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Vauxhall's new small car goes on sale for under £7,000



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Vauxhall's new Agila goes is on sale at £6,995 for the 1.0 litre and £7,450 for the 1.2. The single specification includes power steering, driver airbag, electric mirrors and radio cassette, and there is a wide range of options.

Hyundai has launched its all-new Trajet MPV. The 133bhp 2.0-litre costs £15,499, which includes twin airbags, ABS, aircon, CD, electric windows and remote locking. A 2.7-litre V6 follows in the autumn for £19,999, with a 2.0-litre common-rail turbodiesel due next year.

Peugeot has revised the 106 range, replacing the Zest with a new entry-level derivative, the 1.1 Independence. Priced at £6,995, the package includes one-year insurance and a choice of four metallic colours. Zest 2 gains remote central locking and colour-coded instruments and Zest 3 has velour trim.

Citroen's latest version of the Saxo First undercuts the Peugeot 106 Independent, at £5,995, but misses out on the free insurance and comes with a 1.0-litre engine. Equipment includes driver airbag, stereo, and tinted glass.

Renault has finalised prices for RX4, its 4x4 Scenic. Available only in higher specification packages, the 2.0 Sport Alize is £18,400, a £2,000 premium over the front-wheel-drive equivalent and the leather-equipped Monaco is £19,600. These models are also available with Renault's new common-rail direct injection turbodiesel for £18,200 and £19,400 respectively.

Proton is offering 500 Wira (the re-badged Persona) in limited edition form with prices slashed by up to £1,600. The 1.5 LXi LE is identical to the standard car and comes in at £7,999 for both the 4dr and 5dr. The £9,299 1.6 LXi S LE loses the alloys and sunroof of the standard car but offers savings of up to £1,500.

Aixam has cut the price of its French microcars by up to 13%. The most popular 500 Super Luxe is down £685 to £7,223, with the convertible reduced by £632 to £4,330.

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