Good week, bad week: March 5

* Good week for new cars * Bad week for roadworks * Toyota's week? Guess...

Good week, bad week: March 5

It's our review of the good and the bad in a week of motoring-related ups-and-downs

Good week for new cars, Mini, Vauxhall and visitors
The Geneva Motor Show is always busy but this year it seemed even more packed than usual.

Sales of new cars were also up, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The SMMT reckons the good news will continue after the scrappage scheme ends this month.

GM has pledged 1.7 billion to Vauxhall, Mini has announced a sub-100g/km model and What Car? has secured the new Nissan Juke for an exclusive preview, especially for you.

Bad week for politicians, roadworks and Kia crash tests
There have been too many people in charge at the Department for Transport, a report says, and Government claims about lower transport emissions are incorrect.

Utility companies face bigger fines for digging up roads and then taking their time while the new Kia Venga had a hiccough in crast tests. A weakness was found in the restraint system during Euro NCAP crash tests so owners have been advised to get in touch with their dealer.

Toyota's week good or bad?
Mostly bad. Again. The company believes there's nothing wrong, but US owners have been complaining of unintended acceleration in recalled and remedied cars.