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MAZDA are going up in the world with the long-awaited launch of their new sports utility.

It is the first time the Japanese car firm have ventured into this terrain to rub shoulders with the likes of the Honda CRV, Freelander, Suzuki Grand Vitara and the Mitsibushi Shogun.

The powerful-looking five-seater will officially go on sale early next year when prices will be finalised.

Mazda believe the Tribute will further enhance their growing reputation on these shores.

It has been designed to be accessible, with a versatile interior, and easy to manoeuvre through a country field or urban jungle.

The cabin space is generous in both head and leg room at the front or rear. The back seat comes with a 60/40 split fold that can be double folded flat into the load floor to leave cavernous volumes of cargo space.

The double opening tailgate features a hinged window which allows access to the load area without fully opening the hatchback.

There will be a choice of power units ranging from the three-litre V6 to a smooth two-litre inline four cylinder job.

Everything possible has been done to ensure the Tribute is a fun vehicle to drive. Steering adjusts according to engine speed and braking is also exceptionally firm.

THE French have always had a flair to design exciting new cars.

And Peugeot have proved this once more with their amazing concept car.

Called the Promethee, it offers a clear view of how the motoring marque is shaping up.

The car demonstrates Peugeot's new face and is powered by one of the cleanest ever diesel engines in the UK. The MPV-style body showcases a variety of ideas including a new type of sliding rear door and split level boot.

RENAULT unleash their amazing Clio Renaultsport V6 next year - the world's only mid-engined hatchback.

Developed by their racing team, the car has bulging wheelarches, covering 17-inch wheels and a 230bhp three-litre V6 24-valve engine guaranteeing a top speed of 150mph. The on-the-road price for this two-seater supercar is pounds 25,995.

So, if you like things hotter than a vindaloo curry - the Clio will more than satisfy. It can sprint from 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds.

VAUXHALL's stylish Frontera Sport is going to the top of the luxury class with the new option of an ultra powerful 3.2-litre V6 engine.

It means buyers of the 4x4 now have a choice of three units including a 2.2-litre and a 2.2-litre turbo diesel.

The new V6 takes on board that extra refinement previously restricted to the Frontera Estate Limited models.

Standard spec will feature tiltable steering column, height adjuster, leather steering wheel and integral front fog lights.
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Date:Oct 13, 2000
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