New Nissan GT-R Nismo priced at £125k, Ford launches new top-spec Kuga while counting the cost of its new Focus, hybrid car sales up in Europe

Pricing for the 591bhp Nissan GT-R Nismo has been announced. Nissan's UK website now lists the £125,000 GT-R Nismo alongside the standard 2014 GT-R, which costs £77,995. The GT-R Nismo is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine, and can reach 60mph in 2.7 seconds.

New top-spec Titanium X Sport editions of the Ford Kuga are now available, priced at £28,345. The model features new 19-inch alloy wheels, a body kit, integrated sat-nav with DAB radio and Ford's Active Park Assist. Titanium versions of the Kuga have accounted for around 80 per cent of sales in its first year.

Sales of hybrid cars in Europe jumped by more than 40 per cent in 2013. A total of 214,237 hybrid cars were sold, as more drivers sought to reduce the costs of motoring. The news is a big boost for Toyota, which expects sales of its Yaris Hybrid to grow by 20 per cent in Europe this year.

Mercedes-Benz plans to double its SUV sales in order to take back luxury car sales leadership from its German competitors. In order to claim the crown from BMW and Audi by 2020, Mercedes will look to increase SUV sales to 800,000 units, helped by the new GLAMLC and GLC 'coupe' models.

Ford has refused to comment on the cost of its Focus facelift. The process is understood to be one of the most expensive that the firm has ever undertaken, with costs multiplied due to the production volume of the Focus, which is built in eight global plants.

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7 March 2014
The sale of hybrid cars is set to pick up as more car makers enter the foray. I'd like to know - just out of interest - how's Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV doing? By my reckoning it should do very well and give the established rivals a decent fight.

7 March 2014
Darren Moss wrote:

New top-spec Titanium X Sport editions of the Ford Kuga are now available

They've been available since last August! That's over six months ago!

7 March 2014
£125,000 for a Nissan! You've got to admire their sense of humour! I could understand it if it was one of the best looking cars on the planet but, let's face it, it's a bit of a minger.

8 March 2014
martin_66, you clearly haven't driven the standard GT-R let alone the Nismo. I can't imagine anyone buys it for the looks, but for the fact that it is one of the most extraordinary driving machines ever made. If it had a Porsche, Ferrari or Lamborghini badge it would be 50% more expensive, so the fact it is a Nissan means the customer gets a bargain....for a car that can out-drive most other machines on the road today.

14 March 2014
What has the way it drives got to do with my comments? I still think that price for a car that ugly, with a Nissan badge on it, is just laughable. It might be the best car the motoring industry has ever created, but looking like that I still wouldn't buy one if I won the lottery. Nothing that Porsche, Ferrari or Lamborghini has ever produced (except, possibly, the Ferrari FF) has ever been as horrible to look at as the GTR.

14 March 2014
Personally, I think the GT-R looks good. It doesn't have the elegant lines of its far more expensive Italian rivals, but instead it looks aggressive and purposeful without going over the top. And as for performance, it offers more bang for your buck than anything I can think of (excluding used cars of course).

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