Current Mercedes C-class line-up drops from 47 models to 19, plus new special editions of the Fiat Panda and Seat Mii
22 January 2014

Mercedes has simplified the existing C-class line-up ahead of its replacement arriving in June. The C-class AMG Sport Edition, priced from £30,170, replaces both the AMG Sport and AMG Sport Plus. The C-class range now includes two trims and four engines in 19 models across saloon, estate and coupé bodystyles, down from three trims and seven engines in 47 models.

New special VR7 editions of Kia's Picanto, Rio and Cee’d models are now available. VR7 Kias come with air conditioning, leather trim, Bluetooth and USB connections inside, with alloy wheels and reverse parking sensors also included. Pricing starts from £8795 for the 1.0-litre Picanto 3-door VR7 model, rising to £14,995 for the 1.4-litre Cee’d Sportswagon VR7.

The SsangYong Korando Sports pick-up has been revised for 2014. SX models get 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass, air conditioning and new speed-sensitive power steering, while EX versions come with 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and rear parking sensors. A choice of three new hard-tops is also available. Prices start from £18,000.

Volvo customers could soon be able to book servicing and maintenance for their cars on a new website. Named My Volvo, the website lanches with features including promotions and driving tips, as well as letting new owners track their cars from the factory to the dealership.

Fiat is celebrating 30 years and 500,000 sales of the four-wheel-drive Panda with a new 4x4 Antarctica edition. Just 300 examples will be made, each with unique exterior and interior finishes and features including a height-adjustable seat and tinted rear windows as standard. Prices start from £14,895.

Fashion retailer Mango has teamed up with Seat to launch a new range-topping version of the Mii. The model includes new exterior side mouldings, bespoke 15-inch alloy wheels, and special badging. Inside, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearstick feature. The car goes on sale in July, with pricing yet to be revealed. 

Tesla's network of 'Supercharger' electric car charging points has expanded with 14 new sites in mainland Europe. The new routes will link major roads in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

Matthew Brown

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007-2014

The Mercedes C-Class marks a return to the company's old-school values of all-round quality and maturity

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