Hot new Clio RS for Geneva debut plus new Suzuki Swift SZ-L, 60 Bond cars for sale, Kia Soul EV to have 124-mile range, New Evantra V8 supercar teased
Darren Moss
24 February 2014

A hot limited-edition version of the Renault Clio RS will be shown at the Geneva motor show next month. Leaked images of the Monaco GP edition show new paintwork and slight cosmetic changes. No mechanical upgrades are expected. Renault has already confirmed the model won’t be coming to the UK.

Suzuki will limit production of its new special-edition Swift SZ-L to just 500 units. Priced from £11,316, the model goes on sale in March featuring two-tone metallic paint, colour-contrast bodywork, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, LED DRLs and cruise control. The SZ-L is powered by a 1.2-litre Dual VVT engine with 93bhp.

Almost 60 cars from various James Bond films are going on sale. The collection, which includes an Aston Martin DB5, Lotus Esprit Turbo and Ford Mustang Mach 1, has been priced at £20 million. The sale also includes plenty of Bond memorabilia, including posters and photos.

Kia says its forthcoming Soul EV will have a driving range of around 124 miles thanks to a new battery material. The new power cell has a high energy density, which means the Soul can be recharged in only 25 minutes. The Soul EV will go on sale in the UK following a US launch later this year, and is expected to cost around £25,000.

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Almost all Rolls-Royce cars bought last year were personalised by their owners. The firm says around 95 per cent of its cars purchased in 2013 went through its Bespoke business, with the Phantom being the most popular choice for modification. In particular, 99 per cent of buyers in the Middle East personalised their cars. 

The Volkswagen Group had a successful financial year in 2013, with revenues of £162.6 billion. That's compared to £159.2 billion in the previous year. The Group delivered 9,731,000 cars to customers over the year, up almost five per cent on 2012.

Italian firm Mazzanti Automobili has released a preview video of its new supercar, the Evantra. Powered by a 7.0-litre V8 engine producing 691bhp, the Evantra can reportedly hit 62mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 217mph. See the car in action in the video below.

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24 February 2014
Is that a full recharge in 25mins?

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