New Honda Jazz to go on sale in September, Dacia Duster Black edition announced, Audi A3 sales pass three million

The new Honda Fit/Jazz will go on sale in Japan this September. The new Jazz, which will have a 1.5-litre unit as one of its engine options, will come with a choice of three driving modes - labelled EV, hybrid and engine.

Dacia has announced a special edition of the Duster, celebrating the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Black Edition costs from £15,575 and features a black vinyl finish, an ash leather interior and various infotainment upgrades. It is available to order now.

Audi's A3 has passed three million units. A Sportback 2.0-litre TDI quattro was the milestone car, rolling off the production line in Ingolstadt this week. The car was first brought to market 17 years ago.

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19 July 2013

Given that this is the first sighting (I believe) of the third generation Jazz - and given the success of the first two - and with the distinct possibility of the model being built here in swindon, I would have thought this was quite big news.

Read elsewhere that it has a new dual clutch hybrid system as well as a Toyota-like Atkinson cycle petrol engine, all of which gives terrific fuel economy - at least in the Japanese test.

Let's hope this marks the start of a revival of the firms fortunes.

19 July 2013

LP in Brighton wrote:

Given that this is the first sighting (I believe) of the third generation Jazz - and given the success of the first two - and with the distinct possibility of the model being built here in swindon, I would have thought this was quite big news.

Read elsewhere that it has a new dual clutch hybrid system as well as a Toyota-like Atkinson cycle petrol engine, all of which gives terrific fuel economy - at least in the Japanese test.

Let's hope this marks the start of a revival of the firms fortunes.

 

Yh, 36.4km/l converted is 102MPG!!!  Incredible. Wonder what that will be on the EU cycle.

19 July 2013

Pity the new Jazz looks like it's been beaten with the same fussy/ugly stick as the Civic ...

And Renault/Dacia ... Just WHAT has matt black paint, ash and leather got to do with the "Goodwood Festival of Speed" ... Lowered suspension and/or more poke from the engine, I can understand ...

19 July 2013

Is it me or does that picture of the Dacia Duster make it look like it has a huge dent above the rear wheel?

19 July 2013

The Duster above is actually £17,575.00 which is a frankly ludicrous price, it is almost £6000 more than the model it is based on; Ambiance  4x2. 

19 July 2013

I'm guessing the whole charm, cheekiness and popularity of the Dacia is based on one thing and one thing only - the price. This sort of price brings with it a whole load of alternative options.

19 July 2013

Even without the stuck on plastic bits of this RS version, the new Jazz looks a far more intricate and fussy design than the previous two models. Still, judging by the sizeable number of pre-reg current models washing around on the net the dealers will be glad to have something new to sell.

20 July 2013

It may look good, but Dacia have stated that they operate a strict no-discount policy, so this will have to be significantly better than its competition to attract significant sales.  Personally, I'd be looking for something that would offer a discount so that I'd be able to impress the neighbours, rather than having to explain the difference from the prices that Dacia have advertised since they were introduced to the UK and to assure them that I'd spend my cash wisely.  If I were looking for a small value for money car,I'd happily buy a Dacia, but for this sort of money you'd need to be a real fan of the marque.

22 July 2013

I believe the Indian Dacia Duster comes with Sat nav,infotainment options,rear air conditioning and sells for about a cost of 1,200,000 Rupees,which is around 15,000 Pounds. Nissan is going to rebadge the Dacia and sell it as Terrano and I must say,from Computer generated Images available so far,It does look better than the Duster

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