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First drive: Daihatsu Materia – on sale now
05/10/2007 in First Drive

The Materia is no car for the shy and retiring. Its boxy styling is unlike any other mini-MPV on the market. As Japan’s answer to the Mini, the Materia will boost the brand’s image among the young and trendy, given the right marketing support.

First drive: Audi A5/S5 – on sale now
05/10/2007 in First Drive

Audi’s product offensive is steamrolling through the premium sector.

First drive: Dodge Avenger – on sale now
05/10/2007 in First Drive

Dealers have taken a generally favourable view of the Dodge brand – as long as their expectations were not too ambitious to begin with.

First drive: BMW X5 – on sale now
25/09/2007 in First Drive

Before the BMW X5 was launched in 2000, sports utility vehicles were more utility than sport: on-road performance was compromised by attempts to fulfil a perceived need for off-road abilities.

First drive: Kia Cee’d SW – on sale now
25/09/2007 in First Drive

Kia is steadily broadening its Cee’d range with additional variants. The newest addition is the Cee’d SW.

First drive: Peugeot 4007 – on sale September
14/09/2007 in First Drive

It’s often said that the second product to market has an advantage over the original because it can learn from its mistakes.

First drive: Jeep Patriot – on sale now
14/09/2007 in First Drive

Jeep has always had strong credibility as a brand and its newest offering, the Patriot, has everything that a customer will want and expect from the badge – authentic looks, four-wheel drive and a utilitarian interior.

First drive: Ford Mondeo – on sale now
22/08/2007 in First Drive

The D-segment has been in freefall over the past decade, with customers deserting in their thousands to new niche sectors.

First drive: Dodge Nitro 2.8 CRD SXT Auto – on sale September 2007
21/08/2007 in First Drive

The Nitro represents Dodge’s first attempt at securing a share of the lucrative 4x4 sector in Britain.

First drive: Chrysler Sebring – on sale now
20/08/2007 in First Drive

Launching a new car into the D segment is never an easy task, especially when the new Ford Mondeo has been stealing the headlines.

First drive: Vauxhall Antara – on sale now
16/08/2007 in First Drive

Antara is Vauxhall’s first SUV since Frontera production stopped in 2003.

First drive: Jaguar XKR – on sale now
24/07/2007 in First Drive

Jaguar’s dealers have had a hard time in recent years, being forced to watch the manufacturer de-value its brand and diminish their profits as it chased volume and market share.

First drive: Citroën C-Crosser – on sale now
24/07/2007 in First Drive

With the Citroën C1, Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo triplets, dealers had to find a way to highlight the differences between three technically identical cars.

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