Renault financial half-year results, Skoda Fabia special edition, VW Jetta Limited Edition announced, Dacia Sandero residual values, Icona for Pebble Beach

Renault has announced its financial results for the first half of 2013. The Renault Group has an operating income of a negative €249 million, and a net income of €97 million, compared with €774 million in the first half of 2012. Group revenues are down by almost one per cent on last year, at €20,441 million.

Skoda has revealed another special edition of the Fabia, this time based on the Monte Carlo. The Tech Estate will be available with either a 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 1.6-litre diesel and will cost from £12,575. The car features satellite navigation and bluetooth connectivity as standard.

Volkswagen has released a limited edition of the Jetta. Based on the SE model, the Limited Edition Jetta adds almost £3000 worth of extra equipment for only £160 more. That equipment includes VW's satellite navigation system, front and rear parking sensors and a DAB digital radio. 

Dacia claims its £5995 Sandero Access is one of the least depreciating cars in the country. Based on selling after three years or 60,000 miles, Dacia says the Access would have lost £3615 in total, making it worth £2380. In other words, the car would have cost £1205 per year in depreciation.

The Icona Vulcano will concept will be shown at the Pebble Beach Concours 'dElegance in August. The Vulcano's makers say the hybrid 937bhp supercar showcases the best of Italian design and engineering, and will be on sale by next summer.


Our Verdict

Dacia Sandero

The Sandero represents basic motoring done well, for those who really want it

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