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    Cargo Grille Is Loads Better For Estates

    Get a load of this! A new safety screen for estate cars has been launched to prevent cargo moving around and injuring the driver. The Safeload is a specially designed frame with steel mesh that can be permanently fitted in popular Fords, VWs and Vauxhalls.

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    Safe Rail Crossings On Track

    Rail bosses on three continents are turning to technology to boost level crossing safety. Network Rail in the UK plans to test radar units on crossing gates to detect if cars are stuck on the tracks. This would automatically stop approaching trains.

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    Parking Camera Is Light Fantastic

    Rear view parking cameras have a bright future - soon they will be able to see in the dark.

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    Chance To Net Brit Supercar

    One of the rarest cars in the world is up for sale. The first 525S from British firm Parradine, and one of only two ever made, appears on auction website www.ebay.co.uk from Friday 19 November.

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    Dealer Acts On Auto Express Probe

    Auto Express has hit the bullseye again. After seeing our report on showroom customer service standards in issue 831, bosses at one of the garages we visited have taken action.

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    New Shake-up Plan's In Chaos

    Millions of car buyers supposed to benefit from new rules designed to tighten up dealer small print could be about to be disappointed.

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    Now Mapping Is Van-tastic!

    Making maps for motorists is about to get faster, thanks to a fleet of vans which will replace human surveyors. Twenty of them, belonging to Belgian firm Tele Atlas, are to travel roads across Europe collecting vast quantities of information.

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    Chevy-pickers On The Job

    This must be the ultimate sales brochure. Following the decision to replace the Daewoo name with Chevrolet, Auto Express has learned that UK bosses are busy at European HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. And they've got an envious job - they're sifting through the firm's US models to 'cherry-pick' the best vehicles to bring to Britain.

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    New M-Class Ready For Road

    Out in the open and completely undisguised for the first time in this week's mag, this is the car putting the capital M back into Mercedes. Captured in Los Angeles, California during a brochure photoshoot, exclusive pictures in this week's mag show how the M-Class remains faithful to the original - but with some crucial changes.

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    MINI's Changing Gear

    What would Sir Alec Issigonis think? While the original 1963 Mini Cooper S was as raw and sparse as any rally car of its era, the modern version is getting a Formula One-inspired paddleshift automatic transmission.

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    Ford Set To Toe The Safety Line?

    Mercury isn't a brand we know much about in the UK, but we're familiar with its parent company, Ford. And the British market will soon be benefiting from some of the technology in this concept.

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    Micra Calms Down

    Stress-busting technology has been introduced by Nissan into Japanese versions of the Micra.

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    Suzuki's New Baby Wings In

    It might not be the first MINI alternative that springs to mind, but the BMW hatchback will have a new rival in the shape of Suzuki's Swift when it goes on sale next spring. Representing a huge step forward in terms of quality and design, the hatchback will be unveiled in three and five-door forms at March's Geneva Motor Show.

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