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REMEMBER the 8-track cartridge machine and the cassette player? Well the end of the road could now be in sight for the in-car CD player too.

Ford and General Motors are the world's two biggest car companies to ditch them in favour of I-Pod-compat-ible sound systems.

Drivers simply hook up their I-Pod or MP3 player to a lead in the glove box.

A YEAR after going on sale in Japan, Suzuki's Swift range flagship model, the Sport, will appear in the UK this autumn.

Based on the three-door Swift, the Sport will come in full European specification, and will be manufactured in Hungary. Full drivetrain, specification, and price details will be revealed nearer to the UK launch.

Meanwhile, Suzuki is putting the Splash small-MPV concept on display at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September.

NEXT month sees the BMW 3 Series gets a meatier punch under the bonnet with the addition of three new six-cylinder powerplants to the range.

The most powerful diesel engine BMW has ever offered in the UK, the new 286bhp 335d will be available in the 3 Series Saloon, Touring and Coupe models.

The other two new power-plants are a twin-turbo 3. …