The week in one story
18 August 2006

Small cars hit it big on this week. The most important arrival had to be the new Mini – but you’d have been hard pushed to tell the difference from the old model, on the outside at least. Having checked that we’d got the correct photos, we brought you our analysis of it.

Suzuki’s targets for the Swift are probably more modest than BMW’s massive sales strategy for the Mini. But as the hotter version of one of our favourite small cars, the Swift Sport was still worthy of note. It will be at the Paris show next month, along with the company’s Splash concept.

On the engineering side, we brought you a taste of BMW’s future, and the details of its six-cylinder plans for the 3-series, all of them turbos. Citroen has been at work on engines too: the new diesels for its C8 can run on up to 30 per cent biodiesel.

Industry changes continued apace, with MG’s Duke Hale confirming MGs will be made in Oklahoma – contradicting his boss, the Nanjing president, who had said it was “only an idea”…

The Rover name, meanwhile, has been sold by BMW to Shanghai Automotive, so long as Ford doesn’t exercise its 90-day option on the name.

Our videos included Chevy’s gorgeous Camaro concept and Mercedes’ new CL.

We also brought you first drives of the most advanced new car in the world, the Lexus LS, Vauxhall’s new Antara and VW’s clever Touran Twincharger.

Next week watch out for video of the new Mini, our first drive of Vauxhall’s brand new Corsa plus new cars from VW and Skoda.

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