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Ford B-MaxFord will preview a production ready version of its new B-Max at the Geveva Motor Show on March 8. Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe, said the new car was created "in response to the needs of an increasing number of customers who want much more from their small cars".Source AM February 1 Read more....Subaru XVSubaru's new XV crossover is priced from £21,295 for entry level 1.6i S and rises to £29,995 for the range-topping 2.0D SE Lux Premium. Every XV is equipped with the core Subaru technologies - symmetrical all-wheel drive and a Boxer engine.Source AM January 31Read more....Suzuki G70 conceptSuzuki has unveiled the first preview image of a new A-segment concept which will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The G70 concept features a "highly efficient" petrol engine with CO2 emissions of 70g/km.Source AM February 1 Read more....New car marketNewsDealerprofileNew car newsUsed carRecruitmentanalysisNews digestShowroomNew car newsMercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMGThe Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG will be priced from £54,950 and order books are now open. The most powerful SLK produced so far comes with a 5.5-litre V8 which can push the car from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph.Source AM January 18Read more....Vauxhall MokkaVauxhall has revealed its new Mokka B-segment SUV which will go on sale in the UK towards the end of this year. There will be two petrol engines and one diesel, all with start/stop eco-tech.Source AM January 10 Read more....Kia Cee'dKia has revealed the first image of the next genera-tion Cee'd ahead of the car's world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March. Kia says the new model "combines styling typically found on a sporty coupé with the space and functionality of a five-door hatch". UK deliveries of the new Cee'd are expected to start from June.Source AM January 10Read more....

Astra GTC has eyes on top spot in coupé sales tableDriven Vauxhall Astra GTC 2.0 CDTi SRi - on sale nowBy Simon HarrisTwo door handles and a roof aerial are the only bodywork items the GTC has in common with other Vauxhall Astras.Like the Astra SportHatch before it, the new GTC is targeting compact coupé rivals rather than being a three-door version of the prolific Astra hatchback.Vauxhall wants to target Volkswagen Scirocco and Renault Megane Coupé drivers and even believes it could tempt some away from three door versions of the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series.It might seem a tough task for a car with a volume badge, but the old Astra SportHatch was no stranger to the top of the coupés sales tables.As well as extensive differences to the suspension set-up compared to other Astra models, UK versions of the GTC have steering tuned specifically for our roads."We obviously test cars in many different countries, but the UK's severely undulating and heavily cambered roads often reveal handling traits that would otherwise be hidden on smoother surfaced and more predictable continental roads," said Gerry Baker, chief dynamicist at Vauxhall Engineering Centre, Millbrook. The GTC has also been tuned for the worst rutted and broken surfaces, even with its optional 19- and 20-inch wheels (18-inch wheels are standard).The engine line-up includes three diesel choices: a 1.7 CDTi with 110bhp or 130bhp outputs, as well as the 165bhp 2.0 CDTi. Petrol versions include a 120bhp or 140bhp 1.4T and a 180bhp 1.6T, but only the former of these have CO2 emissions below 160g/km. All but the 1.6T are available with stop/start technology.While the ride is as firm as you might expect in a racy looking coupé, it's not exceptionally harsh. For those who believe they can feel the difference in electronic damping systems, FlexRide is available as an option and this has a 'comfort' setting.SpecificationPrice £22,430Engine 2.0-litre diesel, 165bhpPerformance 0-62mph 8.4 secs; top speed 131mphTransmission 6-sp manualEfficiency 58.9mpg; 127g/km CO2RV (3yr/30k) 33%Rivals Renault Megane Coupé