Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Petrol Heads Can Be Clean and Green Too

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Petrol Heads Can Be Clean and Green Too

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MOTORISTS are under the cosh, feel taxed to the hilt and face record prices at the pumps.

Fuel economy and exhaust emissions have become the number one factor for drivers from all walks of life.

But the car industry is cleaning up its act and is out to prove being green can be fun at the British International Motor Show.

It's a surprising approach which brings together the latest in alternative fuel technology while keeping the petrol heads happy.

As well as a new generation of electric city cars which are on display in the middle of the auto spectacular there are plenty of sparkling new conventional models making their mark at the ExCeL centre in London's Docklands.

Old rivals Ford and Vauxhall are head to head again revealing a new Fiesta and the larger Insignia family car.

The swish new Fiesta, pictured on the front cover, will follow on the success carved out by previous generations of Britain's favourite little hatch but is also out to take the honours as the cleanest family car on our roads. It's also pounds 155 cheaper than the previous model at pounds 8,695.

Vauxhall's Insignia meanwhile is out to steal the glory from Ford's Mondeo. The Insignia, priced from pounds 15,935, looks good and at last has an interior to match its purposeful lines.

It even features high tech gadgets such as a forward looking camera to make sure the driver never misses a warning sign or lane marking.

Few would have dreamt of such features becoming reality but the cars of the not too distant future are bristling with technology - and the Insignia will be on sale before the year's out.

Land Rover and Jaguar are also flying the flag for Britain at their first public outing since being bought by Indian conglomerate Tata.

Jaguar has a special edition of the XK at the show to mark 60 years of the racing breed while Land Rover is proving 4x4s can be green while showing off its stunning LRX concept car which is likely to go into production at Halewood on Merseyside in 2010. …

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