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Vauxhall's Lotus-built sports car from £22,995

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Vauxhall has cut the price of the Omega V6 in 2.5-litre form by £1,400, making it the same price as the 2.2-litre four-cylinder model. Its Lotus-built sports car, the 2.2-litre VX220, will go on sale in November at £22,995 - £300 more than the Elise, but with higher spec.

Seat has trimmed the Toledo range from six models to three, dropping the lower-specification S. The two remaining SE models are cut by £500 but the V5 remains unchanged at £17,595.

Nissan has upgraded its 1.0-litre engine in the Micra and replaced the 1.3 with a 1.4. Prices are largly unchanged.

BMW is broadening its convertible 3 Series range. The new 330Ci is £32,050, £3,055 more than the 323Ci. In October the 323 Ci will be replaced by the more powerful 325Ci and a base 2.2-litre 320Ci added.

Toyota's latest RAV4 range starts at £13,995, £1,000 less than the outgoing model. The entry model, available only in front-wheel-drive, has a 1.8-litre engine in place of the 2.0-litre in other models. Four-wheel-drive models start with the 2.0NV 3dr at £15,495. The six-model range is topped by the £20,495 for the 2.0VX 5dr.

Mitsubishi's Galant 2.0-litre is now available in Sport trim, which mirrors the aggressive look of the VR4, in either saloon or estate. The price is £17,295, £800 more than the GLS, with the estate £19,295.

Hyundai has launched a range of offers for the next two months. The Atoz + with automatic transmission is £6,999, a £1,649 saving. The Amica Si with power steering is down by £1,000 to £5,999, the Accent 1.3 Si by £700 to £6,999, the Accent GSi by £1,000 to £7,999 and Lantra Si by £1,600 to £8,999.

Peugeot has added a Quiksilver special edition to the 806 MPV range. At £19,995, the seven-seat has the 2.0-litre HDi engine plus digital aircon and CD system.

VW is offering a free engine upgrade on its Transporters until the end of the year. Buyers of the 75bhp SDi LT35 will be offered the 90bhp TDi, plus ABS, saving around £1,500.

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