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    Used Car Honours 2005

    Here they are: the best buys on the secondhand market. The results are below. Full details of the winners, runners up and why our panel of experts chose them in that pecking order are in the current issue of the magazine.

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    At Full Chat

    Had Ferrari pulled the wraps off a sensational, all-new, £80,000 supercar at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, the good people of the automotive world would have been ecstatic. They would have been expressing deep respect for Italy's most famous company. If sister firm Maserati did the unthinkable and steamed in with a more modest but similar-looking motor for £50,000-£60,000 at precisely the same time, the feelgood factor would have been so great that everyone from the peasants to the P

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    Polo Gets A Refreshing New Look

    These are officially called 'teaser pictures' by Volkswagen, but the only part of the new Polo that has been left to the imagination is the rear. However, regular readers already know what the supermini's back end looks like - from our spy shots in issues 813 and 847.

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    Inside Line On MINI Estate

    Not only has this week's mag scooped rivals and shown the first sensational images of MINI's new estate, but we are also the first magazine to bring you pictures of the fresh car's cabin. They show how MINI is being even more adventurous with its interior styling.

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    New MINI Breaks Cover

    Mind the doors... the MINI is about to get the 'suicide' treatment. But fans of the cult car should not worry, as parent firm BMW has no plans to axe its baby best-seller.

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    Dawn Of Nubira For Fast Chevys

    There aren't many estate cars that claim to develop more than 200bhp - but the Chevrolet Nubira Sprint is one of them. Based on the Lacetti Station Wagon, which has retained the Nubira name in Europe.

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    Performance-related Pay At The DSA?

    Sub-standard learner drivers are passing their test in order to meet Government targets, a former examiner has claimed. Pete Murray (image) made the allegation after being unfairly dismissed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) for failing too many candidates.

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    Vel Satis Gets Early Retirement

    After only three years and 1,400 sales, Renault has axed the Vel Satis in the UK. "We are pulling the plug on the vehicle," said the firm's UK managing director, Philippe Talou-Derible.

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    Hottest-ever Clio Powers In

    The hot hatch heritage of Renault is already impressive, but another chapter is about to open with the launch of a new ultra-hot Clio. Following in the tyre tracks of performance models such as the 5 GT Turbo and the Clio 182, an even quicker model is being developed. It will be the car's swansong and will go on sale later in the year, before an all-new Clio is launched.

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    BMWs Are Stars Of The No-show

    When company bosses want to reveal a new car at a motor show such as Geneva, it's usually there on stage. But BMW does things differently - it announced not one but two models, and neither of them was there.

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