MG HS: much improved SUV from masters of duplication

TASTY food; sundry electrical goods; a rather large wall that can allegedly be seen from outer space – we’ve all heard of the Chinese.

Now they seem intent on copying some goods rather larger than your average smart phone. Cars for the European market are next on the agenda for the peoples republic and rest assured they will be, shall we say, competitively priced.

An initial foray from the eastern outpost of communism has seen the rather well known MG brand back in business here.

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NISSAN JUKE: improving in a roundabout sort of way

NISSAN’S Juke is a car that stands out from the crowd in any scenario – even before you throw a few litres of bright paint at it.

They even made sure the windows were open, because some of the latest ones have got a tango coloured coating inside too.

It’s quirky looks in its compact chunky body have made it a popular choice for those motorists who stray from the conventional. And there must be a lot of them about, because there are a lot of Jukes about too.

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PEUGEOT 3008: family favourite for dad, mum the kids and the dogs

ANOTHER week, another crossover, and this time it’s one that a lot of people seem to have taken an instant liking to.

Peugeot’s 3008 has been extensively re-styled and its ability to combine the best elements of an SUV, hatchback and MPV have made it as much of a family favourite as the radio show of old ever was.

Launched to the UK market back in 2009, the updated version now has more equipment as standard, but a lower price tag.

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MERCEDES-BENZ and AMG: very fast forward

EVER wondered what goes through F1 safety car driver Bernd Maylander’s mind as he sits at the head of a snake of multi million pound machinery when things go breasts up on a Sunday afternoon?

So do I. And one of the topics might well be how do I get out of this gull wing doored beast in a hurry if I need to.

The upward pivoting doors on the £165,000 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe – the car he drives for work – can be a trifle deceptive.

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SEAT TOLEDO: a lot of car for not a lot of money



LET’S get one thing straight from the outset with this one – it’s not a car that’s going to get you over-excited.

The SEAT Toledo is the sort of car that does exactly what you expect it to do without raising your expectations any higher than that.

It’s a faithful Labrador in a world when there are many other more popular designer breeds. And a few exotic options thrown in for good measure. But I’ll tell you what. There aren’t many other cars around for the money that will give you this sort of usability for your family.

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BMW 650i M SPORT GRAN COUPE: catching the eye

BMW’S first foray into the four door coupe market has certainly caught the eye – I almost had to take my shoes and socks off to count the number of positive comments it sparked.

And if it’s power you crave, then you ‘ve no need to look much further. The range is topped by a new 450hp twin turbo V8 that should satisfy the most ardent petrolhead.

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RENAULT‘S Mégane Renaultsport is widely acclaimed as a benchmark hot hatch, but on the off chance it isn’t quite exclusive enough for some, here’s the answer – a new limited edition, the Mégane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing RB8.

The French manufacturer and Milton Keynes based Red Bull Racing celebrate their third Formula 1 Constructors’ world title with this limited edition which pretty well guarantees exclusivity – there will only be 30 sold in the UK.

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