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Alfa Romeo Spider

27 Jan, 2004

Just as people book holidays in the sun to cheer themselves up in the middle of winter, car buyers rush to order drop-tops to be ready for the first sign of spring.

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Citroen C3

27 Jan, 2004

Small cars are big business for Citroen, and with a vast array of engines and trims across three models - the C2, C3 and C3 Pluriel - there's something for everyone.

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Renault Clio

27 Jan, 2004

If you see a particularly smug-looking Clio driver, the chances are that the car has a diesel engine under the bonnet.

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Maserati Quattroporte

27 Jan, 2004

Buying a Maserati has always been an emotional decision - it's a matter of the heart versus the head. Although very few car makers produce models that look as dramatic, better engineered vehicles are available.

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Peugeot 206

20 Jan, 2004

While rivals strive to fit the latest CVT or semi-automatic gearboxes to their superminis, Peugeot has decided to improve its conventional automatic and launched the only car in its class with a Tiptronic function.

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SsangYong Rexton RX5 CDi

20 Jan, 2004

It's only been on sale for a few months, but already the SsangYong Rexton has had its first facelift.

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Nissan Murano

20 Jan, 2004

What happens when you cross an MPV with an SUV? That's a question Nissan's designers pondered in an ideas session a couple of years ago. The answer, they decided, was so good it had to go into production. And here's the result...

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Honda S2000

20 Jan, 2004

The Honda S2000 has always been schizophrenic. If you took last year's model on a test track, you'd think it was a well balanced, perfectly planted and super-secure sports car with one of the finest chassis around.

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Renaultsport Clio 182 2.0 16v

20 Jan, 2004

There was a time when a small car with a three-figure power output could be considered a hot hatch. The Peugeot 205 GTi, for example, mustered a mere 115bhp from its 1.6-litre engine.

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Fiat Panda

20 Jan, 2004

The Panda has returned to Britain. No, not the bamboo-chewing variety, but Fiat's latest incarnation of its urban runabout.