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    At Full Chat

    If you're an overweight middle-aged Londoner, your name is Mike and you're driving a Swedish-built car, keep looking in your rear view mirror for uninvited flying missiles. I say this because in recent months, both myself and Mike Brewer - my TV co-presenter in the next series of Pulling Power and fellow Auto Express columnist - have found ourselves being driven into the back of as we've sat in Volvos.

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    Next CL Has Bentley In Its Sights

    It's the car Mercedes said might never be built! This week's Auto Express magazine has the world's first pictures of the replacement for the CL supercoupé. It's based on the next-generation S-Class we revealed in Issue 811, and is due to hit the road shortly after that car's launch in 2006. Entry-level editions of the next CL are expected to cost at least £80,000.

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    All-new E-Class Is An A6-shooter

    To rival the model which claimed the prestigious Auto 1 Car of the Year award at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Mercedes has sent its E-Class engineering team back to the drawing board with a plan to set new standards in the executive saloon class.

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    Sensational New Clio RS Storms In

    Forget Vauxhall's VXR, turn your back on VW's GTI - here's the car that Renault says will leave them both trailing.

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    Cost Of Colours

    The most sensible paint colour for a new prestige-brand car is metallic black, says industry experts Glass's. Second best is silver/grey metallic, then blue metallic, then black.

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    Registration Blip

    Society Of Motor Manufacturers figures reveal 179,457 new cars left showrooms last month, down four per cent on April 2004. The diesel market rose 6.6 per cent in April, up 4.5 per cent over the year-to-date.

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    Insurance Cheats

    One in ten British drivers admits to lying on their car insurance applications and one quarter have driven illegally at some point to keep costs down, according to an RAC survey.

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    Starsign Laziness

    Aquarians are most likely to be found washing their cars on a Sunday morning, according to a survey by car care people Comma.

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    Impreza-ish Offer

    Subaru is offering free performance upgrades for its Impreza WRX and STi Type-UK, raising power to 265 and 305 PS respectively. The deal covers the three-month period of May, June and July - or while stocks last - and is worth £1,995 for the STi and £1,600 on the WRX.

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    Clamper Protection

    The RAC is claiming a long overdue victory for motorists as clamping on private land without a licence becomes a criminal offence. From last Tuesday anyone clamping, towing away or blocking vehicles for a fee will need a licence.

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