The one-millionth SkyActiv Mazda has been built; Volvo develops inflatable child seat; New Smart Fortwo trim launched
14 April 2014

Mazda has produced a million SkyActiv models, just two years and four months after the firm launched the technology with the Mazda CX-5. Sales of that model, along with the 3 and 6 passed 1,040,000 in March. Mazda plans to introduce a further five SkyActiv models by 2016.

Volvo has developed a lightweight and inflatable rear-facing child seat concept. It can inflate in 40 seconds and weighs 5kg, around half that of conventional seats. Bluetooth connectivity enables it to be inflated remotely. The seat is constructed from fabric originally designed by the military to develop inflatable aeroplanes.

Smart has launched a new edition of its Fortwo city car. The Fortwo Grandstyle Edition features black alloy wheels, LED running lights, Artico upholstery  and touchscreen navigation. The new £10,300 model is available with zero per cent finance for £99 a month (71bhp versions) or £109 (84bhp) with a £1499 deposit and a £4490 final payment.

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The Smart Fortwo is a unique proposition. Its emotional appeal is unquestionable and it is one of the most novel and innovative cars available.

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15 April 2014
Ugly is in the eye of the beholder.

15 April 2014
Volvo was only a hyphen away from grabbing a lot of extra attention for that news snippet.

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