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MINI new Paceman is no slouch

THIS is MINI's latest -- and seventh -- new model. Called the Paceman, it goes on sale next March. It certainly looks different and its lowered suspension is said to give it a dynamic ride.

The styling attempts to make it look like a coupe reflection of the Countryman. It is built on the same platform and is almost identical in size.

There will be four versions from the off next spring, among them a Cooper S which will do a 0-100kmh time of 7.5 seconds.

That's no slouch.

As the seventh member of a rapidly expanding family, it lines up alongside the Hatch, Clubman, Convertible, Countryman, Coupe and Roadster.

Land Rover could add luxury SUV below compact-sized Evoque

LAND Rover could add a luxury SUV below the compact-sized Evoque, according to reports.

That's because it perceives a market for smaller versions of bigger motors. Audi has also put the idea of a smaller Q3 -- a Q1int into the public domain.

The Evoque has been a huge success for Land Rover. Since its introduction last year, it has sold more than 90,000 of the 3dr and 5dr SUV.

Beetle's smaller engine means lower prices are on the horizon

THOSE waiting for the new Beetle to get smaller engines -- and lower prices -- needn't wait much longer.

The 1.2-litre petrol versions are just starting to arrive now and, like the 1.6-litre diesels, will be on sale by the middle of next month. But we are really talking about January registered cars now.

And the smaller engines mean lower prices, with the 1.2-litre starting at €19,995 and the 1.6-litre TDi kicking off from €21,995 ex-works.

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