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Czech manufacturer fettles 1.0 three-pot; special-edition Golf and Beetle unveiled; Blue Oval shows off clever steering system

Skoda has started production of the VW Group's 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EA211 petrol engine at its Mladá Boleslav plant in the Czech Republic. Two power outputs will be built at the plant – 59bhp and 74bhp – and the engine is to be used in small and compact cars made by Skoda, Seat and Volkswagen.

Volkswagen has unveiled a new special-edition Golf at the Auto Mobil International motor show in Leipzig. The new high-end variant, produced in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Golf, has xenon headlights, 17in alloys and tinted rear and side windows. Inside, the premium ambience is underscored by Alcantara leather seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, leather gear shift, black roof lining and illuminated door sill plates. 

VW also showed off the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann2 for the first time at the AMI show. Paying tribute to the body manufacturing company Karmann, the special edition gets 18-inch alloys with chrome caps, sport seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel and aluminium pedals.

Ford will begin offering an adaptive steering system in some of its cars in early 2015. The system – shown in the video below – is designed to make manoeuvering easier while improving high-speed agility. It changes the effect your steering input has on the front wheels, cutting the number of turns lock-to-lock at lower speeds and, says Ford, delivering smoother, more precise responses at higher road speeds. The system will first appear on larger vehicles such as the US market Ford Edge.

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