Good week, bad week: March 5

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

05 March 2010

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.

The good news? The Toyota Verso was the only car to get the full five-star rating in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests.

This is the week that was...
Chinese hybrid and electric cars for UK

Politicians' plans for motorists Introduction

Nissan Juke exclusive preview

No hangover after scrappage party?

Too many cooks at the DfT

Bentley's bid to come clean thwarted

Japanese disagree over electric vehicles

Crash tests show Kia Venga safety worry

Revised Toyota RAV4 on sale in spring

New Mini to drop below 100g/km

Saab: back to Swedish basics

Opel Ampera takes to the road

Vauxhall plans Mini rival

Dacia to launch in UK in 2012

Geneva motor show on video

GM pledges 1.7 billion to Vauxhall/Opel

Vauxhall announces prices for new Meriva

Seat IBe electric concept car

Geneva motor show report 2010

Porsche 918 Spyder revealed

Late roadworks face higher penalties

Most economical Auris announced

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