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    Eastern Promise For Lotus

    From East Anglia to East Asia - production of a new Lotus is heading out of Norfolk for the first time ever. The famous sports car manufacturer is running out of room at its home in Hethel, near Norwich. And now bosses say they could shift production of the firm's forthcoming new Esprit - the first details of which were revealed on its 2005 calendar - to a plant in Malaysia. That's where parent company Proton is based.

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    Next Almera Tones Up

    It's music to family car buyers' ears - the Tone has finally arrived in the UK. The Nissan that debuted at last year's Paris Motor Show is being tested at the firm's technical centre in Bedfordshire ahead of its launch in December.

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    Cat-nap Shows XJ's Struck Oil

    Here's the proof Jaguar isn't going to be caught napping in the luxury diesel saloon market, either. While the car's test driver was fast asleep in a lay-by near the firm's West Midlands base, one eagle-eyed Auto Express reader spotted the badge on the boot that revealed this is the oil-burning XJ.

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    At Last, Speed Cameras Are Banned!

    Here's something we'll never see in the UK; one American state is planning to ban speed cameras. Ohio will allow tickets to be issued only if a traffic cop witnesses the offence and can hand out the fine in person. Republican state representative Jim Raussen introduced the bill, saying cameras had "questionable results at best".

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    Driver Safety Takes A New Turn

    It's a smashing invention! A pioneering new steering wheel and pedal assembly that cuts injuries by up to 27 per cent has been unveiled.

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    Diesel XK Gets The Go-ahead

    The next big cat will be a black one. Sources close to Jaguar have revealed an oil-burning version of the all-new XK is on the way - and it promises to be the most economical car in its class.

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    307 CC And Estate Open Up

    You've seen the official pictures of the 307 hatch - now here's the first proper look at the revised Peugeot 307 CC, SW and estate. They show how the more glamorous and practical ends of the facelifted range will line up.

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    Wraps Come Off New Peugeot 307

    It's been worth the wait. Development versions of the facelifted Peugeot 307 range have been on test for months and now we can bring you all the news on the actual car.

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    At Full Chat

    There's no doubt that national newspapers run too many negative motoring- related stories. So this column is going to be overwhelmingly optimistic and upbeat, and you can thank the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) for that. It's the mouthpiece for the UK's massively important auto business and has just published a fascinating fact-filled booklet. Sadly, most people won't be able to get their hands on the 38-page guide due to a limited print run - so I'm going to pass on some of

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    Subaru's Impreza

    It's official! But only Auto Express can prove that the revised Subaru Impreza looks every bit as good as we predicted. We unveiled the new look in issue 838, and the mag's pictures this week confirm our original claim; the car has gone from bug-eyed ugliness to sleek saloon in the space of two facelifts.

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    Punto Celebrations

    Fiat has just produced its six millionth Punto. The event was celebrated yesterday at Melfi, one of Europe's most modern factories, which not only produced the six millionth Punto, but also made half of the total number of cars. Two other factories make the Punto, one in Turin, the other in Palermo.

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