The week in one story
8 September 2006

The summer lull is well and truly over, it seems - with the Paris motor show just around the corner, new metal has been appearing by the day during the past week.

Some of that metal pointed us straight towards next year’s showrooms: Peugeot’s 207 Epure is effectively the 207 CC; Hyundai’s Arnejs is very close to its Ford Focus rival, due next year.

Some, however, was gloriously free of reality: Renault’s four-seater Nepta cabrio is not likely to be in showrooms anytime soon; nor is French rival Citroen’s C-Métisse. Elements of both could find their way into production, though.

At the opposite end of the production cycle, we brought you news of cars that will soon be on sale - Nissan’s all-new British-built Qashqai, Mazda’s CX-7 and Mitsubishi’s fourth-generation Shogun.

On the road, we sampled the facelifted BMW X3 and Mazda 3, warmed to the Suzuki Swift Sport and tested the last of the current Evos.

Our spy photographers brought you Aston’s next car, a development of the DBS used in Bond film Casino Royale that looks likely to be called DBRS9 and video of Rolls’ Corniche convertible undergoing hot weather testing.

The new-car fever should build further in the next week. Watch out for exclusive spy video footage of one of 2007’s trendiest cars, and our drive of Mercedes’ technological flagship, the CL. And on Thursday morning, we get our first glimpse of the production-ready Honda Civic Type-R. Don’t miss it.

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