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Motoring latest: Drop in price of 'new' Mondeo

Published 10/11/2010 | 09:34

Ford Mondeo
Ford Mondeo
Ford C-Max

AS is the case with more and more ‘new’ cars these days, the prices are coming down.

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Ford’s heavily revised Mondeo, which goes on sale here this month, drops from a €26,650 ex-works leadin price to €25,975.

That’s for the Style two-litre TDCi (115bhp).

All the Mondeo’s manual transmission versions also come in at 139g/km, which means their road tax is €156.

The line-up includes sixspeed, two-litre diesels ranging in power from 115bhp, 140bhp to 160bhp in three trim levels – Style, Zetec and Titanium. Standard equipment at the Style entry level includes 16-in alloys, electric/heated mirrors with integrated indicators; air con, front fogs, and Bluetooth voice-control system.

Zetec adds 17-in alloys, front and rear parking distance sensors; dual zone climate control, electric windows and cruise control.

Titanium adds 17-in, 15-spoke alloys; LED daytime running lights; sports style front seats; Alcantara / leather seats; automatic headlights and rain sensor wipers.

Prices range from €25,975 to €40,195 for the two-litre 160bhp automatic estate.

Ford pushes it to the C-Max

FORD also recently unveiled its new C-Max with a starting price of €23,995 ex-works. And for a while it will have Park Assist (worth about €750) as standard on Titanium versions. There is a fiveseater C-Max and a new seven-seater Grand C-Max.

There are two trim levels, ACTIV and Titanium, each with three diesel engine options.

The ACTIV 1.6TDCI manual (€104 road tax) costs €23,995 with the seven-seater (€156 road tax) from €26,995. Then there is the two-litre (140bhp) manual (€156) from €26,295 with the 7-seater (€156) from €26,295.

Standard equipment includes 16-in alloys, front fogs, rear privacy glass and heated windscreen. The Titanium adds 17-in alloys, Ford’s climate control system, electric rear windows; cruise control, child observation mirror and Hill Launch Assist.

Grand C-MAX also gets rear parking sensors and folding mirrors.

BMW’s fast little mover is electric

BMW will go ahead with a four-seater, plug-in hybrid sports car based on its Vision Efficient Dynamics concept study. A mere 1.24 metres high, the 2+2-seater has wing doors for easy access.

It will have a three-cylinder diesel engine and electric motor to drive the rear axle with another one to drive the front. Combined, this gives it an output of 328bhp. As a result, the performance figures are astounding – from zero to 100kmh in 4.8 seconds. Much the same sort of zip as a Porsche Carrera.

Average fuel consumption has been pegged to 3.76l/100kmh (75.1mpg) giving it a 99g/km rating. The lithium-polymer rechargeable battery can be fully charged at home in two and half hours.

A full battery will drive it 50km. The car is expected in three or four years.

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