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Ford unveils its smallest engine

Ford has made its smallest engine yet -- a three-cylinder 1-litre. It claims it has the performance of a larger four-cylinder and is more economical.

Developed in Europe it will be used in cars around the world and has been earmarked for the new B-MAX, due here next year.

Among the elements giving the new engine its power are technologies such as turbocharging, direct-injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing.

Meanwhile, the company also announced that its next generation of hybrids, including the 2012 C-MAX, will have a transmission designed, engineered and built by the marque.

Special version of Golf on the way

Volkswagen has brought in a special Irish version called the Golf Edition-R. It slots in between the Comfortline and Highline spec levels.

It has 16-inch Pescara alloys, multifunction display, Bluetooth connectivity and R design sports styling pack, fog lights and an RCD 510 touchscreen radio with 6-CD changer and Aux-in MP3 player as standard.

Ex-works prices start at €21,995.

Women safer than men on the roads

Women are less likely to be involved in a crash, according to a new study.

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Men are a higher risk because they have bad habits such as driving too fast and drink-driving, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists' report Licensed to Skill: Contributory Factors in Road Accidents.

Men are nearly twice as likely to be involved in a collision from being careless, reckless or in a hurry. They are also more likely to crash because of poor behaviour or inexperience.

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