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Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer, has been awarded a CMG in the New Year Honours. The Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George award was presented in “recognition of exceptional and excellent achievements promoting Britain overseas”.

The Volkswagen Passat is available in two new trim levels. The Executive model counts sat-nav and heated front seats among standard kit. VW claims it adds £1700 of extra equipment for a £200 premium over the Highline models it replaces. The Executive Style trim adds £2000 worth of kit, including 18in alloys and lower suspension for £995 over Executive models. Executive and Executive Style models start at £22,900 and £23,895 respectively.

The latest Peugeot 308 has gone on sale today. Four models are available: Access, Active, Allure and Feline, priced from £14,495, £17,195, £18,645 and £20,995 respectively.

Caterham has signed US distribution deal with Superformance. The Irvine, California-based firm will stock a range of Seven variants but the market is expected to demand mostly higher-power models. Superformance will sell Sevens through its nationwide dealer network as rolling chassis for customers to complete the built personally.

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fadyady 2 January 2014

The success of Japanese

car makers here in the UK is a very interesting phenomenon. Going by the role a Briton played in the revival of the German car industry 60 odd years ago and where it is today, nobody knows what Nissan, Honda and Toyota may be capable of doing for the British car industry today. Good luck, indeed.