. I’m going to nag Land Rover on a daily basis until they let me drive one.



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The Ford Mondeo doesn’t stop you in your tracks like the Range Rover, but it’s a neat enough looking car. However, the Mazda 6 on the stand next door looks more distinctive (see below).



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I like the wide-mouthed grille and sharply creased lines, which look much better in the metal than in this picture. There’s more space for passengers and luggage than in the old Mazda 6, too.



Tl_extracted 1 There’s very little wrong with today’s Golf, and the new Mk7 is a careful evolution design-wise. I really rather like it. From launch the most powerful diesel will have 150PS, although Volkswagen has confirmed there will be a Golf GTD, likely to have at least 180PS.



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The new Auris was parked just over the way from the Golf. The nose of the car is strong and overall it’s much more striking than the old model, but to my short-sighted eyes the Golf is the more cohesive design.



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New small hatches are ten-a-penny at the Paris show. The Skoda Rapid may be as plain as M&S slacks, but you can bet it will be cheaper to buy than the Golf with prices starting from £12,900 (Golf prices haven’t been confirmed). However, the basic S model doesn’t even get air conditioning so it's not quite the bargain it first appears. Kerbweights are very low, ranging from 1140kg to 1254kg (including 75kg for the driver). Braked towing limits range from 750kg for the 75PS 1.2 petrol to 1200kg for the 105PS 1.6 TDI.



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I’ve got a lot of time for honest-to-goodness cheap cars. With the Korean brands pushing themselves upmarket, there’s room for a company like Dacia to establish itself with a range of unpretentious, do-the-job vehicles. The Duster SUV is one of the cars I’m most looking forward to driving over the next few months.



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The Mitsubishi Outlander’s UK launch has been delayed until April next year while the company sells off remaining stock of the old model. Just three or four months later it will launch the Outlander PHEV, an innovative plug-in hybrid. Unlike some hybrids, it will be homologated for towing. One of the Japanese company’s execs told me the legal towing limit will be 1500kg.



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You might want to turn down the brightness on your computer screen to look at the Peugeot 2008 Concept. Get past the concept car’s retina-detaching paint finish and you’re looking at Peugeot’s new small crossover, arriving in showrooms in autumn 2013.



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The new Jaguar F-type. I know none of us are ever going to tow with one, but who cares? It’s beautiful and I want one so much if I could get a decent price for my gran, she’d be on eBay right now.

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