Volkswagen announces new Tiguan Match model; Honda Jazz Mugen leaked; Mitsubishi Shogun price cut
5 August 2013

Mitsubishi has cut the price of its Shogun by up between £3900 and £5000, meaning the range now starts at £26,199. The biggest reductions are on long-wheelbase, SG3 and SG4 models. Mitsubishi says the move is to enable it to further increase sales volume. This year, Mitsubishi has grown sales by 41 per cent and claims it is the UK's fastest-growing brand.

The Volkswagen Tiguan Match is to join the range. It costs £450 less than the SE model it replaces, but features £700 of additional equipment including navigation, park sensors, iPhone connectivity and DAB. It is available in two-and four-wheel drive configurations with 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines and a 1.4-litre petrol.

A brochure showing the latest-generation Honda Jazz Mugen have appeared online. The Japanese-market Fit will be offered in two different Mugen versions, and both hybrid and conventional IC-engined models. It is thought the upgrades are purely cosmetic. It is not yet known if these Mugen parts will be available when the car launches in Europe in 18 months' time.

Ford has received more than 3000 orders for its Fiesta ST - double the expected number. One third of European orders come from the UK. Ford is to increase production by 15 per cent - to 60 units a day - to help satisfy demand. 

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5 August 2013

I honestly think the new Jazz is a flippin' mess!

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6 August 2013

Mini2 wrote:

I honestly think the new Jazz is a flippin' mess!


I get the impression that Honda are trying to pitch the next Jazz at a more youthful audience. It's a bit silly to attempt to isolate their existing Jazz customers though, as let's face it, most are getting on a bit.

5 August 2013

I agree with Mini2, the current Jazz looks OK if boring, but the new one is trying too hard for its own good. Nothing seems to match any other part of the styling and its all rather fussy. Too many cars seem to have fussy detailing now, whether its an effort to make them more distinctive in a time of falling sales generally, or just the designers changing things for the sake of changing them, I don't know, but it just seems we have moved away from simple elegant design over recent time. Mini is another prime example of this trend.

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5 August 2013

ordinary bloke wrote:

 I don't know, but it just seems we have moved away from simple elegant design over recent time. Mini is another prime example of this trend.

As an example I would cite various (not all) Skodas. Some of the details on certain Mini models such as indicator repeaters and alloy wheels are utterly appalling, appearing to be very cheaply made indeed although almost certainly not cheap to replace!

7 August 2013

Only in the UK is the Jazz saddled with an "old person" image, so I'd imagine it could only benefit Honda if they introduced a "halo" model. So far they seem to have resisted perkier versions sold elsewhere.  

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