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Manufacturer newsNissan celebrates 25 years of manufacturing in the UKNissan Sunderland Plant has celebrated the 25th anniversary of its official opening on September 8, 1986. In the 25 years since, the factory has seen volumes increasing from 5,139 Bluebirds in the first year to 423,262 cars in 2010. Nissan has now manu­factured more than 6.2 million vehicles and 12 different models at Sunderland, including Bluebird, Primera, Micra, Almera, Note, Qashqai and Juke.Read more....Skoda begins production of new electric carSkoda has begun production of a 10-car trial fleet of its first ever fully electric car, the Octavia E Line. It's the next step in Skoda's continued efforts to reduce emissions and fuel consumption throughout the company. The first Octavia Green E Lines will appear on the roads this autumn, with the driving data collated to feedback into the continued research and development in this area.Read more....EuroNCAP crash results releasedThe latest set of Euro NCAP crash test results brings an additional reward and more five star ratings. This month's best performers with five-star results are Audi A6, BMW X3, Chevrolet's Aveo and Orlando, Citroën DS5, Hyundai I40, Opel/Vauxhall Ampera and Volkswagen's Golf Cabriolet and Jetta. Only the Kia Picanto received an overall rating of four stars. Read more....Citroën offers LCV customers free fuelAs part of its 'Business Class' commitment, Citroën is offering LCV customers free fuel for a year. This offer is targeted at the small business and owner/driver sectors, and is available to qualifying customers acquiring a new Citroën LCV by outright purchase, Elect 3 Pro (PCP) or hire purchase (instal­ment credit).Read more....Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 on saleThe Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 (below) , the world's first full diesel hybrid, is now available to pre-order with full prices and specifications announced. This car introduces a combination of diesel and electric power, while also delivering huge benefits in cost of ownership. Hybrid4 technology delivers CO2 from 99g/km with fuel economy of 74mpg through its four driving modes Auto, ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle), Sport and 4WD.Read more....

First drive: Vauxhall AmperaWe first tried the Ampera just over a year ago and had the feeling that Vauxhall could be on the verge of something significant. Now we've tried pre-production cars and have a more realistic impres-sion of how these cars will deal with day-to-day life.Read more....First drive: Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI autoThe C-Class Coupé is a hugely important model for Mercedes. It wants to get its driver age profile down from 55 to between 35 and 45 and is having to tackle the opinion that "a Mercedes is something you treat yourself to later on in your career".Read more....Road test: Fiat 500 TwinAirThe Fiat 500 has achieved significant success in the small car segment and managed to tap into the emotions of drivers: most people simply love them. In the latest revision, improvement comes from within with Fiat's TwinAir technology.Read more....First drive: Range Rover Evoque 2.2 TD4 Pure TechFor some drivers, the idea of a company car wearing a Range Rover badge but with CO2 below 130g/km would have seemed impossible a few years ago. But the reality is almost here.Read more....First drive: BMW 1 SeriesThe two biggest criticisms of the BMW 1 Series concern its firm ride and lack of rear space. Both were tackled as a priority on the new car, due for launch in September. For the first time, a BMW was benchmarked on UK roads for ride and handling and the work carried out by the engineers has paid off. Read more....NewsinsightFuelpricesSales figuresRemarketing analysisManufacturer RecruitmentnewsCar reviewsNews digestCar reviews