BMW GINA Light Visionary Model
It’s a transforming BMW – the stunning BMW GINA Light Visionary Model features a moveable lightweight aluminium space-frame body covered by fabric, meaning the Beemer can change shape at the touch of a button. BMW chiefs say the GINA is not a concept in the standard sense, so we won’t ever see this in production form.
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Nissan Pivo 2
Nissan’s new GT-R is picking up accolades everywhere it goes – including setting a Nurburgring lap time quicker than the Bugatti Veyron.
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Judge Dredd Land Rover
Rambo and Rocky star Sylvester Stallone appeared in 1995’s action flick Judge Dredd as the hard-hitting agent of justice in a violent future. And Dredd’s car was equally imposing – Land Rover was tasked with building Dredd’s city cabs, and produced thirty bright yellow beasts.
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Citroen DS Robot
The ‘totemobile’ is a converted 1965 Citroen DS which uses massive electric pumps to transform it into an 18 metre tall totem pole, which Amorphic say is “the final maturation of an enormous biological organism.”
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Car designers take inspiration from all sources – the interior of the new Ford Fiesta is modelled on a mobile phone, the Toyota Auris’ insides were carved according to the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the gorgeous Jaguar XK was modelled on British actress Kate Winslet.
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Milner Motors Air Car
Congestion, jams and stop-start traffic – modern day driving can be a drain on your energy.
Peugeot is renowned for its handling technology and has produced some of the greatest hatches ever, including the legendary Peugeot 205 GTi and the Peugeot 306 GTI-6.
And in 2005, Peugeot’s motorsport division rolled out this three-wheeled 120bhp concept – the bonkers Peugeot 20Cup.
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Citroen unveiled a green supercar at the 2005 Paris motor show – and this is the full working model.
The Citroen C-Metisse features gullwing front and rear doors, a mad interior which Citroen claims “reinforces the sensation of being in a fighter jet”, and a hybrid-diesel engine which returns 45mpg – but still propels the C-Metisse from 0-62mph in just 6.2 seconds.
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Tang Hua Book of Songs
This Chinese car weighs just 500kgs, has two seats, measures 1.8-metres in length, and shares the Tang Hua stable with its brothers:
The MX-5 feels as lively as a single-seater racer vehicle. In the Roadster Coupe, the Mazda MX5 has undergone its most radical transformation since its launch. The steering is superbly direct and quick to respond. It’s communicative, with bags of feedback through the steering wheel, providing the driver with loads of information on what the front wheels are doing. All this, and the ride is pretty good too, leaving occupants to climb out ache free. The 17 inch big wheels tend to skip over bumps, so the driver has to be careful on faster or sharper bends.
The engine options available with the MX-5 are 1.8 and 2 litre. The 1.8-litre feels a bit limp simply because the chassis can take so much more. The bigger 158bhp 2-litre is more the tag, with 0-62mph in 7.9 and a 131mph top speed. The Mazda MX5 is a car chosen by many motorists for its excellent driving experience rather than utter speed.
The Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe offers one of the most excellent driving experiences available at any cost. Plus, the MX5 driver need not compromise on reliability and comfort. Its not the hair-dressers’ car, as most of its critic goes. Fun like this hard to find.
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|The C1 looks good, goes well and is very cheap – in short, its all you could ever want from a city car. This places it in road tax band B, with an annual charge of £35, dropping to £20 in April 2009.|
|The funky Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion is one of the most economical cars on sale in the UK. The Polo BlueMotion 2 has more luxuries which bump its emissions up to 109g/km and into the £35 per year tax band B and £20 from April 2009.
|The Peugeot 308 CC is likely to score in the hearts of buyers with its looks, It has CO2 emissions of 120g/km, placing it in road tax band B.|
|The Mazda MX-5 is a proper sports car, with great handling and a folding soft top, placing it in tax band E with a £170 charge in 2008-9.|
|The 2-litre dCi diesel engine produces 148bhp and accelerates the car from 0-62mph in just 9.8 seconds, placing road tax E|
|The Honda CR-V emits 173g/km of CO2, placing it in tax band E.|
Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Mazda 3 MPS will get a 2.3-litre turbocharged engine which is expected to develop around 260bhp and enable a 6 second 0-62mph time and top speed of 155mph.
The new MPS – which is expected to cost around £19,000 – gets a huge bonnet scoop, rear spoiler along with a set of sporty alloy wheels.
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Many general checks can be carried out by the driver/owner but there may be safety and driving implications. For guidance, a skilled technician should be referred to for help in accordance to the manufacturer’s service schedule and the Owner’s manual or whenever you are unsure about what to do.
Maintenance you may need help with:
- Engine Oil
- Engine coolant level
- Air filter
- Battery – if this becomes flat you will need jump leads. To start your car off somebody else’s by attaching the positive terminals of each car together and the negative terminals of each car together then starting the engine.
- Shock absorbers
- Steering fluid -Transmission, brakes, clutch and power
Maintenance to consider in winter:
- Engine anti-freeze
- Special battery care
- Ignition and starting
Maintenance to consider in summer:
- Cooling system
Simple maintenance you can do: