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3 July 2009

Welcome to autocar.co.uk's round-up of the week's news, first drives, videos and road test.

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BMW X1 revealed – full picture galleryAston Martin Cygnet revealedJaguar XJ: more details and picsOfficial Audi A5 Sportback picsVideo - Porsche 911 GT2 v Corvette ZR1

Most discussed

BMW X1 revealed – full picture galleryAston Martin Cygnet revealedFirst drive - Mercedes E63 AMGOfficial Audi A5 Sportback picsVideo - Porsche 911 GT2 v Corvette ZR1

New cars

Hot Civic Type R Mugen

BMW 3 Series GT will go ahead

Special edition Elises launched

858bhp Porsche 997 revealed

Spyker C8 Aileron spotted

Renault’s three-year EV plan

Nissan 370Z Yellow revealed

McLaren plans hybrid supercar2011 BMW M5 breaks coverCitroen GT supercar ‘will be built’Lambo Gallardo LP550-2 revealedNew Citroen C3 launchedAussie supercar takes on FerrariGumpert Apollo Speed spiedVW Cashes in on the Up!Scion iQ gets US go-aheadLightning plans more electric carsCitroen DS4 'a radical MPV'Porsche plans Panamera dieselUpdated: Hotter Jaguar XKRNew Discovery pricing revealedMazda 3 gets i-stop techOne-off Pagani Zonda picturedOfficial BMW X1 teasersPeugeot 207 facelift unveiledDemo run for special Jaguar XKRArden’s special edition Mini

Industry news

BAIC makes Vauxhall/Opel bid

GM bankruptcy hearing ends

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

Our Verdict


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

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