P482 Teletext 482 Dec10 22:21:47         ————————————————— News   PUNTO IS CAR OF THE YEAR The Fiat Punto pulled off a shock victory last week when it stole the CoTY award from under the noses of the other, more strongly fancied finalists: Audi, VW, Renault and Vauxhall. The award was judged by a jsry of 56 senior motoring writers from 21 European countries. It was voted best car by jurors from Italy, France, Portugal, Austria, S—bin and Switzerland. The VW Polo was second ——————————————————————————————————1/6—— 2oads and travel news 190 (ITV) information supplied by CarWeek Compers Advent Pets Food and Drink
P482 Teletext 482 Dec10 22:22:03         ————————————————— News   MAZDAS BY FORD Ford's Dagenham plant is emerging as favourite location for the production of Mazda's first European car, on sale next spring. The nfw modfl will almost certainly be badged Mazda 121. It will share many of the Fiesta's body panels, but will look different and be more upmarket. Mazda's styling studio in Frankfurt is staffed largely by respected British designers who will have a major say in the new 121's look. ——————————————————————————————————2/6—— Roads and travel news 190 (ITV) information supplied by CarWeek Compers Advent Pets Food and Drink
P482 Teletext 482 Dec10 22:20:03         ————————————————— News   NEW BEETLE GETS GREEN LIGHT Volkswagen has confirmed that the modern day Beetle — unveiled last January at Geneva — will be —tt into production toward the end of the decade The front engined car is likely to be bphlt in Mexico, where the old Beetle is still being made. Low labour rates make it a highly cost efficient location for a factory. The existing Beetle is still the worlds best selling car with 21m units sold. ——————————————————————————————————3/6—— Roads and travel news 190 (ITV) information supplied by CarWeek Compers Advent Pets Food and Drink
P482 Teletext 482 Dec10 22:20:10         ————————————— New cars   SAAB 900 2.0S CONVERTIBLE  Top speed 124mph 0-60mph 10.5 sec 1985cc £19,995 Cheapdr than the BMW 318i convertible by a remarkable £2415, Saab's bottom- rung ragtop has an instant financial advantage over at least one key rival. It also has the look of a winner. Performance is better than the bare figures promise and the fluid handling makes for a relaxing and enboyable drive Slight scuttle shake doesn't detract from the car's overall quality. ——————————————————————————————————4/6—— Information supplied by CarWeek ROADS AND TRAVEL NEWS p190 ITV Compers Advent Pets Food and Drink
P482 Teletext 482 Dec10 22:20:10         ————————————— New cars   LEXUS LS400 Top speed 150mph 0-60mph 6.9 sec 3969cc £43,500 (est) How to improve the near-perfect luxury car? Toyota, makers of the Lexus, have made it lighter, more powerful and more agile in its handling responses. Styling changes pile on the prestige while all but banishing wind noise. Although the Nexus looks little different, 90% of its parts are new. The styling may still be a touch bland, but it's hard to beat the smoothness. ——————————————————————————————————5/6—— Information supplied by CarWeek ROADS AND TRAVEL NEWS p190 ITV Compers Advent Pets Food and Drink
P482 Teletext 482 Dec10 22:21:01         ———————————— Market ——   DEAL OF THE WEEK A package of extras worth more than £2,500 is available on Saab's 900XS, but the car costs only £1,500 more than the base 2.0 litre car. The XS bit means air conditioning, alloy wheels, colour coded bumpers and driving lights — price £17,495. Saab is also making an XS version of its 5-door 9000 hatchback. With £2,300 worth of extra equipment, it costs £19,495, only £1,500 more than the base car. ——————————————————————————————————6/6—— Compers 483 Angling 487 MORD FROM CA WEEKOUTWEDNESDAY Compers Advent Pets Food and Drink