The week in one story
14 July 2006

It's been an odd week for new metal on Autocar.co.uk - perhaps that's down to the imminent British motor show, and the fact that manufacturers have either unveiled their cars already or are keeping their powder dry for ExCeL.

There was still plenty happening in our news pages this week, however. We got our first glimpse of a hotter version of the relatively tepid VW Polo GTi - but then groaned when we saw that VW UK has no plans to bring it to Britain.

But the new Marcos GTC will be on sale in the UK. As promised, we brought you the details ahead of the Show.

Also revving onto our roads is the hottest-yet version of the Peugeot 207, the " target= 'new'>GT Turbo.

There were three signs of dawning sense for the British motorist, with the Department for Transport's draft guidelines signalling an end to punitive clamping .

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency said that the introduction of the Road Safety Bill next year would enable it to clamp down more effectively on the number of lorries and drivers breaking the rules. Checks in Kent and Surrey resulted in almost a third of lorries being issued with prohibition notices.

Meanwhile, London Mayor Ken Livingstone said that he had asked Transport for London to investigate turning the Congestion Charge into a pollution charge. There, we regret, the sense appears to have run out - it won't include taxis or buses, which are amongst the most polluting vehicles on London's streets.

It's been a busy week in the industry, too. TVR announced a deal with renowned enginerring outfit Ricardo to develop its powertrains, having said it was reinstating those workers termporarily laid off in April.

On another continent, Nissan said it will launch a car in China first for the first time, as its boss met with GM chief executive Rick Wagoner to discuss a possible alliance..Last, but by no means least, Autocar.co.uk ran its first podcast, which means you can watch our video and, in the future, audio content via iTunes.

And next week? We will be at the British Motor Show to bring you all the news as it happens, refreshed throughout the day. There'll be daily videos including the new Vauxhall Corsa. And before then, keep checking our home page for news on our attempt to break the London Speed Record with 10 supercars including a McLaren Mercedes SLR, Ford GT and Porsche 911 Turbo.

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