Good week, bad week: Feb 19th

* Good week for millionaires * Bad week for driving schools * Lots of new models unveiled...

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What Car? Staff
19 February 2010

Good week, bad week: Feb 19th

It's been a good week for lottery winners, but a bad week for the UK's third biggest driving school. Here's what else has had a good, or bad, time of it

With 56 million now in his back pocket, Euromillions winner Nigel Page has no doubt already snapped up the 4x4 of his dreams, but he could also have afforded to buy Red Driving the driving school which went into administration on Thursday.

Hopefully it's not going to be such a bad weekend for the company's 400 employees, though, with a buyer expected to surface some time on Friday.

Production output figures for UK factories showed a record increase, too, while Halfords has stepped into the lucrative car servicing market (it's worth at least 10 billion a year).

Toyota continued to fire fight over safety concerns, hybrids could lose their congestion charge exemption and Daihatsu stopped bringing cars into the UK.

With the Geneva motor show just around the corner it's been a busy week for new models, with the Vauxhall Flextreme GT/E and Peugeot 5 concept cars breaking cover.

Jaguar made the news by announcing the arrival of it fastest-ever XKR, Citroen revealed its hot DS3 Racing supermini, while Mini and VW revealed prices for the Countryman crossover and Polo Bluemotion.

We've also launched a free, downloadable buyer's pack for the Volkswagen Golf and would really like you to let us know what you think.

Finally, we trace Audi continuing its range expansion with some computer-generated images of various A1 offshoots.

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

GM boss says hybrids push up prices
Chevrolet Aveo RS at Geneva show
Mini Countryman prices revealed
Porsche Panamera V6 announced
Peugeot reveals '5' concept car
EuroMillions winner eyes 4x4
Jaguar's fastest-ever XKR at Geneva
Toyota puts brake on safety worries
Volkswagen Golf: All you need to know
Lottery winners: their must-have cars
BMW M3 Coupe gets stop-start
Volkswagen Polo GTI revealed
Skoda Superb cleans up
Halfords buys into car servicing
Vauxhall Flextreme GT/E concept car
New Daihatsus dwindle
VW's cleanest Polo goes on sale
Record increase in car production
Citroen DS3 Racing revealed
Hybrids could lose CC exemption
Audis of the future revealed?
Infiniti's 5 Series rival revealed