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The BMW X1 is fine to drive, but buyers looking for premium feel may be better served by rivals' offerings

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Fiat confirms four 500 models

Mandelson’s Vauxhall pledge

Car sale crisis ‘still to come’

Nissan commits to lithium ion

report: ‘Race to buy Opel over’

Porsche fury at VW ultimatumLancia UK launch ‘very unlikely’US car sales down againToyota/Merc deny platform plansScrappage boosts Euro salesScrappage to cause sales slumpOpel bidder loses £850 millionBridgestone’s run-flat progressReports: BAIC bids for VolvoMG Rover enquiry completedPorsche loan request rejectedGM winding down costs riseFord shifts C-Max productionArmed Ssangyong workers riotGM/Toyota partnership to endD-Day for ‘New GM’Vauxhall/Opel sale in troubleQatar confirms Porsche bidSuzuki denies VW stake reportsJLR launched in IndiaGM: ‘Hummer deal still on’Porsche rejects VW offerFiat still interested in Opel

Other news

Nissan GT-R’s world record

Dodge cars to be Alfas in EuropeMcLaren F1 GTR for saleSeat belt fines doubled to £60Audi unveils Goodwood statueEU wants 40% road death fallSilver is UK’s favourite car colour


Video - Porsche 911 GT2 v Corvette ZR1Citroen GT drives around London

First drives

Renault Kangoo Be Bop Z.E. 44kW

First drive - Mercedes E63 AMG Volvo XC60 2.4D DRIVe SSeat Ibiza 1.4 TSI 150 BocanegraMazda 3 2.0 Sport i-stopVolvo V70 1.6D Drive SEFord Fiesta 1.4i Style+ Auto

Road test

Road test - Audi R8 5.2 V10 FSI quattro


Row as Manor F1 lands Virgin

Porsche 917 stars at Goodwood

Mosley: ‘I may stay on’X Games outing for 780bhp FiestaGronholm tests 780bhp FiestaRaikkonen for Rally FinlandGreen light for Donington workRenault concepts at GoodwoodInfiniti Essence’s Goodwood runNurburgring corner named Vettel

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