Good week, bad week: March 26

  • Good week for Saab
  • Bad week for early adopters
  • Our weekly round-up of news
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It's been a great week for Saab - after the company restarted production at its Trollhattan factory in Sweden.

Previous owners General Motors had started to wind down the company, but it was rescued by the Dutch supercar manufacturer Spyker and is now building the new 9-5.

It became clear that if you want to be among the first to get an electric car you'll need to dig deep. Mitsubishi revealed the price of its i-MiEV - and it's rather expensive. Even with the Government's 5000 incentive taken into account, it will cost you an eye-watering 33,699. Yikes.

Ford drops some prices
Ford has cut prices in the hope of clearing up confusion, which is great, but it's left the entry-level Focus more expensive than the entry-level Mondeo (for now).

Mazda cleans up and GM downsizes
Meanwhile, Mazda has promised to reduce the emissions of its 3 small family car and 6 family car to less than 105g/km by 2015.

General Motors gave us a glimpse of the future this week, by showing us the EN-V: how we might travel two-by-two in the distant future.

The crossover invasion continues
We've also taken a close look at two new supermini crossovers - the Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman. We think you'll like them. Have a look and see what you think.

We also found out whether there was good news or bad news for motorists in the Budget. You told us it was bad news.

The week that was, March 26, 2010
Here's a full round up of what else has been going on this week:

Ford cuts prices
Resale values
The EV-N
Mazda cuts emissions
Should smoking in cars be banned?
The Budget - how did motorists do?
The Budget as it happened
Saab 9-5 prices
Mitsubishi electric car price
Subaru Impreza saloon to return
The future for Saab
Tax hikes coming
The Nissan Juke up close
What Car? Personal shopper
Infiniti woes
Mini Countryman
Electric Fiat 500
Scrappage dies - the deals don't
Scrappage cash to go unused

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